I haven’t been blogging much recently partly due to my resolve to pay more attention to my family and home, partly because of the running around we have been doing for my brothers wedding and to be entirely honest because I have been less motivated at times to do so.
Looking around the blogosphere, I keep seeing blogs that have wound down or been deleted with people saying that their blogging career has run its course or that blogging was no longer the medium best suited to self-expression.
Many of the blogs I used to frequent have shut down (Umm Zaid’s Sunni Sisters particularly springs to mind and is missed). Many others have changed focus or lost their vibrancy and I feel that this is perhaps what is happening to my blog.
I wonder if I have said everything that I needed to say. I also have questions in my mind regarding using photo’s of my kids, particularly Little Lady, as they get older, although more and more the pictures I use are more obscured ones (I have to get a decent camera at some point as every photo on this blog is from my camera phone).
In all honesty, I don’t think I am ready to give up blogging yet. I have met so many amazing sisters through it – via the comments, e-mails and in person. It has brought new opportunities my way and definitely broadened my horizons. My original purpose is still there: acting as a counter to the false portrayals of Islam I see on the internet, trying to show that Muslim women are not the stereotypes created around us, dawah, sharing what I learn, learning from others and reaching out to other sisters.
So I may not post as often, but I will post when I can. I like the “blogging without obligation” idea that says that if you blog only when you want to and feel inspired to, then your blog will retain its integrity and you’ll carry on enjoying it. I think this works for me for now.