Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Closing Down the Porch

Well, friends, I am sadly here to tell you the inevitable. At first, I took a blogging hiatus because I wanted to do a simple blog redesign, which then turned into me thinking if I even wanted to keep up with this thing anymore. As you can tell from my extended absence, the answer is a resounding no. My inspiration for this blog has been MIA for quite some time now, and I don't think it's coming back.

When I first started Front Porch Sittin', I was so excited and passionate about it. I blogged about the stupidest stuff. We had peaches for breakfast? We went on a walk this weekend? I bought my first ever panel of curtains? Blogged about it ALL. And then I started finding other newlywed bloggers just like me, which was wonderful, but then the ugly comparison game began to creep in. I pretended like it didn't bother me, but there I was nonetheless, comparing my number of followers and comments to everyone else. To everyone I had no business comparing myself to. I always said my blog was about keeping up with my writing, but slowly, comparison stole away the joy I originally found in it.

Then the comparison eventually morphed into self-induced guilt. I was a 'lifestyle' blogger, and if I didn't blog about everything Kyle and I did, I felt this huge burden on my shoulders...like I had an unmet deadline or something. And where is the fun in that? While I did get much better about not thinking that way, sometimes there would still be this nagging voice in the back of my head saying, "You need to blog about this! Why haven't you blogged about this yet?!" -- and all I really wanted to do was punch that voice in the face.

So what will happen to this little corner of the internet? Well, as of today, this is the last post you will see on Front Porch Sittin'. Sad face, I know. While it's a bit of a bummer to type that, at the same time I don't feel sad at all! I think God has been preparing me to let go of this blog for a long time now. I'm not planning on deleting it, so it will still be here if you ever need to search the archive for a post. And you can always keep up with our day-to-day shenanigans on Instagram if that's your kind of thing.

But seriously, am I really going to stay away from blogging forever? If that thought popped into your head, then you know me all too well! This girl will always have something to write about. And the truth is, I've been working on a side project this whole time that I am hoping to launch very soon. I honestly can't wait to share it with you guys! So the answer is...you are not through with me yet. Stay tuned! (How's that for ambiguity?!)

Finally, I can't write a farewell post without mentioning you guys, my awesome readers! Thank you SO MUCH for reading and following my blog, whether you've been with me since the beginning or just recently joined in. Some people say they only blog for themselves and not for their readers, but I'm calling bull on that. I think every blogger has their audience in mind when they are writing, and it has been no different for me. You guys have made every step of the way worth it, and I hope you know I will still continue reading your blogs and leaving some comment love. :)

I love you all and can't thank you enough for hanging out with me on the Front Porch all these years. LA, out!  


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