why i want to blog more, not less

May 22, 2014

why i want to blog more

You may have noticed that for the past six weeks or so, I’ve been blogging every week day instead of my previous 2-3 times per week. I’ve always wanted to try a more frequent blogging schedule, and now that I have a little extra time in my days I thought I would give it a shot.

I’ve been second guessing my decision though. Every time I read a post about why someone is deciding to step back from blogging as often, or as personally, or at all, I think, “Should I be doing this? Am I wasting my time?” I also question whether or not I’ll be able to keep up with this; not that it matters to anyone if I don’t, but I’d like to be consistent.

So I’ve thought about it. And even though things might change and I might not be able to keep up with this, I’ve decided that I want to keep blogging more, not less. These are my reasons why:

1. Blogging is a constant creative outlet for me. I stay very busy, and I don’t have the right kind of dedicated time to work on most of the creative projects that I enjoy doing with my hands. But my life would be much poorer if I could only be creative every couple of weeks. Blogging is a creative process for me, and I am constantly composing posts in my head before I actually get to the writing part. So I find the whole thing very enriching in that way.

2. Blogging is an excellent form of memory keeping. This is so important to me. Even though I do Project Life and keep a small journal, they don’t capture everything. There are so many times that I’ve gone back to read old blog posts and it’s just fascinating to remember the things I wrote about.

3. My blogging friends are real friends. I know I could make online friends just as easily (or better) through Twitter and Instagram – and I have. But for me it all started with my blog because it offers a deeper insight than 140 characters allows. And personally, I still read the blogs of my friends even when I don’t have time to keep up with Twitter.

4. I just love blogging. I don’t know what it is about it exactly, but it’s so fun for me. I’ve thought about what life would be like if I gave it up, and that makes me sad. It’s a gut thing. So as long as it stays enjoyable and isn’t detracting from the important areas of my life, I’m going to keep doing it.

I’m NOT blogging more to grow my readership, make money, or eventually try to make a career of it. For now I really believe that blogging will (and should) always be a hobby for me. I enjoy being able to do a sponsored post here and there, but if I were to have to do it as a job it would instantly lose its appeal. I blog because I like it, and that’s it.

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Comments on why i want to blog more, not less

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    From Nora:

    I’ve been loving your posts the last month! You’re killing it with the great ideas and content and writing :)

    I can’t imagine my life without blogging! It’s part of who I am at this point in my life (and after doing it for the last 7 years…). If someone had told me when I was 21 that one of my bridesmaids would be a blogger turned real life friend, or that I would travel to meet strangers from the internet or that I’d have a whole table (and then some) of bloggers at my wedding? I would have laughed and said they were crazy. But this community means so much to me; to have so many people show up for me after mom passed and in all the good and bad moments in between is a huge blessing.

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    From Lauren W:

    I like your daily blogging. :)

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    From Melissa:

    I’ve actually challenged myself to blog every week day this month for many of the same reasons. Blogging is definitely a creative outlet for me as well plus I really actually like the “blog community.” There are so many cool blogger to connect with!

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    From Allison @ With Faith and Grace:

    I’m also working on blogging more! I noticed that for awhile most of my posts were pretty boring and just wasn’t putting the time in to sharing my story and connecting with people. So I’m hoping to kind of do a revitalization of my blog!

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    From chris stagg:

    That chair and desk combo look great :)

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    From Sarah:

    I can’t remember how I found your blog but it was probably a few years ago and I’ve been reading ever since. I like the type of things you post and feel like we would probably be friends if we met in real life, which are the 2 main components of most blogs I read. :)

    I think about blogging a lot, and also wonder sometimes if I’m putting too much effort into something “silly.” But I’ve been doing it in some form since 1998 and it’s too much a part of who I am to stop. Weirdly, I was never a diary person, but something about the online nature appeals to me (even though I actually share less personal info than I used to).

    Anyway, I’m liking all of your posts!

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    From Melanie:

    I’ve been enjoying your posts! I’m glad you have some extra time for it right now.

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    From Sarah:

    I’ve really been enjoying your more frequent posts! I am one of those people who is taking a step back from blogging for the moment, but that’s just what’s right for me right now. Knowing me, I’ll get a couple good nights of sleep and be back at it stronger than ever. I’m just feeling so drained right now. I know more creative outlets are good for me, I just need a base level of restedness before I can function. I think I’ve been carrying a lot of anxiety over our upcoming move/husband’s job change, and it’s eating away at my energy.

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    From San:

    I can relate to this so much. I’ve been blogging for 10+ years and I cannot imagine NOT blogging anymore.

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