Changing Up the Blog

I’ve been blogging since 2007.

That’s a good 11 years worth of sharing thoughts, ideas, and resources online.

There have been times when I’ve known exactly what I’m doing with this blog, but for the most part it’s been an enigma. It’s almost always been a way of connecting more with those who appreciated whatever resource I was publishing at the time. The blog has taken on different shapes through the years of producing resources – newsletters, women’s articles, books, family resources.

I think I finally see a connection, a familiar thread that runs through the tapestry of this 11-year-old blog.

For the most part, I’m attempting to pour into family life.

At first I was sharing glimpses into my family’s life, and hoping to encourage other families (mainly through moms). As the boys grew older and no longer wanted me sharing so much about them online, the focus of the blog turned more towards practical issues. Things like saving money and DIY projects. And I started putting some of the family resource ideas into hard copy in hopes of encouraging families that way – ideas like Advent and Lent resources and Lunchbox Notes and Bible in a Year.

As I was putting together all those resources for family fun and growing in faith together, I started to see another familiar thread in the tapestry of all the writing and creating I so enjoy.

My inspiration… I began to realize who my inspiration was… I was inspired to create and publish resources for the next generation.

For their parents and care-givers to use to pour into them as they were growing up. And then for that next generation to use once they were grown – to pour into the next next generation. Simple resources that will hopefully never quite go out of style 🙂

Personally, these resources that have blossomed and bloomed in me the last few years were filling gaps in what was available (or not available) as I was trying to raise my own next generation. And they worked. And it was fun. And easy to use. And something I could see my next generation using with their next generations.

I think ultimately my inspiration was and is my grandkids. Weird. True. Beautiful. Perfect. Those little cherubs who already live in my heart, and one day I hope to see, hold, pray over, spend time with, read Bible stories to, laugh with, play with – ya, apparently they already have a hold on me. And I have no idea how that happened! But there they are.

So in this year of Know I’m taking a pretty good look at the blog and thinking it’s time to change it up.

I really don’t think I need a spot to pour out my heart anymore. I think I need to reconnect more with friends and family and pour out my heart to them (just a heads up for you 😉 ) And reconnect more with God and pour out my heart to Him.

I think over the next little while I want to package this 11-year-old blog up into a compilation-style book that holds most of what I’ve written so far. Newsletters, articles, devotionals, etc. For my own bookshelf as well as anyone else who might want to add it to their bookshelf.

And then from there I’d like to use this space online to put together some practical household ideas and resources for a while – things that I’d like to share with the next generations. Things that will most likely be compiled into a household-management sort of book. A book that could be a hopefully-helpful reference for those that come after me.

After that it might just be time to put the blog to rest. Unless other inspirations strikes. Unless God has different plans.

We’ll get to that eventually. I have a few more months of blogging in me – to wrap up what was, spend a bit of time on what is, and look ahead to what is to come.

 

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