I have been feeling a little guilty lately and decided that I wanted to write this. I read comments and emails that I receive weekly and they often bring me to tears. The love and appreciation from my readers never goes without notice. The thing is, I don't always have the time to respond to each and every one. Sometimes, okay most times, I feel guilty for this. Blogging can be very time consuming. Generally, it comes easy for me to incorporate blogging in my life. But at times, the little parts of blogging, (like replying to comments and checking out other blogs), can consume more of my time than I intend. Precious time.
I blog because I love to express myself and put pieces of us together to reflect on later in life. I blog because I love to write...and in return, I love inspiring or helping others.
The reality of it is, sometimes you have to prioritize your life. You have to decide what is most important and what comes in second. After recognizing that, you have to choose where to spend your attention and time. This blog means nothing to me if I look back and realize I missed crucial milestones with Scarlett or neglected Ty. In fact, this blog's purpose is to document those great memories. Since I started blogging, I actually take more photos & remember more memories. With that said, I whole-heartedly love that people actually come here and take the time to read my words. It means a lot to me. Truly. This is where it becomes difficult. Although I love my readers, I choose to spend most of my time, with Scarlett or my family, living.
I usually pick one day a week to respond to comments & e-mails. When I get extra time, I definitely do read other blogs, especially the ones who take the time to comment on mine. Of course I respond quicker to time sensitive subjects, but the point is, replying to comments, emails, reading other blogs etc. those things are not my priority. (If only the day was longer!)
I am writing this because I want you all to know that I read each and every comment. At night, after Scarlett has gone to sleep, I lay in bed and read all of these wonderful compliments, sweet words and thoughtful comments. There are times when it makes my day. With that small amount of time that I have left, instead of responding to every comment, I blog or write. I blog to give my wonderful readers more content and even more importantly, I write or post for myself. I hope that this will help readers understand where I am coming from. I hope that when they post a comment, they realize that I do read each one and that it fills my heart. If I don't get a chance to reply, I hope that you will not find it rude but know that I am choosing to take time to write more material for my readers and myself, instead of just acknowledging past posts.
I wanted to say all of this because as my blog grows, it becomes harder to reply.
I, once again, want to take the time now to say thank you, thank you, thank you to all my readers and those of you who take time out your precious day to read and comment. It means more than you will know. I thank you for understanding that I am busy living and that even though I don't always get to respond right away, or at all sometimes, I hold your words close to my heart. They give me motivation and the courage to write all that is on my heart and give you more. I have been blessed that in the year I have been blogging, I haven' t had one negative comment.
My blog is still small & growing, but the love I receive is big.
PS. Although I adore music and it is a huge part of my life, after a suggestion, I decided to get rid of the automatic music that plays on my blog. I love the way music makes words come alive. So instead, I am incorporating little music players here or there that you can play if you wish to.
Did you all like the automatic music or is this a better idea?