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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

writing from the heart

I have been giving a lot of thought lately about my blog, my writing, my sharing of thoughts. 


Saturday I wrote here about needing some alone time and my afternoon spent wandering the backroads. 

I am a self supporting woman. I rely on myself and my own abilities to bring in an income. That income has not been sufficient the last few years and that has caused me a lot of worry. 


When I first started this blog it was to promote my Etsy business. It has since evolved into something much more. It is an expression of my feelings and a way to reach other women. I want to inspire, to let you know you are not alone, to reach out across the miles. I have incorporated my training and experience as a counselor to share and hopefully to help heal. 

So how do I tie in my writing with my need for an income? This is what I have been trying to determine recently, and I haven't reached a conclusion. I have even thought about giving up my blog to focus on my vintage and antique business, but through meditation and prayer I have realized that my blog helps to feed my spirit. 


Advertisers seem to want blogs that are more about home decor/gardening, and as much as I love to decorate I am not in my own home so that is not what I am about at this stage of my life.

I think there is a need for women my age to connect, to share, and to inspire. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge that we can pass on not only to each other, but to those coming behind us. We have stories to share.


So I will continue to contemplate. I may not write every day because other things in life are calling me right now. The care of my mother. The need to earn a living. Other family obligations. I will continue to write, though and I will hopefully have more time for visiting. 

I would love to hear your thoughts. They are important to me.



P.S. I know that Google+ keeps reverting my blog to a no reply blog. I am not sure why, but I will try once again to fix it. 



 

16 comments:

  1. Those are really great photos.

    I hope things work out for you and you are able to continue blogging!

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  2. I considered trying to make my blog earn for me, but it did not pan out as I am much more sporadic of a blogger then the 'earners' and I am not willing to do all that stuff it takes to make real money. I for one would miss you blog so I hope you continue. I am at a crossroads in my life also! Wishing you the best!
    hugs, Linda

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  3. Laura- I enjoy visiting your blog. your words touch me as I am sure they do others. I hope that you continue inspiring and sharing. thanks for also being honest. hopefully something more financially beneficially will come out of blogging for you to decrease your worry and burden .Have you maximized your ad's. I would love to talk to you off line about that ...if I can offer any input or help, I well.

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  4. Oh Laura I understand I find blogging an expense I thought I could not afford and hoped someday I would be able to put a couple of ads on it or dreamed of someone seeing my writing and possibly someone offering to pay for a story:):) I think we all have those dreams and reality is I finally realized I write for my sanity at this place in my life to take away the stress and feed my soul. I gave up the idea of making money it is not going to happen so I gave up other things to afford the cost of keeping this blog running (I am pretty sure most people do not know that it costs money and time to keep a blog running) It continues to feed my soul and sanity. I know I do not have any answers for you but I truly understand where you are coming from.
    I do hope you can figure something out and please keep blogging I know how much comfort comes from writing it and the support it brings from others in the stress of life. I do understand. HUG B

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  5. Hi Laura, I like from the heart language. I am Roberta from In Other Words and Pictures. I too have been thinking about why I blog, what purpose does it serve etc? That's why I have once again gone with The Potting Shed. With the way our world is I want to focus on deeper stuff... Like you for inspire and encourage. I think we all could use some building up and support. I tend to think about the heart, what healthy stuff, like thoughts do we keep tucked away and what stuff that grows like weeds, needs to be plucked away. Anyway, I think it's good for us to look at where we are going, what we can change and do differently. Spring is a season of new beginnings.. (hugs and God bless you) Roberta

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  6. Laura, It is a shame that we can't make a living doing things we like. You are good at writing. Maybe you could get assistance, since your income has become lower. Try at least. blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  7. Well, it is your blog and you have to make it what you want it. I think a blog should be a reflection of the person who is writing it. It's like you're inviting friends over to visit and sharing a story with them. If counseling is your talent, then let that be the focus of your blog. I always enjoy reading it.

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  8. Hi Laura...Many women are in the same boat. I love blogging but it is very time-consuming. However, I do it because I love it and love connecting with readers. You are lucky you have counseling credentials. I have three part-time jobs but love all of them so I cannot complain. The very best to you. Susan

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  9. Blogging really is time consuming and realistically the ads don't pay much. I like the friendships I have made through blogging, so I understand your feelings about your blog!

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  10. Life is a balancing act and I also believe that we are happier whenever we live a balanced life. So, take the time you need, Laura. Sometimes you discover unexpected treasures in unlikely places. We'll be here for the long haul.

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  11. I will follow you no matter how little you post. I think you are right about women our age being a treasure trove of information.

    IF Google + is not a big force in bringing you traffic you might consider NOT using it. Most of us have dumped it because it does not interact properly with blogging and keeps restoring your settings as if you had just started a new blog. It is so frustrating. xo Diana

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  12. I totally agree with what Kelly said. I love your blog and look forward to your posts.

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  13. Blogging should be on your own terms...the same for anyone : ) Blog when you feel like it, not as if it is some chore hanging over your head to do. When you have to focus on other things more, take a break...the well of water needs to fill up again sometimes :)

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  14. Hi. I just came to your blog for the first time, from Cozy Little House. The phrase "writing from the heart" caught my eye. So, maybe my interest is a sign that your blog is worthwhile. I don't have a blog, because I have gotten the impression it is a lot of work and takes a lot of time. I've not been willing to make that commitment. So, I really appreciate the hard work and effort that other women put into their blogs. I hope you are able to reach a point of contentment regarding your blogging and the other issues in your life.

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  15. You know the drill by heart, Laura. A girl’s gotta do what a girl's gotta do .... sometime you have to get lost before you find yourself. We’ll leave the light on.

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