I can hardly believe 2013 is ending. That sounded cliche but it’s true. As I look back on this past year of blogging, I have mixed emotions.
What I loved about blogging in 2013
It’s been amazing to work with top brands and lovely small businesses. It’s always an honor when a brand chooses to work with our blog, and this past year I’ve shared exceptional products and brands with you!
I’ve also branched out, blogging on sites like Melissa & Doug, Ergobaby, Joovy, Maggie Bags, and Sulia. Expanding my writing is quite exciting and I hope you’ll visit me when I pop up other places web-wide!
Yet, to share my heart with you… as much as I appreciate all my sponsors, this past year was a bit overwhelming!
What I didn’t like about blogging in 2013
I pour my heart into writing and planning this blog, because I want to bring you quality posts. I pour MORE time into being a wife, mom, and homeschool teacher! It’s hard to be stretched so thin, as I’m sure you can imagine!
I felt my writerly voice getting lost in the shuffle. I used to write reflective and poetic posts, but I had to postpone those to make room for informative and review posts. (and I want to have the best of both worlds!!).
Although I did my best, I know I missed capturing some family memories and milestones, because I was trying to make deadlines. (I didn’t even write a Christmas poem this year! I feel like a huge failure on that point, but a forced poem is not something anybody wants to read!).
I could relate to Anne of Green Gables when she experienced the elation of seeing her writing published… then the bittersweet realization her story had been sold as a baking powder ad (although I don’t have a fumbling Diana to blame!).
So… with those thoughts in mind, I’m working on a blog renovation and relaunch in early 2014!!!
What will our blog relaunch include?
I’m striving for better work – life balance! My first priority is my family and I know all of you understand that!
There will be a brand new design! I’m so excited for a fresh look!
I’m working on my editorial calendar, and plan to create a stronger focus on natural family living – I’ve always talked about natural and organic living, but as a family AND a blog, we’re getting more purposeful about how we live and the products we use!
I want to provide more resources on parenting, education, and healthy living for families!
AND….. I know this is huge but… please be prepared as there is a STRONG possibility we’ll relaunch under a brand new name… we’re still working out details so stay tuned!!!
Please don’t be confused as we change things up – when the dust settles, it’ll still be us – Mom and Dad and our two boys ready to share our life stories with you!
I hope all of you come along with us into the next year of our blogging and beyond! I treasure all the comments, support, and encouragement you’ve given me over the years and wouldn’t want to lose a single reader!
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Thank you! And Happy New Year!