I never had ambitions to write….or blog. I just wanted a space to share my c-section story and hopefully help out some other moms who felt as overwhelmed with motherhood as I did/do.
But, as with any process you stick with over time, it will change you.
Blogging has given me a voice. It has allowed me string together my ideas, plucking them from an imaginary bubble. Hanging each word on a line, to form each single sentence. The craft of pinning these pieces up in a decorative fashion has made me feel creative. It has pressed and permitted me to voice my opinions. Forced me to analyze, commit to and defend these opinions.
Why should I blog? What should I write about? Who is reading this? Is this weird? It’s kinda weird. How can I be more successful? What are my pageviews? My numbers? Brooke wrote a perfect piece on this aspect of blogging.
I almost deleted the whole blog shebang, I was so fed up with the rat race that was flickering on my screen everyday making me feel like I wasn’t doing enough. In fact, I’ve always been embarrassed to tell people about my blog. To the point where I’ve avoided it. I mean, I’m obviously pretty open about my generally awkward and nerdy self. Yet, I felt like I had to validate my blogging in terms of how it has been ‘successful’. Having to validate it as success was taking all the enjoyment out of it.
I’m so over that word, and that notion.
In these past four years I’ve learned that I need to keep writing for one reason, the only reason, I’m passionate about it. I like it. I enjoy it. I may not have much hustle, but I do have a lot of heart. I think success in blogging is better measured by merging your hustle and your heart in a way that doesn’t take parts of you that you don’t want to forfeit to blogging. For me, this part was free time.
I’m not revolutionizing blogging, apparently this is called ‘slow blogging’ and I’m just learning about it now. So maybe the name is aptly suited (for this blogger)…..
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