Monday, October 17, 2011

to blog or not to blog

Today is just a text post to get thoughts out of my head. Our move at work is over and I still feel like I am recovering from it.  My hubby and I work for the same company and right before this move business really started to pick up for us.  In today's world I know that is a GREAT thing- but we have not had a complete weekend off in a really long time and I am just struggling to keep up with the simple things in life like working a work day and then going home and trying to make sure the pets get attention, the house gets cleaned and the things a person has to do at the end of summer in Minnesota get done.  I am really behind on that one- we still don't have the hoses rolled up and the outside water turned off- maybe tonight if we are not at work too late.  I miss my blog a lot.  It's funny how when I started blogging it was just a little place where I could write down my feelings- I didn't think anyone was reading so I didn't obsess about whether my post would be interesting or what comments I might get.  Slowly over time that has changed a bit for me and I think it's a stumbling block for me right now on getting back to blogging.  After thinking about it for quite awhile I think I need to be true to myself and go back to where blogging was enjoyable for me.  I'm not going to worry about who is reading- and I'm not going to worry about making sure I stay "interesting" or make sure I have projects to try- life is just too crazy for me right now.  What I am going to do is what I started out doing- posting when I have things I want to share and when I have them to share.  No deadlines in the back of my head, no worrying about if the post will be interesting to everyone reading or if I will lose readers.  I've met some incredible friends from blogging- so although I thought about quitting, I just can't lose those friends.  It's amazing how important people I have never met have become to me- how much support and love I have received from them.  Anyways, this week I was lucky enough to snatch a couple of hours to work on something for myself and I'll be back tomorrow to share them.  If you have read this far thanks for reading and letting me get thoughts out of my head.  Here is just a little shot of my new office- I won't share much because I don't know how thrilled my company would be to know that I put pictures of their building on the internet.  I'm very lucky to work somewhere so new and clean and beautiful--and busy :)


Doreen said...

I am with you Kim. I feel the same way. I have not been blogging very much either as real life does get in the way. Also I felt I have had nothing interesting to say or to show. I will still blog when I have something to share. I loved it when you were just being yourself and rambled. Don't worry about losing your friends, they wont go that easily. (I love your new office!)

Unusual Girl Studios said...

Kim- as well it should be, your blog needs to be about you! I can read plenty of blogs about lists- heck I just did one on my blog. I think we need to keep it real- about us- or else we just sound like all the other blogs out there!

De said...

Your blog is just that - yours. It should say what you want it to say without worrying about anyone else. I like reading whatever you write as it gives me insight into my blogger friend, Kim. I hope life calms down a bit for you!

PS Your new office is very nice.

Laura said...

I think that we all go through that when our blogs become more successful. We ponder what drew people to our space and then we start to obsess about keeping it all interesting - for them!
I have been down that road a time or two myself. I find myself constantly thinking about how I can fit some everyday. mundane situation into a blog post!
Nuts! I know! :)

Your new office looks great, I'm so happy that the move is behind you. Hopefully, you can now find some time for yourself.
I will always read your blog Kim, no matter what. :)


A. Wright said...

Kim, first you new office is lovely.

Secondly, you should post when and how you like, as you said it's yours and it should be on your terms. Take your time and get here when you can (advise I should be giving myself as well). Truthfully I've thought about letting mine go because there were just too many things on my plate, but I'm not willing to say goodbye to everyone I've met along the way. I don't get to comment as much as I'd like or post either, but it's nice to have a little corner of the internet to find folks who get us, isn't it?

Big hugs and thank you for this. It made me realize I'm not alone in my post guilt.

Sans! said...

Your timing (or maybe it is mine?) is impeccable, Kim! I haven't been reading or blogging for a while and then when I finally wrote, you did too!

You know why we love to read your posts? Because you share generously, Kim. Be it tips, your art or your fears. You are always speaking on our behalves. You know that right?

Jean Day said...

Your office looks so bright and cheerful! So good you are continuing to blog... as you know I love reading all of your blogs!!! Any stress, such as moving has me questioning everything I am doing. The great thing about going through various real life stresses is that it helps us really evaluate what is important in our lives. Hugs, Jean

Maria Ireland said...

I am fairly new to your blog but i always enjoy reading it.You just post whenever you feel like it. Good luck in your new office. Hopefully you will soon have a little me time :)
Hugs Maria

PAKY said...

A blog should not become an obligation ... everyone is free to do in your blog what you want, and blogging as you want, then, the "feel obligated" to post it becomes a tedious task. It is important that you set your preferences and you are happy with yourself ... Good luck in your new (and beautiful) office and many kisses!

Dlsarmywife said...

Love your new office Kim! I couldn't reply to your comment on my blog post for some reason, but I totally understand your feelings! I love to read anything you have to post. So enjoy yourself and post whenever and whatever you feel like posting! =D

Ara said...

I agree with everyone else! Post when you feel it.... when you don't, then don't :) A blog shouldn't be a burden and your projects are so wonderful that people won't just drop off from reading! Enjoy having a little extra spare time in your life!! hugs, ara

Claudia said...

You have to be true to yourself, Kim. Blog in the way that makes you feel the best. No pressure from us! Whenever you choose to share your thoughts, I'll be there.

You are lucky that work is so busy, though! On our end, it's not so busy.


Lataina said...

I'm not going anywhere! =D I love it when you post no matter what it is. Enjoy your new office space. =)

WeeLittleWest / Kathy Olaf-Obrenski said...

New office is lovely!!

Lirael said...

I agree with Sans: you share generously and that is wonderful, even if it's not regularly. Blog posts are little presents, you can leave and open them whenever you like.
I'll stick with you, 'cause you're lovely!

Eileen Bergen said...

Lovely post, Kim.

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man." - Hamlet

And lovely office! If one must leave home to work, how nice to have such an inviting place to go to.

Kim said...

Doreen- thank you. You are among those friends I would not want to lose. Hope your weather is not too chilly yet- it's getting a bit cold here now.

Chris- thank you girl- your blog is one of my faves because you are so real--and funny as heck.

De-thank you. I really don't mean to complain about being busy- we are very luck- but it does present challenges as far as making time for crafting :)

Laura- I knew you would know how I was feeling- you've been in the same boat too. You are an awesome friend girl- love ya.

April- I am so glad to see you here. It is comforting to know other people struggle with their blogs sometimes too. I hope your little one is doing well and thank you for your sweet words.

Sans- I need to catch up with your blog! I usually try to find some time when it will be quiet because I always feel your posts are magical and I want to drink it all in. Thank you my friend- you are always so encouraging to me. I think I may have the best online friends ever.

Jean- how very true. I keep saying to my husband that it feels wrong to complain about being tired and stressed because we are so lucky to have what we do. I also have come to realize through all this that sometimes cuddling with your husband is more important than a clean kitchen :)

Kim said...

Maria- thank you so much for your sweet words- I am glad you are here :)

Paky- how true. Thank you and kisses back to you!!

Deborah- thank you ♥ I love all of your posts too.

Ara- thank you! I visited you yesterday but then got interrupted and did not leave a comment. Your new room is lovely!!!!

Claudia- I think of people like you and Don every time I complain and it helps me stay grounded. I know we are very lucky- other branches in our own company are even not so lucky- so I try really hard to remember that. I hope things pick up for you and Don soon ♥

Kim said...

Latiana-thank you- you are always so sweet to me :)

Kathy- thank you- isn't it so beautiful- I love it so much!

Lireal- you are lovely too! How is school going? I think of you often :)

Eileen- thank you for coming over- and what a wonderful quote! My new office does make me smile- I have to admit that. Especially because it is sooo opposite of the building we rented- amazing how light can make such a difference :)

dale's dreams said...

Kim, you know I love you! :)

Number one, I say, get rid of the guilt! I struggle with this myself all of the time. I've come to call it blogger guilt.

I don't post enough and it's not possible for me to read everyone's blogs. :(

Out of trying to be sane, I've had to give up on that. I try to read as many blogs as I can, but the eight hours a day I used to spend over the weekends reading blogs is over!

It's not that I don't want to read them, I do! I want to post more frequently, I really do.

But, then there's that silly thing called reality that we have to live in, in between. :)

Those that truly follow you will and those that don't, will stop in from time to time.

No worries my dear friend, life is always the number one thing and what you have going on in your life at any one given moment is number one.

I can't think of anyone that would not understand that. :)

Hugs to my dear one! :)

Cia of Briarwood Studio said...

I agree with what everyone else said, plus...if you try to hide I will find you anyway! *big grin*

Don't let guilt enter into the equation. Do what you can, when you can. That's all any of us really can do.

Love you! xoxo


Lirael said...

School is going well, although crazy busy! I often think of you too! I still want to win the lottery and buy you a plain ticket to visit Europe :)