Do you ever find yourself straying after from your core goals and priorities and what really matters? Recently, I had been so caught up in the next decor, DIY, picture taking, social media mode that I found myself straying away from prioritizing my home values. Also, I found myself spinning around in circles day in and day out just trying to keep up with it all. As a blogger, I tend to have this mindset that I need to always have something ready for my readers. Maybe so. But when it comes to the point where blogging is almost taking priority, then something’s got to give.
A few days ago, a glitch in my hosting system completely vanished my blog for two full days. At first, I was calm not knowing what to think. Then I became very frustrated and called in multiple times venting my frustration. I kept getting answers like my files are taking time to load so I’ll have to wait 24-48 hours for it to come back up. Every time I called in another “wait” ticket was submitted which extended the time even longer. Not that they were not mean – they were very friendly. But I was beginning to think that they did not know how to fix my site. The one good thing they told me is that all my files were still in the system. I have never had such a problem with them before and I think it was an honest glitch but that was no fun at all.
Anyway, finally after two days to no avail with my site, my husband came home and asked if I had called the hosting back. Apparently, he had been trying to pull up my site while he was at work to see if it was working. He wanted my permission to get on them if they would talk to him. I guess they must have secretly known because when I called again, someone finally decided “enough was enough” and they could not keep adding “wait time” to fix my issue. I explained to the rep how I have been getting the run-around and he said that this should not have taken this long to fix. Can I just add that it took him about 5 minutes or less and my site was back up as if nothing happened? What was all that “wait” time about previously? Sigh.
But you know, in the midst of it all, I was forced to slow down from the crazy and just enjoy the down-time for a minute. I even decided to refrain from a couple social media sites for a day (I know, such a long time right) just to breathe in some fresh air. I was forced to stop and consider what is it I am really after. Who am I trying to reach? What is my purpose behind this blog? Don’t get me wrong. I love my little site and all but I am just saying that sometimes I need to just step back and prioritize. Consider what is it I really want for our home and for this blog. As a stay-at-home mom to littles, it is not easy to keep up. But for me, blogging is kind of my little “self” hobby – more like an outlet for this introvert.
And while I love blogging and connecting with others on social media, it can become very overwhelming without the proper balance. In efforts to cut back, refocus, and prioritize I have been making a few changes. One of them which I started a few weeks ago is cutting back on how many posts I do weekly. I used to stress over not having three or four posts weekly. But now, I aim to get at least one good post out (working on this) and if I do two, all the better. I don’t know how other moms with littles and home, and all that come with it run a full-time blog and keep up with everything else. But I sure cannot keep up with the Joneses.
Another way I am cutting back is by narrowing down a bit. What to narrow down to is a challenge in itself because I love all things about home. But I have lessened down on posting about kids crafts activities. The printables, in particular, take weeks to create. I have plenty activities on the blog that we’ve done for quite a while and I am not deleting them. Many of them have received a ton of pins. I may throw in a post or two if I find something new and relevant. In addition, I am not posting as much recipes as I used to. I am not getting rid of them, just not doing as many. And I am working on doing less on many other areas of the blog. Because I am finding that doing less is actually more for me. Other than having more time to concentrate on home (which is priority), I am also finding that I have room to do other blog related work that I have neglected in the past (such as site design, email subscriber related items, Media Kit, etc). I even take the time to promote my posts and your posts more than I have been doing and check and reply to blog related emails. Ha!
Truthfully, I am really enjoying the less stress posting. I was recently thinking about how I kind of miss writing simple posts like these that do not take days upon days to come together. No amount of special photos and polishing up things to make it all look nice and fancy. Just a plain old little post from the heart with photos I snap when my home is clean – not really meant for the blog:) Unfortunately, these areas of our home do not have good lighting either.
Ps. If you are wondering when I have a moment to type, it is usually at night when all are asleep or during naps. Other than that, I don’t even open my computer during the day when the kids are awake. I may respond to a question via my phone but I am never letting them play while I type. I used to think I could do it but quickly realized that it not the best way for us. I let them have priority.
Before I wrote this post tonight, I was really in a slump and was not sure if I wanted to post anything. I was about to edit photos for a DIY home post but realized I had not downloaded them and really did not feel like going through the process. I figured I would browse around others sites and while reading this post about simple joys, I decided I would write something encouraging like old time. It was really helpful to not stress over it and having less to do.
One of the encouraging verses I have been learning to practice for a while now is Proverbs 16:3.
“Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established”.
When I find myself having too much on my plate or not knowing how I’d get through the tasks, I always stop to read it. In fact, I have it written in our little eating area in the kitchen. It is such a good reminder when I sit down with a to-do list or when I am looking at a chaotic mess around me to just give everything to God. Every time I do this, it is like instant clarification. Because when we give our works to God, He takes delight in directing us (Proverbs 3:5-6). Everything will fall into place and our to-do lists will be prioritized, too.
If you are a blogger, do you find yourself having to refocus every now and again on what really matters? Do you find that blogging and all that come with it can tend to take over if you don’t prioritize? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.