I admit it: I’m having a hard time with blogging these days.
Over the last few months I’ve put a lot of thought into whether I should continue to write, continue to share pieces of my life here, or whether I should just give it up.
When I started blogging life was so much different. I had no children, I was in college and engaged to my soldier sweetheart who was still in training. Blogging was brand new, so new that it was still kind of underground. It was a hobby only, a place for creatives to show off their design skills and a place for people to share different things about themselves. We didn’t make one cent – and I still have never made one penny – from blogging back in ’01.
But, oh, how things have changed.
My blog is now old enough to go into puberty and have baby bloggies of its own.
More importantly, my children are now old enough to hear about the things I post on Facebook or on my blog when they are in school. Last week I vented about a situation where a boy told my oldest something that hurt her feelings and, I worried, started something that will be hard to undo. She heard about it in school and felt betrayed by me. They even feel embarrassed when I post funny and good things about them.
And so I’m thinking of changing the way I do things. How do you other mommies handle this? Have you stopped blogging, just stopped sharing altogether, shared only certain things? I’m looking for advice and welcome your suggestions.
But beyond that, I don’t even know what to write about these days.
I started blogging so many years ago because I wanted our families to be able to keep up with us, I wanted to be able to cut up with my friends online, I wanted to share things about my (boring!) daily life. Now that Facebook and other means of social networking exist, what’s the point of blogging?
I’ve always been able to justify keeping the blog because I’ve used it to chronicle our lives, our day-to-day experiences, but I don’t know that I have time for that anymore. And, besides, we have Facebook for that too (I can export my timeline). I don’t use it for its original purposes anymore and I don’t make any money off of it, so why, exactly, am I keeping it up?
I just don’t know.