So this is my 200th post. That’s a lot of rambling on. Some posts have been funny, some touching, some terrible and a lot recently have been commercialized. The sponsored posts and reviews have turned into a monster I didn’t foresee. Sure, getting free stuff and making money to do something I was already doing for fun anyway is nice. But at some point it’s started to go contrary to why I started my blog to begin with, and why people were somewhat drawn to it.
I don’t really know why I started a blog to be honest. A little bored? The faint hope of internet fame? The desire to tell funny stories? The desire to chronicle the time spent at home with my kids? The allure of possibly getting free stuff? Truthfully, all of those reasons factored in a little bit. It just seemed like something to do that I could do in my spare time in the evenings after the kids went to bed instead of watching TV.
The blog used to be something I did for fun. Something I looked forward to doing. Now it’s turning into more of a responsibility. Something I have to do because of deadlines that companies who sent me free stuff or have paid me to write posts have placed on me. It feels less like fun and more like a school assignment. How did I get here? How do I get out?
How can I get back to the funny posts about my kids only going potty in the toilet if they get chapstick or singing slightly mispronounced and completely inappropriate lyrics to Uptown Funk in Walmart? That’s what I enjoyed, that’s what other people who supported me seemed to relate to and enjoy reading the most. BUT….at the same time, Schwinn just sent my boys a free bike and paid me money to write a post about it. I like that too! How do I find the right balance?
What is the right balance? Does the right balance exist? Some people blog full time and make enough to support their family. I don’t have the time, ability or desire to do that. Some people just blog a couple times a month whenever they get around to it. I want to be a little more involved than that. I also don’t want the time I spend on the blog talking about my kids to actually take away time that I get to spend with my kids. That seems counter-intuitive.
Also, I don’t like housework, I really don’t like it. Just thought I’d throw that in there.
Hopefully I can find that right balance somewhere in the next 200 posts. Sooner than later preferably. I think I’m going to have to learn how to say no to a lot of companies that I would normally say yes to. I need to get back to doing the things I was doing when it was fun.
Also, I’m performing a 1-man improv comedy show this Friday, I’m really looking forward to that.
Now I’m just rambling so I’ll leave you with this exchange I had with my daughter the other day in the car as I was singing along to the radio:
Ela: Stop singing, this isn’t your best song.
Me: What? What’s my best song?
Ela: All the other ones. When this girl stops singing then you can sing again.
Sheesh, everyone’s a critic these days!
Thanks for all your support over these last 200 posts. Have a great rest of your week.