It has been almost two years since I started Everyday Mom. At the time I was bursting with “mom ideas” and had post after post written long before I launched the blog. Now the time I spend blogging and reading blogs is significantly less.
I can’t even come up with a good picture for this post.
Why is that? I have seen the trend in other moms too. The kids grow older and go off to school. Our “me time” should increase, right? It does not seem to work that way. Here’s a few theories…
My younger kids do not always nap. I take advantage of that and do afternoon outings to the park, running errands, the indoor playground etc. so I can spend the morning cleaning, answering e-mails, working on church related things. I like the freedom of not having to rush home for naps. I am more relaxed.
Even if they have “quiet time” in their rooms, it is an hour at the most. Even though I can get work done while they play, ride bikes outside, or watch TV–they are kids. They need me to switch the channel on the TV, fasten a bike helmet, and sometimes break up a conflict. It is very difficult to focus on a task like writing with multiple interruptions. As I am blogging this right now, my kids are all out with my husband and the house is totally quiet. This is a rare occurrence. I probably would not be writing this blog post if they were home.
My other theory is I wake up insane hours in the morning so I can get my exercise in. I love the morning workouts. I am not a natural morning person and more of a night owl. I truly believe you can train yourself to be one or the other with time and patience. So when 10 PM rolls around (and sometimes even earlier!) I am done. Anything I write is not going to make any sense.
My last theory is I read more. I have read almost as many books this year as my husband so far in 2013. I also try to read at least half of the newspaper each day. I also read Runners World cover to cover.
I see frantic parents running around, checking their cell phones in a frenzy and over planning and over committing. I have been in that trap before. I think I have done a pretty good job in the last year of staying out of it.
So while I was considering the future of Everyday Mom, I was questioning where I want this blog to go. My zeal for constantly sharing “mom ideas” and reading 10-15 blog posts a day is not what it was. I still need an outlet to share, to post some “mom ideas,” and connect with some of you. So you will still see me here. My time blogging and even being sucked into the Internet is significantly less…and that’s a good thing..