Thursday, May 1, 2014
I think I'm having a blogging crisis of faith. There's no one thing I can blame - just a combination of factors leading me to re-evaluate what I do here. There's a part of me that loves blogging and wants to continue indefinitely, but there's also a part of me that's over it. Within this niche of lifestyle parenting blogs, I'm over the cliquiness, the meanness (on sites like gomi) and the materialism.
I've been noticing lately that it seems like Instagram is taking over. I used to get so many wonderful comments on my blog that would lead to conversations over email, and relationships formed. Nowadays, I get way more comments on Instagram photos than I do here, and I'm left wondering, is anyone reading? Perhaps this is just the direction we're going - more towards micro-blogging, where Instagram and Facebook will replace longer posts.
Then there's the question of privacy… An irresolvable issue that comes with the territory of blogging. I've always been careful to maintain my privacy (and to completely protect my husband's) but now I'm left struggling with what to do about my daughter. I love sharing photos of her, connecting with other mothers and reflecting on our journey as a family. But I worry about this whole generation of children, growing up online without much say in the matter. Is it fair of me to share what I do, or will 10 year old Clementine prefer I hadn't? I wasn't too worried about this before now, but with her first birthday approaching, I feel the need to re-assess where I stand.
Monetisation has also been on my mind. I know this is a loaded topic, and the truth is that I think it's great that people are able to turn their blogs into a career. That said, I'm finding all of the sponsor posts, and c/o's in blogland overwhelming. It seems to counter the message of minimalism that is often portrayed. Personally, I'm all for supporting independent businesses and other bloggers (hence the links on my sidebar, all of whom are friends I trade with) but I have made the choice to turn down opportunities to work with big companies, especially if their values and ethics don't align with my own. It's a decision I stand by, even if it means turning down a paycheque. I really value all of you who come here, read my stories and share your own and I never want you to feel that my content is influenced by financial incentives.
Another worry of mine is time. I can be a perfectionist, and the writing, photography, editing, and formatting of a post can take me a long time. For this reason I've been blogging a bit less lately; where I used to post 4 to 5 times a week, I now post once or twice. Sometimes I have so many ideas in my head they could be a month's worth of posts, but I'm learning to just let some things go. I'm also learning to find the balance between being in the moment/documenting the moment. This is a hard one for me as photography is truly a passion of mine, but sometimes I just need to leave the phone and the camera at home and be with my daughter and my husband.
Given all of that, I will continue this space because I love it and I'm not ready to let it go. So many beautiful blessings have come about because of this blog, and for now, they outweigh the negatives.
How do you feel about blogging?