Lately I've been missing the good old days of blogging. For me in the beginning. blogs were about sharing stories, ideas, inspiration, and the thrill of connecting with people that got you. Now I think we're trying to take in so much as quickly as we can that we just speed through our blog readers, then on to pinterest, twitter, facebook, Instagram and an endless number of other digital ways to suck up our time. That's not bringing pleasure to my life.
I'm in the middle of a personal epiphany and I realize I want less but better in every aspect of my life. I want the things I own, people I surround myself with and the way I spend my time to add something to my life. I've also cut way back on screen time to make room for more important things. I'm trying to limit my time to things that encourage, or inspire me.
Much of blogging has become so impersonal. It seems so much like a sport. It's competitive and commercial. It's about traffic, branding and advertising. Not to mention the perception of perfection being distributed as real life on so many blogs. That's fine if that's your thing. It's just not my thing and I'll be honest I don't want to read those blogs. When I go to a blog and the front page has 20 tabs and is covered with ads I suffer from sensory overload and hit that little x button straight away. I'm a simple girl. I like blogs that are genuine. I want stories, creativity, ideas and to feel like I'm visiting with a friend, sipping cocoa and eating scones in her kitchen. I hope that is the way my blog makes you feel.
I think all of this has been keeping me from blogging regularly. This space is important to me and to my family. A few weeks ago my little one was having a bad day at school and when she told me that she started reading back through my blog at school to make herself feel better and to get in a happy place it made my Momma's heart about burst. I couldn't be there with her to encourage her and hug her but my blog could be. That made me so grateful for this blog.
So I've decided that I'm embracing the old ways. I've added back my blog roll of the creative, inspiring blogs that I visit most often so that I can click right over and read and comment on their blogs for a more personal blog reading experience and I'm still using my blog reader for the rest of the blogs I follow but wanted to use it more sparingly because it's hard for me to feel connected when I'm using a reader.