Approximately two (maybe three? I honestly don’t remember) months ago I presented my idea to start blogging regularly to see how much traffic I got. I began posting a blog every Monday and a photo every Wednesday. I started a Twitter page and a Facebook page.
I’ve done my “test time” to see how it panned out, and while I’m getting decent traffic after only a couple of months, I’ve decided that I’m just not into it enough to make it a regular thing. I’m really realizing that I write my blog for the release of writing or excitement to share my stories, not for the publicity or social networking. Like… at all.
Last week we had an awful flu take out our whole family and I just didn’t have time to get on the computer. And over that week, my addiction broke. Now all I see is that I’m losing myself to the computer and I’m missing out on a lot of quality time with my kiddos. Time I’m not going to get back. The only quality time I recently had with my kids – where I didn’t jump up to check the computer – was when they got the flu. That wasn’t cool with me at all.
I will continue to blog and share my stories about raising my insanely energetic son and twin girls, but I won’t be posting regularly every Monday anymore. I’m also going to be getting rid of my Supermom Facebook page and Twitter page. Honestly, I don’t do well with schedules and I get myself too stressed trying to remember to write something by Monday morning (HUGE kudos to WAHMs!).
Another reason I’m cutting back is because I’ve been writing a book. It’s a fantasy romance novel (and no, it’s not about vampires) and I’m about 3/4 of the way through with writing it. I’ve been working on it since October of 2011 and I’ve only recently gotten a really good hold of my writing and feel more confident that there actually is an end in sight for my book.
If you’re interested in my book-nerd side, I do have a twitter page dedicated solely to my book-nerdiness. I made it purely for fun and sometimes go days on end without posting, though. Fair warning! @RachRate
When I finally sat down and decided to cut down on all of this, I really felt happy with my decision to simplify. This is the right thing to do. No amount of blogging publicity is worth compromising my time with my family during the day. I will work on my book on occasional evenings when the kids are in bed and I will identify as a stay at home mom, not a mommy blogger. I’m really liking this decision!
But don’t worry. I will continue to write my blog posts when I get the time or something happens in my life that I just have to share with you all. There’s just no way I’d make it through motherhood without sharing my stories. 🙂 Love you all and thanks for sticking with me!