That is indeed a question I have started to ponder.
After Margret decided to leave the blogging world I could not help but feel very much on her side. I will miss seeing her posts and those adorable babies of hers, but I knew just what she was talking about. I often struggle with this issue. I enjoy blogging and then suddenly feel very naked hitting publish. Wondering, why exactly do I blog? Still?
At first blogging was a way to connect with other mom's like me. It helped me with my homeschooling, my faith, my parenting. I felt less alone!
But now? I am not so sure.
There is very little connecting going on anymore. This might simply be because there are so many blogs now, how can you possibly keep up with all of them? So you have a select few that you really love and have been reading for years, but, they have so many readers that connection is impossible. How can they possibly read every blog of every person who visits them? Sometimes more everyday blogs get pushed aside in favor of these bigger more commercial blogs.
Don't get me wrong, I love some of the more commercial blogs. I prefer, however, the smaller more personal ones. Yet, I feel bad because I don't feel I have a lot of time to visit the blogs. And if you don't visit people's blogs they don't visit yours. And sometimes they still don't! Or at least don't comment. So there is no connecting going on at all.
I think there are still a few bloggers out there that still try to keep connecting with their readers. I have often been very surprised to receive an email back. But it doesn't really go much further than that anymore.
Connection is much easier to find these days on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter. I am even friends with some bloggers on there and it is much more personal and friendly.
Which leads me to wondering what is blogging about now? Connections are, I feel and seen, very rare these days. So we share these pieces of our lives. We put our family out there and show everyone these great ideas that we came up with or even a deep meaningful post about our faith or vocations. You put heart and soul into it and maybe you get a response or two. And then you wonder... what the what am I doing?
Am I trying to sell myself? Prove myself? Am I over thinking all this?
Why do we blog? We blog to share. Why do we share if connections are rarely being made?
Since I am not sure why I am blogging or if it really serves any purpose, I am going to be leaving the blogosphere. Whether that be for awhile or forever, who knows. I have been questioning this so much over the years and I keep clinging to that old hope of finding connection and end up only worrying that I am just trying to sell myself. And that is NOT a good thing.
I will still have the design blog, so that there will still be access to my patterns and Lilys. And if and when Lily and I come up with new patterns they will be there. And who knows, maybe I will post a few crafty things once in awhile. Also, and will try and post more recipes to Catholic Cuisine.