And what we need...less computer time.
Did you know most bloggers quit before two years? Maybe life got in the way. Maybe it became less fun. Maybe it became "too much". Maybe it was starting to feel like (gulp) work. This is my third year of blogging. Awhile back, I implemented three things that I do /don't do regarding my blog to help me keep it going around my life and not the other way around.
1. I schedule my posts. I write them before my kids get up or after they go to bed-- never in between-- and then I schedule them to post when I want them to post. This way, my kids know that they are more important than blogging, not the other way around. This way, I don't miss anything. Before I adapted this policy...I missed too many moments that I knew I would regret missing later. Internet is forever. Children are little only once.
2. I don't respond personally to every comment. I do however, try to respond to every post that receives a comment. That is not to say I don't value each comment any post receives (I do!). But I value my family time more. Did I mention I do read and value every comment? I do.
3. I Keep it in perspective. I'm writing a blog not the Magna Carta. It's probably not as important as I think it is, even on those days I think it is important (in the grand scheme of things, its not). If I don't take it (myself) too seriously in the grand scheme of my life's work, then I don't feel stressed or pressured to do more or feel I am not doing enough. Because I am then free to just be.and enjoy what comes. and feel blessed, not stressed.
But, I want my blog to grow. Because I enjoy it. Because I have something to say. Because I have a unique perspective (Waldorf inspired homeschooler who happens to be a speech-language pathologist, who happens to be homeschooling typical and special needs learners). I don't want my blog to grow because I am slaving to facebook or putting endless hours in front of a PC screen.