Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Where will you[r blog] be in a few years?

My friend Jennifer Satterwhite posted a very interesting thought on BlogHer last week: Changing Your Blogging Identity: Can You Lose (or Gain) That Mommyblogger Title Successfully?

She says:
Six years ago when I started my personal blog, Mommy Needs Coffee, the title was cute. I had no problem being called a mommy blog. I did not mind that the word "mommy" was in my title and url. In fact, I thought it was cute because I still had a toddler calling me mommy.

Time marches on and now I have two teenagers and a second grader. There is not a lot of "mommy blogging" left in me. I have considered changing my blog title more than once. A name to reflect who I am now. The laid back mom who deals with the tougher parenting topics? The professional author writing about the ups and downs of writing her first book and the shock of landing an amazing agent? The freelance writer on the hunt for the next article or job? Or do I just let my writing represent who I have evolved into and let the name I have always had stand as the brand I have created over the last six years?

She goes on to talk about how some bloggers who begin their blogging journey around a particular topic (say, infertility) no longer find themselves in the same situation (say, pregant with quintuplets). I can think of other situations that might change in the course of a mom-blog: homeschooling/not homeschooling; working/not working; ministry/secular work. You get the idea.

In the 2-1/2 years I've been blogging, I've already had to change my profile description three times:

At first it was: A Christian woman, wife and chaos manager for five kids from toddler to tween.
Then it went to: ...Toddler to teen
Now it's: ...Preschool to high school

Next year when Ruthie-5 starts kindergarten, it will change again.

As you can see, I am among those poor, short-sighted folks who named their blog thinking a season was longer than it actually is. I was so much in the thick of things, even 2-1/2 years ago, I couldn't have fathomed just how close I am (only three-and-a-half short years! ACK!) from my oldest going off to college. What will I call my blog then? One Down, Four to Go?

What about in, well, let's see, thirteen more years (which I GUARANTEE will go faster than the 13 years we spent changing diapers around here)? I guess it will be called RAISED FIVE. Just doesn't have the same ring to it.


I guess it's good that my friends' seasons of motherhood will be changing along with me, whether you are ahead of me, walking stride-for-stride, or a few steps behind. Blogging -in its own weird cyber-way - lets us keep each other company. We can help each other remember these moments of being a mom - those that seem so long and arduous now, but I am sure we will look back on as but a "blink" on the journey.

Anyway, I do expect that, no matter how old I get, or how many (or few) kids are actually under my roof, everything I read or write will still have to pass through the "mom" filter. We've always been open to adopting - whether formally, or informally by loving on other people's kids. And besides, let's be honest, do we really think our kids will ever stop "needing" their mom? My mom is STILL there for me. Okay, I feel better. I suppose in some ways I will always be raising five!


Here's someone else who might need to change her blog name. Looks like the Peapod Four will soon be the Peapod Five in their Incredible Shrinking House!


Les & Sweetie Berry said...

How interesting that this is your topic today, for it is exactly what is happening at our family....changing how and where our four blogs work, and combining them to one site....its mind boggling for now and surely going to tax me for a while we slowly ease into the new changes.

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

I have totally been thinking about this lately! SortaCrunchy really doesn't describe me anymore. I mean, I guess that, yes, I still choose quite a few "crunchy" practices, but it's no longer how I define myself, know what I mean? I was VERY short-sighted in naming my blog. In fact, when I started it, I never dreamed I would still be blogging three years later.

Hmph. Not really much I can do about it now. I've invested a lot of time and energy into this "brand" . . . ironic that it no longer fits.

Susanne said...

"One down, four to go" cracked me up. But you'd be changing that yet again in no time flat and four more times over. LOL.