It has been a somewhat quiet, but exciting few days here. My mom is visiting from Minnesota and has been taking turns having individual time with each of the kids and watching all of the kids so Tim and I can have some much missed time by ourselves. It has been so nice to have her here. Great conversation and I can't believe how fast the two of us can get the house looking presentable after a meal or before going out! Unfortunately, I have only a few pictures from her visit because when I turned the camera on for Caleb's birthday the battery was dead and when I brought the camera to gymnastics to take pictures of Aidan (finally) I had forgotten to put the battery back in the camera!
That's all for another time, however.
Today I actually have a question that I very much need my readers to answer. I'd particularly appreciate it if people who are regular readers (email subscribers?) would come out of the woodwork and give me some feedback.
My question is this, why do you read this blog?
That probably sounds silly, but let me explain. I started this blog over 2 years ago for two main purposes. The first was because I was doing a ton of school at home and dealing with frustrations we were having with the school Aidan was in. The second was that I realized early I would not have the time or ability to put together the same scrapbooks I had done for the boys and I wanted to have a good record of Kylee's first years.
As I blogged more and got feedback on different topics (usually when I discovered them by accident) I found out that people really liked to read some of our gluten free recipes, learn more about our Montessori influences, and hear ideas for lessons and projects. I also learned that I like to share photos, stories, and snippets of our home faith life.
Lately, however, I have been feeling like I don't know what to post because I don't know what people want to read. Not to confuse that with writing what you want to hear, but if you want me to write TONS about homeschool projects and activities with directions I could do that. More than that, I WANT to do that if it is what you want to read. I could write more about the theory stuff that my nerdy husband and I like to gobble up in our free time.
Or, I could write more about living faith at home as a Lutheran homeschooling family. Of course, I'm still pretty sure we're the only one of those in the universe so maybe that wouldn't be interesting to anyone! I'd love to build up a community online for myself and the other under-represented in cyber-space protestant parents, but maybe this blog isn't the place to do that.
Since we moved out to Utah, I have more family members than ever reading to keep up with what we are doing. Maybe I need to move the family updates to a separate place, or maybe that is the only audience I have anymore!
The point is this: When I submit an article to a print magazine or newspaper, as I have several times in the last few years, I know the audience. What I write here is out there for anyone to read, but unless you tell me about yourself and what makes you choose this blog among the masses, I don't know who my audience is.
And I want to know.
Not so I can change who I am, but so that I can put a better filter on my virtual mouth.
Because it is easy for me to say too much.
Like I probably have in this post.