Monday, October 19, 2009

Pondering the meaning of it all.

So, I got back from Vegas last night, and I'll tell you all about that soon. I promise. And as for pictures, I was not loving the idea of lugging out my inconveniently sized Canon camera, so I'm going to have to jack some pictures from my friends who are brilliant and carry cameras the size of iPods that are not cumbersome.

There will be pictures and stories to follow, for sure, but you're just going to have to wait. I'm mean - I know. I hate waiting, but you're not the boss of me, so you can't make me do anything. :)

Lately I've been thinking about the direction and purpose of my blog, and I've realized that here and there I've gotten distracted and in some ways I've gotten away from some of the most important reasons I started blogging in the first place.

I've enjoyed doing some reviews and giveaways, but I've had several things on my to-do list of reviews lately and it's become overwhelming and stressful to me, and no longer fun. So, I'm going to finish what I committed to because I feel strongly about keeping my word and following through with my commitments, and then I'll be cutting way back on things related to reviews and giveaways.

So, forewarning - I've procrastinated and have 3 CD reviews that are all due today, one product review that is due, and a book review as well (see what I mean? In over my head much?) so this week you'll be seeing more than usual of that, but I want you to know it's just because I need to FINISH these things. To get them off my plate, and then I can focus on what I really want to do with this blog.

Plus, I feel like the majority of you don't come here to read about products or win things because that's not the primary focus of my blog. I hope you come here because you want to read what I have to say, and hopefully some of it resonates with you.

I feel the need to prioritize things and establish a clear direction I want to go in. It's like I've had a little blog ADD or something, and I just need to step back, decide what needs to stay, what needs to go, and what is worthy of my time.

I promise it will all be worth it.

Gotta go figure out some plans for dinner, but watch for more stuff on Vegas later this week!


Laura said...

Hear, hear and I think it's wonderful that you've come to this decision! It was wonderful meeting you this weekend over lunch =) Please check me out as I'd love to hear what you think of San Francisco... Email me anytime sweetie!

Jenners said...

What? I'm not the boss of you? I really thought I was! Darn it. Who am I the boss of then? I certainly don't feel like it is me.

And I can see that having review obligations might be a real drag. I mean ... some days it is just not what you feel like doing. I support you in whatever you end up doing but -- to be honest -- I'm here for YOU and your thoughts and not reviews or giveaways. Whatever makes you happy is key!

blueviolet said...

It's understandable that you're backed up because you've had quite the time of it lately with the little one.

I'm glad you had a little restorative vacation in Vegas. Lookin' forward to hearing about it.

Deb said...

okay, i am only a little mad that there are no photos. but they would probably only make me jealous anyway.

so listen, you could type the alphabet all day everyday and i would still come read. you are an angel and am happy you got some clarity for yourself and the future of your blog and can't wait to read what you have in store. besides, i've already won my bracelet, so the giveaways can stop and i won't be disappointed. just kidding. when i stopped doing that sort of stuff and focused on writing for me, i have to tell you, i felt immense relief.

Summer said...

Girl, I'm so right there with you!

Had the best time hanging out and bonding, total highlight of my weekend.

I'll be here reading, always and forever.

Allyson said...

heck yeah girl, i come here to read what you write...i've never been a fan of 'review' blogs. i try to stay away from that stuff. i see enough of that on tv, ya know?

can't wait to hear about vegas!!

Jennifer said...

I feel the same way. had some good speakers to get me thinking what I really want to do with my blog. it was a great weekend though! can't wait to see what you come up with.

whereismymind said...

Can't wait to see and hear about Vegas... I've never been. I was supposed to go in May, but had to go and get all knocked up. I'm sure you had a blast.

And, everyone needs to regroup sometimes. It's a good thing!

Mama Kat said...

You go girl!! Get back to the basics!!

Orange Juice said...

I hear ya, I got overwhelmed and did way too many product reviews etc this summer. And I've limited them so only several a month now.

It was awesome to meet you this weekend. Hope your drive back went ok.

PS April did my blog too. :)