Go ahead, go read it, you'll really enjoy it!
Lately I've been feeling very torn about blogging. Do I follow the trend and take sponsors, do group giveaways, sponsor blogs myself...? It seems like that's what everyone is doing and I thought maybe I should do it to. If everyone else is going to make money off their blog, why not do it too?
I've been torn on where I want this blog to go and what I want to stand for when I write. I don't want to be that blog for y'all that you skip over because it's another sponsored post or another group giveaway. I don't want that. I don't want that for me, my memories, or for our family and friends who are reading every day.
But then I think... that's how everyone else is doing it. It's back and forth in my head constantly. Then I went back to that post I wrote last July and I got my answer.
I'm not doing this to have 1000 followers over there on the right. I'm not doing this to make money. I'm not doing this to make friends. I'm doing it for me, for my memories.
What actually really struck me to write this post was a few emails I exchanged with Mandell the past few days. She said, "Man, it's a lot of working trying to put together a decent blog! I don't know how you do it!"
And since some of you might be thinking the same thing, I want to share what I told her. "I focus on MY blog. I comment when I can and respond to comments when I can, but my main focus is documenting my life for me and my family. So that's my first goal when I sit down at the computer. Then if I have other time, I'll comment and respond."
That mindset isn't for everyone though and not everyone is going to agree with it. But it's my blog, my life, and my writing. Yes, you'll be deeper in the blogging community and have more blogging friendships if you "mingle". But I don't have time for that! My number one priority is my marriage. Going home, getting on the computer and commenting on blogs and responding to comments, isn't the way John and I are going to grow our marriage and relationship. The evenings are our time together and like I said in July's post, my main priority is getting my own post written. Most of the time I get those knocked out during the weekend so we have our evenings together.
So, like I wanted Mandell to know, there is no "right" way to blog. If you want to take sponsors, take sponsors. If you want to do giveaways every day, do them. If you want to just blog and not ever comment, fine. It's your blog and you do with it what you want to do!!
And now that I've gone on a little rant, the main focus of this post was to tell y'all that starting today, we're going back to the basics over here at What Makes Savanah Smile...
True, raw, real, from the heart posts.
THAT's what I want to remember next year when I'm reading back on my blog. Not the big group giveaway of the week. Not the random pinterest pictures I found. Not a sponsored post for something I will never use.
I truly appreciate everyone who reads my blog every day... family, friends, blog friends and all those other people out in the internet world I don't know about. Your comments mean the world to me even if I don't get to say Thank you every time you leave one.
And if you aren't yet, I hope some things I've said here will help you get to where you want to be in your blogging adventure. Just write from the heart... Those are the posts that I want to read. Those are what grab my attention and make me want to comment on your blog and follow your story....