Small Is Good

I want to stay a small blog.

I love the community, getting to know my readers, not feeling like I have to choose between family and my blog.

I see it around me. Those bloggers who used to comment back. Used to make you feel welcome, a part of their family.

Of course, there are others who never did, and never will. I wonder what brings people back? Perhaps someone sees something other than what I see.

Don’t get me wrong-comments are always a welcome site. I love knowing that I have something in common with you, or helped you in some way. I just don’t ever want to lose the community, or forget to tell you *thank you*.

Thank you for reading.

Thank you for coming back to read again.

Thank you for commenting, or just nodding silently at home.

Bigger isn’t always better.

© 2012, Sam. All rights reserved.

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  1. says

    I love this statement! I am going through that same thing right now as I realize that i don’t really like the big sites that much. I am all for a small community where everyone knows each other. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Brandi says

    I am also a silent nodder, but thoroughly enjoy your blog. I found your blog when I was trying to decide about homeschooling and it was such an encouragement! I have continued faithfully following it in this first year of homeschooling. I know you are a blessing to many just like me!

  3. Mindi says

    I am a silent nodder but faithful reader of your blog, Sam. I feel like we have so much in common and I look forward to your posts each day. You are authentic, and I appreciate that you share your ideas and convictions to encourage and challenge us as readers and friends on this homeschooling journey. God is using this blog in big ways!

    : )

  4. says

    I am happy with whatever God wants to do with my blog- He has provided some amazing opportunities through my little blog- and He’s blessed me with some wonderful “friends” through it – you included- He’s even made it possible to translate some of those into RL friendships- meeting up with another of our sweet homeschool mamma friends tomorrow. He’s blessing others through your blog for sure. I always enjoy it! thanks friend :)
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    • says

      Thank you, Kelli. I don’t know if we will ever get to head your way, but know if we do a meeting with you is on my list!

      Thank you so much for your encouragement, friend.
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  5. says

    I had to smile as I don’t see your blog as a small blog!
    now my blog, however…. 😉
    I get your posts emailed to me. And I read every one. why? because you tell it like it is. you’re real. you can’t fake that… and you encourage me to keep on keeping on. you help me realize I’m not the only one. and when I have time I come over and say howdy. and when I remember to tweet, and see you there, I’ll give you a cyber hug. because I love that you’re real. you’re you and willing to allow me into your li’l blogging community. It is me that needs to thank YOU!!!
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  6. Meredith says

    I love you. That’s what it all boils down to.

    I am inspired to put my family first, and to teach and train my sons in the things that are important.

    I am inspired to get my butt off the couch and start taking control of my health and fitness.

    I am inspired to bake things that really delicious, but not really good for me.

    I have absolutely loved getting to know you this year, and I treasure your friendship!!

  7. says

    Sam ~ I am a faithful reader of your blog. I always enjoy what you have to offer.

    Every blogger out there is in a different boat. Some bloggers publicly reply to comments. Others send emails or other forms of communication. I was shocked a few months ago to get heartfelt emails from a “big” blogger in response to my commenting on her site.

    In many ways, I don’t think “big” bloggers see themselves as “big”, just as themselves – does this make sense?

    I’ve also come to see recently that there is money to be made from doing what you love (blogging) and that is a tough balancing act ~ because making money from a blog requires numbers. That is just a fact.

    Keep on doing what you’re doing – and if you’re happy and have good relationships with your readers then nothing else matters. I think it’s important we use our blogs as platforms for helping others and sharing with others, which is exactly what you do.

    Comparisons are evil, because either we put ourselves above others (pride) or beneath them (which leaves us feeling inadequate and sad).


    • says

      I try to never do either-I just feel like this is an extension of my home-and I share what I share with my IRL friends.

      Thank you for such a supportive comment. :)
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  8. says

    Rest assured, people are reading, they just don’t always comment. My own blog has only 10 registered followers, yet when I check my blog’s stats I have discovered that over the past 10 months since its inception I’ve had readers from 45 countries (which includes the USA). Readers from several of these countries seem to be regulars each week. Check your stats and be encouraged!
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    • says

      I’m not discouraged. 😉 I really am glad to stay small- in the scope of blog world small that is. I have followers and subscribers, but those numbers never reflect friendships made.

      My stats are great, but I try not to look. I never want that to be my motivation. Just the community.
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  9. says

    I agree one hundred and ten percent!! That is the same thought I walked away from Blissdom the first time I attended with. I was able to personally connect and hug and really appreciate every single person that read my blog that was there. The bigger bloggers could never do that…it just would not be possible. I’m not always the best at commenting back and thanking my readers for their comments just because I get busy, but they are always so appreciated. Thanks for reminding me not to let my own busyness get in the way of creating relationships!

  10. Robin says

    I love your honesty and the genuine words you speak. I’ve been, not just a follower, but someone who admires your spirit and what you bring to the blog world that has turned into a mere competition, for some. Keep speaking from your heart and blessing others.

  11. Rebecca says

    Hey you…. I know i haven’t been around…I know I haven’t been commenting….I know what it’s like to leave comment after comment…and never receive a comment back…and never have a person visit and/or leave a comment. I know….. But, there’s something else i know…while I haven’t been around some or left comments in others…it’s not because my love or my heart is not with that person….it’s just God takes me through various seasons. Some I share…others, I do not. Right now, we are in a season of change…some serious, good change in our home… and while there are some who never respond to my comments or comment on my blog or other places…I try not to let it bother me….’try’ being key word…and I reach out through other mediums. I find my life, homeschool, friendships and blog go through various seasons….and I pray that when I go through a silent season in one area…those friends will continue loving me…..loving you dearly and sorry if my silence or absence has caused you any hurt. It was never meant to…it’s a season for me…a season for my home…and I hope you will forgive me.

    • says

      Sweet friend, that was not directed at you! I have missed you being around, but I haven’t been as good at visiting my friends who aren’t here because I still haven’t gotten used to not having my blog feed on the side that was on Blogger. That is one feature I really miss a lot. I stink at using a reader to catch up!
      No forgiveness needed!
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  12. Susan says

    Bigger is not always better. I really enjoy reading your blog–and I have fun posting on my own blog. But when we get to the nitty gritty of things, blog posting is not your job nor mine. Our families are. Blogging can be fun, it can be a neat way to share. But it does not deserve my first priority. I share when I can, and I would only want you to share when you are able to as well–not have it take you away from your beautiful children that God gave you.

    Have a great day! :)

    • says

      I agree-and have adjusted my writing to come when the children are busy. It’s also another reason why my posts don’t usually go on and on, other than not wanting to bore you to tears. 😉
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  13. says

    I am not sure how small or large your blog is. I know one thing, you post a lot! :) I love it, I love reading your updates. Sometimes I actually feel like I am on this journey with you. Sometimes I learn from you, actually very often I learn from you. Thank you for sharing!
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    • says

      I post most days of the week just because I can. 😉 I have a lot of things to talk about in my head, so I just spill them here! See you soon I hope!
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  14. says

    I’m the silent nodder! :) Seriously, I read quite a few blogs but don’t always have a lot of time to comment on what I’ve read. Yours is one of the few I do comment on, not only because I enjoy what I’ve read but also because you do take the time to read and reply to comments. It feels friendly here. :)
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  15. says

    This is so very true. I enjoy reading your blog because it seems so real. Our journey to homeschooling was a scary one. I had no idea where to start or what to use. I only knew that it’s what God wanted/wants for our family. I found your blog to be so helpful and honest.. I love that you’re not afraid to talk about the things that haven’t worked and why that may be.
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    • says

      Are you human? Maybe my blog is trying to tell you something… 😉

      I am not awesome, I am just me. So much less than awesome, just ask my hubby! I don’t know how he has put up with me all of these years!
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  16. says

    Amen, small is good. I love your blog and the way you share so honestly.

    From one small blogger to another ~~~ Kathy =)

  17. Judy says

    I love your blog! And I agree…bigger isn’t always better. I have a few blogs that I use to love. I loved how personal they were. They talked about family, homeschooling, tips….but as they got bigger it seemed every time I turned around they were doing product review after product review and it seems like they are into blogging now just for the money. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind someone making a couple of bucks, but we are talking about multiply products a week! One of my favorite blogs, she doesn’t even do much of the writing anymore.

    So please-please-please stay small. Love ya that way!!!

    • says

      Well, I will do that-just for you! My reviews are for homeschooling products {from which I make no money}, but I understand what you are saying. I think reviews are helpful, if they are genuine, and not writing your own content isn’t a good sign. :(
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  18. says

    Totally agree with you. I like the lack of pressure to write and everything else. I can produce or not produce content as I like. I think the pressure of being a big time blog must be horrific.
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