Time out.

January 27, 2010

So I haven’t posted in a while. There is a popular mom blog on here I keep up on, and recently this mom got totally bashed for trying to work, keep up a blog, and have a life with her family. And while I think that many people, including her, seem to balance it just fine, it made me stop and think about how my time is spent.

I started this blog with the hopes that it would help me remember my days that seem to fly by with Bella, that it would keep readers entertained, and that maybe one day it would be able to do giveaways and things like that.

But I found a note that hit home when a commenter on this other mom’s blog asked why she didn’t turn it off for a while and spend more time with her family? It made me think, “How much time do I spend on here?”

I think creative outlets are healthy, and I love to write. But the past few weeks this became almost an obsession. Sure, I want to have one of the Top Mommy Blog spots, and to have sponsors and contests and 300+ followers. But so does every other blogger. And I have to realize that my blog needs to be something I do for me – in moderation. I need to be able to step away from it, to stop compulsively checking if I am 103 or 108 in the blog ratings, and to shut it down and live my life for the rest of the day.

So I had to set some boundaries – one – two posts a day, if I can. I can check the blog ratings once. (That’s hard, it’s like a crack addiction. 🙂 ) If people, like you, follow me or leave a comment, wonderful. If not, that’s ok. This blog is for me and my sanity, but the rest of the day is for my daughter, my house, my family, and my “outside the computer” life.

This is in no way bashing you guys that can blog and post multiple times a day – more power to you. You are amazing. But I have to draw a line or I won’t be able to stop myself. And if this is you, if you are reading this and thinking, “Hmm, I can totally relate to this,” and you feel guilty or cheated at the end of the day, then take some time to figure out how to get back life away from this. Because while blogging and climbing the internet ranks is fun, you may have a little one (or a big one) waiting for you to turn it off and be with them for a while. I know I do. 🙂

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