November 30, 2012

Social Media

After stepping away from my blog and most social media, it became clear to me that if I were to reenter the blogosphere and other outlets, it would have to be in a self-controlled way.  Blogs (and other social media, but I'll just focus on blogs for the sake of writing) affect me in one of two ways.
Sometimes they bring out one of my flaws, which is jealousy.  I find that occasionally I am jealous of the life I read about on other blogs, about their well maintained home, perfect kids, new babies, date nights, fashion, craftiness, or really anything.  Some blogs strike me as places where people brag or blog for money purposes.  While that is fine for them, I don't think I want that kind of influence in my life.  I'm looking for more.
The other ways blogs can affect me is by making me want to improve myself.  They give me ideas of activities for my kids, inspire me to be a better mom or wife, motivate me to get out of my sweat pants, reaffirm my faith, and remind me to be thankful for everyday.  This is where I want to focus my time. After all there is so little free time in my life, I don't want to waste it.
So what does this all mean?  First, I am blogging for me.  I don't care if it is popular or really even if people read it.  I want to write it, and that is all that matters to me.  Also that I want to read the blogs that inspire me or where I feel like I have a connection to the writer.  I want those personal connections.  I am so thankful for the genuine people that I get to meet in the blog world.  I know I have not been reading or commenting on your blogs for a while, but I promise I am trying to make my way back.  Thank you for being patient with  me.        

4 comments:

Alison said...

Good for you Michelle, and very well said. My favorite blogs are the ones about real women and real families. I feel that you can tell the ones that seem to be into blogging for other motives: trendiness, followers, money, business, etc....which is fine for them, but I'm not interested.

I don't want to follow a blog just because it is pretty and has the perfect balance between tutorials, pictures, and witty humor. I like to feel like I actually "know" the writer. There is a difference. So keep on being you!

Kerry said...

Hi Shelly! I totally understand you with this post. I cannot read blogs or even follow blogs unless I feel a connection to the author. That means so much to me, because blogging is a personal thing and I take a genuine interest in other people but only if there is something there that I keep going back for. Life is too busy as it is to keep up with everyone so only the important ones make the cut for me I'm afraid. Don't feel bad about it. It is your choice who you follow :) I hope you guys are all well, your baby girl must be getting so big now xo

andthenwelaughed said...

I completely agree. But I am glad you're back! :)

James Ron said...

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