I guess I should start by wishing you all a belated happy new year…. although one week in to 2016 and I am starting to feel surfeited by all the new year-new start sentiments flying around in every direction. But then perhaps I am just tired and grumpy at the moment!
I have been away for so long from the blog that for a little while there I really wasn’t sure I was actually going to come back to this space. As usual I spent some time going back over the last year or two and reading the memories I have stored up here and once again I have reminded myself why I do keep rambling away. I do not often enough go back to remember what I have posted and while I love crochet, enjoy posting about it and am grateful for the response it gains…. ultimately it is my family posts I love the most. The posts where I am truly rambling about our mini adventures or just our every days, they are the ones that keep me persevering with this.
I struggle a bit though as these days it seems not many people blog like this anymore, just for memory keeping purposes. It is ever increasingly about reviews and sponsored posts, website traffic and social media stats, and creating a revenue. I am torn by this as I understand it and see the potential, we are a low wage one-income family and I do need to think about earning a little to top us up, but I don’t want to lose that personal diary aspect that I love looking back on.
So here I am in 2016 giving myself another year of blogging. I don’t know if I would designate it a new start but I will say that I expect to see some changes around here as I try to balance writing more often my rambling family posts alongside branching out of my comfort zone and working on some new things to grow the blog and earn a little needed side money for my family.
There will of course still be crochet. There is always crochet. <3
You know Naomi, I understand completely what you are talking about in regards to blogs. I feel it too. I started blogging in 2006 and I miss that blogging community, I can’t say I much care for this new one, it’s all about who is better than the other one, who has the most readers, who makes the most money, and I don’t like it. I’ve had the chance many times to start making money through my blog, but I don’t want to, mainly for the reason that it would mean it is no longer MY family blog but a blog with adverts and associates etc.
I’m trying myself to get back into regular blogging and reminding myself that I need to because it’s about recording my memories and my family and especially my kids, they’re so grown now, my daughter is about to turn 17 and my son is about to turn 13 and soon they will be out on their own.
Just hang in there, and I hope you find your love for blogging and homemaking again 🙂
I really enjoy your blog – I think you should just blog about anything… Your family, crafts, life, etc… I blog about this & that on mine and have also considered just quitting and days will go by that I think I’m just talking to myself! LOL!! But I agree with you, so many blogs are simply up to make some $$$ and I don’t really enjoy those either. I do have some ads on the side of mine, but don’t do sponsored posts, ads, reviews, etc… Just be true to yourself and keep your blog about whatever you want it to be! 🙂