I have been reading a few posts from some of my favorite bloggers, women who I also consider friends, about making some much needed changes with their blogs.
The idea of shutting them down creeps in from time to time, or re-working how they look at their blog, how it fits into their always changing lives, and the whole money making concept behind it.
Maybe there is something in the water, or maybe it’s because we started at the same time, so are feeling the need for change at the same time.
Whatever it may be, I know I am struggling with similar feelings.
I have mentioned it before, how transitioning this blog from the UK to the US has been difficult.
So much goes on behind the scenes of a blog, and while our personal lives do sometimes show through our poor attempts at filtered posts, you never really know what it going on in a persons life.
There was a month there where I was depressed.
Like really struggling.
I would cry for no reason, and just wasn’t really present in the day to day.
It came as such a shock to me because I was finally home.
I was with my family and friends and I felt safe again.
Maybe it was a result of so many emotions colliding, emotions that had been suppressed to help get me through the last year in Scotland.
Those feelings, along with the transition of being back in the US, and feeling a little lost, left me in a pretty dark place.
Normally I would never mention this, but I think a lot of people go through periods of depression.
Whether it is short lived and circumstantial, or a life long struggle and the result of a chemical imbalance.
Sometimes we look at bloggers and think their lives are perfect.
Or we judge them when their blog starts to change for reasons we can’t identify.
But it is important to know that life is happening when people are not online.
All of that to say I know this blog is changing, and it is going to continue to change through the new year.
I am hoping it is going to change for the better.
I am stripping it back and blogging only when I feel inspired to blog.
Taking down sidebar sponsorship, limiting advertising posts.
Something I have always prided myself on is how I run advertising.
I work only with companies I love, and I have tried really hard to never fill this blog with sponsored posts, even when the money would have really helped.
The integrity of this blog has always been important to me, and will continue to come first. But even with the little advertising I have offered over the past couple of years, I am ready to say no even more. It’s time to take my blog back, and blog for me again. Whether that is twice a week, or once a month.
I want to blog when I have something important to say, or funny to share (like conversations with Stephen, which are my favorite). I want to share possible new work endeavors with you, and things I find inspiring, or delicious 😉
Over the next few months I will be taking this space to a new hosting site, changing the name, and focusing on quality instead of quantity.
I am excited.
Thank you all for sticking with me through this process. I know I have been a little all over the place.
And don’t fret, I will still be posting occasionally. I mean, I owe you a vlog still. It just wont be the typical 3-5 posts a week (who made up that blogging rule anyway?)
I love you guys.
I don’t tell you enough.