2014 left me exhausted and drained. A mid-year job transition, followed by my husband's job change and Maggie's move to full-time daycare and then more change at work were enough to keep me busy and away from the blog (for the most part). Thankfully, I kept up the monthly Maggie posts, but that was about all I could manage. I really missed writing and connecting with my blog friends.
I found myself spending time in different places (online and from my phone instead of the computer). During "downtime" at home, it was/is often easier to hop on Facebook from my phone and get content rather than going to specific blogs. On Facebook I end up reading different blogs like Huffington Post Parents.
I've noticed I'm on Instagram a lot more and Twitter a lot less than I was a year ago. I've heard from other bloggers that Instagram has replaced blogging in a lot of ways-- you only need one photo per post instead of 2-3 like I usually try to include in my blog posts. But who really likes writing a blog post from their phone? I've tried it and I'm sure there will be future Instagram photos I share that have more content in the caption, but I still prefer blogging.
As I make my return to the blogging scene, I am thinking about the things I've written in the past and what I hope to continue to capture from our life. We're making strides with our home projects and I'm learning what it means to blog as a mother (I can't share every detail of my child's life on the internet for all to read)! There are great life stories I still want to capture here. One pretty and a quick sentence or two wouldn't do justice to the stories I can tell through blogging.
But I don't have it all figured out. As much as I want to say I have a schedule for blogging, here it is! that just isn't reality. In this season of raising a toddler, I am looking for where blogging fits into my life from week to week. Thankfully I am comfortable with fitting it in where I can in this current season.
So, I'm back to writing about our home, the food we eat and the things we're doing. I might be able to get by sharing photos with long captions via Instagram or finding interesting reads through Facebook, but I'm not ready to say goodbye to The Goad Abode. I am grateful for the small community here; the readers (like you) who stop by my corner of the internet. Even if you don't leave a comment, I know you're there and I hope you'll keep coming back.