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About My Blog

Posted by on 26 May 2011

As many of you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting to my blog much lately.  For one thing, it’s been rather busy around here.  We’ve been trying to wrap up this homeschool year.  Miss K is still doing science and pre-algebra through the summer, but that’s all we have to do.  She did great this year!!

The main reason though is that I just feel like I’ve lost part of myself.  I started off blogging for ME!!  Slowly but surely, it became about what others wanted in my blog.  I started blogging more about homeschool and what Army life was like.  All those were and still are important to me, but I wanted to blog about just life.  Blog about whatever crossed my mind!!

Then it was also about sharing my Christian printables.  They’re something that I’m very proud of and I want to share more than anything.  However, once I brought all the religious printables to my blog, I couldn’t be me any more.  I had to be the “good Christian”.  I couldn’t talk politics or anything that upset anyone.  I definitely couldn’t be vociferous like I usually am….and opinionated!!

Finally I started introducing my educational printables.  I was told over and over that homeschoolers and teachers will come and download them.  They’ll use everything that I make.  And I do have several great women that come to see what the latest thing is that I created.  But again, bringing in those people, I had to tread lightly and not cause any waves on my own blog.  If I did that, they wouldn’t come visit any more.

So then my Christian followers left because I create way more educational printables.  Fact is, it’s just easier and I love it!!  I’d make religious items all day long if I could find the graphics and images that I needed.  Places like Faith Clipart (or something like that) charge a fortune!!  It’s so sad that they try to make a killing off God….really.  But I do love making educational materials because I can do special days, themes, subjects, and more.  You name it, I can do it educational!!

Through all these changes, I lost a piece of me.  I just don’t feel like it’s my blog any more.  I do so love my photography and I’ve been posting more of that.  I’ve been trying to get in on the photo memes and joining in to see what others capture through the lens.  Never fails though, I post photography and nobody views my blog. 

Even sharing printables, my stats are very low.  I don’t care what anyone says, there’s cliques on the internet as well as life.  I’ve tried to meet and join in Christian blogs and sharing sites, but I wasn’t welcome.  I’ve tried to meet and join in homeschool and teacher blogs and sites, but I’m not welcome.  I can’t get my foot in the door.  Every time I go someplace, it’s the same blogs at the top of the list.  It’s the same people over and over.  Even to my surprise, I can’t even fit in with the Catholics!!  HAHA  Sad indeed (they have cliques too, just don’t tell them). 

It’s time for me to reclaim my blog!!  I’m going to start posting about life….and anything else that I want to post about.  This is one of my avenues of freedom and relaxation.  I can’t let others dictate what my blog should or shouldn’t be.  I figure just being me, I can’t lose any more viewers.  I sure can’t lose any comments because I get NONE now as it is!!  That’s the honest truth.  People come and download my stuff all the time without so much as a “thanks” or “this sucked”!!  Now I do have a couple sites that post my materials and they comment and leave very nice comments.  There’s also a couple of my “online friends” that will let me know when they’ve used something.  That’s the extent of it!!  I’ve changed the theme of the blog recently and I love it.  I get to make it look like whatever I want depending on the season….or even how I feel!!  My writing is going to start taking on that concept too.  I’m going to be participating in the memes that I still enjoy and displaying my photos.  I’m still going to be posting my printables.  I have to….I love it!!  I love to share and help others and I think that whether they’re Christian or educational, the kids really benefit from them.

I just hope that my followers and viewers don’t leave all-together.  Just stick around and see what develops!!  You might not agree with everything that I say, but that’s ok….we’re adults and we can handle opinions.  Sometimes, we’ll have to agree to disagree.  And trust me when I say if you disagree and want to comment, that’s great…..just be respectful and make your point.  We just may end up with a great conversation and even some understanding from it!!  And if you’re a commenter, keep it up…..I love them!!

So are you ready for me??  HAHA

3 Responses to About My Blog

  1. Bethanne

    I know how frustrating getting into a blog clique can be. I started a diabetes blog a couple of years ago, because I was really struggling and wanting more from my disease. So I started getting around the internet, commenting on blogs, visiting forums, etc. It is a tight, tight group though. And I never did get any real response from the people I visited. I had some family, friends and a few random stoppers… But that diabetes community? Nope.

    I get your blog in my inbox. It’s true, I love seeing your photography in my box, but I don’t often come this way to see it. It’s been a while since I’ve been here! This blog reminded me of why I had stopped in the first place. My husband had just been recruited by the Army. 😀 Now he’s in Fort Benning for OCS, and I’m up in Illinois. Life certainly has changed a good bit!

    I love how God created us. He made us all so different. Some wild and crazy, some calm and peaceful, some content and some who–no matter what–will always be ornery and cranky. You are right, this is your blog. You really should just be yourself. Being Christian shouldn’t change who you are. If anyone expects you to act differently, they don’t understand the greatness of what He has created.

    Enjoy YOUR blog!
    I think, I will probably get over here more. I’m not a homeschooler and the one kid I do have that ALWAYS wants to print something on the computer leans towards SuperHeroes, so I did stop visiting as much. The content didn’t fit in my niche as well…haha, you just can’t please everyone!

    • Elaine

      Thanks for your nice comment and thoughts. I’m very glad that you took the time to read this post and that you’ve signed up to read my blog through your e-mail. I totally understand if you don’t have the need for my printables as much any more.

      I too have diabetes, so if you ever want to chat or need encouragement, just drop by and leave a comment. I know what a daily battle it can be. The blog is one of the things I use to keep me positive and it also enables me to share. I really love helping the kids!!

      Thanks again for reading and commenting. I hope you continue to enjoy my blog!!

  2. Tracy

    I love what you are aiming for and believe that blogging is my outlet to get away from the craziness of my life. Its my thing and I don’t think anyone should guide you other than God!

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