It's a new year, and nothing makes me want to start fresh like a 1/1 date on the calendar.
I typically don't think up resolutions, I set goals.
My goal for this year is to filter. to narrow down. to de-clutter (in a greater sense than just my home).
This goal will affect my blogging, in a good way. I've learned a lot about the business of blogging this past year, and want to share a few thoughts with you, my readers. After all, my favorite part of blogging is sharing ideas and learning from other bloggers or readers. It's a community. It's social. It can, and will, create friendships. It's been an immense blessing to me. I love talking about hair, beauty, clothes, my cats, my faith. And I'm grateful to have a space where you come and interact with me.
One of the consistent challenges I've had this year is taking on too much. I say "yes" way too much. I've learned to operate on an excessively busy level that has worn me down. In the most basic terms, I own & operate 3 separate businesses (one is co-owned with my sister). I own my own business doing hair in a private studio. No assistant, no receptionist. All me. And I love it that way. But it's a lot.
I run Elisabeth Ashlie Jewelry with my sister, and am always craving more hours to spend on it.
I run this blog, no virtual assistant (by choice at this time), no contributors, no editors (which I desperately need).
And don't hear this as bragging. This is nothing to brag about--because I feel like I'm operating each of these businesses at 60%. I wish I could do each one at 100%, or--better yet--just one of them at 100%. But I'm not ready to walk away from one yet.
So, for the time being, because I do really think with better time management and an organized schedule I can "succeed" doing all three, I'm going to strategically change a few things on the blog.
The biggest change is the sheer volume of giveaways and sponsored posts. I regret saying "yes" to too many things this fall. I do not regret working with each business on their giveaway, I simply regret how many I had going on at the same time. This was the busiest I've ever been with these things, and I learned what not to do for the future.
I really have a soft spot for small business, or even large business that I care about, and wanting to support them. And giveaways are a great way to spread the word about a business or product. And all of the businesses that were offering giveaways were wonderful! I was grateful that they chose my blog to offer a chance for you to win something.
So I say yes. Because I want to help support them. Because I like them!
By mid October, I realized the error of my ways and that I said yes too much. I had Blogher sponsored posts, as well as multiple giveaways, and I was finding it hard to focus on fresh new content for the blog.
So, for this new year, the amount of giveaways offered is going to change drastically. A maximum of 2 a month, with the goal being only 1 a month. It was difficult to make this decision as I want to continue supporting my sponsors like I have been, but I need to scale back.
The amount of sponsored posts from Blogher will decrease as well.
I want to spend more time on writing posts! I want to have more drafts that I can edit a few times before I publish. I want to take better photos and provide clearer links.
I want to share more information about hair, as that is my main focus on the blog!
So, thank you for your patience. Thanks for sticking by during the busy fall. I'm grateful to have learned this lesson early on in my blogging life, and hope to provide a better balance from here on out.