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WHY I BLOG...


The simple answer: because I have a compulsion to share. The longer answer: because I want to be able to document our life in a real and hopefully beautiful way. I've been blogging for a long time, before the word "blog" was even used. You could find me in my early twenties bein' all emo on Livejournal (that's actually where Sam and I met - dorky, we know). In fact I've always been a journaler, I have stacks and stacks of journals. The perfectionist in me gives up on my repetitive innermost grumblings and wants to start fresh with a clean one.

I am always reaching to find my voice and purpose, what do I really want to accomplish from having this space? The main reason I feel drawn to come back again and again is for community. I think it's important for me as a mom especially to have an outlet to express myself in a way that is truly mine and the biggest gift that blogging has given me has been the like-minded friends that I've met along the way that can bond with me over beautiful design as well as temper tantrums. It's amazing, but my prayer now more than ever is to build other women up through encouragement and life-giving words. My strongest prayer is for God to use me to inspire other people through my faith.

I love that blogging allows you to be creative, to share recipes, to be vulnerable, to tell a story, to visually stimulate through photos, to interact with people all over the world... I mean, incredible!

What bums me out sometimes: comparing myself to other bloggers, "stats" and any other conversation about numbers (ick), "followers" and the whole concept (feels like high school), rude people, and formula-driven content with no soul. Give me a bad day post over a "round-up" any day.

Looking so forward to going to Alt Summit this winter with some great friends (Joni, Krista, Kate and Ashley). Cannot wait to learn and connect. So excited. Are you going too?

If you blog, I'd love to know why. What are some goals, what do you struggle with?

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16 comments :

  1. this is one of the reasons i love love love your blog. you are always so genuine and you dont worry about the numbers etc. thanks for sharing.

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    1. the bad day post i was referring to was YOURS. i always love your posts Bridget!

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  3. Love your reasons for blogging! You are so genuine and inspiring!

    I struggle in finding the line between business and personal on my blog. I always feel like I "should" be blogging for business, but I worry it's boring to people.... and at the same time I'm scared to share to many personal struggles and stories. I need to get over myself and just get out there.

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    1. it can be SO scary putting yourself out there. i love a mix of personal and business, i do think there is a nice balance which i'm sure you will figure out. thanks for always being so encouraging jenna!!

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  4. Blogging is such a creative outlet for me. I enjoy creating content - actually, I like making recipes and taking pictures, I loathe the writing part. I think I would go crazy if I didn't have some where to share my ideas - so maybe I have that compulsion to share too!

    I'm excited for your trip to ALT - I've never been but I've heard only good things.

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    1. you are definitely great at sharing! so much to give and SO organized. you are a rock star.

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  5. I sometimes struggle with the idea of being a teeny, tiny fish in this big, huge blogging world. I try not to think about numbers and followers and all that silly stuff, but sometimes I do think it would be great to take my blog to that next level. I started blogging when we lived in Abu Dhabi as a way to keep connected with family and friends back home. Along the way I found some great blogs and connected with some incredible people (you included) :) That is something I really love about this blogging thing. I also really enjoy having this outlet. It was especially helpful in those early days of motherhood where things were all sorts of crazy and I felt like life would never slow down enough for me to shower or brush my teeth. Putting my feelings out there and hearing from others that I was not alone was so, so wonderful. All that to say, I really appreciated this post. I appreciate your honesty and I appreciate that you always put your heart in to every post you write.

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    1. i tried to leave you a blog comment last night but my dumb phone wouldn't let me. i can't believe that josephine is 10 months! so glad we've become friends. i think what i am learning all the time is that it doesn't matter the quantity of your influence, it's the impact you make. i get the struggle though. i write like no one is reading and get pleasantly surprised if they are. :) xoxoxo

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  6. this is beautiful. i'm thankful to be a part of your blogging community as a reader :)

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    1. what an incredibly kind thing to say. <3 means the world that you read my little words.

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  7. I just started blogging about two months ago. I made a career change from beauty and fashion PR to nutrition. I am almost at the end of my journey (to become a registered dietitian) and I want to share the information I have learned with others. Being a mom, I know the struggles we go through trying to have it all. By providing moms with tips on nutrition, fitness, family and fashion I hope to make their lives that much easier. I enjoy writing and even if I only reach one person I know I have made a difference. For me it's about helping others, sharing my knowledge, hey that is why I read other blogs, so that I can learn and read things that I am unfamiliar about or interested in. You can always tell when someone is passionate about their blog or if they are just doing it to do it, there is a certain tone of sincerity that allows us to know. Your blog is great and I will continue to read it. Thanks for inspiring :)

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  8. Oh yes. A million times yes. So much of what you said has been floating in my brain pan for months, and you so eloquently articulated "the why" so well...I've been struggling with my blog recently and realized that I'm trying to make it something I never intended it to be.

    To share. To inspire. To tell a story. To be organic and raw and earthy (much like trendy food). These are the goals. I'm so glad to have stumbles upon your delightful space on the web. WIll be following along and listening to your stories:)

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