Why I Started Blogging Again
After an 8 year hiatus
I never wanted to stop writing.
That’s what I called it then and still call it today. Writing. That’s what it is for me - I write my stories down and people read them. It’s a give and take. I get to release my creative energy through the form of writing, and someone out there benefits from it through laughter, advice or camaraderie.
But in 2010, I stopped writing after 3 amazing years. Why?
Because I had a child. He was my second child and 15-1/2 months after my first. We took the band-aid approach to parenting and to say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. As much as I wanted to write, I didn’t have the energy or time to commit so one day I ugly cried while packing it up and saying goodbye.
Pinterest became public (it was invite only for a while), Instagram was born, and social media became a thing. Twitter’s only left out because it launched while I blogging. I watched bloggers grow and realized something.
I missed the cathartic release of storytelling.
And during my absence, the art of blogging changed. It became less about the story and more about SEO. Now, you draw people into your blog through SEO and conversions, instead of your ability to benefit their lives through writing.
I knew it was time for me to start blogging again.
And here I am. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to conform to the norms of today. I plan to tell just as many stories, use a little SEO but not enough to change my writing style, give unsolicited advice, and always take weekends off.
Because weekends are for family and exploring new adventures together.
I hope you will join me on this journey through beauty, travel, and not always edited life.