Life is funny. One minute you are in one phase of your life and then you blink and are on to the next phase. It happens before you’re ready or even realize it. When you have a blog, these phases can also affect your blogging identity.
When I started this blog I was the mom of an eight-month-old infant and an eleven-year-old. Now I am the mother of a five-year-old and almost sixteen-year-old. I am now in a completely different phase of parenting than I was when I started this blog. Instead of an infant and a tween, I have one in Pre-K and a Junior in high school. How did that happen?! That’s crazy. Ridiculous, even.
When I started this blog I wrote about cloth diapers, babywearing, breastfeeding, making baby food, and baby stuff. After almost eleven years, I was back in babyhood again. It was quite an adjustment because I was starting over with the whole mother thing and looking at it from a completely different perspective. I was in my mid-twenties when I had my first son and was in my later thirties when I had my second son.
Now I am finding myself in the midst of an identity crisis with this blog. Where do I go from here without alienating those of you who have been with me for a while? Then again, your lives are probably moving along just as quickly as mine. Your kids are getting older, too.
I was very careful in naming my blog so I wouldn’t be pigeon-holed into a specific niche. Even so, I am at a crossroads looking for my blog identity once again. I have been moving away from natural parenting to the things that interest me in this life as it is right now.
I am and always will be a huge advocate of cloth diapers, breastfeeding, babywearing, and natural parenting. It’s who I am as a human. This blog will still have a focus on greener living and natural parenting, but as my children get older, so do my interests. I am once again able to do more of the things that I had to put on hold while Dub was small. I am reading more, cooking more, discovering new toys and books for school-aged kids, and becoming more interested in the art of blogging. I have even been dabbling in the art of crafting a bit.
So from now on, I guess that is my identity and the focus of this blog. It has turned into a lifestyle blog where I will blog about, well, my lifestyle. I will still be here and hope you will be too as your children also get older and your life also ebbs and flows.