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So I did some thinking about this whole blogging thing and what I wanted out of it, and what I was willing to put into it. And at the time I realized that #1 - I don't have time to turn blogging into a full-time job; #2 - I don't have a desire to turn blogging into a full-time job; and #3 - I can't turn blogging into a full-time job because I have awesome benefits in my REAL full-time job.
So then I thought - why am I doing it then??? And you know, I was somewhat shaken because I went into blogging as a way to chronicle my journey, easily share with friends and family what I'm up to, and get my thoughts out in a way that allowed reflection and exploration. But when I asked myself the question of "why am I doing it then????" I didn't remember all those reasons. All I was thinking about was the fact that there are so many bloggers that for them this is a full-time job. They promote themselves on social media platforms, they put regular words into something akin to poetry, they take beautiful pictures, they sign up for races all over the place, they are structured in their training, and they are fast. Pretty much all things that I do not do because of lots of reasons...time being the top of that list.
BUT then I realized that being a "blogger" is what works for them. I don't need to compare my blog to theirs because I don't have the ability or the desire to be that. I'm not a "blogger"...I'm just a person that wants a space to share my journey whether it be with family or friends or people I've never met.
So even though I've taken a long absence from the blog, I realize that the desire to share isn't gone. Just the desire to be a "blogger" is gone. And I'm okay with that! So if you want to keep reading along, I'd love to have you sharing my journey with me! And if you ARE a "blogger", then I salute you! I admire what you do and put into this on a daily basis...because, believe me - taking pictures, thinking up topics, learning and doing all the design stuff, hosting giveaways and sponsors, (oh my!!) is very time consuming! And that's not even touching on the fact that you "bloggers" are putting your very personal lives out there in the big, bad world for all to see and you touch us out here in the world in amazing ways! You remind us that we are all flawed, that we all have things we wish we were, that we are all striving to be better at something, and more importantly that we CAN be a better person. And it matters - it really does!
Speaking of bloggers - feel free to post links to some of your favorites in the comments as I'm always looking for new people to inspire me! Thanks!!!