Tuesday, November 26, 2013

My Dedication

Where have I been?  Life – let me tell you, has gotten the most of me lately.

I’ve been attempting the biggest DIY of all – Life. Parenting. Working. Being a person. Blogging.

Night after night, I put the kids to bed. I clean up the messy house.  I sit down and grab my laptop.  I WANT to blog. I want to write to you all… but I pull up my work instead. The “day” job. Except it’s now the day and night job.  Don’t get me wrong I LOVE MY JOB… more than a person should love their job because it’s actually consuming my life.  But, I’m okay with that.

But, PBJstories.com is taking a small hit. I don’t have the time to DIY all weekend, instead I’m playing games with the kids, teaching my son how to sound out words so we can read together, and trying to get baby girl to take her first steps.

I want this blog to be more than just start-to-finish DIY project tutorials.  I want you all to know me. To live with me. But when it comes time to write a post, I can’t get myself to write one that isn’t a complete DIY tutorial.  However, I have to make a decision right now.  Do I continue PBJstories.com?  Do I let you all live with me…and that means sharing what our days are like in this crazy filled home with me and my two kids.  Stories about how Jackson changes his outfits at least 5 times a day into new creative and fun super hero costumes…because right now – that’s my life.  That’s the stories of PB&J.  Or, do I keep trying to push the fact I only publish posts that are full complete DIY project tutorials.  Though, as readers of PBJstories.com may realize, those are happening less and less.

I’m curious to hear what you think.  What do you enjoy reading?  I mean don’t get me wrong, Jackson is HILARIOUS and I’m sure you’ll agree!  Will you keep me in your inbox if I share more PB&J stories, if it means more blog posts?  Or do you visit just for the DIY tutorials?

If you follow me on Instagram you already get a REALLY big insight to our lives – these kids crack me up.
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18 comments :

  1. I love reading blogs that share their life adventures. We are all busy with life snd it helps to know we are not alone. Thank you for sharing your stories. Have a blessed thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you so much Stephanie! Your support of reading, comment, and urging to keep going is really appreciated!

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  2. Please dont give up! I love reading your blog and updates, whether its about life or DIY :) Im in the same boat as you its hard to juggle kids on your own, work and blog keep at it you have worked so hard to build this amazing platform for yourself. when your kids get older they can read it too ;)

    Ashley
    www.ashleybridgerart.com

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    1. Ashley,
      Thank youuuuu!!!!!! I love that we have made the connection we have, and I have my blog to thanks for that. I love seeing your custom piece ever day above Kenzie. Thank you so much and I appreciate knowing you know such a personal insight to my family! xoox

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  3. Hi Pamela, I came across you recently on Twitter after I noticed you followed Cari Cucksey so I thought I would follow you and see what DIY projects you might have. Well as you stated you haven't posted many as of late and I haven't taken the time to go back and look at your past posts yet. I think I saw that your husband is deployed. Let me take this opportunity to thank you and your husband for your sacrifices. It is families like yours that make this Country great. As far as your blog goes, do what makes you happy!

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    1. Gene,
      Thank you SO much for specifically reaching out to me after finding me on Cari's twitter!!!! Connections like that are so awesome. I really appreciate hearing from you not just because of your support but it's so refreshing hearing from the male audience too!!!
      Pamela

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  4. It's your space and that means family, parenting, and DIY projects. Keep writing and if that means having a mommy moment on your blog do it confidently. I think readers want to see you and that means all of you. Hugs to you friend.

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    1. I love your message about doing it confidently! I really appreciate you still coming and reading my blog Beth!!! We've been connected for so long I love knowing that I have such an extended relationship with certain readers.
      Thank you!
      Pamela

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  5. I feel ya, Pamela! I've been feeling these same things lately, too. It is so hard with two kids. They just consume you! I have felt guilty that I'm not blogging "enough", but then guilty because when I blog and do projects, I'm not spending time with the kids. When I do blog now, though, I've been adding more of my family life into my posts. It helps me because I don't feel like I need to think through all the steps of a project and write them down. I can just write what's on my heart! I really think you should talk about your family more if you want to! Those of us who love you will love you even more when you share more of what goes on behind the scenes! :)

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    1. Girl, you know you're super mom and I tell you all the time you're a reason I feel like I'm not able to keep up!! hhahaha you do it all, and keep up with blogging and your furniture business and all with beauty and grace!

      Thank you for the support, I appreciate it and wish we could do our DIY adventures together in person!
      Pamela

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  6. From one creative DIY blogger to another-- I know how you feel. I always am a little nervous to post a "Hey, guys, this is what I'm up to, here's me and my family, la-la-la-la!" because I am worried that people don't want to see that. I'm afraid there's no "value" in it. But the truth of it is this: 1) if you already have a following, those people are going to love you regardless, if not MORE, because you're sharing yourself, and 2) to all the people that don't know you and love you, let them more on.

    I blog over at Thrift Diving, and I struggle with the same thing. I actually have 2 blogs (the other one is a motivational, get-your-life together sort of blog, and friends have told me to merge the two blogs together so I am not diluting my blogging efforts, and I'm nervous that the 2 don't mix and that people will be turned off. Since I really am trying to turn my blog into a business, I have to decide how I am going to structure my blog for best impact, but while trying to stay true to my writing and projects and passion.

    Anyhow, when you're trying to become more of a lifestyle blogger, and not just a DIY blogger, it's okay to write all kinds of topics: DIY, Family, Recipes, etc.... People will start to adjust, and those that don't, I guess they'll just have to go.

    Think about what type of blog you want to be, and then don't be afraid to be that. Also considering expanding your topics, but create value. For example, your son loves to change clothes 5 times a day. Tell people that, and include funny pics, but you could also include "5 Tips for Entertaining Active Kids" or something like that. Make it funny. Make it real. And don't apologize for being you :)

    Good luck!

    Serena @ Thrift Diving

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    1. Serena,
      ahhhh I love your take on it!!! Such a good idea! I've always appreciated your personal touch with blogging! I knew you were special the second I met you at Haven! You leave impressions on peoples hearts instantly :)
      Thanks girl!
      Pamela

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  7. I literally wrote the most random post today after not blogging for like a week. Blogging is just so intermittent. I have three kids home with me all day. I'm still the food source for one. I'm just not in a place financially or with my time that I can pop out one tutorial after another. My blog needs to be about life or there just wont be a blog. Plus, I never intended for my blog to be all crafts/tutorials. I caught the pinterest bug and lost sight a big. Balancing Home was chosen purposefully, because I knew that it would never be all any one thing, but rather a collection of things from a mom just trying to balance it all. I hope you find your blogging happy place!

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    1. Megan
      I love hearing that from fellow bloggers I've followed so long, we're all trying to balance so much it's so refreshing hearing others are in the same boat. Love you girl thank you!
      Pamela

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  8. Hey Pamela, When we left NYC a couple of years ago for the suburbs, I also left behind my job and thus became a stay-at-home-SUBURBAN-mom... I had no idea who that person was! I started my little blog Ciburbanity (City + Suburbs + Sanity) to give me an outlet to process this transition and figured I'd write about anything that was going on with my life. That quickly fell into 2 categories: the kids and the house. BUT... there are PLENTY of times that I need to vent or commiserate or whatever and I've found the blog to be a somewhat satisfying place to share my thoughts and have the warm hug of like minded moms and bloggers and crafters. As DIY bloggers, the impression we often give off without meaning to is that we have these lovely homes and have our shit together. Obviously any mom knows that's not always (or often!) the case... I've tried to bring more of the "me" into my blog without whining or throwing my kids under the bus. Life is who your blog is. I say go for it and write about whatever you need, but if a little T.O. from the blog is what you need then we'll miss you, but understand that decision also! Hang in there! xx Charlotte

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    1. Charlotte,

      Thank you so much, you're such a brave and strong woman for doing all you do!!! And I love knowing we connect on so many different social media platforms. It makes me feel like we're so connected and truly support one another.
      Thank you <3
      Pamela

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  9. I would LOVE for you to continue with stories about your family. I am a people watcher :] I love to get insight into the way other people live. I love following your instagram.

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    1. Kari I love hearing it be called a people watcher! It makes it seem so less, "care about me" And more about just viewing more people because we ALL are so interested in others from a distance. Thank you for that!
      Pamela

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