Photo: Another great one from Over-Christmas-Geode-Smashing. It’s something about the children in the adult-sized safety glasses. The seriousness on their faces makes you smile no matter what mood you’re in.
So, I will confess that I have been meaning to write this post for a few days. It was supposed to be my Quiet Thoughts last week. Instead, in avoidance, I found other things to write about. Fortunately and unfortunately, it is time to face the music. It’s time to have a little chat.
I started this blog in 2012 with nothing more than a need for an outlet that didn’t involve diapers or breastfeeding. Taking a good friend’s advice, I went looking for a community to love and, over years, I’ve built a little one right here. This blog doesn’t get a million hits a year, it doesn’t go viral, it isn’t recognized by BlogHer or the Today Show… but it’s mine and I love it. The most important thing of all is that it has served it’s original purpose: I’ve found a small community of people here who I love and who I love writing for. Posting here three times a week brings me a lot of joy. The best part about it all is that many of you have been here with me from the very beginning. You were there for the preschool interviews, the house search, the in-law fights, the move to the ‘burbs, the house buy (an entirely different beast!), and you’ve been with me for the adventure that is raising these two little bears in the affluent suburbs of Boston. You’ve been here for tragedy and jubilation both. I’m so thankful for it!
I have no plans to stop writing this blog. I love it too much. But the boys are getting older, their needs are becoming more diverse and interesting, and the ways that they need me seem to change by the day. I love the challenge, but I also understand that I have to start approaching things that I love differently, attempting new challenges, and stretching my skills so that I can be my best for them.
That’s why I recently joined a mastermind workshop for bloggers, changed the blog over to a hosting service, and have been reading about different ways to make my blog better and more attractive to potential readers. Furthermore, I’ve been exploring ways to monetize, focusing on tasteful ways to make this blog at least pay for itself and hopefully bring me a little bit of income. I have decided to join an affiliate marketing group that I think reflects my values, is non-invasive, and will actually present a value to you and other potential readers.
That was wordy, I know. I’m taking the time to spell it all out because this is very important to me. I value what we’ve built here and I recognize that monetization of any kind will add a different tenor to the relationship we’ve built. Here is what I promise:
- I will never put ads on this site. I hate ads, I hate pop-ups, I hate ugly boxes cluttering up the view. I won’t put them on here.
- I won’t work with brands/companies I don’t know, and I won’t try to sell you on some random product/brand that I don’t trust.
- Sponsored posts and other such posts will not replace my normal M/W/F posts. I’ll post them on an “off” day or I’ll post them after my normal posts on my regular days.
It’s my goal that this site will remain the site that you have trusted and come back to week after week for years to come. It just will have the added bonus of a recommendation or two. If you choose to purchase something, excellent. If you pass on every item I ever mention here, that’s just as excellent. I value you above all. I tell you all the time that I’m grateful for your presence here and I sincerely mean that. If I make a mistake or cross a line, please call me on it. I’ll learn, I’ll grow, and I’ll be better for it.
So… that’s that. Change is in the air, but I hope you will see it as a positive one. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you most of all for your loyal readership. This place wouldn’t be the same without you.
I huffed and puffed as I got Major out the door this morning and complained to the bus driver, “Lord, it’s only Wednesday.” Later this afternoon, rushing away from a playdate, I gasped with a friend, “Lordy me, it’s Wednesday already!” It’s one of those days. It’s all overwhelming. I hope you are feeling good about your accomplishments this week, Dear Reader. There is still so much to do.
Thank you, as always, for your patience with me. See you Friday for Quiet Thoughts.