• Jade Steckly

Constant Chatter, Take 2

You probably don't know this about me, but I used to blog quite regularly. I started my first blog 15 years ago, when Addison was just a few months old. The term "blogging" had just become a thing back then!

I used my blog as a collection place for all of my very badly taken photos and small anecdotes about our day. I had no rhyme or reason to my posts, they were definitely not beautifully curated or anything, but I enjoyed writing them. I knew that I would enjoy looking back on the memories one day, and since I was not crafty enough for scrapbooking, a small corner of the internet where I could toss my random thoughts and stories seemed like a good idea.

Not only was it a good idea, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I could have ever made! Tonight I decided to go back to my abandoned blog and read through a few posts. Page after page I discovered tiny memories that I had forgotten about, including a letter I wrote to Sadie a few weeks before she was born. I haven't written anything of substance on that blog since Sadie was a baby, and now, I am wishing I had. Sure, I have Facebook and Instagram posts to fill in the gaps, but there is just something about the blog format that makes it seem like a book of our life.

The blog won't mean as much to you, obviously, but if you would like to take a peek, you can find it here. I called it Constant Chatter because that's what our home was filled with for years!

And now we are here. The gap in my blogging can be nailed down to...fear. Stupid fear and hesitation that the blogging world has far surpassed my level of skill and ability to keep up with the beauty and curation of it all. Blogging has evolved and I have gotten overwhelmed with the niches, photography, affiliate links, and collaborations. I am by nature, NOT an organized person, and tend to quit things when I start feeling that way.

That all being said, I miss the memories being stored in one spot, and I miss just being able to write out my thought without worrying about all of the other stuff.

That blog ended with me having my fifth baby, making me a mom of five girls under the age of 10. Now I have 2 teenagers, a preteen, and two that are coming to that point much too fast for my liking. It all goes so fast. I do really love the stages the girls are all at now though, and can't wait to share stories about some of my favourite parts!

Also, if you take anything away from this post, I hope you start writing. whether it's just quick snippets of your day, or longer, more thought out posts or journal entries, you will find that one day not long from now, they will be absolutely priceless to you. Make it messy, just make it!

Happy writing!