When I started blogging, I did it for several reasons.  The first reason was my sister...she could not sleep at night until I had a blog!  She would call me at 3 in the morning wondering why I didn't have a blog yet???  Okay... so not really, but I was under some pressure from her to write that first post!  Two, it was a way to update my long-distance family members on what was going on in our life.  It became an on-line journal of our family's adventures together and a connection to old friends.  As I burrowed deeper into it, I found a new hobby.  One of finding and sharing ideas, recording life, taking pictures, connecting with others in my same situation, and tackling new projects. 

This past month I have been posting about the same subject everyday.  It was a great topic and it was some inspiration that I needed to have.  But, I have to be honest, doing the daily posts on the same subject every day was starting to become an obligation instead of a pleasure.  I can't let my blog to turn into that.  Even more, I can't let my life become a obligation to my blog.

I love to have this little space to escape to.  It helps me feel like I have a way to define part of who I am.  My thoughts, scattered as they may be, are written here for whoever may see, but they are here and they are mine. 

I recently read this article on finding your motivation for blogging.  I realized that, to me, feeling successful about my blog doesn't mean getting so many readers, or making money from my blog.  I mean, it would be a nice perk, but I could care less about that.  I just want to feel success with it.  Does that make any sense?

I have a deep desire to inspire, to share, and to motivate.  When I started my Beyond the Rain blog, I wanted to have an outlet for myself, and inspire hope.  Eventually I created a small network of friends who were also struggling with infertility and miscarriage.  With that blog, I was able to inspire some hope and I was able to make a small group of friends.  My little infertility blog holds a part of my soul within it's posts.  I treasure those writings as a part of myself.

To know that when I am inspiring others, expanding myself, sharing creative endeavors, and glorifying my Heavenly Father...that is what brings me fulfillment.  I hope to let my blog reflect my true self and the things I really love.  I hope it will capture the beautiful (and even the not so beautiful) moments of my family and I as we live our little life.

1 comment:

Heidi said...

I am always inspired by you Laura. I love your blog. And I completely understand what you mean about just wanting to feel success with it. And from my point of view, it's a big success. :) Oh, and I LOVE that picture of you and Hannah. <3