|The closest we'll ever get to a beach shot of me here.|
Let me just go ahead and say it: I need a break. A blogging break.
My mind is overflowing with ideas for this space, how it has changed over the years, what I want to write about, and how to better interact with you. I've got lots and lots of ideas, but I'm running into lots and lots of issues. Maybe you can help?
(1) Scope - A Work in Progress has always been about the core issues in my life, motherhood and faith. But should I also write about other things that interest me, like home projects, books, and good causes around town? I need some border lines. (And now I've got Madonna in my head.)
(2) To link-up or not to link-up? That is the question. Link-ups have been a great way for me to get to know other bloggers. Soli Deo Gloria, for example, (where I'm linking up today) is always wonderful. But others have left me feeling flat - I visit, but no one visits me. Or, I run out of time to visit others and feel guilty for linking up. I probably need to link up once or twice a week, and that's it. I think I just answered that question.
(3) Social media - Ugh. It takes up so much time. I've got to find a way to do it better. I'm on Facebook. I do a little bit of Pinterest. I have a love/hate relationship with my smart phone. I notice that the more I'm on it, the more my sons beg to play games. It's annoying, because they are imitating my addiction. I admonish them to limit screen time and look up - but what about me? So I can't imagine when I would have time to do Twitter, Instagram, or anything else. Yet I feel like I "should" be. Does blogging require it? Is "everyone" living life with multiple accounts? Where do I draw my border lines? (Again, with the song!)
(4) Hobby or income? I suppose this one will answer the rest. If writing is a source of income, then the social media aspect starts to make sense. Generating traffic from multiple venues isn't wasting time, it's working. But I've got to find time. (See below.) And do I want to go there? Would making this more than a hobby change things too much? Is it the natural next step? If so, how do I do it? Advertising here or writing more elsewhere? Oy.
(5) Time. This is the hardest part for all of us with "side interests." When do I squeeze it in? Early kindergarten kills my mornings. Working part time, trying to exercise and the occasional errand zaps preschool hours. Nap time is gone and by bed time I'm either brain dead or need to catch up with my husband. Often both :) Now that summer is here, those snippets during school hours are gone. I need to adjust, and plan for the future.
So, those are my blogging issues. If you're still reading, I'm sure you're just as exhausted as I am. I know that I need to step back and think. But if you've got ideas to share now, let's hear it. I'd really value your opinions . . .
All that being said, I'll be around. Not finishing the 30 Sayings of the Wise series would keep me up at night. (We're on Number 26, by the way.) I'll keep writing for Out to Eat With Kids, and I know I will need this outlet for writing when the words and my soul demand it. Still, this rings so true:
In order to write about life first you must live it. - Ernest HemingwayI need to pause from consistent writing, think, and live this summer. Going to the beach, playing with the boys, working, and running our home, that will be easy. Letting my creative ideas grow roots, considering where I want to go, and how to get there, that's going to be hard.
Meanwhile, can I just say thanks for being here? Thanks for your comments, both online and in person. (Thanks for lurking - it's really okay. I do it all the time.) Thanks for sharing, praying and growing together. Thanks for being my friend. It's awesome, in the true sense of the word "awesome," to be able to chat, encourage each other, and be friends here. I want more of that, and less of the questions. That's what I'm working on this summer.
That, and the photos that need to be backed up, the boxes of school art that need to be sorted, and the countless projects we all fool ourselves into thinking we are going to tackle each summer. I know you know what I mean.
So, promise you'll stick around and check in? I'll be in and out, and hopefully when I'm back on a more regular schedule the changes will be beautiful and obvious.
See you soon,
Linking with the ever-faithful:
Soli Deo Gloria
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