7.03.2010

To blog or not to blog?

THAT is the question.

When I first started my blog a few years ago I thought long and hard about wether or not to do it. I really liked the idea of having an instant way to share my pictures and stories of my family that is much easier and more accessible than scrapbooking. I'm not a great journal keeper but I could do this. I also like that it was a great way to keep extended family, especially grandparents, and far away friends in the loop. Another plus was that it is creative outlet for me because it is so hard to spend hours scrapbooking with little kids around. So, why not, it all sounds great, right?

Well, the drawback for me was that I didn't really want one more thing to be "behind on". One more thing to feel guilty about. One more obligation.

That's how I have felt the past year while I have gotten more and more behind.

Why can't I have a blog and just post when I feel like and what I feel like?

Because I am slightly OCD. For reals. It runs in the family. It's not so bad that I can't leave the house, but it is bad enough to make a simple thing like a blog challenging. You see, I have this need to post chronologically and to not miss any events. There is one event from 2 summers ago that I skipped and meant to go back to that still floats around in the back of my head. There is a cute video of my kids skiing I've been meaning to add to the skiing post for a year in a half that I have written on my to do list every week... for the last 18 months. I have a list of about 5 tags that I feel guilty about not responding to. I also need to send my gifts and post about my pay it forward thing that is waaaay overdue. It's like I can't post anything new unless I go back and do all the post that I missed.

I have friends with brilliant blogs that are completely random, often with pictures that don't match the post, that are heartwarming, funny, entertaining and perfect. I often wonder why I can't blog like that. Mostly because there is so much freedom in them, but also because they are so honest in their writing. They preserve thoughts, feelings, true stories, emotions. My blog has been more of a travelog... "this is where we went" "this is what we did"... blah, blah, blah.

So, in answer to the question, I have decided TO BLOG. I am not going to set any unreachable goal about getting "caught up" (although it literally makes me sick to my stomach to think of all the fun things that may never make it to the blog), I am just going to start. I am going to try to write more freely about who we are, how we feel and our relationships with each other and less about where we go and what we do (although that will still be here, I'm sure). And, of course, lots of pictures. I'll try to get to a few of the big things I missed if and when I feel like it... no pressure. Right?

So there you have it. I've missed my blog and have enjoyed staying caught up on all of yours. I'm excited to have this outlet again and hope you will all follow along and leave me some comment love =)

(PS. When Max saw that I was posting he said I should apologize to you all for not blogging for an entire year... funny!)

13 comments:

Brit said...

Welcome back... we missed you!

Ashley Serena said...

Katie's back! :)
I'm excited to read again!

Amy said...

Yeah Katie!
Welcome Back!!

The Proctors said...

I am going to enjoy reading your blog! I do love blogging :)

(Just in case you don't know who this is...Becky Lewis)

JJ said...

Now my blog wouldn't be one of the ones you are talking about that is totally random would it...squirrel!!

denise @ little ant design said...

Yeah - I'm glad you are back!!

go boo boo said...

Yea! Gorgeous family photo Katie!

Stowe Family said...

I'm glad your back too!

Kim said...

Katie, Katie, whatever you post and whenever you post, we will enjoy keeping up with you just a little bit...especially those of us who have just said no to facebook.

Kim said...

Whenever and Whatever you decide to blog, we will enjoy...especially those of us who just say NO to facebook. - Aunt Kim

myimaginaryblog said...

Believe it or not, I have to talk myself down from this kind of thing very often. I am not quite to the point where I would keep an unwritten post on a to-do list, but I do have to regularly remind myself that it's NOT a chore or an obligation--because I know as soon as it becomes that, I'll fall behind on it (like I'm behind on almost everything in my life that IS a chore). It does mean my blog's pretty trivial, but it also means I still have fun doing it.

Glad you decided not to give it up!

Melanie said...

I see that I am not the only one who is glad that you are blogging again. Your blog was on my "if she doesnt blog in the next SIX months", she is off my blog list :)

Nicole said...

I posted this same thing a few months ago! Bloging stressed me out because I fee like I am behind not only on my own but all my friends' as well. I have just accepted that I will never be caught up and just do what I can. Keep the blog!