Recently I was reading a blog post over at 71 Toes
about blogging depression.
Shawni shared how she had recently attended a 'mothers retreat' and a
question was posed about what makes mothers spiral into depression or
negativity. I was surprised to read that the most overwhelming answer
was that blogs are the problem. Yes, blogs.
That made her worry and it makes me worry too!
1. Because I have a blog.
2. Because I am trying to uplift others with my blog and
3. I am trying to promote happiness with motherhood on my blog.
The last thing I want to do is depress mothers even more.
It started my thinking about the topics I write about on my blog and the
image I am portraying. I know we have lots of kids and in some of my
posts it may come across that I have totally obedient, totally organised
and talented children but
they are still kids and they fight,
they argue and have messy rooms just like other kids do. I do try to
keep things positive here and every so often I throw in a post about how
life is not easy too. I really believe in trying to 'keep it real' and I
hope others are not depressed after reading what we get up to in our
I know a lot of mothers already struggle with feeling like they are
doing an adequate job in the mothering department and being a mother
sure is hard work. When I read other blogs about mothering I know that
there is no use comparing myself - we simply are not the same. We do not
have the same family, the same ideas, values, beliefs and challenges. I
like to look for ideas and for inspiration to keep me going when I feel
I am stuck in the trenches but I don't let it make me feel depressed.
I know I like to write about being happy as a mother and I truly believe
it is a choice. That happiness comes from inside of you and can be
there no matter what storms are raging around you. So with my blog I am
just going to keep plodding along and try not to worry that others may
be feeling depressed by what I share and know that people are going to
judge my blog the way they want and I can't change that.