Monday, June 6, 2011

The Blog With an Identity Crises

Hello dear friends.  My rambling is about to begin.


I love blogging.  I love connecting with so many others.  I love the ideas I gain from blogs.  I love the motivation it gives me to go for it! There have been many opportunities that have come from this blog.  I love that it pushes me. I love starting sentences with "I love."
There are days that I look at this blog and think what in the world am I doing.  This blog is my hobby and the minute it becomes a responsibility - I'm out.  Heaven knows I don't need another project, job, thing to do.  I try to check myself often to make sure that this is fun for me. And so far it is.  I read other "successful" blogs with thousands of readers and hits and read their advice.  One always sticks out to me - narrow your focus and write about that. 
This is where the problem begins?  I love way too many things to just have one focus.  I do love being a mom and doing things with my kiddos.  I love to decorate my home.  Sewing and crafting can be fun.  I am very passionate about being healthy and exercising and feeding my family in a healthy, nutritious way.  I love to organize and straighten and label and contain.  BUT . . . I really don't love to do one thing.  I love the variety of life.
So, with all sorts of apologies, that is what this blog is to me.  It's kind of just what I do.  If you come here to read about what I've sewn, it could very well be that my machine hasn't been turned on in a month and I've been cleaning out toy rooms.  If you come to see the best way to fold your towels, I probably will have a post on a healthy habit. 
I know that could totally be annoying and I am sorry.  When you come here, you see me just trying to be the best I can be!  Just wanted to let you know, so that we are on the same page.
Thanks for reading and I hope I didn't just loose you all!  Please stay and we can all have an identity crises together!

24 comments:

Liz @ MaisonTwenty3 said...

I agree with you...personally I like variety in a blog :) If you aren't doing it to make money, who cares? Do what you enjoy. I love your blog and you have TONS of followers :)

Sew Many Ways... said...

Seems like you have all your "ducks in a row". You know what you love and that's what you love to share. I thinking blogging IS sharing...sharing thoughts, dreams, family, ideas, projects, crafts, sewing etc. Whether you share just one subject on a blog or you share fifty different topics...do what makes you happy. Period!! My blog is called Sew Many Ways. I think I've sewn once in the last few months LOL. I think of it now as sew many ways to do sew many things. Maybe you should rename your blog...All My Different Ducks In A Row!
Happiness is the key,
Karen

Chris said...

I agree with Liz and Karen. I view my blog as my creative journal. Someday I hope it is a resource for my kids, and a window into something I love to do.

Kristi said...

I totally agree with you. My blog represents my life. Sometimes my life is filled with sewing. Sometimes baking. Other times it is family. I consider myself an ADD blogger. I am all over the place and that is the way I like it.

Jen said...

There are a few blogs that I just don't get around to anymore because they got SO BIG, it just felt less personal - they had dozens of comments on every post, and it almost seemed superfluous to repeat what everyone else had said. My blog is my scrapbook of me, and I try to just keep it as that - which is sort of how I view yours as well - I do love reading all the different things you're involved in, so keep writing :)

Kristen said...

I love your blog the way it is! I'm the same way, I have a lot of things that interest me and make me happy and I want to blog about ALL of them! I don't want every post to be about burlap or my mantle decor! I stopped reading a few of the larger blogs as well, they never comment back and I get irritate constantly reading sponsored posts. Too many "commercials" not enough THEM!

alanna rose said...

You're in good company!
I tried to have a blog just about home keeping, decorating and cooking, and it was a mess - I felt totally disconnected from it. So I meshed it with my family blog and it is much more fun for me :)

Simply LKJ said...

That is the MAIN reason I love reading your blog Laurel...it's real life. I've found the same thing, sometimes I want to write about decorating, sometimes gardening, sometimes travel, sometimes a craft, sometimes just about life! I'm glad it's just a hobby, and to me it's not about how many followers I have.

Stephanie said...

I started my blog with a very specific project in mind too, but...life kind of just happens...and so we all just write about that instead. It's the perspective that's worth reading, not necessarily the topic :)

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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I think you have the same "predicament" that a lot of bloggers, myself included have. I seem to be a jack of all trades, but a master of none. I don't think I could limit myself to one subject b/c I'd run out of ideas. I think as long as you are open with your readers so they aren't expecting 5 days of recipes a week or something, they actually like some variety!

Holly said...

Laurel, I've gone through this thought process a few times since I started blogging. Yes, the prevailing advice is to find a niche. But I think most people are 1)not that one-sided and/or 2) don't have the expertise to pull that off successfully. I know my blog is kind of all over the place, but on the other hand I, you, and a lot of other women bloggers blog about home and family, and that is an ever-changing platform. As other commenters have said, it's also real, and I think most of us appreciate "real".

Leigh said...

oh, my gosh I feel like you just described me. I've always said I'm a Leigh-of-all-crafty-things, I do a little of whatever I'm in the mood for. My blog is called popcorn ideas because it is whatever ideas pop into my head.

Sara said...

You're not the only one with an identity crisis! I struggle with figuring out what my blog is, too...My thoughts, just be you...niche or not!

Dixie Mom said...

I've gone through similar crisis' over the years with my blog. But I've finally settled with it being more of a journal. Sometimes I might put something crafty on there...sometimes decorative...sometimes foodie...but always about me.
Hang in there.

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

I like your blog just the way it is. A little bit of everything.

Sarah said...

Don't change a thing!! See there's no identity crisis.

LadySmith@CashmereandCarrotSticks said...

Laurel: I think because you are so honest and write what you write why you write it, it will always come across genuine and transparent. This way you will atract readers that are like minded and enjoy reading because they can relate to youre "life." That in itself may take off pressure just because you know we are happy to hear from you, not necessarily expecting only one topic, just looking forward to hearing yoru post.
some bloggers prefer very focused sites ... but I think for most of us (especially moms), life isn't like that and we don't have time to dedicate to just one thing. Your blog is more real and relatable. Good Luck and thanks for sharing.

Melanie J said...

Hello Laurel,

People do blog for different reasons and I think you have a beautiful blog here, whether or not it is focused on a specific topic or not. 645 followers is no joke and i think they are enjoying your blog as much as you do. So keep it up!

Thanks,
Mel

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Jamie said...

I love the variety. It helps get to know the different aspects of who you are. You have a wonderful blog & I will keep reading!

Have a happy weekend!

Mysty said...

Keep blogging like you have been, and I will check back. :) While I don't think my house and life are nearly as orderly as yours, I love the inspiration you give me. I do not sew (attending a class this weekend, as I have always wanted to try), but really enjoy seeing your projects. I do drink your green smoothies all of the time and am planing on making a Christmas waiting chain like you did last year. Your blog is one of my favorites, and I like the variety of your posts. You seem like a true, kind person. Like someone I could sit over coffee and gab with. Keep up the great work!

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