Monday, January 18, 2016

Why Are You Here?

I've been thinking a lot lately about this blog and its purpose.  More than anything, I started it as a way to document my children's lives and the life we live together.  I want to be able to look back and see how we spent our days when the little moments escape me.  I want my children to see what it was like as they grew.

I've also always found it weird when bloggers asked their readers what they wanted to read.  I don't know why, really.  I guess I just thought that the readers were reading because they found something interesting in the way you were writing, so why change it.

I went through phases (and sometimes still do) of wanting to be a "big" blogger.  But, I'm pretty sure I'm not willing to spend the time and effort it takes to get there, and who knows if blogging really is just a phase that's on the outs.

There are even days that I think it isn't worth keeping up with.  Is it taking too much time away from my family?  Should I be doing more productive things with my time?

I feel that I basically tell a story through photos, and document the ordinariness of our every day.  There are periods of time when I don't blog much and others when I probably overdo it.  But, I am not making pinable (is that how you spell that?) images.  I'm not giving you valuable advice on mothering.  I'm not even doing much to draw you in.  I'm just journaling is what I've decided.

So, I guess what I'm asking is this: what do you like most about this little blog of mine?  Is it when I talk about what we do as ranchers?  Is it when I spill my heart about motherhood?  Is it the weekly posts with just a photo of each child?  Or, is it simply getting a look into my life on the daily?

If you were me, how would you make this space better?

If you could ask me to write one post, what would the topic be?

Or, do you just have a question you want to ask?

Some days, I wish I could tell you all about this life and take you on a journey with me like The Elliot Homestead.  Because, really, this has always (with the exception of a few years) been my life.  Other days, I feel like just focusing on the beauty of the days like Small Things, maybe just getting out of my comfort zone a bit.  And more often than not, I just continue doing what I'm doing, wondering here and there if I should keep it up.

So, what do you think?  Or, why are you here?

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