Future Of The Blog

Tomorrow is my last day of classes for the year. It seems that maybe I’ve managed to come out on the other side of my first year of library school with my sanity, dignity, and GPA more or less intact. Now, five months of time with Isabel stretches before me before I begin my second and final year of the program.

It is my hope that in this five months, I can revive this space a little, inject some more life into this blog, and rediscover the pleasure of writing in doing so. But, I’m a little lost on how to do it.

The conundrum:

I hesitate to embrace the world of mommy blogging. I struggle with the line between sharing my story and myself with the world while respecting Isabel’s story. How much of her life is mine to share? Right now, it’s so hard to tell. Just 9 months ago, she was me and I was her. Now that she is on the outside of me, that is changing so rapidly and every day she settles more into herself and who she is becoming. So, where do I draw the line between our stories? It’s a struggle that has kept me away from any serious blogging for the past 6 months.

And I want to come back; I really do. But when my days are spent with this adorable giggly kid and all the struggles that go along with first-time motherhood, what do I have left to write about? I don’t care enough about having a well-curated home to find myself back in the home blogger circuit in any real capacity. It’s a good day if I manage to get a chicken breast or two in the oven for dinner, so really, food blogging is out. I do hope to read plenty over the summer, and keep up knitting as much as I can, but will writing about those things satisfy the itch to string words together in a beautiful way?

Perhaps I need to stop over-thinking it all. Perhaps I need to set aside my worry and fear and just say all the things I want to say. Perhaps I need a reminder that this space is a space for me and my words and all that goes along with them.

I’m not sure yet. I’m still figuring it all out.

0 thoughts on “Future Of The Blog

  1. I can only speak to why I enjoy reading here, but with blogs that I've read for awhile, I actually just like hearing snippets about what's going on in people's lives, what issues are on their minds, etc., whether it's big stuff or little stuff. Especially where so many blogs now feel like you're seeing a veneer instead of the real person. I really liked your pumping tidbits posts and I think you have a different voice than a lot of blogs I read (and I really like that).

    In terms of sharing about kids…I tend to view my blog as a bit of an online diary – I do go back and read old posts about family, vacations, etc. and I like having a way to remember stuff I would forget otherwise. Obviously I'm aware that it's public, so I don't include things that I think would/could embarrass my child, my family or my friends. I think I share and talk about my life and the people in it just like I would with a co-worker, acquaintance or someone I just met – it's a "public" version of myself and my life. Of course, everyone's line in terms of what they feel is "private" versus "public" is different, so I guess you just have to go with what makes you comfortable, and be prepared for that to evolve as your life changes. Just my two cents!

  2. I agree with everything Amelia said. I always ask myself before clicking that publish button whether I'd be comfortable sharing what I'm about to post with a co-worker or acquaintance.

    I have loved reading your "Pumping Tidbits" posts, and I really admire your unique voice in your posts. You're a Mom, yes, but you're also a wonderfully intelligent, funny, thoughtful, and creative person, and I like how you're able to show little bits of yourself in every post you share. I struggle to do that with my blog, and I really admire how you're able to do it seemingly so easily! One thing I use my blog for is actually to help me build self-confidence – being able to express myself without fear of what people might think. I have a strong personality, but not a lot of people know that I struggle a lot with my self esteem. I think as long as you're comfortable with the content, you can share whatever you want – but that's easier said than done.

    I think regardless of what you write about, you have that voice that makes each post interesting and authentic. If you have to start slow, or change the nature of your blog, I think it only reflects how you're growing and changing as a person. Even if you were to post once a month, I'd still gladly read each post :).

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