I have a friend who shared with me some personal writing parameters that she and her family had come up with. They included the phrase “no fresh blood on the walls“. This phrase is a simple (if jolting) way to say she won’t write about anything that is still fresh, raw…and maybe even painful.
Living in a house with a blogger is something of a mix between the Truman Show and live newscast. When I started blogging in 2006 my kids were all young. I could write anything. Spilled food, temper tantrums, mischief…it was all innocent and hilarious. So I wrote. I took pictures. I shared it all with you. I am a writer at heart, it’s what I do.
The thing is, as my children have gotten older we’ve all felt more of a need for privacy. A two-year old doesn’t care what I share on this blog. A ten-year old cares deeply. My family will always come before my writing, before my photography and certainly before my blogging.
I’ve been reading blogs since 2006. Some of my favorites have come and gone. At times I’ve found that a blog I used to love no longer touches me the same way it did. Maybe the author changed. Maybe I changed. Maybe we both changed. Maybe I was just in a different season of life, and the blogger’s words no longer touched me as deeply.
Whatever it was, I stopped reading and moved on.
My blog has changed for many reasons. As 2016 approaches I hope to share more recipes (I’ve really been digging learning about food photography), more large family tips and organization, more of Love on a Mission (I am even hoping to go back and scan in photos for the posts!) I will continue to share photos that capture our daily life. I plan to share the same funny and often disastrous moments in our family. I’m a big fan of self-deprecating humor, so I don’t mind sharing my many, miserable mistakes. But my family? I don’t share stories about them without permission.
Just know, parts of the blog have changed out of necessity. We are still the same family, with the same cast of players, but some things deserve to stay private; and they will. The sponsored posts I do offset the costs of my blog and will remain. Just think of them as a commercial break or a free magazine. I can afford to spend time writing here when I am being compensated a few times a month; otherwise I need to find another way to bring in some income. Along with blogging here, I run a photography business and am working on writing a book. Most (but not all) reviews will now be written over at Large Family Reviews.
Posts such as My Farewell to Homeschooling and Living with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and The Day I Decided to Wear Only Dresses have really struck a chord with readers. I hope to dig deep and tap into that voice more. Especially since I am still refining my book proposal…But I am no miracle worker and I can’t tap into that every single day. I just don’t have it in me.
If this blog is no longer a good fit for you, my friends, feel free to move on. No hard feelings, I’ve done it many times, even with my favorite blogs. I don’t know how long I will write here in this space, but for now I am enjoying it. I still plan to sit down five or so days a week and share with you, hopefully over a cup of coffee (or tea, if you insist).
Your comments are always read and appreciated!