I tried my best to catch up on as many things as I could, but I have a little confession to make...being without my computer for a few days was actually relaxing. (a little scary at times-but for the most part relaxing)
Which is why this post form Julia over at Work, Wife, Mom...Life really resonated with me.
Sometimes I find myself caught in an internal battle over this blog. On the one hand, I started it as a creative outlet because I love to write and thought it would be fun- even if no one read it. But on the other hand, I secretly hoped people would love it. I hoped that someday I could make my living by just sitting at my computer and sharing my thoughts with the world. That I would have 1000's of followers. People would leave long & meaningful comments on my posts. Vendors would be banging down my door to review their products and host giveaways.
But getting to that point is hard work...at least a lot harder than I thought it would be. True, there are some bloggers that are lucky enough to just have that certain "Je ne sais quoi" that makes people flock to them. But most successful bloggers work hard to build their blog. By participating in Blog hops and posting on blogging communities. By visiting 100's+ blogs everyday and commenting. But sometimes in the process, their blogs become more about followers and advertising and less about "them" (or whatever else they started blogging about)
So where am I on all this?
Well, like my actual life, I hope to find a balance. Yes, I would love to have more followers. I would love to have some sweet giveaways here and there to reward my awesome readers. (and I do have a few coming up!) I would love to guest blog and host some guest blogger's. And sure I wouldn't mind a few people paying me to advertise their product on my blog- if I felt it was a product that could benefit my readers.
But I am also OK with who I am as a blogger right now.
I've "met" some pretty great people blogging. People who visit my blog every post regardless of how "big" I am in the blogging community. People that don't mind my sarcasm, some times skewed logic, or my overuse of ...
There are even people that give me awards. Like Reluctant Writer over at Pacifier's, Pumps, The World who gave me this (Thanks!!):