Five Finer Things from Five Blogging Years

So.  All of a sudden, I’ve been blogging for five years.  That’s kind of a big deal in the blogging world!  I’ve learned a million things in the last 1,825ish days.  Here are the top 5.

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1.  People (You!) Are Incredible.

I don’t say that lightly.  The finest thing about blogging here is that my (physical) community of 500ish people (no, I’m not missing a zero) has expanded by a few thousand.  Fun, right?

You’re all brilliant and insightful and you stretch me.  You make me think.  You celebrate with me.  You encourage me to dig deep.  You help me understand the other side.  Sometimes you force me to figure out just what it is that I truly, really believe.  Thank you for that!  Hands down, the very finest thing about this place is You!

2.  Friends are Real, no matter where they live.

I won’t even attempt to put into words what my blogging friends mean to me.  I will tell you, though, that they are real.

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I got to hang out with Carrie and Crystal and our combined *thirteen* children on Wednesday!

From the occasional phone call, to the regular email and twitter direct messages, to the once in a lifetime Disney trip, to the probably-too-often-but-eh-they-keep-me-sane skype conversation, I truly love my blogging friends.  They’re my colleagues and my prayer partners.  They make me laugh until I cry, and encourage me to shoot for the stars and get off the computer all at the same time.  They inspire me.

I am a better mom, wife, and blogger because of my friends.  (Ok, fine.  Maybe I will try to put it in words.)

3.  Supplementing our family income from my recliner pretty much rocks.

When I started blogging, the friends who “hooked me up” asked if I wanted my own .com so that I could monetize my blog.  Monetize?  Say what?  What’s that?  Well, five years later I stand sit in awe.  Please don’t be thinking I’m earning a full-time salary.  My husband’s teaching salary is still the vast majority of our income.

The part-time income I make here while nursing my baby (and during nap time, and after the kids go to bed, and while we’re watching a movie, and when I should be mopping floors…) from the comfort of my recliner with nothing but my laptop has made things so much easier financially for our growing family though, and I am grateful.  (If you have questions about making money blogging, might I suggest Crystal’s How to Make Money Blogging ebook and Blogging with Amy?)

4.  I love blogging, but I love my family more.

This should be obvious, but the way I immersed myself into this blog and social media for too many hours and too many days and too many 2:00 in the morning nights said otherwise.  I got sucked in.  There were times in the early months and years {gulp} of this blog when the virtual finer things were prioritized over the Finer Things staring me in the face.  My home and my family suffered because of my blogging at times, and I have to be very intentional still about the time I spend here and there and everywhere online.

No, I’m not quitting this place.

But I love my family more, and right now my family needs my time more than my blogging money. 

That’s why you don’t see new posts every day.  That’s why I don’t always finish what I start.  That’s why my blogging is sporadic and random and all over the place.  That’s why the 5 ebooks swimming around in my head are still in my head.  Well, that and the fact that I’m easily distracted.  ;)  It’s just very real around here, friends.  This blog is a reflection of my real life.

5.  Someone will always do it better.  Do it anyway. 

Someone will always take better pictures.  Take pictures anyway.  Someone will always be more creative.  Create anyway.  Someone will always bake a better lasagna.  Bake anyway.  Someone will always host a fancier party.  Party anyway!

Social media is fantastic.  I love it for the connections and inspiration.  It’s fun to find creative ideas and learn new ways of doing things.  Also?  Too much of a good thing can drag me down.  Oh, the noise of all the clever creative neato frugal healthy kid-friendly ideas!  Oh, the people who are intuitive creative inspiring eloquent dramatic hilarious!  Oh, sometimes I just need a nap.  ;)

Having instant access to All of the Things and All of the People can make a girl feel inferior.

When I spend too much time reading and watching others, I lose sight of myself.  Sometimes I just have to put up the blinders and do my thing, because my thing is good enough.  Yep, there are better bloggers out there.  You know what?  I’m gonna blog anyway. 

Thanks so much for reading, friends!  I appreciate you, and I can’t wait to see what the next 5 years brings!

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Comments

  1. That was really sweet. Quite frankly, your quality is better than your quantity of blogging. Your blog is one of the first I started reading and it is the one that usually has something insightful, smart, fun, or delicious for me! Thank YOU!

  2. Congratulations!!!! And point #5 is the best one. :-)

  3. So very thankful we met through blogging! Someday I’ll get to hug your neck too! Congratulations on your anniversary!!

  4. Congratulations, Amy! 5 years is a long time in the blog world!

    I discovered all of your finer things right before I started out as a very new laundry blogger. :) You and Crystal had some of the first blogs that I read way back when. It was a relief to find people that seemed so much like me. And add Carrie into that mix? Oh my – a lovely, Godly group of ladies.

    Praying your next five years are fabulous!

    (And I love point #5. Needed to read that this morning. :) )

    Many blessings to you -
    Lauren

    • Hi Lauren! :) Has it really been 3 years (and a couple babies!) ago that we were at Savvy?! Time flies…

  5. Congrats! And let me tell you, you are wonderful too.

  6. Oh, how wonderful was this?! Loved it :) Your encouragement,on so many levels, is inspiring. Thank you.

  7. Nancy Thyfault says:

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart! We’ve never met in person, but I look forward to your posts. You open your heart for all to see, and that truly is “A Finer Thing”.

  8. Congratulations on 5 years! I have been reading for most of those years and absolutely love your blog. It is so genuine and encouraging!

  9. Congrats on 5 years! Thank you so much for taking the time to blog, I have learned so much and been so encouraged from your blog. Isn’t weird how 5 years is a long time in the blogging world?

  10. Nicole Zill says:

    Your blog is my favorite Amy! I look forward to all of your posts! You have made me realize that it is OK that I have a small house, my kitchen is way outdated, i dont wear new clothes, etc. I no longer worry about what other people have and compare myself. It is true that the finer things aren’t “THINGS” and it has taken me a while to realize that in life. I am so blessed to have two healthy, beautiful children and a great husband, family, and food on the table and so on…
    Thanks for waking me up and helping me to appreciate what I DO have :)

    • It IS okay! Nearly 15 years of marriage, 7 years of living in this fixer-upper, and we are JUST NOW starting to do some big fixing up. Should be fun! :) (And you know what? In those 7 years, I often forgot that what we had wasn’t near “good enough” by the world’s standards. ;) )

  11. Tiffany says:

    I love your blog! Thanks for sharing with us. :)

  12. Congratulations! I truly enjoy your down-to-earth, real-life view point. You make me feel “normal.”

  13. Absolutely love your blog! Thank you for sharing your life adventures and beautiful family with us. You are a true inspiration.

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