How blogging changes after baby

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I've been thinking lately about how much I want to be blogging. I have so many ideas, and so much I want to say, but somehow time slips away, and the blogs don't happen. Even now, I'm sitting on the couch, sipping my morning coffee (it's 11:15 a.m. as I type, and I've reheated the coffee multiple times since we woke up at 6:20 a.m.), waiting for the monitor to go off to tell me my little man is awake. 

And he woke up. 

Now it's 7:20 at night. Henry is, blessedly, asleep. This is the first time he's gone to bed without a fight in three nights. My husband and I are having a mini-party/minor panic attack that he's going to wake up at any moment. 

So much has changed since having a baby. (Is that my mantra? Do I write that in every blog? It's TRUE.) I miss having lazy evenings to myself to come up with blog posts. I miss going for runs whenever I want so I actually have content to write about (We have a jogging stroller, but the instruction manual explicitly said we shouldn't run with baby until at least six months if not eight. SO CLOSE.). 

Naturally lots has changed about blogging. Like this: 

Blogs aren't written on any sort of time frame. 
I used to aim to blog three times a week. I used to have specific days in mind. Now, I blog when I can, if I can. Sometimes it's once a week. Sometimes two or three. Sometimes it doesn't happen at all. I've learned to cut myself some slack on writing. 

Blogs are often written hurriedly and with a whole lot less editing. 
Oh boy. Ever put a baby down for a nap knowing you've got 45 minutes to eat lunch, go to the bathroom, switch the laundry, write thank yous, write a grocery list, AND blog. Yeah, that's not a whole lot of time. So when I have time to write, it's usually done quickly. And editing is usually nothing more than a gloss over. Perfectionism, be gone! 

Picture quality has declined. 
Back in the day, I used to take pictures. A LOT of pictures. And then I'd decide which ones to use. I used to use a real camera, even. Now, I snap a quick photo on my iPhone and hope it's good to go! I pop it in the blog and call it good. Way different. 

Blog ideas are often forgotten before I can write them down. 
I'm telling you, sometimes my ideas are genius! But they're forgotten before I ever get the chance to write them. I bet there are some really great blog posts just lurking in the depths of my sleep deprived brain! 

So maybe I don't get to write as often as I'd like, and maybe I don't clearly get to say what I want to say, but I DO get to spend every day with our sweet little man. And that makes it totally worth it.


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