Friday, June 4, 2010

“To blog, or not to blog?”

First, it must be said that I am a newbie blogger. It’s been a little over a month since I started blogging, and it’s no secret that I absolutely love it! I love writing. I love the rush I get when I hit the “publish” button. And I love reading everyone else’s blogs!

If only someone would pay me to spend my days at home writing articles, blogging, and reading the amazing blogs written by other, fabulous, New Breed Mamas... (And if, by some chance, you are someone willing to pay me to do just that, by all means, email me now! *Hint,hint. Wink, wink.*)

With that being said, my family can obviously not afford the luxury of me staying home to work on building up my writing career. That leaves little ole me to juggle a full-time, job, two kids, my husband, my house, our dog, and whatever else is needing done on any given day.

For this New Breed Mama, who is trying to do it all, finding time to work on my blog and other articles is difficult. (And that, my friends, may be the understatement of the year!) However, since I am a passionate woman, who is passionate about writing, I make the time – at least on most days.

Luckily, I am blessed with an amazing husband, who is super-supportive of my dream. He picks up where I leave off, and for that reason, he is my hero.

Still, there are days when it is very hard to find the time and energy to write. Today is one of those days.

Yesterday was my sons’ field day at school. Being the super-mom that I am, I had volunteered to run one of the activities. After agreeing to spend my Thursday with a bunch of crazy-excitable children who were ready for summer vacation, I had thought that I might as well schedule my Friday off work too. And heck, since I had Friday off too, and my 10 year high school reunion coming up the following week, and a fro that was desperately in need of some TLC, I was determined to pencil in a trip to Indianapolis to visit my rockin’ hairdresser of a mama!

So, my last day and a half has been a whirlwind of, 1- sugared-up elementary school students, 2 - driving three hours through a torrential down-pour with two argumentative, cranky, seven year olds who were coming down from a sugar-high, 3 – visiting with my mama and stepfather, and later my baby sister and brother in law, 4 – stepfather taking my boys for a fast ride in his little BMW convertible, 5 – brother in law taking each of the boys on their first-ever Harley ride, while I watched in absolute terror (yes, I made them wear helmets!), 6 – a spa day for me (yay!) including a manicure, pedicure, cut, color, and wax, while the boys spent the day swimming with grandpa, 7 – rushing home to make sure the boys made it to their 7 pm baseball game, 8 – spending a half hour waiting in the rain at the ball field, only to find out that their game was cancelled (which, then, the sun promptly re-appears!), 9 – dinner out with the family at a sports bar/restaurant (where, by the way, this woman won $65 dollars playing keno!), and finally 10 – home again, home again, jiggity, jig.

Once in the safety and comfort of my own home, as I felt the tiredness settling in, I had to ask myself, “To blog, or not to blog?”

What would you do?


Mommy Moment said...

It sure is tough! Our blog is 3 months old now. It takes a lot of hard work, but I, like you, enjoy the rush!
Good luck with finding the balance you require. Isn't it awesome to have a supportive husband! I do-and am so thankful!


New Breed Mama said...

Hi Jody!

It IS AWESOME to have a supportive husband! And it's almost a necessity when you are trying to manage a blog on top of everything else!

Best of luck to you and your blog. I've really enjoyed reading it (the parts of it that I've found time to!)

Dawn said...

It was nice to meet you today, Lindsay! Practice practice practice. The more you write, the more you will be able to write. I started my blog as writing practice and it has made me a better writer but also better at writing even when I don't want to or don't feel like I have the time, which comes in handy when I'm facing an editorial deadline and have zero inspiration. (BTW, when I first started writing my blog, one of the things I wrote about was our struggle with secondary infertility. I am rooting for you!)

Krista said...

I completely understand this. I work, and only have one kid but there are still days where I think about blogging and think, "oh, do I have to" It's those nights that I'm not sure what to write about and usually, I skip it. And almost always, something hits me the next day that I feel really good about writing.

I need to get better at the writing for writing's sake. But I've also found that when I'm at work and can't get "going" on the marketing writing that I have to do, drafting a blog post helps to get the words flowing and then I'm more productive at work. Weird, huh?

Julie said...

Keep on blogging! We are right here with ya!


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