Purpose and Reasons to Blog

Today, during nap time when my house was still and quiet, (I’ve been pretty good at getting both kids to nap at the same time. Booyah.) I spent some time thinking about my blog. What it’s doing here, why I blog in the first place, where it’s going, what my purpose is with this thing and what direction I’m currently taking it.

I don’t spend a ton of time blogging, but I do spend a good chunk. I blog for an outlet, as a way to express myself, because I love writing, to perserve memories and journal my life at this moment and so much more. To help others in any way ( a lot of which are unknown) encourage, help other moms relate, give an idea to someone, and more. I like too keep friends and family up to date with what we’re up too and I know my family likes seeing  pictures of the boys. I also love the community, getting advice/tips from you.. and more and more and more!

 I’m currently trying to figure out what to do about my job and where to work/if to work/when to work (so much goes into those things when you have two kids!) and that also makes me think about this blog. I ask myself questions, like do I want to put more effort into it or do I want to try and blog more frequently and with more/better content? Do I want to, simply, try harder and see where it goes? (Let’s face it, a lot of times I ramble a bunch and then push publish without even proof reading.) Do I want to blog less but with more substantial material? Do I want to just keep doin’ what I’m doin’ and print this book so I’ll have a journal of sorts for my kids?

One of the things I’ve really been working on is consistency. If you’ve been a regular reader here for a while, you might notice that some weeks I blog once or twice a day and then other weeks I blog a few times during the whole week. If you’re trying to grow your blog, that’s not really the best thing to do. 😉

This summer, while my husband is home and I have more time, my goal is/was to blog 1-2 a day and see where it lead me. I’m still trying to do that, but I haven’t decided yet, if it’s worth it or if I want to keep up with it, and if it’s going to bring me anywhere.

I also think about, what does GOD want me to do with my blog? Yes, God does care about a silly little thing called a blog. (Right, God?!)  I have always prayed and still to this day think and believe, that if this blog interferes at all with my family, then I don’t want it to be successful. Like, if I spend time blogging instead of playing with my kids or if I blog when I should be hanging out with my husband of if I ever were to put my blog first before my family, then I don’t want it to work. If that makes any sense.

And, I have prayed about the direction of it and I feel like I get mixed messages. Or, perhaps and probably most true, I’m not seeing it the right way. Sometimes I feel like I should go for it and blog 1-2/day and see where it takes me and other times I feel like shutting down my blog for good.

I love love looking back on my blog and seeing posts and pictures I have of my children and seeing what I was thinking, feeling and doing. That also makes me think — I need to get this blog published into my own little book now so I have something to keep with me. I feel like the internet or computer could die at any moment but if I have a hard copy book I can keep it with me forever and always have those journal entries.

Anyways, that’s a lot more than I planned on sharing with you today, but those are just all my thoughts that sort of spilled out! Yikes! I didn’t know I had so much to say about it. Ha.

Opinions? Thoughts?

Why do you blog?

pssst. – thanks for reading. love you guys.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

9 thoughts on “Purpose and Reasons to Blog

  1. I blog for many of the same reasons that you do. I love being able to chronicle my families lives and be able to look back at all the things we have done and have that “in the moment” memory. I would love to grow my blog however it gets in the way of what I love most my children and my family. I work full time out side of the home so I don't have much free time. I would love to grow my blog into something bigger and better but I am not willing to sacrifice my children or my husband for it

  2. I blog when I have time. Finally, I can schedule mine now, so if I have 2 hours on Saturday morning, because insomnia has me up at 4 a.m. I can just put together 4 or 5 posts and schedule them to go through the week, and then if I have time, I'll put together something for the rest of the week. I know with baby coming I'll have even less time, but I'm okay with that. I have just a few dedicated readers, and it's not about making money for me..

  3. I really only blog as a personal journal to myself and for my kids so I can look back through all the memories and keep track of all those “little things” I never want to forget about. 🙂 No one reads my blog I don't think lol And I don't really write thinking I WILL get anything back out of it or people will read because I AM So inconsistent. I also work (well up until recently) but even not working I have SOO much else to do, I mainly try to just keep up with the basic pics or updates of my kids (or wedding as of late lol) if nothing else. I blog when I have time. Lately that has only been 5 times a month. 😦 But I don't want it to interfere with anything else. I actually HAVE printed some blog books 🙂 I randomly saw the site one night and did it even though I felt kinda dorky doing it! ha I do several small ones because I didn't want this HUGE book, but just figured I'd make a book per I don't know…every season? So like 4 months worth at a time. I have just done a few when we have a little extra cash. (They're not expensive at all!) I was HORRIBLE about doing our kids' baby books, but REALLY tried to keep up with the updates on here and I think it'd be really neat if I could pass this on to my kids. Like you said, who knows how long it will last on the computer or if something crashes!! I even thought of ONLY talking bout the kids on mine so they can see pics and updates bout themselves when they are older but then thought…no, I want them to see everything we went through and all the other adventures too 😉 Good luck with whatever you decide!…But don't shut it down altogether! ha I like reading it 😉

  4. I blog as a journal. I will make it into a book then I don't have to scrapbook so much! 😉 I could care less if anyone reads it but I have fun with it. Hopefully my family will appreciate it someday.

    I love reading your blog no matter what you “rabble” about!!

  5. I love your blog so I don't really care where you go with it. LOL! If you blog twice a day I will ready twice a day!

  6. I think lots of people struggle with this question!

    I blog for myself, its a lot easier to document my life on my blog than in a paper & pencil journal (where my true love lies!) –I know there are services that will turn your blog into a book and I might consider that someday–depending on how much you get to edit! There are some entries I might NOT want to print out for hard copy!

    I have about 40 followers, so definitely a much smaller audience & I'm not even sure if they are “active” followers or just people who clicked the link….but I don't do it for them.

    I know my family reads the blog & some of my cloth diaper friends & I really just do it for me.

    Good Luck with whichever direction you decide to go!

  7. I consistently pray over my blog and for God to use it as He sees fit. I know what you mean about not wanting it to “grow” if it would get in the way of family. I want it to become something that adds to my family and my life. Not takes away. I think you do a great job. Although I can relate to it being tough to figure all out.

  8. I have a personal blog which is a journal for our family ten I have a public blog that is a bit of everything. I like sharing what I've learned, as well as in what ways I have failed. I like to know that there are other 'human' people out there who struggle with things like me and get excited about other things like me. So I write in my blog so others who are feeling alone can see that they're not really.

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