Blogging Promotes Self-Awareness and opens a door for self-criticism. We are our own worst critics and I am pretty hard on myself. How has blogging made me self-aware?
We should start off with my story. I started blogging in January 2012 when I found out we were pregnant (surprise). The blog was supposed to track my life as we moved from a family of 4 to a family of 5. During that timeframe, couponing”was all the rage. I tried to blog about that, DIY projects, and my photography.
My blog has never been consistent in its content. I am all over the place in real life so it didn’t surprise me that my virtual one ended up the same way. In 2015, I had 3 deaths in the family (January-April) and we had to put down our first “child” after almost 12 years (February). I went on a deleting spree! I was lost and couldn’t find myself.
I haven’t been able to find myself yet. Death makes you question many things, and my blog was one. I didn’t blog much in 2015.
Here I am now. I was offered an opportunity to guest post on a very popular blog monthly. I don’t have everything together but I feel more structured. I am hoping 2017 ends up being better.
In this whole process, I have learned that being happy is hard. Writing content that will gain followers is even harder. I have learned that I do not have a niche just yet but I need to find one!
When I sit down to blog, it is usually at night. I procrastinate too much and that leads to many late nights. The late nights make for very rough mornings. It’s not too bad but I need a system and structure in my life!
The late night blogging is my main timeframe because of the kids. Homeschooling keeps our house a little chaotic and clutter builds. I have the kids pick up and help me in every way possible. Without them, I couldn’t get everything done. Yes, I even make them dust the floorboards.
Now that I somewhat have my homeschool/blogging life together, I know I need to block off time for me in the daylight hours to schedule posts and work on graphics. I need to take on less extras outside of the house and focus more on inside with the kids. Blogging is fun but it isn’t when I become cranky in the morning with the kids!
What has blogging taught you?