Now that I'm married, I'm not really sure what to do with myself. I'm referring to my blog, of course. ;)
The way I see it, there are a few options. I'll go over them, and then I'll recap some of my feelings on each of those options.
1) I could keep posting here, even though most of the stuff I post from now on won't be wedding related.
2) I could keep posting on Road to the Aisle for the last few remaining wedding things (pictures, some of my last projects, etc.) and then just stop posting.
3) I could keep posting on Road to the Aisle for wedding things, but start a new blog for everything else. The two blogs could be linked together under my Blogger account, and I can kind of coexist on both of them.
OK, those choices seem simple enough. But I run into little problems with each option.
For option #1... I am attached to Road to the Aisle. It started off as a little blog, a tool for me to use to keep a "diary" for myself during the wedding planning. I had never seen a wedding blog (now I see them everywhere!), and thought it would be something fun for me. And to my surprise, it has turned into so much more. I never expected anyone to actually read it, but they do.
At the same time, it doesn't feel "right" to stay here. I want Road to the Aisle to continue to be a place for brides-to-be to go, to use it as a resource for ideas and instructions for projects. Do I really want to flood it with a bunch of non-wedding related stuff? I have problems with that.
Option #2... I could just stop posting. I have definitely thought about it. Blogging is not always the easiest thing to do, which is evidenced by the fact that I have seen many abandoned blogs out there. Months pass with no new posts. It's sad, really. Well, unless the person was never really interesting in the first place. I hope that's not me.
The problem with stopping, however... I really love having a record of the past year of my life. Not just the wedding stuff--I love being able to look back through the archives and see last summer's trip to the Poconos. The announcement regarding our nephew being born. My LASIK eye surgery. Thanksgiving with my family. When I was younger (we're talking middle school days), I was pretty good about keeping journals. It is hilarious to go back and read some of the entries and see where my mind was at during those times. There are things in there that I would NEVER remember had it not been for the journal.
Last summer, my mom gave me a journal she kept when I was little. I think I'm between the ages of maybe 18 months and 3 years old. Sometimes, she was good at keeping it up, with multiple entries over the course of several weeks. Other times, you'd see that months would go by without any writing. But some of the stories in there? Priceless. They're mostly stories about my brothers (who were babies) and me. Mostly, the things I would say. And we all know how funny kids can be. If she hadn't written those things down--they would have been gone forever.
In so many ways, blogs are journals. Public ones, sure... but journals, nonetheless. With pictures, videos, etc. they are even better than the old ones.
So in that sense, I do NOT want to stop blogging. Will I post as often as I did throughout those last few months of wedding planning? Probably not, but who knows.
That leaves me with option #3. This seems like the best option. Only issues I have here are: a) my previously mentioned attachment to Road to the Aisle--it's hard to give up.
b) I have no clue what to name it. I've thought about sticking with some kind of "Road" theme, but many of the names I have thought of are taken already (well, the blogspot name/URL is taken). I've thought about going in a completely different direction. And what is the "theme" of this new blog? Is there one? I try to think of a design for it (the header), and even that seems impossible.
c) I wonder, will anybody even read it? What is the point if nobody reads? But then I remind myself about the things I discussed regarding option #2, and stopping blogging. I go back to the root of why I started blogging in the first place. It's for me, not for anyone else.
So there you have it. I suppose there will be some kind of changes on the horizon in terms of this blog... I'm just not 100% sure which direction to take it in.
I'm open to suggestions, should anyone have any. I need to get this figured out so I can stop losing sleep and move on with my life (kidding, kidding!!).