I would love some input from blog readers today because we’re doing some blog redesigning around here, and I’d love to know what you would like to see more of on this blog. And also maybe what you’d like to see less of!
This blog has helped me in many ways over the years
You see, in the time since this blog began (clear back when Lucy was still in a crib and all my kids were hanging on my legs all day), I have written here multiple posts pretty much every week.
And oh how I have ever loved it!
It has been the best avenue for me to express myself. To have a platform to share what’s in my heart. To share the craziness of life, through toddlers to living for a semester in China to building a house to mustering through tantrums and college applications and sending kids off to new lands and working through all kinds of church questions and working on my marriage, it has been the best to have blog readers along for the ride. I have learned so much from you!
This blog has led me to make new fellow friends “in the trenches,” as well as those soaring above them who have all offered me so much buoying and love and good advice.
The connection and bonding that has gone on here in this little space has changed me for the better. My family too! I have met so many people I adore, even those who have only ever written one or two comments and may never even realize that I have carried their wisdom around in my heart over the years. You have changed the way I’ve done things.
The pushing and churning comments have led to deep discussions with my family, have helped me dig deeper. Have taught me so much about the hurt as well as the complexities of feelings and worries we have all felt from time to time. (The In the Arena podcast is actually all about those types of comments and “how to build resilience” this week BTW!) I know it sounds funny but I’m so grateful for those comments too! I have learned so much I never would have if left to my small bubble that is familiar.
In the time since this blog began, so much raising kids has happened. Which means I have been in the depths of despair wondering how I can ever make it through, to wanting to sing the beauty of motherhood on the mountaintops.
Blog readers have helped me through it all. Everything from Lucy’s diagnosis to the ups and downs of the other kids. The times when they felt like they could fly to the times when their feet got swiped right out from under them (which means the feet got swiped right out from under their mother too!).
Our family has become better in so many ways because of this space on the internet.
So here’s the deal:
We are making some changes around here
This blog has been largely a “journal” for me for so many years.
I have written the thoughts of my heart as well as chronicling the day-to-day life, thoughts and musings of a young mother. Things that have been largely for myself, but other readers have just happened to hop on board (and I love you for coming along!)
But now that the majority of my kids are adults, I’m ready to shift things up and write more for YOU.
(Of course, I’ll always journal here. That is just part of me and such a great way for our family to remember life.)
So back to my question in the title: What would you like to see more of on this blog? I would LOVE to know!
And also, what brings you here? Why did you come here in the first place? I’d love to get to know you more if you’re willing to share!
Do you have things you specifically like? Do you have things you wish I’d stay away from? Do you want more “little things,” more parenting tips, family economy ideas, gift ideas, religious thoughts, travel, home ideas, real-life vulnerability? I’d just love to get more insight from YOU as blog readers before we jump off into a new blog design most likely happening next week. I want to do what will help fellow moms out the most.
Sending so much love on out to all of you who have made me think and grow and learn and be humbled over the years. So grateful for YOU!
Please share whatever you can to give me some guidance as we make changes, and thank you in advance!