November 2, 2014

Blog struggles

I was so much better at blogging when we lived in Hawaii! I went back recently and was rereading some of my posts from that year, and not only did I write more frequently, the posts were much better quality. They weren't necessarily just brief life updates, but they were personal snippets and stories from life. They were inner dialogues and moods captured in the moment.

If any of you didn't keep up with that blog, you can find it now linked at the top of the page, or you can simply click here to go back to the very beginning.

I think a lot of my success with keeping up with that blog, was the amount of free time I had. Tyler and I had very different schedules so I had a lot of time to myself to sit down and write. And it was free time often in the morning or midday, which is when I am much more motivated to sit down and tell a story.

I like writing when I have good lighting. As you know by now, I love good lighting. And natural light (especially of the lovely dappled kind) inspires me. Writing at night is not the same.

Now, by the time I get home from work, I don't have the energy or patience to get back behind the screen and blog. I generally have about half an hour before Tyler gets home, if I don't work late (which I've been doing a lot of lately) and then once he gets home we figure out dinner and spend some time together for the rest of the evening. And it's dark... Then wake up and do it again. Weekends are mostly spent together too, doing the things we didn't have time or energy to do during the week (other than blogging apparently). I am still not a fan of adulthood and full-time employment if you can't tell.

Also, we were so removed in Hawaii. With the time difference, it wasn't always easy to pick up the phone and call friends or family, so I loved the blog as a medium for staying in touch. But here, I feel like we're more connected and this blog doesn't serve the same purpose, even though I'd love it to. Maybe this one is more for myself? Friends and family, are you out there reading? Let me know if you are and maybe that will help motivate me to pick up the pace!

I have disappointed myself thus far in this pregnancy. It was a goal to blog weekly and do weekly updates about the pregnancy complete with growing belly pictures. Here I am over halfway through the pregnancy and only have a couple posts about it, and they are nothing like I was envisioning.

But I plan to start. I will document the second half much better. I promise!

I have been reading blogs now for years and I have three that are my favorites. I tell Tyler stories about them like I actually know them. Because I feel like I do! I have followed them for years and I have watched their children grow, hearing about their struggles and triumphs and the daily life in between,

If anyone is looking for something new to read or follow check them out. They're all mom bloggers, but they have extremely different styles....

For some hilarious stories start reading BrittanyHerself from the beginning. She doesn't blog as frequently anymore, and her style and content has morphed as she has become incredibly successful promoting positive body image and writing a book. She is brutally honest and open about life, and can seriously make you laugh out loud.

GirlsGoneChild is full of beauty. Beautiful writing frequently focused on raising strong girls, and strong boys, as well as beautiful photographs of her family life.

And then there's LittleBabyGarvin who's blog is a little more simple, sharing many themed posts for holidays and seasons, with a lot of product suggestions and pictures of her adorable girls. I started following her because of her adorable chalkboard bump pictures that she posted through her first pregnancy complete with the same weekly questions (which is the style I was planning to emulate for my pregnancy).

So these are my highly recommended reads, as they are the blogs that have inspired me. Of course, I encourage you to keep reading here as well, because I am going to make an honest attempt to increase the frequency of my posts. It's something I love to do and I hope my friends and family who are still far away love it too. I want to improve for you!

So here we go... I hope this is the start of Lightly Dappled 2.0 Pregnancy Edition, where I will keep you abreast of all the little things that we are going through getting ready for baby!


1 comment:

  1. Keep posting! I love reading about whats going on since you are states away right now :) Hearing about pregnancy stuff would be fun too.


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