Letting My Readers Down

I feel like I’m letting my readers down.  My blog, which was once filled with posts of giveaways and  product reviews, is now filled with personal stories, social causes and information about special education.

It’s been a tough eight months or so for my family. There’s been trouble at school for Sammi, health scares and some new diagnoses. I’m doing what I’ve done for myself – being a patient advocate – for my daughter now. There’s second opinion appointments, research, learning about medication side effects. Then there’s school advocacy. With the help of our Parent Center, I’m learning how to get the best education for my daughter. So I write. That’s what I do. And it ends up on my blog. With less giveaways and more personal and informational posts, am I letting my readers down?

My goal isn’t to find some relief in this type of writing, although it is therapeutic. My goal and my hope is to help just one person. Maybe one of my posts about narcolepsy in children will provide an answer for a mother. The recent post I wrote about Parent Centers gave the link to find one in your area to help get information on special education. Can that help you or someone you know?

changeYes, my blog is evolving. I’ll still have the occasional giveaway and product review. I haven’t lost my sense of humor, or my love of family. The issues my family is facing though, are much too important to leave open a small space on my main blog. They are the same issues that many others face, my dear readers.  If my words can make a difference, I’m going to take that chance.

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Connie Roberts

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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  1. 1

    I like the direction your blog has taken. Our blogs are like our lives — constantly changing, evolving, and becoming better. :)
    Lisa wrote this fabulous post..Wordless Wednesday- Green Bay Gamblers Game With GrandpaMy Profile

  2. 3

    I don’t think you’re letting readers down at all my friend. You may have readers that could benefit from what you’re going through and the information you’re sharing. At the end of the day your blog is your blog and you can write about whatever you want.

    • 4
      Connie Roberts says:

      That’s what I’m hoping for Val – that my readers will benefit. I agree that it’s my blog, but so many of my readers are used to reviews and giveaways.

  3. 5

    I am a new reader so not qualified to answer but anything you do for your children is making the world a better place.

  4. 7

    Dear Connie at some point every blog or website faces a not so great period. This can be caused by the lack of inspiration or various problems in your life. My advice to you is not to worry to much. As we all know family comes first and if you feel like talking about the various issues that you and your family are facing i can’t see something wrong with this.
    I wish you a peaceful and prosperous life.

  5. 8

    Connie, I’m okay with you discussing family issues, and what you’re dealing with right now. Sometimes the focus of a blog can change, and that’s ok, because as a mom, your life changes.
    Barb wrote this fabulous post..Review- Home-Ec 101- Skills For Everyday Living-Cook it- Clean it- Fix it- Wash itMy Profile

  6. 9

    Good for you!! I appreciate you sharing so much with us, the readers.

    I think there is room for both and life, I mean blogging AND life, is a journey not a destination.
    Kelly from Kelly’s Lucky You wrote this fabulous post..A Not So Moody Monday- Apr 17-2011My Profile

  7. 10

    Well your blog would change anyway wouldn’t it? Children grow up…people get older…interests change. Your readers are growing and changing too. I expect many of them have problems too…maybe not the exact ones you do(I am deaf). There are lots of parents and grandparents out there who will love the new information you are providing. Just roll with it. Keep floating. All will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well! Really!
    Elle wrote this fabulous post..Bricor Showerhead Giveaway at Quick TattletailsMy Profile

  8. 11

    I’m proud of you – no doubt that was a hard decision to make. Follow your bliss!

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