Finding Your Voice

(Day #30: 30-Day Blog Challenge)

The Weekend Housewife - Finding Your Blog Voice

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. 🙂

21 thoughts on “Finding Your Voice

  1. Toni

    Hi Jules, dropped in to wish you a Happy Semptember and a Happy Labor Day. Hope this holiday is filled with blessing for you and your family. 🙂 Hugs

  2. Suzanne McClendon

    Hi Jules,

    I wish that I had known about the Chatterbug College sooner. I would have loved to be a part of the 30 day challenge.

    Thanks for visiting my blog PS Annie! Please tell me how I can follow your blog. I found the follow buttons for FB, Pinterest (following you there), and the e-mail symbol, but the e-mail choice isn’t working for me. When I click it, it just pops reloads the blog page, not giving me anywhere to input my e-mail address.

    Have a great day!

  3. Judy

    Hi Jules! I’m sure glad that you didn’t give up the blog challenge! I so enjoy reading about your days, & sharing in your life. I have always blogged just for the idea of keeping my memories there for myself & for my family. Elliot & Emily LOVE me sitting down & reading my posts to them. They love it even more when I share pics. I started my ‘Think Back Thursday’ post because I thought about all the older memories – the stories I have tucked away in my memories & heart – memories that my family might not know if I don’t share them. So I can honestly say, I am back to blogging for good. It does take a long while to get the post written – especially with photos, but it’s worth it to me. I can’t wait to see your future posts! Oh…almost forgot – my homework is finally done, so hope you find time to visit my hometown & leave a tag to let me know how you liked it. Have a blessed week Jules! Hugs

  4. Jeanne

    Hi Jules! I’ve really enjoyed all the posts you’ve had this month. I agree that blogging every single day is a lot of work. I wish I were able to participate more in the blogging challenge but August is always a very busy month for me.

  5. Melanie

    I’ve enjoyed visiting your blog and reading your entries although I didn’t comment each time. I didn’t participate in the challenge but I’ve been trying to be more consistent in my blogging and I too have been trying to find my blog voice. Have a great weekend.

  6. Susan

    Hi Jules, I liked your post and agree with you and that is why I have not stopped blogging since 200! I need to find a way to have a link to all my pages because I have them all. I have actually been able to look at my web pages when I scrap to reference back to. I have my scrapbook pages of my many vacations here to go back and look at. I have recorded the birth of my four grand kids and I can go back and show them. So glad to have you back. I have laptop and I sit in my chair by my hubby and play on the computer while he watches tv so it works for both of us. Thanks for the challenge. I really did enjoy your hometown pages. Nice since we won’t be able to go out that way this year like we planned. Hugs

  7. Kori

    The best part about this challenge was reconnecting with everyone 🙂 Though, of course I realize that the group does that as well, it almost brought me back to the good ole’ days with the family websites. I’m also glad to see it over because I had no idea as to what I was getting into by agreeing to a 30 day challenge like this, lol. And no more for me either.

    I’m glad that you found your blogging voice Jules and I look forward to reading more 🙂

  8. Kathy

    What a wonderful post Jules! I think you summed it up for all of us! I am going to continue to blog, not worrying about what to post about, but just recording my day, and be able to visit my blogging friends, as well as any new non blogging friends on ChatterBugs! I am so grateful to be invited to this group, and thankful for the little push to return to blogging again!

  9. Marge Lechner

    Hi Jules. I loved your entries long before Chatterbugs and always will. It’s your blog and you post as you please. I often talk about controversial subjects. I call it getting on my soap box. it’s my blog, I pick the topic. You don’t like it? Leave. Very simple. 🙂

    1. Jules Post author

      Thanks Marge! I love your topics because they often make you think about things. 🙂 Thanks for being a great friend all these years. Hugs!

  10. Toni

    Love, love this post Jules! And I’m so glad to have joined in on the 30 day challenge. I was almost thinking of not blogging that much anymore but now I’m going to blog just about every day again. Have a great day ahead my friend. Hugs 🙂

    1. Jules Post author

      Thanks Toni! It’s been really great feeling like it was the old days of blogging again and I am glad that you participated in the challenge too. I do hope you’re feeling better my friend. Hugs

  11. Kim

    What a fantastic post, Jules! I am so so happy that you found your blogging voice! You have inspired so many of us, if you realize it or not, you have. You know that I’m a friend for life. I LOVE everything you blog about no matter how big or how small. 🙂 Your hard work and dedication to this challenge showed with every single blog post, my friend. Enjoy your time off! Have a great Saturday! Hugs

  12. Danna Davis

    The best about this challenge was to find my blog voice too. Also my blog style. I decided for me I would keep most posts on one subject. Make it simple. Of course, there might be special times were I write more. Keeping up on three posts per week is not hard for me. It is all a lesson of what you can do and make it. I am grateful this challenge had me rethink blogging. Have a good week!

    1. Jules Post author

      Hi Danna, I am glad that you took some positive stuff away from this challenge too. It simply was unintended when we started but it was a good outcome for many of us. Hugs!

  13. Pam

    Oh Jules, what a great post! I love it that you have found your “blog voice”. I hope to find more of my “blog voice” as well. BIG HUGS to you my friend and happy weekend. xo

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Hiya! I’m Jules and I am the Weekend Housewife… I am a graphic designer during the hours of 9-5 during the week and the rest of my time is spent being a mommy, a wife, a cook and baker, a memory keeper and photographer and a crafter.

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