Tuesday, August 06, 2019

thoughts on blogging... or not.

I blame these two for my year long sabbatical from blogging ;)

I guess I've inadvertently joined the ranks of women who stop blogging after having children. It's been over a year since the last time I blogged and that was a recap of 2017, four months into 2018.

I've been missing writing—in my journal or here—so I'm toying with the idea of starting this blog back up again but I'm not sure for a number of reasons:

Time / I can't say I don't have the time because I firmly believe that we make time for what's important to us. So, in all honesty, I'm just not sure I have enough motivation or desire to blog. There are so many other things I could be doing. (But really, I should spend less time on my phone.)

Will anyone even read it? / I know I still read blogs, but who else does? (I guess you, if you're reading this). We all know that according to the internet, blogging has died. People are hanging out on Instagram and even if you click over to a blog post, there's not (as) much engagement happening there. Of course, I also am of the mind that I'm not necessarily blogging for you (the general "you"), but for myself—to have a record of my life, my thoughts, and to just practice writing. But then I ask myself... should I just be writing in my journal?

Creating vs. Consuming / I think I've written about this somewhere before, probably on Instagram, but I think a lot about creating vs. consuming. I think I'm in a season of life where I'm consuming a lot of things (social media, television, books, podcasts) but am not creating because I'm just not sure I have the desire, bandwidth, space, etc. There is so much quality content out there and I wonder if I have anything of value to contribute.

Community / Part of what I love about social media is the community it creates (when it is used mindfully and with kindness). This is connected to time, because I wonder if my time would be better spent "hanging out" on Instagram, commenting on people's posts, replying to stories. I've always loved Instagram, but I seem to love it even more in the time right after I've had a baby. Life with a newborn means spending a lot of time on the couch and in bed—cuddling and feeding that baby—and I love connecting with other moms who are experiencing similar events and feelings.

Phew! This is a lot of rambling but it feels good to get it out here. I think I'll be back in this space soon. Maybe regularly, maybe not. For now, would you mind answering a few questions for me?

Do you still read blogs (other than this one)? Which blogs do you love to read? What would you like to see me blog about? 

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