I’m not even going to pretend that anyone asked me why I’ve been posting less often. Wait, my mom did. Thanks mom (enter kiss face emoji).
Since summer began, I’ve been figuring out what rhythm feels right for our days and weeks. Along with that has come some changes in the way I blog and do social media. Like I’ve always said, this little slice of the internet is a sacred outlet for me, so leaving it behind is never an option. However, figuring out how to best manage my passion for this space while still fulfilling my other duties/callings (being with my family/staying home with the girls/getting going with homeschooling/trying to keep the house in some semblance of order <– currently failing hard at this) is, and will forever, be an ever-changing journey.
I’m already getting wordy, so let’s cut to the chase. I’m going to start blogging 3 times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Why? Much thought (and needless anxiety… because again, no one noticed, right?) has gone into it and here are my thoughts:!
1: My priority first and foremost is my family. I don’t want to just be the one to make them breakfast. I want to be the one to sit down and eat it with them, hear about their funny dreams and plan the day- not check my phone at the counter while they eat at the table. The girls are getting bigger. Hailey has quiet time from 1-2, and Kaitlyn will usually nap 1-3, but other than that, my days are filled with swim team, book reading, making meals, library trips, chores and other forms of being mom/wife/household CEO (<–laugh if you must but I’m proud of how I run this place).
2: When I blog I want to chat with you guys about real stuff. I’m talking quality over quantity. I certainly want to (and will continue to) share our daily life, but I also want time to tackle the longgggg list of topics I feel drawn to write about: parenting, feeding kids, finding meaning outside of being mom, planning for future goals, homeschooling, feeding a marriage, etc. Those posts take time to construct. Plus I want to allow time for me to read and digest your responses. I don’t know if y’all realize how much I enjoy the engagement with you via the comments and social media.
Speaking of social media, I’m on it! Well, I’m on some of it. And I’d love for you to join me and engage with me on platforms that interest you.
Here’s a quick breakdown of how I use social media:
Snapchat: Oh my, how I love me some snapchat. I use snapchat as a portal into our everyday lives. I share what we are up to, silly faces, what we’re eating, things I am trying/loving or simply what I’m looking at. It’s not curated in the least, which is why I love it.
Instagram: I still have a strong affection for the gram as well. I post a lot of our meals over there. I’d say about 70% of my pictures are food. I also share occasional pictures of the girls/our travels/etc if I happen to catch a good snapshot worth sharing.
Facebook: Such a fabulous way to interact and I love getting comments on posts I share because it’s so easy to respond. I also share content I’ve written in the past that is pertinent and recipes I love from way back when. I share posts from others that resonate with me as well as other tidbits, tips or quotes.
Twitter: I share my current posts, posts from others that I really love, and I check it daily to respond back to any messages/inquiries I get. However, for the sake of transparency, I don’t have the time I used to to follow conversations closely and log in multiple times a day.
Periscope: I really loved the platform but have deleted it off my phone. It was too much pressure and way too time consuming for me.
Newsletter — this is new! And I’m psyched about it! Thus the excessive !!!’s. Along with getting new posts sent right to your inbox, I’ll be writing a personal newsletter each week. I’m hoping to make it an extension of the blog, sharing behind the scenes talk and pictures, links to content that is worth sharing, recipes and more. If you’d like to subscribe to the weekly newsletter, click here!
The only constant in life is change, right? So maybe things will change again at some point. However, right now this feels like a good balance. I know how busy your lives are so I can’t say thank you enough for continuing to follow along and engage with me in this space.
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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend (holiday weekend if you are in the US!). We have friends coming in town and I couldn’t be more excited to watch our kids run, roast some s’mores, sip some wine, splash in the lake, and maybe even catch some fireworks. HAPPY WEEKEND!