As of yesterday I have turned comments back on. I'm hoping that time will have been the cure for that issue, but I'll still be leaving comments moderated. I thought of leaving comments off forever, but I love hearing from you all. So we'll see how it goes.
I've been feeling lately like there needs to be a change here. It took some time though for me to decide what those changes should be. Since I started using facebook and twitter, I've noticed that all my creative energy (the little I have combined with actual time on the computer) was used up in the small updates there. And my blog was being left all alone. I agree with Jennie on many of her points, and though I was thinking many of the same things before her post, it is that post that has helped catapult me into making a decision.
So one of those changes is going to be how I use my computer time. If I have something to say, I plan on saying it here, not there. This little space helps me to process things in a way I cannot do on facebook. And really, how much writing practice and how creative can I get on facebook? Not much.
However, I do still plan on checking into facebook maybe on a weekly basis or so. It seems to be one of the few places I can stay up to date with friends and family I rarely see. Hopefully my lack of time spent on there will allow me a small amount of time to spend here.
I am also reevaluating what purpose I want for my blog. Is this just a place to update about my little family? Do I share some of my random deep thoughts with you all? As little as I write about Catholic stuff anymore, should I still be called Catholic Wife and Mother? Who is my audience? Am I writing to family and friends I know? Or to a general audience that I hope to share things with and perhaps in my small way encourage? These are all thoughts that I have considered in the last few months.
And the answers I have come up with (for now at least) is that my audience originally was a general audience that I hoped to share and connect with, encourage and also be encouraged. Originally I wrote about my little family, and also my random deep thoughts. But over time my blog has drifted to just be a family update site. I want to go back to my original plan. It's what has kept this blog alive for the past 3 or more years.
As in most things I have encountered lately, I am realizing that I am at a point in my life where I have to refocus and in many things get back to basics. Only with a firm foundation can I hope to improve and continue forward.