Bliss v. The Need-to-Dos

I went to Blissdom, the blogging conference, hoping to learn more about the business of this new passion of mine – and learn I did. In fact, I drank from a fire hydrant of knowledge – the hose connected to some very successful bloggers.

Some of you have told me, “I love your blog – you should get some advertising!” I admit, this makes me giggle. Maybe because it reminds me that my blog looks a little immature without some sort of sidebar button or lovely banner ad. It also makes me smile to know that you, reader, care about my family and want this blog to bless us financially.

I would love that, too. Especially with job changes on the horizon.

So I’ll be making little changes here and there to that end, but rest assured that I write for Him, and for me, and for you. And I won’t do anything that will horribly disrupt your experience here. I hope.

Another goal of mine was to connect with other bloggers. I could have spent a few weeks culling and compiling the business knowledge of blogging, but no matter how much tweeting I do, or comment love I give, there’s no way I can connect with bloggers online in the same way as I can in real life.

I was able to meet at least 150 other blogging women – I am so impressed by all that is being done through their blogs – from charity, to crafting, to homeschooling, to food-ing, to fitness, to uplifting – these women are the voice of the Internet. They are the voices other moms and women (and some dudes too!) go to for information and community. It’s staggering how much influence female bloggers have – trust me, we saw some stats that made my jaw drop. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of this community – and now I’m challenged to know how much influence I can have. (Dear Lord, let me use it for You!)

Funnily, the gals I connected most with are actually women I met, briefly, at Relevant, the conference I attended in October. Visit them!

I also networked with many, many other bloggers, some of whom I hope to be working with very soon! I’ll keep you in the loop if any of these opportunities pan out.

Now, I have so much swirling in my head that I think I “need” to do. I’m reminding myself that a little at a time is OK, and that my primary focus is God and my family.

Tell me in the comments how you deal with the “need-to-dos”.

12 thoughts on “Bliss v. The Need-to-Dos

  1. Alicia The Snowflake

    Ahhh…thanks for the shoutout sweetie! I really loved connecting with you again at Blissdom. It was definitely one of the highlights of my week. I pray God’s blessings on you and your family as you walk out the journey He has planned for you!

  2. Sharon @ Hot Pursuit

    Oh, I’m so envious of your chance to attend the conference, and so happy for you that you got to go too!

    Ahhh… the need-to-do’s vs the want-to-do’s….always a struggle for me. I try to do all the need’s items before the want items or else I get to having so much fun with my want-to’s that I don’t seem to stop, then end up ignoring my loved ones. That is what happened last week, I didn’t even post last week – gasp!- because I realized there were people in my own home who needed me and this is where my first place of ministry is.

    I love your posts and your view of being a wife, keep up the great work!

    1. Stephanie Post author

      Thanks, Sharon! Yes, we absolutely have to take a break sometimes for our families – without consideration fo the “numbers”. It’s worth it, girl. Good for you!

  3. patty

    i’m visiting from melissa’s linky party. had a thrilling time at blissdom and also, am overwhelmed and humbled by all that happened there. i don’t see your photo here, so maybe we did meet at blissdom? 🙂 that’s a happy thought. love to you.

    1. Stephanie Post author

      Nice to meet you patty, I’m not sure we met. I’m not a home blogger- I thought that was a general Blissdom linky! I met Melissa and think she’s great!
      Checking out your blog now!

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    1. Stephanie Post author

      It was loud ha! All those crazy christian women lol. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom about church planting (and love of Pacific NW). I hope we get to see each other again at Relevant11.

  5. Angela England (@AngEngland)

    It was great to meet you in the hallway as I headed up to check on my babies – and to see your sweet little one. 🙂 I’m sorry we didn’t get to connect a little more but I’m glad we met – I love your blog and your voice. I’d love to have you contribute some guest posts on Untrained Housewife from time to time.

    My suggestion for avoiding “blogging overwhelmed” is to write down what you think you “should be” doing. Then pull out from that list the things that are the most logical next steps FOR YOU over the course of thenext six months. And begin to implement those changes one at a time.

    I’m always available if you have any questions. Twitter, Skype, email…just shout!

    Blessings,
    Angela <

    1. Stephanie Post author

      I’m glad we met, too, Ang! Thanks – I’d love to guest post on Untrained Housewife.

      Those are perfect suggestions for me. I’m going to go through my BlissDom notes and scraps and pull together a list. Slowly is still OK! I really appreciate it.

  6. SomeGirl

    Wow, I’m so embarrassed it took me this long to come back to comment… *face blushing* Thanks for the shout out! It was SO nice to hang out with you and get to know you more!! Hope to see you again at Relevant or Blissdom next year! 🙂

    Btw, loved your idea of celebrating Valentine’s Day on the 15th. I’m a little bit of a V-Day snob myself (pink and red together gross me out). 😉

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