Twelve years is a very long time, ESPECIALLY in weblog years. After I first began this web site, it was 100% for enjoyable. I had no concept it will ever make a penny, however the weblog world grew and advanced so shortly—it was thoughts blowing. We have been so fortunate to be in the precise place and the precise time, already running a blog when that shift occurred. However we additionally labored our asses off, and nonetheless do! Anyway, that’s not the purpose of why I’m right here in the present day.
I’m right here in the present day to speak about how we nonetheless LOVE running a blog after 12 years. In that span of time we’ve seen the running a blog world change and develop after which change some extra. Lots of my favourite blogs for years previous made the choice to cease running a blog or transfer on. It’s undoubtedly been a subject of dialog in our shut circle of weblog buddies—”What’s your finish objective? What’s your exit technique?” Emma and I even talked about this as not too long ago as two days in the past.
What’s loopy to me is that I by all of the highs and lows, I really nonetheless love running a blog only for enjoyable. I actually have a household weblog on the facet that I do only for enjoyable. Emma and I’ve had tons of of conversations over time about which kinds of posts we get pleasure from, which sort we dread, what’s simpler or tougher, costly, or laborious on our marriages (lol, something the place it’s a must to obtain a ton of containers). These elements change over time. We’ve additionally modified the kind of posts we write. The place I used to really feel happiest sharing a craft tutorial or a wishlist kind of roundup, I’m at the moment most impressed by posts like this the place I simply get to speak—and in addition large room excursions as a result of they hold me challenged and rising. Emma has her personal listing!
We’ve mentioned time and again that even when we determine in some unspecified time in the future to cease running a blog professionally, we might nonetheless get pleasure from running a blog for enjoyable. I assume that’s one of the best you possibly can hope for in a profession actually. Proper?
Listed below are a couple of keys to how and why I nonetheless get pleasure from running a blog after 12 years:
1. I enable myself room to alter.
I’m an enneagram 7 and I’ve typically misplaced curiosity in issues I used to be as soon as obsessive about. That’s a part of why I’m so stunned I by no means get uninterested in running a blog, and I’m beginning to suppose I by no means will. I’m most likely about 70% a special particular person than I used to be at age 24 after I began this weblog. I’ve modified, my life has modified, my hobbies have modified. Nearly every little thing is totally different.
Leaving room to alter and develop, and having a various lineup of content material is the explanation I’ve been in a position to keep all this time! I’ll admit I get envious of bloggers who do only one factor very well— interiors, meals … no matter it could be. However for me, having the choice to leap round and check out totally different classes has been so useful!
2. I’m not afraid to fail and transfer on.
We fail on a regular basis, individuals simply don’t discover. Folks see the successes however they don’t see the failures. We’re at the moment winding issues up with our magnificence model Oui Recent—we’re going to transition it to be JUST the wonder field this fall. We sort of failed. It wasn’t horrible, nevertheless it actually wasn’t rising and thriving like plenty of different components of our enterprise, so we’re shifting on.
Early on within the weblog we had a classic retailer—I truly had two storefronts in the event you dig by our archives lengthy sufficient. They have been so cute and enjoyable, however they failed financially. I nonetheless miss adorning these retailer home windows, however we moved on.
After I was 27, I spent all my cash making demos for a toy line. I acquired fairly far alongside and even offered it in particular person to one of many largest toy firms on the earth, nevertheless it didn’t work out. It may have modified my life, nevertheless it didn’t occur. Only a few years later, we made our first app and it did change my life and our enterprise path perpetually. You keep in mind the successes, you don’t keep in mind the heartbreaks.
Failure isn’t a giant deal to me. If we let our concern of failure management us, we wouldn’t be practically as profitable as we’re in the present day. You win some, you lose some!
3. I weblog about my altering pursuits.
To be truthful, I don’t weblog about all my pursuits. I do hold some issues only for enjoyable, however within the early days of this weblog I just about shared every little thing I used to be eager about, engaged on, watching, listening to or making an attempt out.
I like that I CAN weblog about no matter I’m eager about—I imply, by the years I’ve blogged about so many random issues. Entire 30, wallpaper, important oils, our adoptions, KonMari … haha. At face worth it doesn’t make sense to mix all these matters on one weblog. But it surely works as a result of they’re all issues I used to be captivated with in some unspecified time in the future.
In different phrases, conserving it contemporary!
4. We discovered our boundaries.
There are such a lot of issues we by no means speak about on the weblog—90% of it you most likely don’t even discover. Organising wholesome boundaries is essential, however every particular person has to do the work fo determine their very own boundaries. Early on I used to suppose that if another person didn’t do that or that (or did), it meant that was proper or improper. Undoubtedly not. My sister and I even have totally different tolerances for what we really feel snug sharing and the way typically. Every particular person has to determine their very own wholesome area and guard it.
Now that I’m older (and wiser!), I virtually by no means choose one other blogger’s decisions or boundaries as a result of I acknowledge that THEY are the one ones who should dwell with their decisions, and I dwell with mine. There’s no rule ebook for this.
5. I think about my weblog readers my buddies.
Though it could sound tacky, I do have the event pretty typically to satisfy considered one of you, whether or not within the airport or the aisle of Goal or at a blogger occasion. With out fail, these experiences encourage me and remind me that I’m scripting this weblog for actual individuals—individuals who I’ve a LOT in frequent with. It’s the household you select, as they are saying. 🙂
Whether or not you’re a model new reader or somebody who has been right here all 12 years, thanks for studying!!!! We respect it and love doing this! I can actually see myself running a blog when I’m my mother’s age, which makes me so glad.
Cheers to twenty extra years! For actual. xx- Elsie