Please forgive me…I just discovered that I am not a good blogger! I have been beating myself up for 9 months now for not posting consistently. I started this blog almost a year ago in hopes that I could keep people entertained with my witty banter, my gorgeous imagery and my Martha Stewart-ish crafting abilities. I so wanted to be the next Pioneer Woman or Jasmine Star (a photographer, for those of you who don’t know who she is). I set goals for myself. I set days and times for myself of when I would post. I even wrote down a list of things I felt semi-knowledgeable about! Alas…here we are, 11 months later, and my poor blog has been as neglected as the boxes in my basement.
I have looked through many blogs, searching for the answer to my dilemma—why can’t I just write a good, consistent blog?! I even conversed with an old high school acquaintance that has a successful blog about what it takes to be a successful blogger, and I think I have finally found the answer.
As I peruse the many blogs that I so adore reading, I realized that most of the bloggers that I enjoy so much have time to blog! For a lot of them, it is their day job. For a lot of them, they are stay at home moms. (Trust me….I know they are not just sitting back eating bon-bons with laptops on their laps, grinding out their daily blogs! So, please no backlash from angry stay at home moms! I know they work harder than most!) At the same time, I realize that it is a set part of their week. It’s like a part time job, if you will. I finally realized that I don’t have time for another part time job!
As a single mom, who is solely supporting 3 kids (well, 2.5 as one of them does have a job and pays all of her own bills, but she still does live at home, so I provide food and shelter for her), I work a regular 40 hour a week job, plus have a photography business, plus an Etsy shop, plus I’m a Disney Vacation Specialist! Add church, taking care of a home, helping with homework and carpooling to the list, and I just don’t have time to blog–pure and simple! Now that I have come to this epiphany, can I just get permission to quit beating myself up about it?!? I mean, the world is not going to stop spinning because I can’t write a few witty blogs once a week, is it?!? Life as we know it is not going to change fundamentally if I can’t crank out a spectacular craft or recipe, will it?!?!
So, I won’t be making any promises that I will be posting once or twice a week…..heck, I’m not even going to promise once a month! All that I can promise is that I will, on occasion, stop by to see how you all are doing, and share a little bit of Monica. I might not be The Pioneer Woman or Jasmine Star (that’s her REAL name! I wish I had an awesome name like that!), but I’m Monica—a hard-working, fun-loving, family-oriented mother of 3, and for now, it’s enough for me.