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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Too much to say, too little words...

Tonight would have to be the 15th time I've sat down to write lately and found myself staring at the flashing cursor on a blank white screen, with only my signature looking back me. I have so much on my mind, which seems to have a whole new affect on me these days. Silence.

Usually, I'm all words. I think out loud. But, lately I'm just quiet.

I feel a shifting at the shoebox. Not so much a change as much as a narrowing of my blog focus. I've realized I cannot blog about it all, and I certainly cannot blog about it everyday. I've been feeling this pressure to post lately, but I refuse to become the blogger who blabs. I don't want to write if I don't have anything to say, and I don't want to get carried away with the popularity contests of blogging.

Let's face it. It's easy to get caught up. We try to participate in every meme, reply to every email, visit all of our followers, and click our way through the list of blogs we love. Before we know it, the day is gone, and we've clicked away precious hours of our day.

Or maybe for you (like me lately) it's the other end of the spectrum. You've been thinking about sitting down and whipping up a phenomenal post all day, then  9:00am turns into 9:00pm. One day turns into one week, and you feel the opposite of popular. Disconnected. Please tell me I'm speaking to somebody. I feel like using phrases like "popularity contests" have a negative tone. It's not intentional. But, we click around to connect with others and market our own blogs. In the process we hope to gain a following in return. What else do I call it?

Don't misunderstand me. I love all of you! I enjoy connecting with other women and moms. I have met some incredible people over the last few months, and blogging has become one of my favorite things to do. The blogoshpere has opened up a whole new world for me. I have even made some friends. Totally unexpected, but I've met a few bloggers who I actually consider friends. Who would have thought?

But, I have to attempt to stay balanced. As much as I love this whole thing, and all of you, it has become something else I love to do, yet don't have time to do it. So how will I find balance? I have no idea.  But I'm going to start with a bit of housecleaning. I feel strongly that a blog should be quality not quantity.

So, I've decided to take my own advice. I am cleaning things up a bit around the shoebox and sifting through the boatload of thoughts that I have. When I need to think, I bake!

There's just something therapeutic about it.
I know that I can always turn these...
...into this.

I love a bit of certainty in life!

Be an encouragement to one another!
Hebrews 3:13



At October 30, 2010 at 1:09 AM , Blogger Shell said...

I think you already know that I have been struggling with this, too.

I hope that you can find that balance.

At October 30, 2010 at 7:17 AM , Blogger Jessica said...

You never know when something you might just feel like you're blabbing about is a help to someone else.

Hope to hear more from you soon!

At October 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM , Blogger cooperl788 said...

I know what you mean. I went through this a few months ago. I woke up one day and realized that I didn't care if I ever had 1 more follower. I only wanted to read the blogs that I liked, so I was only going to follow blogs that I actually wanted to read. And I wanted my readers to be that kind of reader too. Since then, I've found it SO much more fun to blog again.

At October 30, 2010 at 10:49 AM , Blogger Sara said...

Aaaghh. I feel your frustration. I have the time to blog endlessly, follow endlessly, and comment all I want. BUT it won't always be that way and sometimes I wonder if I should get out and do more in real life, lol.

Lately, I've had stories to tell, and I can start them in my head, but nothing comes out. I want my blog to be more meaningful, but I'm struggling.

I hope you find a balance, and I hope that you keep writing, even if you never answer another comment, or only post once a week. I heart you!!

At October 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Dawn said...

I've been there...I really had to take a breather and remember why I started blogging to begin with and stay true to self.
Your banana bread looks wonderful!

At October 30, 2010 at 2:56 PM , Blogger Jenn said...

Trust me...I know exactly what you mean. Hope you find the balance you are looking for! :)

At October 31, 2010 at 2:57 AM , Blogger Heather Pranitis said...

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At October 31, 2010 at 2:59 AM , Blogger Heather Pranitis said...

Sometimes we need a breather. I picked up this cool little book a few weeks after I started my blog - for days I am stuck: The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood. It will be added to a few stockings this Christmas - to the writer's in my life. However, it seems as though the baking helped?


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