Today’s post is a wrap-up of a few more things that have been bothering me and the steps I’m taking to make changes. My original post is here; right click to see parts one, two, and three. Thanks for your encouragement and comments on my earlier posts – it’s really helped give me some perspective and help in letting go of these issues.
I’m concerned about my blog being worthy of your time. My biggest concern is posts becoming repetitive or just plain old boring. I know I can make any topic interesting if I’m interested and passionate about it. Lately that’s just not happening. I think that’s just lack of time and energy. I’ve been recording ideas and they’re getting pretty backed up. I think a break is good for me to recharge.
As for repetition, I think every blogger wrestles with this. Our lives – at least mine – is not filled with daily great adventures. There’s a fair amount of the mundane in daily living. At the same time, it’s fun to share the small trivia of daily living, to see that we share similar thoughts and actions, and to enjoy each other’s family time, hobbies, and activities. And getting back to being overly perfectionistic, I sure don’t mind it in your blogs. I can look at an unlimited amount of backyard flowers, dog pictures, children, spouses, and fun things you did.
I think I need to worry less about this and stay focused on being interesting and sharing my life. Which brings me to my final point. . .
Why am I blogging? I wrote a lovely mission statement for my other blog, A Daily Life, but never got this one the way I wanted it. I like mission statements, because it helps me focus and prioritize on what I’m trying to accomplish, which is:
- Record my life for my own rembrances. How did my garden look at this time last year? What days did I go to Williamsburg or the botanical gardens? What was in season and when? What recipes did I like or not like? I love searching through my blog to see what I was up to and what I was thinking. I consult it to remember events or notes that I wrote down that were important at the time.
- To share my life with my family and friends. I don’t have time to call or write as much as I’d like to and this blog has been a wonderful way to stay in touch with my family, my old friends, and my new friends as well.
- I want to be an encouragement to others. It is easier to have joy in life when you realize that a) you’re not the only way that feels that way or struggles with something and b) you learn from others, whether it be cooking, gardening, or just finding ideas to relax and have fun.
- I want to write. I enjoy writing and sharing my life. This is a gift that God has given me and a lot of the feedback I receive is that my topics and what I share is relevant to you (my readers) and brings messages and ideas that you appreciate me sharing. I wrote more about this here.
- There is beauty and happiness everywhere. I enjoy blogging things that help others appreciate the small things and gratitudes that make life a more joyous place.
I’d love to say I’m on an upward trajectory to happiness and satisfaction. But life isn’t that smooth and it never will be.
I’m enjoying slowing down my blogging – the weather has been nicer the last few days and I’ve had some time outside reading after work. I’ve even been able to take my walks during lunch instead of working out in the gym. It’s a great lunch when I can buy my meal from a food truck and then sit outside to eat it before walking back to my desk.
Do you like my pictures? The botanical garden has a butterfly exhibit going on right now. I understand from another photographer that they are changing every few weeks (I’ve only seen it once so far). I set my camera on continuous fire and took several hundred pictures to get a few where the wings were open and the colors could be seen.
I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.