And There Is Life Outside the Bloggy World

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Yes, it’s true. Though I can’t say that I’ve been doing a whole lot with it.

Over a month ago I put myself in bloggy time out, and what did I go and do? I spent more time on Facebook.

Figures.

And I still wallowed in my funk and neglected my responsibilities. Ah, well, there’s no undoing the past. Though I did get a good vacation/rest/visit with my mom a couple weeks ago and I came back a little more determined to get my priorities in order, get my job done and take care of my responsibilities.

But Y’ALL. Catching up is hard!

Now when I say, “priorities and responsibilities,” I’m not talking about blogging. I’m talking about God-given priorities and responsibilities. God. Family. Home. Church. You know, the REAL stuff.

Just the same, one of the reasons I put myself in the bloggy corner was to reassess my priorities as it regards to blogging, too. Way back when (back when I was Bringing Good Home – if you can remember back that far, or if you even knew that I used to blog there) I wrote a list about my blogging priorities. I had this really great post about how blogging wasn’t going to come before other responsibilities and ways to make sure that didn’t happen.

But trying to blog and make money as my husband keeps encouraging me to do – that makes it hard. That takes time, that interferes with the ways to keep my priorities straight, then it starts encroaching on the priorities. It’s a really muddy, crooked, and obscured line.

But I’m certain that even if God were to bless me with a little income on the side, it’s can/should/WILL happen while I’m keeping my priorities straight.

Which means I go back to my list. I go back to taking care of my chores before taking care of my posts. I go back to posting when I can, if I can and not falling into the “deadline” mentality. My people are DEPENDING on this next post! They’re going to wither away if they don’t get it!

As if.

Blogging is fun. Hopefully blogging can be beneficial. Maybe for some of you, it’s even a job. And that’s okay.

But Y’ALL…. There is life out there, out beyond blog land! It’s running around and making messes in your house or drawing doodles that say “I love Mommy.” It’s in the kitchen making chocolate chip cookies, and at bedtime prayer. It might even be in the bedroom waiting for you to get off the laptop. Don’t find yourself too caught up in writing about life that you can’t take the time to stop and actually enjoy it with the ones you live with.

Go. Now. LIVE.

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Amanda
Amanda
July 22, 2009 7:50 am

Great post and so true!

Karina
Karina
July 22, 2009 9:58 am

I agree whole heartedly! In fact, I myself took a minor break from blogging the last few weeks, and just started back up again this week with a new “outlook” on it. Gone is the “obligation” and stress of “having” to produce. I’m back to doing it simply for the joy of it. I’m not trying to make money at it, so I’m just going to post when and if the whim strikes. I said the same thing recently though, I’ve been too busy “living life” to blog about life. 😉 .-= Karina´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Fire Dance… Read more »

Monica @ DailyDwelling
Monica @ DailyDwelling
July 22, 2009 1:29 pm

This was so good! Thank you for posting it. I am trying to get my priorities in order right now and I loved reading your last paragraph…it speaks volumes.
.-= Monica @ DailyDwelling´s last blog ..Strawberry Play Dough =-.

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Mel @ A Box of Chocolates
Mel @ A Box of Chocolates
July 25, 2009 10:44 am

Oh so true!!! I have my days when I try to not plug in at all and others when it seems like I spend entirely too much time here rather than living life out there. Definitely has to be a balance! I am linking this up to next weeks Sunday Star post at my place. Thanks for making me remember that there is life out there and I need to live it!!
.-= Mel @ A Box of Chocolates´s last blog ..Trix Swirls GIVEAWAY =-.

Kristi_runwatch
Kristi_runwatch
July 25, 2009 5:00 pm

“Don’t find yourself too caught up in writing about life that you can’t take the time to stop and actually enjoy it with the ones you live with.”

Oh, so true. I have felt strongly lately that I have to be so careful to examine why I’m blogging – it can very easily slip into making MY name great rather than making God famous. And that is a scary thought!
.-= Kristi_runwatch´s last blog ..Book review: Timothy Whale’s Rainbow =-.

Emily
Emily
April 15, 2010 10:44 pm

Amen!

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