Today I’m reflecting. Reflecting on my blog. Side note – how obnoxious was that watermark yesterday? I was playing with a new way of watermarking – and at the time I thought it was great, but when I turned my computer on today, it made me gag just a little bit. So, I quickly made a new one that you can see in the picture below. Much better if I do say so myself. Anyway, life has been happening and I haven’t done much updating about it on the blog lately. If you follow me on Instagram, that’s pretty much the best way to keep up with me right now. I always have my phone with me, and it takes just a few seconds to take a quick snapshot capturing my daily (not so) exciting adventures.
Here’s the deal. A few months back, I started accepting offers to write various review and/or giveaway posts. While I love them and am so grateful for the opportunities, I ended up signing up for more than I should have. I over-committed myself. For many bloggers out there, it’s easy to do reviews each week, multiple even, on top of content posts, but for me I just can’t seem to find the time. I told myself when I started blogging that I didn’t want my blog to turn into a review/giveaway blog, but alas, if you look at my last couple of months, that’s indeed what it looks to be.
Let me be frank here, I like sharing products with y’all that I love, and I love even more when companies allow me to give one away to a lucky reader. The thing is, I only want to share products that I truly care about – ones that I am incredibly passionate about. I would never lie in a post and say that I like a product just because I got it for free, that’s not me. But, there comes a point that the review posts suck the motivation out of you, and that’s where I’ve found myself lately. More often than not, I would sit down at the computer all motivated and ready to write… the brain juices would be flowing and I’d have a great idea of something I wanted to share. Then, it would dawn on me that I had to review product A, with products B and C following closely behind. I would feel guilty writing a personal post, when I had other obligations out there that I needed to fill. It doesn’t help that I also like to spend a good chunk of time writing review posts because I want to make sure they are quality for my readers. Review posts are what people see when they google information about a certain product – I want my thoughts to be honest, thorough, and helpful.
So yeah. That’s my story. It’s like a vicious circle. But, I’m proud to say that I’m finally all caught up and it may or may not be what you want to here but I have no reviews or giveaways planned for the near future. This isn’t saying that I’ll never post them again, as I’m sure I will, but they will be few and far between.
Lastly, I want to mention that while I’ve had times throughout my blogging career where I’ve felt the desire to truly grow my blog, you know make a huge effort to get it BIG – especially when I got back from BlogHer. By big I mean where I post almost daily, grow my followers to be in the tens of thousands, and have fun doing it. But, I’ve come to terms with the fact that more than likely, this will never happen to me. Not anytime soon at least. I honestly don’t know how some of these moms do it. I’m a stay at home mom and just can’t find the time to devote to my blog like others can. Maybe I’m bad at time management, I’m not sure…but when Monkey’s awake, I like to be there playing with him, engaging him, and watching him learn and grow. The few times where I’ve tried to blog while he’s awake, I am left feeling extremely guilty. It just doesn’t feel right to me to stick him in front of the TV – every now and then, I’ll admit that I’ve done it, but I just can’t seem to do it on a daily basis. So, that leaves the majority of my writing time to his nap times and after he goes to sleep at night. My mom has been watching him for a few hours once a week so that I can go to the coffee shop and write, but still, it doesn’t leave a whole lot of time. It also doesn’t help that I’ve got a big craft streak in me…meaning I like to spend some of my downtime doing things like knitting, making wreaths, and sewing! I also recently joined a mom’s group, so I’ve been spending lots of time hanging out with other moms and babies. If my blog were to get huge, I’m afraid I wouldn’t have time for those sorts of things anymore. And then of course there’s the whole cooking and cleaning thing, but we won’t even go there. Aye.
Anyway, I’ll quit my rambling now. I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite some time, and I’m glad I spent today’s morning nap time doing just that. I hope it makes sense, I hope it didn’t offend anyone, and I hope I don’t lose any followers for it. If so, I apologize. Otherwise, I hope you stick around!
Are you a mom with a blog? How do you manage your time?November 1, 2012
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