I have been blogging three years this month.
Last Thursday I woke up feeling very disillusioned with blogging and in particular my own blog.
Although I’m very prone to mood swings, which I’m sure my wife can testify to, in fact a rollercoaster ride could actually be safer, haha!
My mood swings have at times have made me delete all social media from my phone. Yes, I know very childish, but sometimes the whole blogging and social media can become just to obsessive.
I have quite simply lost my way, I’m not sure where I want my blog to be in the next few months, let alone the next couple of years.
I have reached a crossroads and it’s difficult to know which way to go at the moment. I have been so lucky, especially with the amount of opportunities I have received this year in particular, but it has also confused me to what I’m blogging for and for whom.
I never started my blog with the sole intention of monetising it, and it’s not entirely monetised now, but yes it does earn and it without question helps towards a certain standard of life that me and my family have and enjoy.
The question is, am I enjoying the blog in the same way as I did when I started three years ago?
The answer is most likely not because way back when I wrote for myself, nobody read it, so it didn’t really matter.
It was my release of emotions, my therapy to help me work out my life, and lay many ghosts to rest.
Then it changed.
All of a sudden I had deadlines, reviews and commitments to stand by. I’m not moaning because I enjoy the money like anybody would, but the realisation that finally struck me a few days ago was I now operate two businesses. One as a painter and decorator and the other as a blogger. The latter has been a struggle for me to come to terms with. The truth is without question my blog is now a business, which is the hard bit because I need the balance of the blog being my therapy, but also run it as a business.
After a few days off from posting any articles I have come to the conclusion that I need to get back to basics. Which means…
1. Writing about my life, family, children and DIY, which is why I started in the beginning. I just wanted to share my view and take on parenting, but also my passion for DIY.
2. I need to be more selective in the opportunities that I am offered. It is so easy to take everything on and this consequently leaves me less time to write about what is important to me.
I have re-evaluated my blog and what I want from it. I have never understood what made people read my blog, it has always left me bemused. Although I am so grateful people find it interesting and take the time to read.
I am after a balance of organic and sponsored work so I can get back to basics and the reason I started blogging. Which is fun and enjoyable, because of recent times it has felt a bit laboured and actually not much fun.
There probably won’t be any noticeable difference, other than the fact I need to put some life and passion back into my writing.
So help me through this interesting moment in relation to my blog, I decided to go on an SSS moment, which is Saturday Sunday spending!
Retail therapy is so good to take your mind off other things. I have to say it actually worked and by Sunday night I was feeling much more positive. Although everything that was bought was for my twin girls oh yes, and a laminator for my wife!
I did managed to buy myself a 12 pack of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, which definitely put a smile on my face only to be wiped off, when I realised I had to share them!
Do you ever take a step back and wonder about where you want your blog to be in a few years time? I would love to hear.