Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I've missed blogging.




About 6 months ago, I decided that I wasn't going to blog anymore. A bloggy friend had expressed concerns about people downloading pics of her kids from her blog and quite frankly it creeped me out. So I set my blog to private and decided that I wasn't going to put my family out there for the public to see.

But in these last couple of months I've really missed my blog. I've missed the connections you make through the blog community. It's different to other online ways of connecting. It's different to Facebook and Instagram. It's less about endless pictures (although I love the pictures on blog posts) with brief captions and it's more about writing, and about telling the stories of the pictures.

Having said all that, I'm going to make blogging a part of my life again. I have edited my previous posts to remove my children's names and identifying information, and I think that in the future my blogging about my family will be very limited. I can scrapbook their stories for them to see and for only our family to share. They don't need all that stuff out there online. I'm sure little bits and pieces about family life will show up from time to time, because that's what my life is.......family life. But I plan to be more selective about what I share. My kids are coming to an age when they don't want me blurting their every move on social media or on my blog and I respect that. There are lots of you who know my kids names - you are my friends in real life or online, but I won't be posting those details here on my blog any more.

You can expect to see me writing about me - my creativity through art and craft; my role as a mother, wife and homemaker; and my ponderings about life and the big wide world. I don't need a million followers. I truthfully don't care if I have any followers. I just want to blog for me, and if what I write is of interest to others then that's fine. Maybe we have something in common.
I've carefully considered the pros and the cons and to be honest, I think I can find a balance.

So that's where I'm at. I know lots of people out there who've given up blogging in favour of "easier" social media, but I also see a few people drifting back towards blogging. I've missed it and I'm glad to be back.


3 comments:

  1. I'm glad you're back, I like to know how you're getting on and appreciate your take on things. I relish our friendship that developed through blogging. Hope to hear more soon, Jo

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    1. Thanks Jo. It's good to be back. You may well be the only person who reads my blog these days, but that's fine by me! Lol! Isn't it great how friendships can be formed by just sharing a little bit of ourselves? Hope the marathon prep is going well. I so admire your running ability! I run vicariously through you :D

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  2. Sounds like a great plan Anita. There is quite a joy in blogging isn't there. I got a bit of a wake up when Hannah started googling her name during class and finding lots of pics. Did some editing and removed her surname (which is different to mine - handy) from the blog so the kids are more anonymous now and have also cut back on the pics I share on my public blog and check with them first before posting. So many social media etiquette/rules to navigate as they get older. Good to pause and reflect isn't it. Welcome back to blogging. I look forward to reading your posts.

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