I’ve got the blogging blues!
I should love blogging! I get to write…create meaningful content…research SEO…set up social media posts. Then there’s making dinner…attending my son’s school functions and PTSA meetings…finding time for family and friends, and of course working 40+ hours a week! I’ve developed the Blogging Blues!
When did it all become so crazy?
I started a blog so that I could write. Well, it originally started as a place to document our family journey as we prepare to embark on our year-long road trip. But, it’s really an excuse to write.
Since I was a kid, I loved to tell stories. I wrote a story in 3rd (ish) grade about a bunny who ran away from home. The school liked it so much they read it aloud at an assembly. My first moment of fame!
I still I love to write and share all the thoughts circling around in my head. Well, maybe not all of them. It gets pretty chaotic in there. So, blogging seemed like a natural decision. Then the chaos started. I felt I needed to write every day, learn about plugins and meta tags and the difference between a blog article, a newsletter and social media posts. Oh, and don’t forget about learning how to monetize the whole thing.
Ugh! What about the writing?
I named our blog LivingOutsidetheZoo for a reason. It’s a metaphor, in case you didn’t catch on.
- Also called zoological garden. a parklike area in which live animals are kept in cages or large enclosures for public exhibition.
- Informal . a place, activity, or group marked by chaos or unrestrained behavior.
Life can be a zoo! We spend our time running around in circles, not really going anywhere. So, I’ve been asking myself… What are we here for?
What. Is. The. Purpose?
(specifically for my blog)
◊ I want to connect with people. I’m an ultra-social person. Picture Sex-in-the-City…just not in NYC and without the shoe collection. I’m very passionate about meeting new people and love to connect them with other people I know. You’d think I’d be a Twitter superstar. And yet, the whole Twitter process with it’s tweets and retweets, mentions, follows…it’s exhausting! Twitter is great, however, for building relationships with new people, many of which are on similar paths and offer amazing advice and encouragement.
◊ I want to create moments and lasting memories with my family. Gregg and I have had a lot of amazing adventures together, both before and after becoming parents. But we both feel there is something missing. Life for us isn’t about a 40-hour work week and traveling to soccer tournaments across the state. It’s about that final moment on our death bed where we have nothing left to wish for.
What does all of this mean?
For one, I’m just going to focus on writing about what inspires me. If it gets read, great! If it inspires someone to live their best life, even better! What I am not going to do is spend my entire day thinking about Google Analytics. I want the process to be fun again. And the rest will come.
Finally, we’re going to enjoy life as we plan for our escape! Next fall, assuming all our Savings and Budgeting Plans work out, we’ll be living in an RV somewhere between Central and South America. It will be a year of adventure, homeschooling, family bonding, and rediscovering what living ‘our best life’ is all about.
Maybe I’ll even be inspired enough to write!