I took the challenge and the challenge won.
When I signed up for the 7 in 7 blog challenge over at Conversion Diary, I knew it would require some discipline, but I was pretty sure I'd be able to manage it.
I knew I should write some more posts in advance, but I couldn't get enough time in one chunk to do that. I managed to keep up each day until Thursday. That's when I realized that I had to ditch the challenge and admit defeat. And boy did it burn me.
But I knew I had to do it when I found myself saying, "Yes, yes, I'll be right there to fix lunch in a minute. Mommy has to finish this blog post first. You'll be fine."
That is a fine example of how NOT to have the proper priorities.
Here's the thing: this is not in the season for daily blogging. At least not for me. I know other women who have just as many children as I do and they blog every day because they want to, they love to, and it makes them happy.
It does not make me happy to blog daily, primarily because the house dissolves into chaos around me if I devote that kind of time to blogging. I have very young children, I have very little in the way of help with those children, and my husband works long, unpredictable hours.
I don't really have time to write during the day, and when I do post during the day it is always at the expense of the household and its occupants. So I delay my writing time until the evening, but then I don't get to hang out with Rob. I have to make the time to build up my domestic church, so the blogging suffers.
Plus, I've always looked at blogging as more of a journal or memory keeper, where I jot things down on a whim and for my own pleasure. I don't like feeling like I "have" to blog. Unless there was a paycheck involved. Then I'm sure I could be reconciled to blogging every day.
So I'll just admit that the challenge won and I'll keep doing as I do.
I'm currently at the beach with all the children on a little trip, and with only occasional internet service. Rob had to stay home and work, so you can imagine the hours of free time I have to blog now.
I'll have to fill you in on our adventure when I get the chance. It's the way of the blog.
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