Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What is the Goal of This Blog? Why am I still Writing?

Hello, Chaotics!
I know its been some time since I wrote on here.
...I know a few of you were hyperventilating, thinking I'd never return.

....I know some of you were on my Facebook page, thinking, "why is she posting so much?"

.....I know even more of you were pondering, "why is she posting so LITTLE?!"

Well...*nervous laughter*
Short explanation- I've been doing some changing, refining.
Long explanation- I broke my laptop in January/I was busy with the holidays/ being a housewife is harder than I thought/I'm trying to redirect my attention to things beyond a computer screen/ I'm secretly stalking you all on Facebook.
 Kidding on that last part, by the way.


When I originally started this blog, it was largely due to people telling me I need to blog. Facebook only gives you that small box to type in, and maybe people were sick of me writing these status updates that took the to read. Or, maybe people just wanted a place where they could go back and reference all the randomness that is Jenn and the kids(and now, the hubby plus two more kids, plus a dog and a cat). And, being the people pleaser that I am, I started it.
However, I had zero goals for this blog. It didn't have or serve a purpose. I post random stuff, you read it if you want to, we all get a good laugh at all things Jenn...the end.
But, as I took time off of here and started to evaluate my time, I started to realize...this blog needs a goal. It does need a purpose. A reason for existing. Otherwise, like many other projects I take on for no reason beyond "it sounded good at the time!", it will fall to the wayside. Which, I'm sure you're thinking, it you can see constant, huge gaps in my posting.
I've made some big promises regarding this blog in the past. I did intend to live up to them, but this crazy thing called life got in the way. People that agreed to help got busy with life, and ended up silently backing out of help. And, for that, I apologize.

I started to I want to keep blogging? Does anyone honestly care if I stop? Do people really care about the topics(or lack thereof) that I address?
I won't first, I said, "no". As I withdrew more and more on Facebook, I didn't see a big uproar(not that I was expecting one or anything...but, sheesh, an angry mob or something would have sufficed!).  I mean, what's so great about me now? I'm no longer a single mother with dreams, chasing every path that God puts me on...I'm now a married woman doing her best to live out those dreams, alongside her husband. Gee ,*yawn* doesn't everyone married do that?

So, I got to thinking(which is usually a dangerous phrase in our house). What is the purpose of this blog? Why keep writing?

Okay, if I'm going to be honest, it's because, even if this blog means nothing to you, the reader(s), it means something to me. This is my journey, in words, some YouTube videos and pictures of the past few years of my life. The years that were best described as being "chaotic". If I were a butterfly, there were some supernatural transformations going on, and here they are, on the internet, for me to preserve. So, one day, when I lose my memory, and it can no longer be summed up as "mommy brain"...I will have something to refer back to as all the stuff God brought me through. All the times I stepped out of my comfort zone in Christ. All the times I had no one but God in my corner. All the many, many times God has brought the right person or group of people in my path and either helped me in my goals or gave me a spiritual smack upside the head. Also, as someone else stated, an electronic paper(er...web link?) trail of who I really was, and why I did what I did. If I'm my nieces and nephews crazy Aunt, if my future grand kids call me "Crazy Mom-Mom Jenn"...I want them to know the reason behind my insanity.
...Wait, that doesn't sound as good as it did in my head...uhhhmm...I mean, I want to leave a written legacy. Yes. A legacy of my insanity.
......Hold it. That doesn't sound good, either.
Well *nervous laughter* you know what I mean, right?

The point is...yes, this blog needs a purpose, and no, this blog doesn't need a purpose.
Clear as mud? Okay. Glad we're on the same page.
But, for my own sanity's sake, I'm going to do my best to start writing more. Just like I found out that the perfectionist in me(who, by the way, is usually silence and gagged by bacon) prefers structure and order in my daily housewife routines, so the blogger in me prefers at least a little bit of habit, or structure for my blog post.
I can't promise anything, but I will do my best to write at least once a week.
Mondays are usually the day of week I like to find an excuse to do anything but housework take it easy. I will blog each Monday.
Each week will be a different topic.
Week 1: Cooking/Menu Planning
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Aside from my journey to Papa Bear, my food posts have been the most popular. I'll be posting my weekly menus for the month and hopefully, pictures of some of the food. So I can stop making y'all hungry on Facebook, you can come here and drool over my food once a month(or more, if you're into that sort of thing). In the past, I also posted the recipes, but realized that those weren't getting the same amount of readers as the menus were. If you ever want a particular recipe, just comment on the post or shoot me a message on Facebook.

Week 2: Housewife 101
This one may or may not happen on a monthly basis. If it does, it will either be ways I save money, time, cleaning recipes I use, or just things I think a housewife may be interested in. If this does take place, it will largely be a free for all without some input for y'all on what you want to know/do better! Also, since I'm still pretty new to this, there may or may not be some funny things that I have done in the month as I learn to be better.

Week 3- Randomness
This is also a free for all post. I might just do a huge photo dump of our past month(s), I might write about a topic I'm passionate about, Papa might write, it may just be the randomness in my head,if someone messages me a question about something I do(or don't do),I'll answer it here. It may be about homeschooling, or it may be a bunch of TPM/FPM/FPU/Papa Bear and Me moments all rolled into one blog post. Who knows.

Week 4- Steps Towards Self-Sufficiency/Homesteading
I know this sounds like it should be grouped into Housewife 101, but this post will be written by both me AND my husband(I just haven't told him yet...surprise, honey! *nervous laughter*), with me doing the typing for both of us. This will probably be more active/exciting in the spring/summer, as those are more of the busier seasons(so far). Again, this is another week where I'm only going to write based on if y'all would like to see more of it...if not, then, I'll change the topic to something else.

Before I go for today, I just want to give a big "THANK YOU!" to those who have stuck by my blog, who have read it and have gave me their two(and sometimes five, and ten, and fifty...) cents worth. I want y'all to keep telling me what you think, your opinion on topics I address, etc. As much as I do this for the reasons I've mentioned, I also want y'all to know that this blog is also your blog, too, in a way. I don't want this to be me simply sounding off/sounding like I know everything because contrary to what some may believe, I don't. This blog is still just my word baby. The words/photos/etc. of what I'm still learning myself. And I thank you for sticking around to see the changes, the randomness, the chaos that was, and still is(to a smaller degree) Jenn.

Welp....that's all the voices in my head have to say today!


Until Next Time,
Mama Jenn

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