In October I disappeared. Yes it is partly because I have been busy, traveling, partly because of my grandmother’s passing, life, new jobs, workshops, but mostly because I wanted a break from the World Wide Web. Shocking I know. My life all day every day is consumed with technology and I have been so aware of it this past month. I have been trying to focus on the things that matter and while blogging is one of them to me, life beyond an online typed platform mattered more this past month and caused me a lack of reflection online. I have been writing, but with pen and paper. I know, I was shocked to see they still make pen and paper, too! Kidding, but not really. Reflection has happened offline, which has caused me to disappear and truly reflect on the things that matter.
Sometimes blogging becomes less about doing what you love and more about who loves what you are doing.
How many people have liked my post, posted a comment, or followed my blog?
That is how the world tells us to measure blogging success.
While blogging for those reasons is great, as I am a goals-driven individual, blogging about what I love and what fires me up needs to be the reason to blog. This is partly why I paused. Feelings of “why are these people following me”, “what do they want to hear”, “how to reach the silent readers” were all present in my reasons for blogging. At the root of all of that was “I just want to blog about how we do life as a newly married couple and provide updates for our loved ones”. Truly this was the same across the multiple platforms I regularly update, however gutting the internet gave me clarity.
Clarity to focus on relationships. Be intentional with my time. I don’t have to be online 24/7 to still have the influence I do now. I will never understand the full scope of my influence. I just have to be me and not compare to the world. The big theme has been how will I leave a legacy.
To kick things back into making what matters happen, here is a 101 in 1001 October recap. I did mention a big announcement and that is still coming to you in the form of a giveaway (hands up if you thought I was going to say baby foxes were in the oven. Jokes on you). Until then, enjoy the glimpse into the fall at the Volpe House:
13. Have a double-date with friends once every other month (5/16)
40. Identify 100 things that make me happy (32/100)
52. Volunteer 101 hours (46.5/101)
59. Pay 10 strangers compliments (4/10)