I first stumbled upon blogs when I was knitting and looking for patterns. Not long after I fell in love with Google Reader and could quickly and easily add new blogs and check blogs. I now subscribe to very few of those original knitting blogs but have added "deal" blogs, a few friends, and a lot of DIY/decorating and baking blogs.
At some point, checking Reader became more of a chore. Now I just mark the deal websites as "read", skim the DIY, and have a few that I save for the end to actually look at. There are even a few that 90% of the time I leave just feeling annoyed. I've unsubscribed several times, but I keep thinking that if it's not someone I care to read about their family or leave feeling inspired/happy I'm wasting my time reading. I already learn FAR more about most people than I ever care to know via Facebook and now we get much fewer interesting and new ideas with Pinterest.
I could share the DARLING headbands I made for the girls this weekend, but anyone who would care about headbands for little girls has probably seen them all over Pinterest. I feel like pretty soon we're all going to have identical pictures/crafts/food because everyone pins the same things. This is another reason I think I could cut down on the blogs I read - if there's a great idea, it will show up on Pinterest!
There are things that I LOVE about the interenet and its effect on me as a Mama. I learn a TON, get questions answered quickly, and get a lot of ideas. However, I also think that it makes us more competitive. People are "sharing" what they do, but sometimes it feels more self-promotion? I can't even come up with a word, but I know that at times it makes me feel like I'm not doing enough. I'm not home with my girls all day, I don't have amazing home cooked meals every night, I didn't even make the hand-decorated sugar cookies that I bought the cookie cutter for for Lu's baptism (gasp - I let it go...), my photos are professional quality, I haven't sewn/knit them all of the things on my list, and ON and ON. In my heart I know that I'm making choices that are best for our family and that I'm enough for them, but it still leaves me feeling like it's not enough at times. I need to remind myself that it's not one mom doing all of these and that what I'm doing is enough.
I realize I'm probably sounding negative, and I don't intend to be. I do enjoy reading blogs and will continue to keep up some of them with people on Facebook, but I think I need to put myself on somewhat of a "tech diet". I'm finding myself wanting to just turn things off and hunker down with my all too rapidly growing girls.
So, for the handful of people who read this, I apologize if I completely bore you, but this lil blog is going to be pretty much dedicated to documenting the wee ones. They're