The Mid-Blog Crisis has Finally Happened!

I have been thinking lately, that many of the posts I have shared on here have been kind of pointless. In the grand scheme of things they aren't really going to matter.

The problem is, I can't think of anything to write about that does matter that hasn't already been covered a thousand times on other blogs.  I often catch myself doing or learning something that I think "This would make a great blog post!", but then I wonder what the reasoning behind my wanting to post it is.

There are several possible answers.

  • I want comments. Try as hard as I might, I can't get away from the trap of rating my blog by how many comments I get. I constantly tell myself that it doesn't really matter, but my emotions contradict my mind and that complicates everything.
  • It would be a popular post. This falls right in with the first one. If you want to make it as a blogger, but you aren't yet, then the desire for popularity is going to pop up some time. Unless of course you are just naturally fabulous and attract followers like flies to old fruit. Sorry for the icky comparison, but it's true. I am constantly thinking that blogging about the wacky organization of my sock drawer (pah!), will be wildly popular and draw in new followers and comments. It's another trap.
  • I could enter it in a meme. Don't get me wrong, I love meme's just as much as the next average blogger, but aren't they a wonderful excuse for not posting real content? Don't worry, I'm not going to give up Capture yet (is anyone really worried?), but if your blog is all memes and and no substance, it's a kind of like lazy blogging. (This is not to say that I will not enter some fabulous memes, but if I do I need to make sure I have a balance of good hard stuff, and fluff.)
  • It makes me look like a good person. Wow, doesn't this hearken back to the Pharisees? Sheesh, I'm almost scared of how much I think that some times.  This is one of those traps that is very, very difficult for me to avoid. I see those bloggers out there who post inspiring and encouraging articles, and desperately want to be one and hope that posting things like this will make it happen. Wrong.
  • Last but not least, I want to share something that I have learned in the hopes that it will edify and encourage others. How often do I actually post something with this in mind? I'm honestly ashamed to say, and this is where this particular post comes to a head.
Folks, I guess I'm going through that mid-blog crisis that I have seen many bloggers go through before. You reach a certain point where you realize that you aren't really going somewhere anymore. Somehow along the road you got sidetracked and now have to ask for directions. Some people just quit, which is totally understandable. Priorities are priorities after all. Your kids are definitely more important than your blog.

Some people take a break and re-evaluate their blogging purpose. Sometimes this leads into quitting the blog world, and sometimes the person will come back renewed and on fire.

This is where I'm at. I'm no longer sure of my blogging purpose, and in fact I've never really known it. I don't necessarily want to take a break, but I definitely need to re-evaluate.

So, I'm asking for your advice. What has helped you in your blogging adventures to redirect things back to something that is honestly helpful for others? What would you suggest to help decipher and choose right reasons for posting about something? Do you really care how often your favorite bloggers post? You still eagerly anticipate their posts, even if it has been several weeks since the last one. Sometimes it would be better to forget quantity and concentrate on quality, I think.

My sister, Georgie, has already suggested leaving off the tacky questions, but in this case, I think they're okay. I really want to know your answers.

Oh, and by the way, this post was supposed to be a bit melodramatic. Just so ya know.



Proverbs 3:6
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

2 comments:

  1. Eyebright, I know exactly how you feel! (that sounds lame, please overlook the lameness!) I very easily fall into those traps myself, but I'm learning that I need to reelaaaxxx, simply share about who I am in the way I do, and leave the results up to God. One thing that really helped me was realising that the point is to do the best I can, not to be the best, most popular blog out there.

    I think you're blog is a gem in the sea of bloggers - you are doing a good job and I have fun reading your posts. And pleeaasssee, tell me about your sock drawer! (I don't have a sock drawer but) I'd love to know anyway!

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  2. Design Girl10:13 AM

    HEY... Don't stop! I just got here! You still have to teach me everything!! I already love your blog ;( please don't go!! ;(

    VIEN-GIRL

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