In March of 2005, I was just about to have my second baby. I was 25 years old, living 1000 miles away from all of our family, and Derek was working long hours to finish up his phd. It was actually Derek’s idea for me to start a blog. I don’t think I even understood what it was exactly, but soon enough, I took his advice and started writing and sharing. For years and years, I wrote. I wrote funny things, embarrassing things, and probably every once in awhile, some serious things. It became a normal part of my week and my life. Fast forward 9 years, and our life looks very different. We’ve moved and added to our family again and again. I started a small business. Our kids grew, and while I thought that life with a toddler and a newborn was busy, I really just had no idea. I look back and think that I must have had so much free time! I scrapbooked all the time, wrote blog posts all the time, and taught myself how to take photos. I’m so glad that I have stories and memories from those years written down.
I’ve realized something over the past month or so. I really miss blogging. Even after I stopped writing on my personal blog, I still shared sessions on my photography blog. But the blog I kept up since 2005 fell to the wayside. I realized this summer that it’s almost been 1 year since my last post, which basically means that I am not a blogger anymore. When I think about all the fun/silly/cool/amazing things that have happened that I never recorded, it makes me sad! I have gotten to a point where I don’t even blog sneak peeks for sessions anymore. I made a list the other day of photo sessions to blog, and there are 17 families on that list. Then I started thinking about other things I want to blog about that aren’t necessarily photography related. Which posts do I start with? What I want to write is more fun, personal, family kind of stuff. But what I feel like I should write is more business-y kind of stuff.
Then it hit me. Why in the world do I have two separate blogs? My photography business is such a reflection of me, and my brand is me, so why in the world did I feel like I needed to keep it all separated? That just makes it harder to keep up, makes me have to choose where and what to write instead of just writing and sharing.
Problem solved. I have imported my entire 9.5 years of blogging archives into my business blog. This is where I will write and share family stuff and professional stuff. I’m super excited to revive the blogging! I’ve missed it so.
And it feels good to be back.