Wednesday, May 2, 2012

So...Express, Not Impress

I read this article today, and loved it.

Though I'm not really a writer, I'm a blogger, and I felt like this article would do every blogger good to read.  Blogging can very easily become self-indulgent.  It's easy to get caught up in the blogosphere and all the gimmicks that attract readers.  I try to keep things real over here, but there definitely have been phases when I'm blogging more to impress than to express. 

Of course, it feels great to know people like my blog, enjoy what I write, and comment on my posts.  And so sometimes that is a motivation.
But I want so badly for it not to be.

Today I saw that somebody unsubscribed to my blog.
The fact that I even looked at that number is silly.  Who really cares?
But I saw that someone unsubscribed and part of me thought, "what did I do wrong?"
It was a little embarrassing.

That is so not what I want out of blogging.
I want to blog whether people read it or not.
When I actually blog...

So it was a good read for me today.
I've been blogging on and off this year (mostly off) because of this issue. 
I love the idea of blogging to express, not to impress.  Love it.

In fact, I want everything I do to be to express, not to impress.


We went to the Thanksgiving Point Discovery Gardens today to enjoy the sunshine.
Look at this gorgeous rainbow garden!

They've added a bunch of new exhibits this year.  All encourage and inspire educational and imaginative play and exploration.  We had a blast checking it all out.  And we didn't even get lost in the garden maze this time!

Son enjoyed some time on the grass, looking up at the trees while his sisters played.

It was a wonderful afternoon.
We love Thanksgiving Point and are looking forward to many more trips there this summer.

Anyone wanna come?


Hannah said...

It is easy to get caught up in that, isn't it? I mean, we all publish our writing with the hope that it will touch or interest someone, but it is so much more enjoyable when we just relax and not worry about statistics.

You're little guy is adorable. And, we totally want to come with you! We have a season pass. Let's go!

Spencer and Ashley said...

I know how you feel!! But know that everyone who still follows your blog is touched by many of the things you write even though they don't always post or tell you... PS. I have never been to Thanksgiving Point so I am totally up to coming!