I started this blog in fall of 2008. It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for that long, but here we are five and half years later.
That’s a long time for bloggers to stick around, a looooong time.
Lately, The Domestic Fringe has been going through a mid-life crisis, or maybe it’s just me.
You see, I started this blog as a hobby, a fun way to recount the daily happenings of my life and the lives of my husband and kids. I wrote about whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I didn’t sit and rework my words. I didn’t wonder what sentences could be misinterpreted or misunderstood. I actually never considered writing what my readers wanted to read.
I just wrote.
Some days I didn’t even include a picture.
That’s like the unpardonable sin of blogging today.
Now, it’s all about following the rules, writing pin-worthy blog posts, being informative and useful. Blogging is about having purpose, about telling a moving story. It’s about changing the world in 500 hundred words or less, with 3-5 crisp images.
It’s about self-promotion times ten.
I’m kinda not in love with what it’s become.
So, I feel like I’m at a crossroads.
Do I blog because I love it, regardless of what any of you think?
Do I write whatever pops into my mind, even if it is senseless dribble?
Am I wasting your time dear readers?
I know you all read for a different purpose. Some of you enjoy humor, while others enjoy my faith posts. Some of you read because you want to keep up with my family. None of you read for the recipes; however, I continue to be optimistic about my cooking. (Joke. I’m only optimistic about eating.)
Anyway, I honestly don’t have any higher purpose or calling for writing. When I blog, I want to do it because I love it, even if there’s no big money involved, even if I only have a handful of readers, and even if no-one pats me on the back for it.
So, this summer, I think I’m going back to my blogging roots – no schedules, no pressure, no rules. If you want to hang around, I’ll be thrilled. If not, I totally understand.
There are a zillion other wonderful blogs out there that you’ll love. If you need a few recommendations, don’t hesitate to ask.
Otherwise, we’re doing it old-school baby.
And, it’s gonna be fun.