Since we took a VBS school break last week and Tactile Tuesday is on vacation I thought I’d share 10 reasons why I blog.
1. Track our homeschool projects – which is great when my evaluating teacher is a blog reader!
2. Encourage others with our homeschool style & creativity. (Lord knows when I 1st started homeschooling I became a blog reader because no one I knew around town was doing it quite the same way).
3. Be part of a community of like-minded people and location is never an issue.
4. Opportunity to point it all back to Jesus.
6. Sharing life with family who we see once per year (or even some less than that) or my traveling husband – who really only checks Instagram.
7. Document the boys growth, success, and changes over a longer period. (fun to read 4/5 yr old posts)
8. Write out what I’m learning (faith) as writing is my means of really understanding.
9. Earn a little bit of cash from affiliate links – which pays for curriculum & supplies.
10. It’s fun and I enjoy it.
I do not consider my blog a ministry. I do not consider my blog a job. I do not consider my blog my life. If blogging is a chore – it’s not fun and I take a break. If blogging becomes too much fun – and I’m distracted from my kids – I take a break.
There is a place for blogging in my life.
Wonderfully – blogging is different for everyone. It can be a ministry. It can be a job. Blogging is unique.
When Blogging Turns Bad
… when blogging takes the place of parenting “watch one more show and then I’ll be done”. Or when your kids look for you they check the computer first.
… when the blog is updated and there are no plans for dinner, pizza? Or the house is a wreck, or you skip errands.
… when the blog stays on into the late evening and hubs turns off the bedroom light alone.
I’ve been there. I’ve skyped with another homeschool blogging mom for two hours while telling my kids to get something to eat and watch another show, “I’ll be right there” while we planned ways to grow our blogs. I’ve neglected time with my husband because I was part of three twitter parties three nights in a row – all for the sake of growing my blog.
As with EVERYTHING in life – priorities get wonky if we’re not careful.
Don’t put blogging before God – and rely on other blogs to fill you up spiritually. (Ann Voskamp is not responsible for my/your faith walk). We need to open our bibles and have a personal relationship with Jesus!
Don’t put blogging before your family – and give them the scraps of your time! Especially your man! I can read tips to being a great mom but if I’m not engaged it’s wasted time.
Don’t put blogging before your IRL friends, church obligations, etc – I/you need face to face, tone, and body language. (and be very careful with online friends – some do not have your best interest at heart rather only their own). I have been blessed to make some AMAZING online friends. I have taken a few of those relationships offline and consider them long distance friends. We call, text, and snail mail each other little special things. They know my kids names, ages, and personal life — they are more than a thumbs up.