The (Re)Birth of a Blogger

It’s been roughly six months since I last blogged regulary.  In some ways, I have missed blogging so much that I was tempted to just start back up again doing exactly what I was doing before.  But when I would pause, I realized that’s not at all what I wanted.

So I waited.  And I prayed.  And I waited some more.

I had to reevaluate what I really enjoyed about blogging in the first place, then assess the time I would be able to give to a blog.  I didn’t want to end up where I was when I stepped away six months ago – overwhelmed, overcommitted, undersatisfied, and seriously lacking a grasp on what matters most.

 

Here’s the truth:

– I work full-time, spending 12 hours a day away from home.

– I have a husband that I adore.  He’s my most favorite person in the world.

– I have a daughter that I adore, too.  She’s my second favorite person in the world.

– We love to do things together, whether it’s working in the yard, watching a movie, running errands, or taking a vacation.  As long as we’re together, we’re happy.

Six months ago, I was at a point in my life where none of those things mattered.  I blogged because I felt that I had built it up to a point where I just couldn’t walk away.  I couldn’t say “no” to a sponsored post.  I couldn’t go to bed at a decent time because I just had to finish editing photos, making a craft, writing a post, scheduling social media posts, or any of the other bazillion and a half things on my never-ending to-do list.

But I did.  I walked away.  And, for a while, I didn’t miss it at all.  It was such a relief to not have those committments anymore.

Time has passed, and I have felt the yearning to write again.  I feel the urging of my heart to just write, regardless of what it’s about, or if anyone will even read it.

But this will be different.  This blogger is reborn.  I don’t feel the need to follow the rules of blogging that state you should post 3-5 times per week, and share on all social media platforms, and stick to your niche, and put up sidebar ads, and write sponsored posts, and have a Pinterest-worthy photo, and on and on….

This time is different.  Vastly different.  And so much simpler.

It took six months for me to realize that it doesn’t have to be so complicated to be enjoyable.  I just needed to get my head on straight, reevaluate my priorities, and figure out what I really want to share.

So let’s get started, shall we?  Life happens here.

6 Responses

  1. Good for you! It’s awesome to know that I am not the only one who has felt like this. It’s so easy to get caught up in choosing the right pics, the right keywords, easy to forget your blog purpose.

  2. I saw this post that you linked to on twitter. I’m wondering how you are feeling one year after restarting your blogging.
    I love following you and especially seeing your bible journal pages. It has inspired me to think about what I am reading, now it makes me feel, and artistically express those feelings. My friend and I send each other scripture journaling page ideas on Pinterest now after seeing yours.

  3. Hey Aliza – that’s a great question. I feel like I have a solid focus on where I want this little blog to go, and sometimes I do still feel the overwhelm of the never-ending to-do list, but I’ve learned to recognize when that happens, take a step back, and remind myself to breathe. Nobody is holding my feet to the fire if I don’t post for a few days, and that’s refreshing.

    I’m so glad you enjoy the bible journaling! It really is an amazing way to connect with the Lord in a different way. Thank you so much for your encouragement! I appreciate you!

  4. You are so right Tiffany! I do have to keep myself in check from time to time, but I feel like I finally have the maturity of spirit to recognize those moments and take a step back without fear of the consequences. Thank you so much!

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