I think I've decided that I don't like blogging very much - sad but true! I've tried to keep up with it over a few years time... but I just don't think I'm comfortable with blogging:
- I'm a private person. And I'm introverted. I'm uncomfortable with the idea of having the general public peeking in on me, even though I'm the one controlling the content. (Plus I've been getting really weird spam comments on my blog with absurd links attached.)
- It doesn't enrich my personal life. Every time I sit down at the computer, whether I'm paying a bill, writing an email, editing pictures, ordering something online, etc, I feel like I'm ignoring my family. As much as I do like writing and expressing myself, it's not as fulfilling as I hoped it would be.
- Content is difficult. (and editing photos is time consuming) Finding something new and interesting even once a month, let alone 1-2x a week is tough! I'm a Stay At Home Mom... it's really not that exciting. I prefer quality over quantity. Every once in a while when I have time to make something I think is nifty, I post it. But I'm not going to write any ol' blog post just to keep it up-to-the-minute current.
- The pressure to "keep up with the Jones's" is just so disheartening to me. Granted, it's pressure I put on myself by comparing myself to others - but I stopped reading blogs almost a year ago because I just felt like everyone else was a turbo-accomplishing, professionally photographed, gourmet cooking, unbelievably creative Super Mom with 5 kids and no nanny with weekly giveaways from blog sponsors. I loathe all this over-abundance of content and social media'ing with the twittering, pintresting, instagramming... uh oh. Do I sound old now? Crap. If you love it and can do it - great. I just can't be doing all that for pity's sake.
- My "job" is overwhelming. I'm able to manage, but I mostly feel like I'm hanging on by a thread every day surviving the demand from my kids, their activities, the household/car/yard, daily chores/maintenance, food/cooking/baking/cleaning, haircuts, birthdays, holidays, poopy diapers, errands, the animals... (deep breath) And my loving husband works A LOT - it's the nature of his job and I'm okay with that because he loves what he does. But it means that I do everything else - and I mean EVERYTHING. There's no 50/50 going on here, no weekends off, no evenings free. With that said, writing blog posts is so way totally low on my to-do list - I rarely even go out at night with girlfriends or even rarer, out with my husband on a date.
- My sewing space is my sanctuary, but... I see it maybe 3 hours a month. Maybe? It's so "for sad" (as the Minnesotans would say). It's heavenly and therapeutic for me to be in this space and be creative. But I'm so tired at the end of the day when I might have a smidgen of free time, that I just want to have a glass of wine and hit the hay. Basically, if I choose to sew, document, and blog with my free time, then I don't see my husband at all. And I kinda like him...a lot.
|Right Side of My Sewing Space: fabric stash, machines, thread, reference books, notions...|
|Left Side of My Sewing Space: more fabric stash (!), cutting area, laminated fabrics, iron/board, dress form...|
|My Sewing Space: the whole kit and caboodle... mostly organized|
I really like the name Ginger Freckle and I'll keep the blog for now. But maybe I just need to rethink how to use it? (should I focus on one thing? only personal stuff? only business stuff? only sewing? tutorials? Or maybe just doing the Ginger Freckle facebook page is enough for me?) I think about this question every day... but haven't found the right answer yet.
I just felt like I had to explain to my peoples out there that this is why you don't hear much from my blog anymore. I'm not trying to be a terd-burglar about it. I'm not mad or trying to stick it to anyone or make excuses or whine or crap on the world of bloggers - I'm just being honest about where I'm at with Ginger Freckle. Ah, thank you.
So until I have the answer or another inspiring completed project to share... enjoy being outside in this warm summer weather with friends and family! Toodles!