If you noticed recently, I decided to cut back on the amount of blogging and social media posting I do during the week. I wanted to see what life would be like if I reduced the amount that I was posting. This happened as a result of some very long conversations I had with myself.
I said, “Self, would my life be gentler?” Surprisingly, the answer did not come so easily. I love to post samples on my blog and talk about the way they were created and the products that were used. But frankly, so do many other folks. I know your time is valuable and I am pretty sure you do not spend all day catching up on all the different blogs out there, so it would make sense that my stats and page views would be low.
I’ve thought long and hard about this. Anyone who blogs knows that it can be rough! But this is different. This was more than just discouragement about page views and stats.
I was starting to think that maybe blogging and keeping up with my business Facebook page was like the proverbial hamster cage. It has been about a year and a half since I started Your Stamping Teacher with the WordPress platform. I thought things would definitely be easier. Afterall, I had been blogging on my Blogger platform for nearly six years.
I kept thinking that if I could just function like a “well-oiled machine”, I would focus mostly on my creative passion, cardmaking. Unfortunately, I am not a full time demonstrator who works her business during normal working hours, has an assistant to do the day to day chores of blogging, making videos, editing videos, creating e-books, creating online classes, stamping samples, bookkeeping, keeping up with social media (facebook, twitter, instagram), blah, blah, blah, you get the idea! It began to taking up more and more and more time.
Actually, it isn’t really funny at all. It became stressful. The more I got into blogging and the more I tried to “grow” my blog and facebook page, and my twitter page, the more the blogging-related tasks just grew and grew.
For me (and I am pretty sure I am not alone in this) the tasks involved in growing a blog started to take over my life. I found that growing a blog involves SO MUCH MORE than just writing. I have become an insomniac thinking about the social media part of it.
So what is life like without blogging everyday? I can honestly say that my stats are the same. I don’t know why that is?! My Facebook page has taken a bit of a hit, because and to be honest, I am enjoying my life and not feeling the need to post every hour or so about mundane things.
Can you tell that I am relaxed?! Could it be that warmer weather is here? Could it also be that I love to be outdoors working in my garden or tending to my honeybees?! Probably! I love to cook, especially for my husband. Growing up in a family where food was important gives me great pleasure. I am back to exercising more because I don’t want that time to slip away from me.
For the future, I will be adding classes to my summer schedule, enjoying my club nights with my local stampers, making samples from my recent Stampin’ Up! order, tending to my ever growing garden, maybe even getting chickens, going on vacation to the Jersey Shore and definitely flying out to see my kids in Oregon AND most of all, enjoying a glass of wine or two with my husband on our patio listening to all that nature provides us in our backyard.
Funny, the tagline of this post is Why I don’t Blog Everyday, but I hadn’t been doing much savoring because I was too busy blogging. I’m so grateful that I realized what was happening because the last thing I want is to let this season of life pass me by while I’m too busy and stressed to notice.
What does this mean for this blog?
Originally I started this blog as a way to share my creative samples and let you know of all the great things in the Stampin’ Up! world, but I also realized that it is not possible to keep a full time job AND do this one AND have my Bee Girl Soap business.
In the coming months when I am off from the school year, I hope to be taking my website in a slightly different direction. I will keep in touch with my newsletters and to those of you who read my blog, I appreciate each and every one of you. I value your comments and I love getting to know you in this virtual world of blogging. That is why it was important for me to share with you why you haven’t seen much of me lately. I am still going to blog when I feel inspired and excited to share, but the rest of the time I will be hanging out and enjoying life at home so that it doesn’t slip away.
Please let me know how you feel about this. Don’t worry! I am not leaving the stamping world because, you know, I just can’t stay away.