I started this blog in 2015 with the intention of making it a professional blog – a space for intentional encouragement and help for anyone wanting to learn on their own. The target audience being homeschool families like mine.
In addition to providing professional content, I wanted to build a business that would provide my family with additional income by tapping into the online wealth of affiliate sales, pay-per-click ads, sponsorship, etc. All of this can be done without compromising content, and I saw it as a win-win. (This is not a slam on professional bloggers who do earn their income from their blogs.)
Somewhere between starting the blog, researching brand-building and income sources, and writing inspired content I created a standard for this blog that is higher than I can realistically reach. After spending hours studying what it takes to build a professional blog, I became unsatisfied with just sharing what I had to say.
I rose the bar. I required pictures with text, back links to every possible post I’ve ever written, and a closure complete with disclosures, subscription invitation, and general marketing ads.
For a while, this wasn’t difficult. I had the passion, the time, and the ideas to fuel this standard. I established a routine that worked well for me, my family, and the blog to coexist in harmony.
And then I had a baby.
You’re smiling. Babies always make people smile either because they are just adorable or because you know what I’m about to say. Babies are known for requiring more time than any one person can give.
I was prepared for this, and I didn’t want having a baby to define me. I love all my children enormously AND (not but) I need to maintain my own identity as woman, wife, writer, teacher, creative being, etc.
So, as I was coming to a new normal after Naomi was born, I started writing again. I started an accountability program with those who chose that option in their subscription to this blog (I still know you’re out there and patiently waiting!).
And one Saturday I spent every single spare moment writing one blog post. It took me the whole day. My husband entertained all the kids while I worked. At the end of the day, I was finished but not satisfied.
I was failing the standard that I created. So, I did what every person does who fears failure: I hid.
I didn’t want to quit what I started, but I knew I couldn’t perform at the level that I wanted. So, I avoided everything related to my blog. For over a month, I didn’t even visit the blog myself!
After a while, I had to really confront myself with the decision of what to do next. Do I let it go? Do I pull myself back up, press on, and pretend nothing happened? Or do I lay all my cards on the table and start over?
Well, maybe not start over, but undergo a make-under.
So, I’m going to keep writing. I’ll get back to my roots of sharing what I’m learning, how I’m changing, and why that matters to me. I hope to always spread encouragement and to research and analyze things to make your life easier. I will continue to suggest resources that are relevant and timely, but I’m not going to try to earn an income with every single post. (Can I get an amen?)
I still respect professional bloggers; I think you’re amazing! But I can’t continue to pretend that I’m up there on a high horse too. (No offense, I don’t think other bloggers are arrogant – just above my realistic reach.)
So, high fives all around. This blog is undergoing a make-under. I hope you’ll stick with me.
Here are a few ideas I have brewing for new posts:
- Organization is like dirty laundry.
- I’m breaking up with balance.
- Am I okay with my child’s goals in life? (Why do I feel like she has to do more, be more?)
- Let’s revisit the beauty of kitchen timers.
Here are a few changes I want to make:
- Less pictures in each post to relieve the pressure on my writing so that I can actually write more!
- More pictures on Instagram where the moments really make a difference anyway. Check out my Instagram profile here.
- No sales. I don’t want to ask you to buy anything or hide a product within a post.
- Actual reviews of products when appropriate. I’m keeping the freedom to use affiliate links but removing the pitch that this is for you. If I write about a product, then it will be to detail how it has worked/not worked for me.
Sound good? Ah. Being down to earth feels much better.
Keep on learning, growing, changing, and being true to your stage of life!