Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Blog Etiquette

THERE.SHOULD.BE.NONE!!!!

Can I rant a little bit? Sure I can! This is my blog! I love that!

I have been trying to reflect on why I blog, who am I trying to impress, what does it mean to me, am I searching for outside worth, etc.

At first, I started blogging just for fun.

Then, I forgot about that part and began blogging to keep up with the joneses.

Then, I got tired, because I realized I could never keep up.

Then, I started feeling like if I had ONE big break, then that would be IT for me and I'd be THERE. Not really sure where THERE was, but THERE.

Then, I realized that is foolishness and I was making my blog an idol in my life. 

Lately I've been seeing a lot of bloggers defending why they aren't blogging as much, because it is summer, or stating why they have been out of the loop in Blogland, or why there's not been much sewing done to show off.

Let me say this as clearly as I can.

IT.IS.SUMMER.

SUUUUUUUMMMMMEEEEEERRR!!! say it slow.....

Let go! Go get in a pool. Laugh with your kids. Spend the entire day outside. Play baseball with sticks and a tennis ball in the street with your neighbor kids. Go for runs by the river.


I n these reflections of mine what I have realized is that I personally like a slower paced blogging style. I do NOT feel the need to have a regularly scheduled program on my blog or to do a gazillion sewing tutorials for people to take notice. I did once, but not any more!

And what I think is that you should not feel guilty if you do not either.

I love blogging. I love the friends I have met through this online world. I love meeting people that are similar to me that I would not normally meet. I think that some people don't realize what this community is all about, but you develop little relationships which are fun and it is SO inspiring.

At one point, I thought I wanted to make my blog more like an online sewing business and pursue sponsorship. Then, I realized that I hated sewing for other people, for the most part. Yes, I am completely selfish in this area, unless it's making gifts for people, but the idea of keeping up an inventory for an online store, just is NOT what I want to focus on. And to be honest, I don't like feeling the pressure of deadlines to get stuff done! I did that once. It was called COLLEGE!

Although, I will admit that I do like doing "sponsored" posts where companies send me stuff to review. That is usually fun, for the most part, because I can say "YES!" or "NO!" to the items and getting free stuff is always fun. I actually have a really fun one coming up in August, too, which I am really excited about.

Sorry... back to the rant...

I really, really, really, really, really loved this blog post on tossing blog etiquette out the window. I feel like anyone that blogs "somewhat seriously" should read it. And I love her first two main resolutions the most.

Blogging WHATEVER you want WHENEVER you want and not worrying about the numbers.

I realize that I am saying this literally 5 days before I co-host my first official sewalong, but this is something that I have been thinking about seriously and I know that after Shorts on the Line is over, I myself plan on taking a much needed blogging break, except for a couple already committed to commitments in August.

I feel like I am in a really busy season of my life and this blog needs to compliment that, not overtake it.

This fall I am actually starting to take on running my mom's dance studio along with her. We will both be directing it, and I want to make more time for my family, so with all that said, I don't want constraints on me to do XYZ for the blog or XYZ for someone else sewing-wise. I want to have time for teaching some more Sew Classy Sewing Classes. I want sewing and blogging to be a fun outlet for my creative passion and otherwise leave it at that. I want to continue keeping the blog friends I have and maybe eventually add more.

I do not want to be a professional blogger. I am happy with that decision and I will be staying strong in that, but hey, I may need some accountability!

I hope I still can inspire my readers in the process of this new decision and enjoy how God made me to be.

And I'm glad I am making this decision now versus chasing it to the "top". I realize I may not be considered the coolest blogger ever or always be invited to everything, but this is who I am and I want my blog to reflect that!

So.... the moral of the story is "BLOG WHATEVER YOU WANT WHENEVER YOU WANT! And BE HAPPY!"