This post has been on my mind for a while now. Months, actually. But I haven’t sat down to write it yet because, quite frankly, it scares the hell out of me to hit “publish” on this one. It’s a bit vulnerable. So, be gentle with me.
You may have noticed that since about November there has been a renewed focus on this blog. Suddenly, I’m posting regularly, the quality of the content has (I hope) gotten significantly better, and things are looking up around here. Maybe you didn’t notice. That’s okay too. But the bottom line is, my heart is back in this blog. For real this time.
I’ve debated whether or not I want to talk in detail about why there’s been such a sudden shift, and for a while I didn’t want to. But the more I thought about it, the more I felt compelled to share at least something – some of you have been a part of my life for over five years now. You’ve followed me through mine and Corey’s engagement, you know more about my wedding than some of my real-life friends do, and you’ve watched my little family grow throughout the years. You’re my friends. You’re my tribe. And don’t you share what’s going on in your life with your friends?
So pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and let’s chat.
For the last few months, Corey and I have felt pretty strongly that I’m being called to stay at home with Jackson. There have been so many things in our lives that have pointed us in this direction, and it has become so clear to us that this is where we’re supposed to go. It is equal parts terrifying and completely and utterly thrilling. I’ve wanted to be a stay-at-home mom since before Jackson was born, and I am so joyful that it might actually be a reality for us. Only problem? He’s a teacher and there’s no way we can continue our current lifestyle on a single teacher’s salary. Not gonna happen.
So where does that leave us?
Well, it means that I am going to have to find a way to make some money from home. And you know what my dream has always been? To write. As a child, I had binders upon binders full of stories, thoughts, and journals. I was writing constantly. I’ve had a blog in one form or another for about twelve years now. It’s my passion. And there are plenty of people out there who make a full-time living from blogging, so why not me too?
Like I said before, it’s
a bit very nerve-wracking to share this with you because…what if I fail? What if I don’t make it? What if the blog fizzles out again?
But I don’t think that’s going to happen. I truly believe this is what I’m supposed to be doing, and I truly believe it will happen. It’s what I want more than anything in the world and it’s what I have felt led to do for a while now. I don’t know when it will happen. I don’t know how, but I believe it.
So what does that mean for you, as a reader of this little old blog?
Well, hopefully all it means is that you’ll start seeing more consistent, more engaging, and more awesome content from me on a near-daily basis. Hopefully it means that you stick around, tell your friends, and enjoy the ride. You may have noticed more sponsored content lately, and that will continue. There are so many mixed feelings in the blogging world about sponsored content, so in the interest of total honesty there are a few things I can absolutely promise to you about those posts:
- Sponsored posts will absolutely never take the place of regularly scheduled content. I have an editorial calendar with posts planned out for the next several months. Those posts are going up whether or not I have a sponsored post. As I am getting asked to write paid posts, I am adding them in to the calendar, not using them to replace other posts. Sometimes, due to deadlines, they will move posts around (for example, a post originally scheduled for a Monday may be published on Tuesday), but never will I take away a post that I was originally going to write in favor of publishing sponsored content. Think of sponsored posts as “bonus” posts!
- I will never write about something I haven’t tried and don’t absolutely love. I am incredibly picky about the sponsored posts that come my way. I never even look at a sponsorship opportunity unless it’s from a company I have tried (or can try before I write the post) and that I actually would use or do use in my every day life. Sponsored posts will always, always, always be about brands or companies I know and love.
- I will write sponsored posts that are relevant, interesting, and not too “commercial-y”. When I take sponsored content opportunities, my first thought is, “How can I write this post so that my readers will get something out of it?” I don’t want to bore you, I don’t want to spam you, and I don’t want you to roll your eyes every time you see a sponsored post pop up. I want you to enjoy them just as much as you’d enjoy every other post, and maybe even find a new product or brand to love.
- I’m not trying to get rich. I love reading income reports from bloggers who make $10,000+ per month – it’s absolutely incredible and fascinating to me how much money some bloggers are able to make just by working their little butts off. But that’s not what I’m shooting for. I don’t want to make millions of dollars. I don’t even want to make more than I do now. I’m just hoping for enough to allow me to stay at home with my kiddo and (possibly, maybe, we’re still thinking this through) homeschool him when he gets older. So, please just know that I’m not in this for a get-rich-quick scheme. I have zero expectations of getting rich off this blog!
So, that’s where we’re at right now!
I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know if it will take me one year or five to turn this blog into a full-time career, but I do know that it’s my eventual plan and I’m so incredibly excited about it. And, I really hope that you join me and read along as it grows! I promise it’s going to be FUN!
Before I sign off, I want to ask for your thoughts. I have gone back and forth for months about how much of this journey I should share here on the blog. I follow bloggers who publish monthly income and traffic reports, talk about their growth, and are 100% transparent about how their blog is doing. I love that. I am a data geek, and it is thrilling to me to follow along as these bloggers succeed, grow, and progress along their path. I can’t get enough. But maybe that’s just me? My blog has never been about business, money, or blogging, so I don’t want to even step a foot down that path if it isn’t something you, my readers, are interested in.
So, what do you want to read? I have no problem being completely open about the state of this blog as it (hopefully) continues to grow, and if it would help even one reader I would be thrilled to share traffic reports and talk about my income as I start to make more money from the blog. But, I also understand that it may hold zero interest for many of you, and I’m not here to bore anyone (at least, not intentionally!). Don’t want to leave a public comment? Shoot me an email and spill your guts. Seriously – please, share what you’re thinking, because your opinion matters to me!
Also…in case I haven’t mentioned this lately, thank you. Thank you for reading for all of these years, thanks for sticking with me when I dropped off the face of the earth for months, thank you for cheering me on and supporting me through this entire journey. You guys are amazing. Thank you.