Some Thoughts on Blogging.07 February 2011
However, I’ve been thinking a lot about this little blog of mine. At times, I feel like I’m at a crossroads. A point of opportunity to grow. To expand. To earn a little money. I’ve watched friend’s blogs take off as I held back hesitantly. They travel and attend conferences and get to earn money doing what they love. It seems so appealing; the traveling and swag bags so glamorous.
I’m not going to say that building my little blog hasn’t crossed my mind. It has. Many times, actually. It seems that I am always fighting an internal struggle with myself. One week, I am gung-ho about building it up. I have a list of companies to contact, bloggers to question, series to organize, giveaways to post, and conferences to attend. I’ve planned out 3 months of blog posts, packed with recipes and tutorials and pretty eye-candy.
But then, a nagging voice inside of me reminds me of why I started blogging in the first place. Not as a place with emotionless schedules, but as a place where I can share who I am. This blog was created to be my place. To vent. To enjoy. To share creativity and crafts. To narrate my everyday, simple life. A place that I was hoping to inspire others, but also to encourage myself forward. Turning Sherbet Blossom into a business doesn’t seem to accomplish my initial goal. I want this to be a casual blog where I don’t have to feel restricted in what I post. Where I can blog when and what I desire. I want my blogging to be about enhancing my life as a mother, wife, friend and person; not a spot that takes up time I should be spending doing better things.
I spent the weekend reevaluating my blogging goals and thinking about blogger anxiety. I erased that blog schedule and thought about content. I’m not sure that many will even notice a change on this blog, but I already do. No pressure. Just me being me.
Above, I've posted my long-standing blogging motto: "Blog what you live. Don’t live to blog."