I was looking for a photo the other day and totally got lost in my blogging from 4 years ago when Teagan was a baby. It hit me hard, this place is no longer about our day to day, chronicles of mom turned photog, being open and honest about daily life. The hard stuff, the struggles, the mommy moments of insanity, and the good stuff, the million beautiful moments all tucked in between. Why and when did that change? I’ve been thinking about that a lot and I think there are a lot of different answers. Work got busier, family got busier, it’s easier to post something quick to facebook than to blog, Teagan got sick and we moved all things related to that over to Finding Our New Normal, I started a 365 blog. Yeah, there are a lot of reasons for the decline in sharing here. It hit me, when I posted all the time here, I felt like I was pretty comfortable with who I was then. So much has changed about our lives and about our family since Teagan’s vaccine injury, that I just tend to fear being judged for it all. Maybe that’s because we were judged so harshly by some of those closest to us right after it happened. But you know what, I love who we have become. I’m proud of us. I proud of how we live, how we eat, how we teach, how we continue to grow and change, I’m just proud of us. And even though we aren’t quite so “mainstream” anymore, that’s ok. Not everyone has to like us, or agree with us or do what we do, we’d never expect that. But I’ve always believed that when you share who you are with people, it will bless you beyond measure. It was sharing here on this blog that helped Marti come in to our lives to help Teagan. Talk about a life changing blessing. Sharing is good. So even if I get a little nervous about sharing the new us sometimes on this blog, vs. Finding Our New Normal, I still should do it, because it’s us and it is real.
The more I think about it, the more it bothers me. I LOVED going through those posts from when Teagan was itty bitty. They made my heart smile so incredibly big and I’m amazed at how many things I’d forgotten that my heart needed to remember. And for the last few years, as this went from a daily blog to a much, much less than daily blog, I’m going to be missing those posts that were never written as time marches on. Do you think the ease of sharing on facebook and twitter is killing blogs? The thought of that makes me sad. I value those old posts so much, I don’t want to look back with regrets.
With a new baby coming, homeschooling, a crazy work schedule, all the time I spend in the kitchen and time in general at a premium, I think I need to do some rearranging. I think I need to simplify. Maybe Less time online in random places, simplify it, condense it, value it. Maybe move my 365 snapshot images over here where they belong from here on out.
More time here. That’s what I’m thinking.
I feel the same way..I blogged so much with my first child Lydia..and with Ella, the only thing I blogged that related to her was Lydia wearing her big sister shirt announcing that we were expecting again. I know that I was having trouble with site I was using for my blog and like you said, it was just easier to post on facebook..but it is not the same. I feel like I missed so much with her.
I do think FB has hurt blogs. I have to say that I miss keeping up with this blog & all the great things you would share. It’s totally understandable that it’s hard to keep up with all the changes you all have gone through. I hope that you can find the right balance for your life. I’m excited that you guys are expecting again and at the same time selfishly disappointed that I can’t hire you as a birth photog since we’re due so close. 😉 Hope all continues to go well Lyndsay!!
I love my family blog for all the reasons you mentioned. It’s a snapshot of our life at a time that would easily be forgotten as the kids get older. I hope that Facebook and Twitter, etc don’t take away blogs because I love mine. I also am so grateful to have found your blog all those years ago because I am thankful for all that you’ve taught me. I haven’t had to worry about being judged by others and can imagine that makes it difficult to be open and honest about your life. Please don’t let those people get you down. There are many more of us that are learning so much and making better choices for our families as a result. That and your stories have made me laugh a lot! Like this post…still one of my favorites. http://blog.lifeinmotionphotography.com/giggles_n_grins_photograp/2008/06/ever-quiet-bad.html
Looking forward to your spending more time here 🙂
Consolidate! Put Lyndsay back into this blog. Your internet stalkers miss you. End of story. 🙂
I feel just the same as you, like Twitter and Facebook have taken over and I never blog anymore! SO SAD about that. I need to get back on board too, I love what you said about limiting time online in random places! So excited to see you post more on here, I feel like I know you and those you love through those posts, even though we have never met! That is one of the fun things about blogging.
Now I am off to write a blog myself! 😉 Thanks!
Amen, sista, amen! I gave up facebook completely, and never got on twitter, so I could focus my interwebs time and thus, focus on my children. I have never regretted it. 🙂
I miss your blogging, too! It is so hard to live away from you. I feel less lonely for you all when I get glimpses into your day. Maybe you could start off doing 10 on Tuesday again. I miss reading about the funny little things Taryn and Teagan say and do. Bri g it all back for GeeGee!
I agree with your mom I miss it too, even 10 on Tuesday. Bring it all back.
Long time lurker that is excited for your change and inspired to do the same thing! Thank you for being authentic! Looking forward!