Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Blogger vs. Mommy
I write because I love words. Somehow, I find it relaxing to sit with my thoughts and select word after word to fall in line, one after the other. Between this blog and my Patch Articles, I find myself writing a lot. It feels good yet with Mommy duties ever looming, laundry to fold, boo boos to kiss, and meals to cook, I am pulled into the real world as my thoughts sit in waiting.
This place calls to me and I have found so much solitude in the words that fall here. Yet, my real life that involves tangible relationships pulls me away from my computer. It becomes challenging to visit other blogs. It becomes hard to respond to comments and reach out to other bloggers. I know that this community thrives on communication and as my life gets busier and my to do list gets longer, I miss my on-line community. These relationships thrive on a give and take. So, what happens when a blogger has less time to give?
How does one balance it all? How do I navigate through writing as a profession and writing as a hobby? Of being a mommy and being a wife and trying to pretend that I am a halfway decent homemaker? I see the amount of comments left on my blog dwindling a bit, only a handful of loyal readers stop to comment daily and I treasure their support so much as I juggle my time. As I juggle all the words in my mind. As I juggle playing with my children, meeting deadlines, and exploring where my writing can carry me as a career.
I suppose that my real life has to take priority and I can't ignore the call from my children. I love this space and all the words that scream to be written, all the memories that beg to be documented, and the friendships that I have made. So, I will continue to carve out time to write for fun and try hard not to put pressure on myself to maintain a readership. Although I appreciate all the lovely feedback and treasure every single reader who stops by, a hug from the arms of my children should be more validation than a heartfelt comment any day.
Posted by leigh hewett at 7:50 AM