I started blogging just over two years ago. Over that time, I have seen my blogging take a journey that I hear happens a lot for many bloggers.
- First hear about blogging and think “that sounds like fun”.
- Start up a blog and spend hours trying to figure out how all the little details work.
- Blog sporadically – a post here, a post there. Only when you feel like it.
- Suddenly realize the vast vortex of blogging and end up reading, commenting, learning about blogging, etc for a huge chunk of your time.
- Begin posting more regularly because you realize just how much you enjoy it.
- Start getting a few more readers and making new connections.
- Eventually begin making comparisons and wanting to be like other “big bloggers”.
- Put a lot more time, effort, and pressure into blogging.
- Think “this can take up a LOT Of valuable time”.
- Realize that other bloggers’ style isn’t your own. Get frustrated. Go back to a more personal style.
- Blogging grows into a creative outlet. A community you love. A passion. You want it to flourish because you love it so much.
- Go back to putting a lot more time, effort…and eventually pressure into blogging.
- Get frustrated again and get *thisclose* to stopping for good. I even had an official “Goodbye, I’m leaving blogging” post drafted and ready to hit publish.
- Take a step back and think. What do I love about it? What don’t I love about it? What do I want to give others? What fulfills me? Is. It. Worth. It??
- Make decisions. Then, either stop or make changes. Stick with them.
My personal decisions and changes?
What do I love about it? The community and outlet to share myself and my passion for fitness and that healthy living can be fun for anyone.
What do I want to give to others? A source of support/empathy. A friend. New ideas for workouts. Motivation to strive towards a healthier life physically, emotionally, mentally, etc together.
What fulfills me? Helping others and being there for others.
What don’t I love about blogging? Well, I love it all now! What didn’t I love before? Before, I would often feel like I lived my life through the blogging lens. I would still go about my life and never did things “for the blog”, but I would constantly consider how I could craft my experiences into blog posts. My blog used to always hover in the background of my thoughts and experiences. I couldn’t just live. It drove me crazy. So much that I almost left blogging behind completely.
Until I made the decision to change. To align my blogging habits with what fulfills me and drives me (sharing and participating in the community while also helping others achieve personal fitness goals in a fun, realistic way). And to not have to share every piece of my life. So I can go out and LIVE.
Fully in the moment. Fully with my loved ones. And not stress the pretenses and schedules and numbers and self-imposed expectations.
Zoo with my best friend and our kids…far outweighs the need to draft up a post for Thursday. A dinner night out with my family trumps getting 100% caught up on my Google Reader. It saddens me that I wouldn’t always have approached life that way. I may have done those things…but worried about the blog in the niggling recesses of my mind. Now…I just live. And share it when I get the chance.
Go LIVE this weekend! Then share it later. Or not. It can be a special treasure of a memory in your heart and mind too. That’s 100% okay.