I have a confession to make. This whole blogging thing has beaten me down lately. Can you believe I have been at this for almost 6 years? I can see how it has taken a downward slide lately. I was talking to an old friend of mine who mentioned that I just don’t update as often and he missed reading it. We talked about how it used to make him either laugh, think or just get a glimpse into my life. You know what? I miss that blog, too. I thought maybe I fell out of love with blogging and was ready to move on, but that just isn’t how I really feel. I really enjoy writing over at Parenting because I get a chance– the freedom– to do what I love to do: tell stories. Maybe the chance to make someone laugh or think. Or just laugh because thinking can be overrated.
I have been talking to friends of mine who have been at this for a few years as well and they have felt it, too. And it isn’t just burn out. I don’t think it is all about how much things have changed either. Though, that is a lot of it. Back “in the day” when some of us started blogging it was story telling and commenting and hanging out on each others’ blogs to share our lives and stories. SEO? What is the world was that? Reviews? That was just when we laughed at someone else’s stupid typos in a post. Blogging trips? That was when you went to another blogger’s home to visit. It was just different. It’s not like I am sitting in a rocking chair talking about the good old days and yelling at the new bloggers to get off of my lawn. Change happens. “Blogging just isn’t as easy as it used to be.”
I am at a turning point in this whole thing. I either remember why I love blogging and get to it or I play the game that the new wave of blogging has become or I quit. Well, let’s just say upfront that quitting is not an option for me. I love writing. I love telling stories. I love my corner of the Internet– cobwebs and all. But phoning it in and posting only because I am being told I have to by someone else who has no interest in my blog but in my pageviews or even just writing to say “Hey, look! I have a blog!” are not acceptable to me anymore. Write or get off the blog.
And then my dorkner-in-crime wrote such a brilliant post that I am going to cut it paste it right here.
No. Not really.
I am going to “steal” (see I used quotes so the word doesn’t count as real) how she modified the brilliant list of 20 Affirmations that the amazing Jennifer James wrote for Busy Mom Bloggers. Because reading them was good. But personalizing them? I am all over that. You know how we recoving addicts love the whole affirmation thing. We dig that stuff. So with credit to Jennifer for her affirmations and admiration to Liz for her idea to add her personalization and lust for Dwayne Johnson for his yummy goodness, I share my version of the 20 Affirmations for THIS mom blogger.
- I love my blog. (When I look back at some of the wonderful stories I used to tell, I am proud. I do love my blog. It is like another child…but without attitude. Mostly.)
- My job as a mom blogger is to be true to myself. (When did it become about anyone else but me? No more, my friends. Authentic me. Which may mean no makeup when I post vlogs. Sorry.)
- There are plenty of opportunities for everyone. (Remember Blog It Forward? I don’t want to save the world. I want to share it with others. If it weren’t for bloggers like Buzz, I would have stopped years ago.)
- Meeting new mom bloggers is an experience I treasure. (Like the Girl Scout song…make new friends, but keep the old…one is silver and the other gold–and a few platinum in there as well.)
- Mom blogging is a cherished gift. (Don’t believe that? Read this.)
- I am a great blogger. (If you can laugh at me, you will feel better about yourself. If I can, you can.)
- I am not afraid to challenge myself as a blogger. (Challenging myself as a blogger brought me an agent. Why stop now?)
- I have an influential voice in the blogosphere. (I have been here 6 years. If you know the term babble-assing, my job as an influencer is a success.)
- I am grateful for my blog. (Every time I get to spew my spewage.)
- I am thankful for each and every one of my readers. (Both of you that are left. You rock!)
- I am appreciative that my family supports my need to blog. (And my need to write about them. Or not.)
- Every experience I have had as a blogger has been worth it. (Every. Single. One. Even…the really bad ones that still hurt and still make me sick to my stomach.)
- I am thankful for my ability to write. (I cannot imagine NOT writing. Even if you don’t read. I will write.)
- It is gratifying to know I am chronicling my life’s journey for my children and grandchildren. (Don’t believe that? Read this.)
- My blog is my personal sanctuary. (My house. My home. My place to be me. And overshare. And stuff.)
- I will do my part to make the mom blogosphere a nurturing community. (You want link love? I am there. You want help? I am there. You want money? I am offline.)
- My blog is an extension of myself, not my whole self. (I am real when I am here. But my whole life is not chronicled here. You cannot expect that. What you will always get is my authentic self, though.)
- I will cherish every comment. ( I really, really do! I love hearing from you. You make me want to write better posts for you!)
- I love being a creator of good content. (And forgive myself for the awful stuff.)
- I am a mom blogger and I love it. (So THERE!)
And as we are so fond of ending meetings with…Keep coming back. It works if you work it!