2.27.2013

Blogging With a Mission

I started this blog back in 2011 with the intent of documenting my progress of becoming a runner.

During those early months, I wrote a lot (ie.,DAILY) about being a beginner runner.  And a wide range of other topics.

Within a few months I found out I was pregnant with our first baby!  Immediately this blog morphed into more of a pregnancy/health/lifestyle blog- and less and less about running.

Soon after my son was born, I attempted to write about my life as a new mommy.  Thinking I could just pick up where I left off, I wrote about life with baby, attempted Pinterest projects, and other random topics.

I quickly lost my inspiration and my "groove" with my blog.  I felt as if I wasn't grounded or anchored to anything.  I was trying to write about anything and everything.  

After a few hiatuses from the blogging world, I thought I had found my mojo again but that quickly fell to the wayside.

What was I missing?

And then? My "a-ha!" moment.

I no longer had a purpose.  There was no aim or target for my writing anymore.  No goal- just a desire to write, be heard, and build a community.  But I had a hard time finding fulfillment with my blog because I had no target!

I've been reading a bunch of new blogs lately.  They don't all have the same theme but each one inspires me differently. Which could be a good or bad thing.  I've been drawing inspiration from all over the place but lacking cohesiveness to really pull it all together and make it my own.

Recently I've been toying with the idea of starting a new blog.  

I love fresh starts.  Clean slates.  Like a brand new school year.  I love the potential that starting over often holds.

But I wasn't sure I could leave the past 2 years of my life behind (OK, more like 1 year since it's not like I was posting consistently).  Maybe I could pull some of my favorite posts over to my new blog? Or pretend like this one never existed?

What good would that do?  I now realize that starting over isn't really the best option.  
I want to be open and honest with my readers.  For me that means not just keeping my favorite posts but all the awkward and out of place posts as well.  

Maybe it's only interesting to me, but I like venturing into my archives to see what inspired me in the past.  Some posts are funny and touching.  Some are just fluff.  And others are just so "out there" I can't help but wonder what I was thinking!

So for the past few weeks I've been perusing my favorite blogs and trying hard to understand what it is specifically that inspires me. Are they Hilarious? Honest?  Happy? Helpful? 

Pulling from my favorite bloggers and focusing on what interests me during this season of my life, I've created a mission statement for my blog.  The point of this mission statement is to help keep me grounded and focused so that I don't get overwhelmed by all that blogging has to offer.  I understand that this blog is not what it used to be and I think I'm finally OK with that.  The topics may have changed drastically over the past year or so but I hope with my new focus and direction you'll stick around and help me build a greater sense of community.
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6 comments:

  1. I love your mission statement. Having something to keep you focused and remind you of what you're doing and why you're doing it is important.

    Though I'm not as in touch with God and my faith as I would like to be I have been getting more and more inspired by you to make an effort to be a better person and get back in touch with my faith.

    ♥ Duckie.

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  2. sometimes we all go through blog changes. when i first started my blog, it was a baby site! i posted everything for parents about babies - sleep, eating, tips, how to fight colds, product reviews etc.

    after morphing several times (and changing names/URLs etc), i am now blogging about everything and nothing.. these days i blog a lot about fitness since that's what i'm working on but who knows what will come next.

    as long as you write openly and honestly, your readers will love whatever you post.

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    1. {My dear Kathy! You have a no-reply email so I hope you see this!}

      Thanks for the encouragement. I used to feel pressured to post every day. I don't have time for that! Now I try to write when inspired and take my time with a post... focusing on quality, not quantity =)

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  3. I am loving your mission statement. I need to do this for my blog!
    And thanks for telling my husband happy birthday in Hawaiian! he appreciate it !

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  4. I love your mission statement. That's a great idea! I always enjoy reading about whatever a particular person feels compelled to write about. There's nothing more boring than reading countless product reviews or posts that sound scripted. Being authentic is a valuable thing!

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  5. I meant to tell you - I love your new design! Especially the header and colors (purple is my favorite). But, even more than that, I LOVE your mission statement. I find inspiration in your blog and it doesn't always come when you talk about running - it is because you write about beautiful, real life things that keeps me reading and following along your journey! I'm glad you decided to keep this blog. ;)

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