Well, that didn't go as planned. I gave it a week and after 125 people clicked over to see how I wanted to Do Something, four people commented with the name of a charity that was trying to do something. I had planned to donate money and I will. I'll check back at the end of the month and randomly choose a charity to receive $50 from the comments at that time.
In the meantime, I've learned a few lessons this week:
1. I need to stop trying so hard - People will read this page if they really want to know what I have to say. Otherwise, I just need to stop pestering people.
2. I'm not Matt Walsh - That is to say, I'll never be the kind of blogger who impacts multitudes of people. I will never have a lot of people reading what I write, I won't make a big difference on the world, and that's okay. I make a difference to the immediate people around me, and that's enough.
3. I need to stick to writing for my kids - When I started, I wanted to transcribe the fun and the funny, kind of like an online scrapbook. I realize that I have tried to make this more than it intended to be.
4. Numbers don't matter - I need to stop looking at numbers. They don't matter. People matter. If I can make a difference to people, just the small handful around me, then I am doing a Good thing.
I want to apologize...
If it seemed like I was trying to get bigger, well, I probably was. I'm sorry for that. I won't use my readers to try to generate more blog traffic.
I have removed any ads that I could from my page. I never made any money from them anyway.
I'm not planning on updating my blog's Facebook page. It rarely generated any meaningful conversation. I will, in fact, be removing it.
I will continue to write about our life as a family as we learn, love, and laugh together.
If you want to walk with us, please continue to do so. We're happy to have you along the way.