Looking Back on 4 Years of Blogging

Wow, I just renewed my Go Mama O. domain today for another year, making it 4 years of blogging!

I am not an exceptional or wildly popular blogger by any means. I know there are many things I SHOULD do (writing more is one of them), but many of these things are in a mental list of “how to be a better blogger.” I’ve even changed my Twitter bio to “occasional blogger.”

But still, this Mama O. goes on.

I have seen bloggers in my reader or blogging community come and go, and my little site is still here.

I have found so much enjoyment from meeting fellow bloggers in my Fly on the Wall challenge group. These posts have kept my blog going and have become not only a fun outlet for me to record what my kids say, but also a wonderful way to connect with some other awesome bloggers! I’m so glad to have come across and get to know you all through your blogs. A special shout out goes to Karen at Baking in a Tornado, the mastermind behind this and other challenges.

And wow, my kids have grown so much in four years!

waking up big sister from her nap

little brother waking up big sister from her nap

Hmm…remember when they would nap?! I see a correlation between nap time and number of blog posts published on Go Mama O. Now I squeeze in a post when they are occupied with a show!

getting ready to fish

This summer – My two little fishers – ready to go! Only Big Sister caught one.

In the past four years, a lot has happened,  I’ve worked full time as a SAHM, part-time as a marketing manager; we ventured to Arizona as a family, celebrated our 10 year anniversary, did a LOT of spring cleaning, and moved to a new house this year, enjoyed camping & many adventures with our kids. Soon little brother will be off at 4 year old kindergarten, and I may be job hunting.

It has been a treat to look back on my blog and read old posts, which brings me back to the reason why I still blog – for me. It’s my own little smidgen of the Internet, where I take some time to reflect and create posts pertaining to what’s going on in my world. The format is perfect – more than just a status update or a Tweet to share what’s on my mind.

Thank you for following and reading!

Can you relate to my blogging experience?  Has you blogging varied through the years?

 

Blogging Blues

“Keep going. Keep going!”  a little whiny voice repeats over and over again in my ear.

I’ve experienced a sort of blogging blues as of late.  I’ve been at this for awhile, though still less than a year, so I’ve been pondering my overall blogging purpose.

Was I right to choose the “working mom on the go” concept in the first place? Is it a bit overdone?  Is my voice truly unique and different?  Do I care about really growing readership, or am I just doing this for “me?”  Before blogging, I felt that something was lacking in my current social media involvement – that a short Facebook update wouldn’t effectively communicate my state of mind nor narrate the trials and tribulations and pure joys of parenting / job hunting and eventually working part time.

Does my almost 2 year old’s mantra of “keep going” have a hidden meaning for Go Mama O.com?  Perhaps…

In my last post about the Do Gooder Summer Reading Challenge, I was inspired by The Happy Guide and reminded of a solid Teddy Roosevelt quote (you’ll have to check out the post to read it). Can I embrace the Nike tag line and “Just Do It” when it comes to sitting down and blogging at least twice a week?  I hope so!

Technical Issues!

As I mentioned in Smart Outfit Planning Trick, I was having some technical issues with my blog.  This boiled down to trying to blog solely from a smartphone or my Nook tablet, and I was getting frustrated with both of these options.  The mobile sites and smaller screens just lack some of the functionality of the full site.  Plus the smaller screens hurt my eyes after some time, so I was opting for much shorter posts.  Finally, I really enjoy sitting at my computer desk and tapping away at a real keyboard.  As fun as my drag & swipe technology may be on my phone, there’s just something more satisfying about typing.  Then again, maybe I’m old school – more Gen X than the tech saavy Gen Y’ers.

Are you a mobile or desktop blogger?  Which site do you prefer?

Emotional Benefits of Blogging

Ultimately, I think what will keep me going on my blog is the quiet time and peace that I experience when I carve out some time just for me and my own little site.  I may not be the funniest, flashiest, or BEST blog out there, but that’s not what I’m going for.  This is MY outlet and space to be authentic and even classic Cathy O.  I truly value the virtual connections that I’ve formed with my friends and followers, who help validate and encourage me to keep going.  THANK YOU dear readers! 

So yes, I think I will keep going here at Go Mama O.

How do you “keep going” on your own blog? Do you share similar sentiments?