Why do we do what we do? How SHOULD we do what we do?
Recently I hit a snag, a frump, a “why am I doing this phase” that
really made me step back and take time to examine my blog, its contents and why
I do what I do. You may have noticed the lack of post and the tumbleweeds blowing
through, but I had to do it, heck, even if you don’t blog, you should do
it…… FIND YOUR VOICE in life people! And I am here to help you….. No I am
not some amazing self-helper, just someone who took a step back and did some
serious thinking, aka I hide from my kids in the bathroom, with the door
locked, looking for the meaning of life.
in life or on my blog. Some days are stress filled and overwhelming and it is OKAY
to step back. Stepping back in life will give you a chance to breathe and get a
better view of where you want to go and how to get there. If you are always on,
your creativity slips, you become stale and you will lose your voice.
Don’t push content out just to have content….. Make what you write and say in
life meaningful. You know the old saying, quality over quantity, its true! If
you want your blog or life to mean anything, to be of any substance, focus on
bloggers feel. And let me tell you, as I look back at some of the stuff I have
put out there, I see where I could have done better. Now I am not saying be a
perfectionist, but do take the time to let an idea stew and get better with
time rather than throwing it out there like fast food slop. I always tell my
oldest, take pride in what you do. Ya know what? That goes for me too! Saying
“good enough for government work” shouldn’t be acceptable.
else’s! Stop comparing yourself to everyone else. I am in my opinion, a
homesteading blog. I started writing this blog to encourage others to try new
things, no matter where they lived. But ya know what? There are a LOT of homesteading
blogs and we all cover a lot of the same material, really, I’ll admit it. I am
not the only person to ever on God’s green earth raise mealworms, tap a maple
tree, or make my own bacon.
was successful in bringing in readers, but then one day I just said “screw it.”
Ya know what? I have a lot less stress! Seriously, I do not care what other
homestead bloggers are writing about, or how successful they are. I have
realized that there are no hacks or short cuts in life and if I just keep
putting out content I can be proud of, I will find “my people” and grow. Here
are a few important things to remember in life and blogging:
Focus on YOU and YOUR voice. Find what makes you happy, what makes you tick.
Love what you do or write about otherwise your voice will get lost or die. Yes,
I said die.
trust me, the journey is not always straight. Getting to your creative
destination is like taking a walk through the wilderness, with valleys and
streams. Half way to where you thought you were going, you get flustered and
just want to throw in the towel. Trust me, I know! I have projects sitting half
done because the journey kicked my butt. I will kick them back someday, when I
am ready. This goes back to the whole, quality over quantity issue. I could
have thrown them out there, but I can do better! I expect that of myself. I can
admit it as well.
social media are full of the stuff that comes out of the south end of a north
bound chicken! Trust me, I ain’t one of them, and I prove it daily on Facebook!
But that is part of my voice…. Silly, brutal, no holds bared, look
behind the curtain of my life honesty. And I realized THAT is part of my voice,
it is what draws folks to my blog and me. It is what sets me apart. I blog to
encourage others to try new things for themselves no matter where they live….
So why would I hide that fact that sometimes, things just don’t go right?!?!?
It is a part of homesteading, it is a part of life, and it shows others they are
the best “whatever” you can, really does lead to more happiness. And don’t we
all want more happiness? I know I do! Success comes with hard work and an honest voice. I think I have already been successful in encouraging other, but I know I can do better! So this blog may be a little quieter as I
find my new stride but I am always over on Facebook for daily doses of(mis)Adventures.