Blogging Farewell? Time for a Change

It’s been on my heart for a while. Do I give blogging a break? Do I stop all together? Do I revamp? Is this a blogging farewell? I’ll tell you my final decision toward the end of this post. ;) I’ve been struggling with what to do with my little place in the blogosphere for a while now. First, I want to share a little history about my blog. I wanted to create a place to share my stories in a way that would uplift, unify, and inspire other women. I started on a platform called Webs.com, which never came to fruition. When I moved to Atlanta, I joined WordPress, and wrote my first post in August 2011. I couldn’t have been prouder of myself for taking that huge step! I apologize in advance for this super long post. I promise you'll be glad you stuck around to read. ;)

History of my blog:
My first year in blogging was fun, frustrating, and I spent more time playing graphic designer than publishing blog post, lol! I was not hip to having someone actually design my website. Oh, the joys of trying to create blog headers that never quite fit the length criteria of the various themes I chose (I don’t miss those days). I learned so much that year! Mostly, that I would much rather pay someone to design my blog for me, so I could focus on writing.

My second year was my best year in blogging began with a total blog makeover, with the design you all currently see. I was ecstatic to have an awesome design that reflected who I was at that time. I was all about my natural hair journey. This was the year I was introduced to blog social groups like the SITS Girls and Bloggers Like Me. I met the MOST amazing group of women through these groups. I had 10-20 women that I regularly visited their blogs and socialized via social media. It was a great time! I participated in Twitter chats, blog hops, and other blog related events like Blogalicious and the ATL BLM meetup. But, somewhere between all of that fun, I began to lose who I was as a blogger, writer, and person.

Year 3 to current has been the most peculiar time for me in blogging. I was too busy trying to “keep up” with what everyone was doing with their blogs. Trying to monetize and strategize my posts. Trying to keep up with keywords, and trends became overwhelming. None of which is the reason I started blogging! I couldn’t write a post without wondering what keywords I should be using, and if my post was creative enough, or if I commented on enough blogs that day. I started to be unhappy with my blog and blogging altogether. The social media aspect became a nightmare for me. My blogging became extremely sporadic and I no longer enjoyed it. More importantly, I haven't been able to spend time writing or doing the things I've really wanted to do, because blogging is very time consuming. On top of that, my personal life in regards to my job/career has been frustrating. I need to take the time to get to know me again, in "real-time". I need spiritual cleansing and time to just be. So, with all of this, I knew I had to make a decision with my blog.

Time for a change: Blog Decision
I have ultimately decided what to with my blog….drumroll! I’m going to take a break for the next few months to rejuvenate, and enjoy my life outside of blogging. So, it's farewell for now. I do plan to either revamp this space or create something entirely new in time for fall. When I do return, my blog will be more of a website, where I can share more with you outside of a blog post. I want to write...really write. I'm also working on some new projects with my husband, which I’m really excited about! We had a professional photo shoot done to jump-start our new projects. He is an online radio host, and his website will be launching in August 2015, so be on the lookout for that!

Here's a sneak peek of what's to come! ;)

Photo Credit: DeeLee Photography

Photo Credit: DeeLee Photography


Photo Credit: DeeLee Photography (Atlanta)

Photo Credit: DeeLee Photography (Atlanta)


Photo Credit: DeeLee Photography (Atlanta)

Photo Credit: DeeLee Photography (Atlanta)

I appreciate all of you who have shared this journey with me, who’ve shared my blog posts, who befriended me along the way, and were so supportive of Caramel Conversations. I want to give a special shout out to my fabulous blog boos Nellie of Brooklyn Active Mama, Joi of Rx Fitness Lady, Tamara of Tamera like Camera, and the many of you, which I would name, if space/time allowed.

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A Season For Everything

Season

So much needs to be done. Life is like a never-ending story with sequels upon sequels. There is a season for everything. So many tasks to accomplish. The current things swirling in my head this season are: finding rental property, so we can move by the end of summer, planning and securing our vacation for next month, pounding the pavement with my never-ending job search, studying more about how to change careers, start writing my novel (yesterday), making an appointment to have the dog’s nails clipped, and finding someone to re-vamp my blog design! Whew! On top of that, my body had the nerve to punk out on me and get some respiratory virus and laryngitis. You think my body is trying to tell me something?

I recently posted about feeling the seasons changing in my life. It doesn't feel like one of those seasons that creep up on you without warning, it feels more like a gradual, breath of fresh air, or a gentle whisper sweeping my cheeks more and more each day. I'm just learning to live in this season, and enjoy the very place God has asked me to stand. The next season is going to be filled with great things, but with the excitement of the new season, I don't want to overlook the current blessings around me.

Sometimes you need a little whisper to remind you of what's important in life: a phone call or text from a family member or friend you haven't thought of in years. I received a text from a distant non blood relative that I hadn't even thought of in years. It made me think about how self-absorbed I've been in my own season, that I hadn't even taken the time to think about those around me. This season was all about my needs, wants, desires, and frustrations. It reminded me to think more of others and to reach out more.

A new season is emerging, but I will be attentive to the season I'm in at this moment. Now, I just need to get my creative juices flowing to redesign my blog. Things in my life are changing, and this blog needs to be included in those changes. I'm also thinking about a name change to coincide with the new design. What do you guys think?Stay tuned! :)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 reminds me that there is a time for everything in our lives, success, opportunities, life, changes, and even the not-so-good stuff.

Ecclesiastes


How about you? Do you neglect the season you're in due to the anticipation of the next season? Have you ever been so caught up in your own life, that you forget about others? I hope I'm not the only one.


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