Midway through 2015 I decided to try to take blogging “seriously”. So I put up Google Adsense and began implementing Amazon Associate links like a good little girl. I came up with a plan to publish a post a day that involved me basically sleeping even less than I already do. I even got a Twitter account because all the successful bloggers have one.
But what I discovered was doing all of that slowly started sucking the joy out of writing. I began measuring my success by my stat numbers, which quickly discouraged me. Growing a blog takes a lot of work, which requires a lot of time, which is something that I simply don’t have a lot of right now. I am learning to be content with where I am, and I’m just not in a position to be a professional anything. More importantly, if I am being honest with myself, I don’t want to be a professional anything. If I were, it would mean that I wouldn’t be able to be here 100% for my kids, and I don’t want to miss a thing.
Also–I HATE Twitter. And I really didn’t like the sterile feeling the ads gave to my site. That’s just not my style. The only thing I would ever want to sell you is a book that I authored. That will happen one day; a book, I mean. Probably not this year, and I’m ok with that. God’s timing is always perfect and I’m finally content to wait on Him.
Basically–life is too short to do something you hate.
Quite frankly, if God sees fit to use my writing to help or encourage 1 single person, then I consider it to be successful. By God’s grace, my blog has grown this last year: I had over 2,000 more views than I did in 2014, and my blog was read by people not only in the US, but also in Canada, Brazil, the UK, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Italy, the Philippines and Japan. I realize that in comparison to professional blogs, I am still a very little fish. But my point is that I am done comparing. I have my own unique voice and I know that God will do amazing things through my tiny mommy blog.
In honor of the new year, I wanted to share my top 10 posts of 2015, according to the stats.
- Abortion Has Nothing to Do With Women’s Health
- For Ashley
- Double Frozen Barbie Cake: Redemption Edition
- How I Made Girly Dalek Costumes
- Frozen Birthday Party Prep: Olaf String Cheese and Silly Putty Party Favors
- Vintage Tea Party in the Woods: A Photo Shoot
- I Love You Anyways
- Stop Hiding Behind Your Kids, Mom
- 25 Ways to Piss Off a Baby Ary
- A Birth Story: Laurelyn Amarië
Here’s to another year of chronicling the truth of my life, just as it is. Thank you to those who have been on this journey with me from the beginning. I look forward to the adventures that 2016 has in store for us.