Roots

Don’t worry, this isn’t another post discussing my hair woes.  Conceal your disappointment.  This is a post that I need to compose (mostly for myself so I’ve got it in writing) to say a few things that are on my heart.

I’ve been blogging for a little over 3 years now.  I cannot believe that I’ve stuck with it this long.  But then, I have underwear that dates back to the early 80’s, so clearly I don’t give up on things easily.

I have become increasingly aware that I’ve lost my blogging way a bit.  I have thought seriously about quitting blogging more times than I can count in the last few months.

I’ve had a number of conversations with Fiddledaddy about my blogging issues, and he has certainly helped me have clarity.  He, more than anyone else, knows what this blog and this blogging community have meant to my sanity.

He also knows what good meds and a therapist would cost.

So, instead of throwing in the keyboard, we are of the opinion that I need to get back to my roots.  Why I started this blog in the first place.

As my traffic has grown, I’ve ventured into the world of advertising, giveaways, and reviews.  Which I have completely enjoyed, because it has appealed to the business side of me.  However, it leaves very little room for me to simply write down my thoughts, and communicate with the moms (and the 3 dads) who take the time to visit here and leave a comment.

So the two things that I love the most, the writing and the community aspect of blogging, have been what has suffered the most.

Therefore.  I’m learning how to say “no thank you.”

Which is unbelievably hard for me, since I think I wear a cape and can leap tall buildings.  I cannot do it all.  And I cannot be all things to all people.  And these people that I live with?  They keep asking for food and clean clothes.  🙂

I do have ad and PR commitments that I will honor.  But in the coming months, things are going to slow down a little around here.

I am blessed beyond measure to belong to this little corner of the blogging community.  Your e-mails, comments, and friendship have been an integral part of my life.  And my healing.  Thank you.

And Fiddledaddy thanks you because, HELLO THERAPY???  Besides, where is can I demonstrate my excessive usage of commas.

I’ll be back this weekend for Saturday Stirrings.  I hope you’ll join me.

DeeDeeSig

August 20, 2009

22 Responses to Roots

  • Please don’t quit!! I love your blog and I love that you are going to concentrate on writing about the fun, crazy life down there in Armpit, FL. That’s why I keep coming back.

  • You have 3 male readers??? wow! Now that is impressive!

  • Hip hip.

    I hear you. I’ve been mulling over the whole world of blogging for the past while as well. I’m a wee little blog in the big big blogging world and have been going back and forth in my brain about this whole bloggin’ business.

    God has been telling me to “find the quiet” over the past few months. And I’ve found that sometimes it means not blogging.

    Of course sometimes finding the quiet means ignoring my children while I hole myself up in the bathroom…..

  • No quitting allowed. The blogosphere would be a lesser place without you 🙁 And please send all really cool PR peeps my way. Especially ones involving travel to places warm and sunny 🙂

  • So glad you’ll be sticking around. I agree, blogging is good therapy for me and way cheaper!

  • There is a fine line between saying “yes”, saying “no” and having decent food and clean laundry.
    Know that the glimpses into your family and your brain make mine seem so normal.

  • This is applicable in so many ways! Definitely a Fab Five blog post this week at myhouseholdjunk.com.

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  • Thanks for staying. 🙂

  • I, too, have been where I lost sight of the point here, and had to back away and ask, “why am I standing here again?”, “Why did this get started?” But taking a half a second to ask, and by “getting back to your roots” you are being obedient to God. Just like we’re constantly correcting when we drive, even on a straight road, are wheel never sits still, we need to constantly adjust on our “road” to make sure we’re right where we need to be. You are going to enjoy being blessed for this. It encourages us, too! And by the way, your cape looks GREAT on you and you CAN leap Capital E in a single bound!

  • I can see the “distraction”. I hope you can pull it the way you wish.

  • I am a fan… you masked avenger of all things gross and slimey. What would I do without my Jensen Jollies?

    You must push forward. You must.

  • I can certainly see how the reviews, advertising, etc. are so enticing, and yet take away from the “roots”. I call it brain clutter and how often do I find that happening – you just have to step back and realize what can be let go and what needs to stay.

    I stubbled across blogs about a year or so ago. They have helped me keep my sanity too.
    It is so neat to read and think
    “Oh my gosh I FEEL the same way, or that ridiculous thing happened to me too”….I could go on and on. AND FUNNY – a blog can cheer you up in no time at all.

    Sounds like fiddledaddy has the gift if discernment – glad you are staying.

  • I have never commented to any blog but I felt compelled to tell you “Please don’t quit”!! I love your blog. You are the first blog I go to in the morning and the laugh that I need to get me going. Everyday I am amazed how much we have in common. Life would not be the same without you sharp wit. I’m Just sayin’.

  • It just amazes me how you can feed a kid once and then they expect you to keep doing it.

    I don’t know how you have been able to do it all anyway. Homeschooling, keeping up with a boy, blogging, keeping up with a boy, being a wife, keeping up with a boy . . . it all mounts up. When you add in all the sponsor stuff, its a lot.

  • Glad to hear that you are going to continue to blog:) I always look forward to new posts!!

  • We don’t need your opinion on Cheese-Its, but we may actually die if we don’t get updates on the dog! (Uh, I mean the boy!) OK, maybe I won’t actually DIE, but seriously, you are one of my few “go to, must check” blogs. PLEASE don’t quit! We girls (and 3 guys) LOVE you!

  • I am glad that you’ve decided to stick around. When I pared down my blog reading, you were one of the few blogs I had to keep reading. You have made me laugh until I cry, if only in relief that for once, it wasn’t me! I love your writing style. I love your thing about frogs. Your stories are hilarious. And hey, no one else I know can post pictures of Brad Pitt hanging out in their living room!

    Hooray for roots! (Ok, even the gray ones.)

  • Glad you are sticking it out. I was holding my breath reading. Your blog is a real pleasure to read and I look forward to reading new entries when I check in almost daily.

  • You were one of the first blogs I started reading and I fell in love with it! You are still one of my top 10 and I love reading about all the trials of motherhood that you go through. It makes me feel more “normal”! Cutting back and getting “your groove back” will be important to do this year since you will be schooling all 3 kids. I know that I will be having a harder time getting posts up as I embark on the homeschooling journey again with my little kindergartener!

  • I think it’s good for us to have a little bloggy introspection. You’re right — it’s easy to get off track. And as wonderful as it is, most of us didn’t get into this to facilitate giveaways or do reviews. We got into it to be heard, to have community. And you are such a huge piece of this bloggy community, DeeDee. I can’t imagine it being whole without you.

  • Having time to post 4 times a week (my current goal) is sometimes a challenge, and I don’t have all the other commitments you do. Glad you’re going to stick with the “regular” blogging!

    I hope to be back to Sat. Stirrings next week. Last Saturday I was too busy cooking for a big group. Three meals and a snack each day, starting with Wed. supper and going through Mon. lunch. Whew! Good news is I have some new recipes to share 🙂