I don't know about you, but as much as I love blogging, sometimes I struggle to find the meaning in all of it. I'm constantly weighing my priorities, always asking the questions "Where does blogging stand in my long list of things to do?" And "Is it worth the time?". Well I recently answered my own question after a lot of thought, and self-examination. And the answer is that if we aren't making our blog and our posts meaningful, then no, it's not worth the time. At least not for me. One thing I have really learned recently, is that our blogs only have as much value as the effort we put in.
So here's the question to ask yourself. What do you want out of blogging?
Before your blog can have any kind of real meaning, you need to know why you're doing it. I've found that the times when I have no direction, are the times that I start to waver and feel like I don't know where I "fit". That's not to say that you need to have a specific nitch for your blog, but I think it's important to understand your meaning, and to know what your ultimate goal is.
For me? The number one reason I blog, is to have one place I can write down all of my thoughts, especially on parenting. It's a really good way for me to reflect back and learn from my mistakes, and from my triumphs. Not to mention my kids will have a place to come and reminisce about their childhood. The second reason, is to make genuine connection with other moms/bloggers. The friendships I've made through my blog are invaluable. The third reason, to maybe make a little bit of money while I'm doing what I love.
Truth is, that I really don't care that much about the third reason I gave you. All the money I made last year through my blog, went into paying for BlissDom. And the reason I went to BlissDom was so that I could become a better blogger, and grow as a person as well. So really, all the blogging money I made went right back into blogging, and I'm cool with that.
So with all of that said, since the majority of the reason I write here is for ME, I will be starting a new series called Blogging For You. I'm no expert but I feel like I've come a long way in understanding why I blog. So I thought I'd share little tidbits of what I have learned as a blogger over the past couple of years. Hopefully I will touch on some topics that can help you find a little more meaning in what you do.
Lastly, if there are any topics you'd like for me to cover, I will do my best to work them into the series. Don't be shy! :)