looking out, looking in.
you may have noticed i haven't been posting much lately. i've had a touch of blog burnout.
i'm still here: crafting, island adventuring, sewing, cooking new recipes, mothering. i just haven't felt moved lately to blog about it.
when i first started blogging- 3 1/2 years and 500 posts ago!- i wrote this:
About 2 years ago, ...I came upon this post in Hillary Lang's blog Wee Wonderfuls. ...I was immediately fascinated with her writings about her experience as a sewing, craft-making, stay-at-home mother. I felt an immediate connection to this person I had never met or spoken to (I still haven't). On her blog were links to other similar blogs (all mothers who make stuff!), and on those blogs still more links. Ever since then, I have regularly read Hillary's blog, my very favourite blog SouleMama ...and other great blogs by creative moms of young kids.
I am inspired every day by the things these crafty mamas make, by the beauty they find in everyday life and in their children, and reminded to make space in my own life for that creative part of myself. I am also inspired by the coast-to-coast community they have created in the blog world and the way that being part of this community seems to help them stay focused on creating. Staying home with young kids it is so easy to get lost in all the drudgery, in everything you haven't done in a day. It seems to me that blogging is a way to inspire myself to carve out time to be creative and to focus on the beauty I have around me every day.
Thank you, ladies!!
as I read those words i realize they are still true. I have made new friends and continue to be inspired as i write this blog and read others. I think part of my 'blog burnout' may be due to forgetting the most key part of words above- that i 'inspire myself to carve out time to be creative and to focus on the beauty I have around me every day.' it also comes from a sense of frustration i've felt as i witness blogs i like getting more and more popular, their authors getting book deals and the like. i sometimes feel like my blog is less than successful as I have garnered neither fame nor fortune.
pretty whiny, eh?
i have to remind myself that those are not the reasons I'm here!
(if you have a blog, you know that there are books and articles everywhere on how to get more readership and/or make money from your blog. if you read blogs, you have probably seen some of those tactics in action. while i wouldn't say no to a book deal and i would love to get paid to write this blog :) i have consciously made a choice to make my blog an anti-consumerist one. doing lots of product reviews and giveaways is a good way to increase your readership, and ads and sponsors can bring in some cash and most of us could use a little extra. But... i want this space to be about making and sharing, not buying stuff. we get enough of that everywhere else!)
so, 500 posts and it seems i do have more to say still! amazing. i am going to try to get back here more often. and i will continue to remind myself of the sentiment in this quote: "If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself."- Max Ehrmann
before i go, i have a favour to ask of you, dear readers:
leave a comment once in a while! i know lots of people stop by here every day- what do you think? i feel liking i'm talking to myself sometimes and it would be great to have a conversation with you all.
thanks for listening!