Monday, November 12, 2012

To Blog or Not to Blog

Over the summer, I drastically reduced the frequency of my blog posts. I was pregnant, traveling, volunteering at camp, and hosting visitors. Those were the stated reasons. Another big reason was simply burn-out. It wasn't fun to write anymore. I didn't think I had much of value to write and certainly didn't believe my usual readers would be excited by drivel.

When fall began, I got back into writing regularly, albeit only on weekdays (cutting out my Saturday posts). It's been going fairly well, but there are still evenings where I stare at the computer blankly, or go check out popular tags from some other blogs I enjoy, just hoping for inspiration. What started as a welcome project, giving me something creative and productive that encouraged daily reflection, has become a bit of a chore.

I don't want to stop blogging completely. For starters, Peter's grandparents and Godparents use my blog to keep up to date on his life and see lots of pictures. :-) More seriously, I do still have ideas I believe are worth sharing. If I stop blogging regularly, next time I want to write about something important, no one will be reading it anymore. (This is why my husband guest posts here on occasion. He doesn't write on his blog often enough that people check it, so he uses my audience.) :-)

Peter and my older Goddaughter on her iPad

It is not uncommon, though, for me to spend an hour each night on this. While that hour could be sucked away by Facebook, I could also be using it to work on learning more German, creating lesson plans for Sunday school, and/or researching activities I want to do with Peter. And once the new baby arrives, there will be even more demands on my time.

Starting this week, I am going to experiment with writing only M/W/F. Wednesday will still be gratuitous pictures of Peter (cute series of him first experiencing headphones coming soon!). Friday will still be "quick takes," but with legitimate subject matter (no more brain dumps). Mondays are anyone's guess. Optimistically, this will encourage me to delve into some other interests on Tuesday and Thursday while still providing a good outlet to write regularly. I hope you'll stick around!

2 comments:

  1. You definitely can't stop writing, I just started reading.

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    1. Aw, thanks! Jeremy said you can read the backlog on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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