I've been blogging for 3 years on this blog, but I began in 2007 with a private blog for family and friends. Like so many other Mom bloggers, this has been a great outlet to express myself and just meet other people from so many other places that I would have never had the pleasure of meeting otherwise.
Here on Inchworm Chronicles, my home on the web, there are 217 posts contained in these "pages" and lots of resources that I found that I wanted to spread the word about. Did you know 43 of you have found what I have to say interesting enough to subscribe to my posts? Thanks for that! It is a small number, comparatively to the many blogs with thousands of subscribers, but you are special to me!
Knowing there are people interested in what I have to say keeps blogging relevant to me. I already have an online family journal for just my husband and I, so this blog is my own forum to talk about what's meaningful to me. Comments tell me who my audience is and who wants to hear more. Thank you for those of you who have commented in the past.
Since I started blogging, social media in various forms has exploded. Infographics abound and many people don't have the attention span or patience to read something that they can't glance at and get a general idea of it in 10 seconds.
Somehow, sharing my ideas and thoughts and neat things I find has lost some of its excitement because anything I share can be found anywhere else. I miss a lot of the Blogger mom blogs in the "old days" (what, like 6 years ago?) where the layout wasn't anything fancy and the posts were simply daily musings of mothers. It was like a good sit-down with a cup of hot cocoa and a nice long chat.
I do miss the simpler times, when blogging was new for so many mothers. As I admit this, I feel like Miss Matty lamenting the intrusion of the railway into her corner of England from book/movie "Cranford". ;-)`It seems like "sharing" has changed with the times, not only the ways it's done, but also the reasons for it. The desire for connectivity alone has made way for the desire for ambition and building businesses and popularity, in many cases. I am sad because with the changes, some good things get lost along the way. Like the human connection!
Since blogging for me, at the root of it, has been about connection and creativity, I am taking a blog break and putting my attention and focus into human connection offline. Spending time with my husband and kids and doing my creative work as a Mom and homemaker is where all my creative energy is flowing currently, and I am okay with that. The little time I have leftover is spent on enjoying time with my friends and extended family in real life, even using "old fashioned" telephones! I still enjoy reading others' blogs and learning from you and enjoying what you have to share.
Thanks for walking the path with me here. Perhaps I will be back to blogging, time will tell. Until then, my blog here will remain up and available to peruse. My heartfelt wish for you: May life be sweet for you and each day be a blessing come true!