Oh, What’s In a Blog?

It’s been slightly over six months since my last post.

To whomever has been checking this blog regularly in that quiet period, thank you.

There are a lot of reasons that I’ve quit writing. The new job that I mentioned back in January has certainly has kept me busier than I expected. The narcissism that is all social media and personal blogging has held me back. The uncertainty in what value I can bring to an already cluttered internet has also stopped me.

But, I haven’t shut this blog down for a reason. I’m not quite sure what that reason is.

In the back of my mind, I’m always thinking about writing, wanting to write, wishing my writing was better and, of course, I online stalk other writers who I admire. But one question I keep asking myself is, does blogging even count as writing? And, if it does, am I providing any real insights, help, or value to others?

Full disclosure, deep down inside me, I have always hoped to write a book. Of course, I wrote a children’s book that lives on my laptop. But, I mean, I want to write a novel. A book that women can identify with, based on my limited life experience, only funnier and fictional. If I keep blogging, I’m at least practicing writing … but does it get me any closer to a book? Not so far. However, during my six month hiatus from blogging, I haven’t written one word. Not in a journal, not in a draft for a novel, nothing at all.

So, does blogging get me closer to a book? Unanswered.

The marketer in me asks, what do I hope to achieve by blogging? (What is the ROI?) Is it an image? Is this simply a platform to share what I’m proud of and to shape a picture of me in your mind? Maybe. But, is it real? Am I really the person I try to be online? A lot of studies suggest that few (and more likely none) of us really share who we are on Facebook or any social sharing platform. So, if I’m blogging about only my best self, does that elevate my writing, move my career forward, or make me a better mom? Does creating an image help anyone else?

It doesn’t.

To create value, you must be genuine. You must be passionate. You have to believe in your message. Oh yeah… you must have a message. Without a genuine, passionate perspective on something you’re truly obsessed with, what is your message?

That’s what I keep asking myself.

So, maybe this is a goodbye forever post. Or, maybe this a kick off to shaping whatever it is that I keep thinking I need to share with the world. If another post follows this one, it may be different than all those that came before it.

Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

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Hello there, friends.

Every time I take a break from writing on this little blog, I feel that I owe you an explanation. As if you’re all sitting on the edge of your seats, eagerly staring at your computer while waiting for a post from me. Who am I kidding? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

That silly quote seems to be my motto lately. I just can’t seem to pull it together these days. The last weeks have been a blur …. between a get-away with the spouse, our tiny man’s first birthday, a 30th birthday celebration for my little brother, and our first BBQ competition of the year … ain’t nobody got time for anything!

I know, I’m doing that ‘busy-bragging’ thing. Ugh, busy people. Am I right? As if we’re not all busy. I’m sorry. I’m here to say that I’m coming back to the blog. I can’t wait to tell you about everything we’ve been up to and share some new ideas I’ve been brewing. But first, a bit on the real reason I’ve been so sporadic lately.

About a month ago, I woke up and my foot was numb. Totally numb. I was dropping it while I walked and tripping myself. I couldn’t drive for a few days and I definitely couldn’t run. After a couple of X-rays, an MRI, a weird leg-brace, and an uncomfortable nerve testing session, they have determined …. nothing is wrong with me! Except my body killed the nerve endings in my leg somehow. Great.

Of course, thanks to WebMD, I had read about and imagined the worst possible scenarios. However, I got good news. The worst of the damage is done, no major nerve issues to worry about, I’ll be back to 100% in the next few months, and am already doing much better. Huzzah!

So, what does a silly drop foot have to do with blogging? I’m not sure. What I do know is that I haven’t really felt like myself. I can’t wear heels which is really messing with my mind and wardrobe (I know … tough life). And I threw a little pity party when I couldn’t run which manifested in me boycotting most physical activity. No exercise has definitely had an impact on my stress level, overall well-being, and skirt size.

Ugh, exercise, I can’t quit you. Seriously. I can’t quit. I find my coping skills always fail me, stress sneaks up, and I quit doing nearly everything else I like when I’m not getting in sweat sessions.

But, no more! I’ll admit that I’m still bummed about running (and high heels). But, I bought a new pair of penny loafers that I can’t wait to slip my bum foot in. And I’ve found the motivation to start doing approved exercise which (shocker) is helping me feel better.

Since feeling better, I realize ain’t nobody got time to sit around like a lump feeling blue. It’s time to give thanks and share good things … which I hope you have time to read about here.

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