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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bloggy Reflections

As always Shell's Pour Your Heart out Meme is a great place to be on a Wednesday. If you're new to it, check it out!

It's been about 6 months since I discovered the blog world. I was intrigued at the money saving tips I found online, and decided to click around a little and see what other tips were out there.

It didn't take long to discover that this underground world of adorable cartoon women was filled with so much more. Thousands of women sharing their stories online. I was hooked. I had to get a piece of the action! I wanted my own cute cartoon mom, my own adorable blog, my own readers, my own domain! Sigh...

Like always, I jumped right in without any planning or thought. I ran right out clicked around online and found somebody to help me make my blog a cuter place to be. Six months later, I'm realizing a few things.

I'm realizing that...
I don't need a cute blog to allow my voice to be heard.
I don't need an adorable cartoon to replace my real look.
I don't need to drop the {dot}blogspot to have a place people want to come back to.
I don't need to spend a lot of money on a blog design I've already outgrown.
I don't need to always hide behind my job as a mom and wife.
I don't always have to post something positive. People find encouragement in the comfort of company.
I don't need to be afraid to let me voice be heard.

I'm realizing that...
I do need to be true to myself and who I'm becoming. 

After staring this adorable cartoon mom in the face for six months, sometimes I feel like my blog no longer reflects who I am. Who I've become. The voice I have. In many many ways it does. But there's more to me.

I'm always honest in my posts. You know that, but I feel like breaking out of the mold of the blogger I thought I was going to be.

I'm realizing that after a few months of this amazing outlet to share my feelings and get to know me a little, I meeting someone new in me.

The past year has been monumental in my personal development. I've gone through and experienced things I haven't even gotten the courage to blog about yet. Curse those with an anon blog! Why didn't I think of that? I'm still experiencing things that will forever change who I am.

I'm different than I was. I like that.

Maybe the Shoebox will begin to reflect some of those changes? I don't know.

I sort of hope so. I'm not sure where God is leading me in the blogosphere, but the good news is...I know what I don't need to do.

If you're looking to catch up on Little Man's Birth Story from last week, you can see those posts HERE.
I was going to post Part 3 as my PYHO post, but what can I say? I changed my mind.


At December 15, 2010 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Dee said...

Hi, I'm stopping by from PYHO...the blog world has come to mean the same things to me! I wanted to let you know that I'm giving away a free blog design {by me} in my blog if you'd like to enter you can do so here...

I'm your newest follower!

At December 15, 2010 at 9:14 AM , Blogger ღღღ-Mumsy said...

You've said it all about blogging! I've also find the courage to say what I want to say, but gently enough not to hurt someone else's feeling..I've found a bit of me too..

Great post!

At December 15, 2010 at 9:20 AM , Blogger Janet Rose said...

We've come a long way from cutesy little diaries with a lock and two tiny golden keys to hold our deepest secrets from the world. :)
God bless as you take the next steps in whatever direction He leads!

At December 15, 2010 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Boobies said...

AMEN sista!! I totally 100% relate to everything you're saying. I LOVE the blog'o'verse!

At December 15, 2010 at 11:51 AM , Blogger Go Mommy said...

I still am working to open myself up in my writting, but I do love that I have a place to write things, thoughts, feelings, stories, you know!

At December 15, 2010 at 12:27 PM , Blogger We 2 Bees said...

Thanks for sharing, I'm over from Shell's! I loved your post, we have to be true to who we are. It's great how writing can help us develop who we are.

At December 15, 2010 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Shell said...

It's funny how blogging changes from how we first begin! I think your voice always comes through, though. But, if you want to make changes...well, I can't wait to see them!

At December 15, 2010 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

::nodding:: I feel the same about so much of that stuff too. You said it all.

At December 15, 2010 at 8:01 PM , Blogger Kim said...

I've also wanted to talk frankly about blogging lately. One of the things I think we can all get carried away with besides all the items you listed are the addiction to blogging. I sometimes have to step back and leave the computer off to get some perspective.

At December 15, 2010 at 10:56 PM , Blogger Mary said...

Stopping by from PYHO and I loved your post. I just started blogging this year and it's opened my world. I think it's changing who I am.

At December 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM , Blogger Heidi said...

That's so awesome that you've observed positive change in your life, girl!

Be brave - and and think your cartoon mama is super sweet - but I understand, everyone wants to freshen up their real and virtual space now and then. I made my header with picassa - easy peasy!!


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