Saturday, January 9, 2016

Change of plans...

Well, it's been a while ... like three months ... since I wrote.

I could say I've been MIA due to just being busy (October - New Year is my busiest time - birthdays, holidays, work deadlines, etc.), but there's more to it than that.

Honestly, blogging was getting on my nerves.

Not the writing part - that part is fun. But the publishing part, the technical part.

That's no fun.

See, I let my priorities with this here little corner get skewed. I've been focusing on learning how to increase my views and how to optimize my SEO (whatever that means!), figuring out the best time to post on social media, trying to find ways to get my blog "out there" by commenting on other, more popular blogs ... basically anything to get people to visit and stay.

I got bogged down in the techy stuff (which I am not good at), which finally led to boredom with my own blog.

Not a really good place to be when you're trying to increase interest.

I thought about giving it up altogether, but several things have happened over the last few weeks that are telling me I need to give it another shot.

First, my mom (biggest fan - Thanks, Mom!) told me that she enjoyed my Proverbs 31 posts and that I had good insights and that she actually learned a lot from them. (Side note: I plan on finishing those, maybe for next October's 31-Day Challenge.)

Then, a coworker gave me similar encouragement, telling me that I have a gift and I need to share it. (Blushing again just thinking about her praise - Thanks, Missy!)

And then, I read these posts from three different bloggers (Mrs. Gore, Emily P. Freeman, and Tsh Oxenreider) that really made me think. (Go read them ... good stuff! Also, I'm lazy and don't feel like paraphrasing.)

I realized that I've missed the bottom line. The point to all of this. The reason I started this blog almost 4 years ago now.

I started blogging because I want to tell stories. I want to make people laugh and think. I want to be an encourager, especially to other wives and moms who sometimes feel very alone or beat up or judged or whatever.

Most importantly, I want to glorify the One who makes it all possible.

So, I'm going to (attempt to) stop counting how many times I post per week. Or how many hits I get. Or how many FB followers I have. Or how many Instagram likes my pictures get.

Instead, I'm going to (try my darndest to) focus on the words and the stories and the people.

And I'm glad you're one of them!

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