I am a person who requires a bit of quiet every day.
Moments of solitude.
It’s in those spaces, sometimes long and sometimes short, that I’m able to question whether I’m living in alignment with my values, my goals, seeking the places where my soul is content.
Recently, I did a midyear review. I looked at the 2019 goals written in my planner and while some of them were still applicable goals that I’d like to achieve, none of the ones about the blog or social media were goals that I am still actively pursuing. I’m not saying I wouldn’t be excited if they happened, they just aren’t where I find my priorities.
I re-read my Three Years of Blogging post and it was interesting to see how much my life has changed in the past six months. There were still many hard mothering moments…moments that took all my focus. There were also plenty of moments of joy. Amongst the sea of time, I had another child graduate from high school and my husband went back to work. And through it all, I kept pace with the ever-shifting winds and adapted.
At the beginning of the year, I thought that I’d take the blog in the direction of mainly only talking about my travels and the photography that goes along with those travels. However, I wasn’t happy only sharing that small piece of my life. I created the static homepage so that I could still talk about whatever I wanted without confusing first time visitors with my random posts.
The reason for this is because I kept hearing and reading “if you’re talking to everyone then you’re talking to no one.” In other words, you should be an expert in a subject or two not a jack of all trades conversationalist.
So I tried.
But I did not enjoy it.
And honestly, I don’t feel like I’m talking to “no one”.
I’m talking to you.
The one who shows up to read my words. The one who listens to my tales and shares with me tales of their own. The tales of humanity. With all its up and downs. Its comings and goings.
I mentioned before that I was getting some engagement on a few older posts. In fact, Love Letter to My Daughter accounts for about 40% of my views for this month. In my moments of solitude, I realized that if I had a post that was going to appeal to many, this is the type of post that I would hope that it would be. A post that pulls back the veil, that lets you inside, that shares about my life as a person on this planet. A glimpse of human nature
What I realized is that what I love most about blogging is the relationships. I realize that some may come only for the travel or only for a recipe I share or only for a challenge that I engage in but I’m hoping they’ll stick around for the conversations too.
Today’s quote goes on to say:
yet it sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth.
Clearing away the dead branches is always important for growth.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on today’s truth!