The Sins of Blogging | LUST continued...
I promised to write more about materials and time.
MaterialsI buy some materials. The ones I spend my own money on are essential oils and this letter stamp kit from Amazon. Most everything else comes from thrift stores, auctions, sometimes free on the side of the road and brands. Let me say this up front. I could have been a bigger blogger sooner if I had spent more money. That is a decision you must make for yourself. It took awhile for brands to notice me and my free stuff crafts. Now I get to work with brand new-to-the-market craft supplies and YES! It is FUN! I could have done it earlier if I had turned my money from the blog around and spent it all back on supplies, but I did not go that route. I spent a few ears building my business without spending money on materials.
Which brings us to...
TimeYes, time is something I lust after. You see, there are bloggers that do not have kids yet. They have more time to devote to crafting. There are bloggers that are empty nesters. Their homes can look PERFECT. I am a stay at home mom with a few kiddos in school. That means I have more time to work on home "stuff" than a lot of other bloggers. I can let something sit on the stove for a few hours, let bread rise or grow a garden while watching the kids simultaneously. I know this is not the case for everyone. There are a variety of situations and life circumstances that bloggers live within. Most of them are not ideal, though most of them ARE enviable, but no matter where we fall on the spectrum, it is difficult not to lust after the blogger that has MORE time or BETTER time than we do.
(Remember we are using lust to mean "an intense desire or craving for" and not in THAT way)
So here is the problem. I go from blog to blog to blog, hop hop hop and SHE did this and this and this and OH HOW I WISH I COULD DO THAT! (lust caps!) When it stops there, it is not good, but it is not harmful. The problem is when that thought drives me to write a post, do a craft or do anything I KNOW is not good for me or my family.
Let me explain: You see, I know that having a career as a blogger means something else gets the short stick. I know that sometimes my typing away on the computer means there is one less book read to my children. I have come to terms with that. I CANNOT be the (excellent) mom that sits reading books to her children all day. I have tried. I go stir crazy in my mind. I feel my mind tipping over into crazy land. So I blog. I blog because it is an escape from the monotony of answering children's questions, wiping children's bums and cooking, cleaning, wiping up from children's meals. When I stop blogging, I want to go back. That is how I know that this escape works.