Finding Your Voice
(Day #30: 30-Day Blog Challenge)
The first thing I want to say is CONGRATULATIONS to everyone that participated in the Chatterbug 30-Day Blog Challenge! Whether you made it all 30 days or you missed some along the way, that’s ok. You blogged and that’s what we wanted. When Kim & I started this challenge we never realized the impact that it would have and I don’t think that we knew exactly how “long” 30 days was either. lol
Kim & I talked a lot about blogging throughout the challenge and where we’re at personally with our blogs. It was during these conversations that I realized, that I had found my “blog voice” and the direction that I want to continue in. I won’t lie; this challenge has been difficult and there were many times I thought about giving up. Even though I had planned out most of my posts, I never factored in how much time I would need to put them together.
I can’t tell you how much sleep I have lost during this challenge and while I don’t regret the late nights and early mornings, I do wish that I would have taken it a little easier on myself. Did I need a big post every day? Did I need to do a 6 part Hometown Series? Did I need to spend that much time on each post? No I didn’t and yet I am glad that I did. I give Michael a lot of credit for being patient when I didn’t come to bed, or I left bed early, or I refused to watch a movie after Shawn was in bed because I “needed” to blog. The only negative thing he has said, was when he asked me not to participate in any challenge like this again. I promised that I wouldn’t.
I’ve said that I don’t have the time to do both of my hobbies; scrapbooking and blogging. If I spent my time blogging, I couldn’t scrapbook and if I was scrapbooking, blogging took the back seat. Over the past 30 days, I have realized that blogging can be extension of my scrapbooking. There are so many stories and memories of my life, that I don’t always have time to scrapbook but I can quickly type up a post and at least it’s recorded somewhere. I already treat Facebook as a memory keeping tool (for the most part), so it just makes sense that I use my blog in the same way.
So with that being said, I am proud to say that this is the new direction of The Weekend Housewife. I will continue to share the fun activities, recipes and our everyday life but mixed in are going to be memories, stories and photos of my past. I am no longer going to be worried that no one will want to read about something as silly as “corn soup” or about my childhood tea party. I am going to post it all regardless because I don’t want another moment to go by, without these stories being recorded in some fashion. Whether it be in a scrapbook, on Facebook or my blog, the stories of my past and my present life will be there for my family.
I hope you all continue on this journey with me and can take a peek into my entire life and not just the present. I won’t be blogging everyday (nor do I want to) because I know that it’s just not worth the pressure or the toll that it takes on me and my family. I will however be posting a few times a week and I will no longer feel guilt about not blogging for 5 days. That’s not what this blog is about anymore and I am at peace with it. I am however, going to be taking a week off from blogging starting tomorrow. Not to worry, I will return and who knows what I will have to share with you all. 🙂