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I haven’t written a blog post in six months.
S I X M O N T H S
And I’ve stopped introducing myself to people as “A Blogger”.
I’ve stopped checking my Google Analytics, almost totally quit social media and rarely hang out in blogger groups anymore.
You may wonder…why?
In all honesty, I didn’t like what life as a blogger was doing to my family. I found myself spending hours in front of the computer, either writing blog posts, editing photos, managing my social media or reading up on the latest and greatest industry trends, and that was time I wasn’t present for my husband and kids. So I consciously decided to pull back from life online and focus on being a mom.
And during that time, I’ve realized I’m not really the person I thought I was when I started this blog three years ago. I set out to chronicle my successes as a Waldorf homeschooling, attachment parenting, micro-homesteading traditional foodie with all the answers, and that isn’t who I am. It was a disaster when I tried homeschooling my teenager. (Although I did a pretty great job with my preschooler.) I can’t keep a sourdough starter alive. We buy generic honey nut Cheerios in bulk because it costs a fortune to feed two adult men and a growing preschooler organic, unprocessed food all day every day. The half and half I put in my coffee isn’t organic and it’s ultra pasteurized. I do have chickens and a big garden though, so the micro-homesteading stuck.
So what is the future of this blog?
I’ve gone back and forth over the past several months wondering whether it would be best to just quit blogging altogether, start over with a fresh new blog, or just blog here as I feel like it, about what interests me now and is relevant to my life.
I’m not going to lie, the last option scares the heck out of me. I think of posts I’d like to write, but then I worry what people’s reactions will be. Will they judge me? Stop reading and unsubscribe? Leave mean comments?
I guess I’ll find out. For now I plan to continue posting on this blog when I have the time, and about things that are authentic. I might post recipes that aren’t perfect “real food”. Consider yourself warned.
Be authentic. Be you.