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