I am going through a separation. This has been a very trying and challenging part of my life, but it needed to be done. I felt like I was going no where and that I wasn’t serving a purpose. I missed being creative and wasn’t finding joy in every day life.
Now before you start screaming at me, “you only got married a year ago, what are you thinking?!” Let me interject and say, I am separating myself from this blog for now. As you can tell this blog has been a neglected piece of the internet lately. It’s not that I don’t like it anymore, but things have changed and I don’t find that this blog serves a bigger purpose.
I have always loved writing, which is why I initially started this blog in the first place. However, no one prepared me for the downsides of having a lifestyle blog. First of all, the niche is huge, and while there is room for everyone, it’s hard to get your blog known. When you decide that you want your blog to be read by someone other than your cat, social media blows up in your face.
And I’ll say this. It sucks. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully aware that using social media to share your blog is KEY, but it’s so time consuming. Guess what, there are tools out there…Buffer, Tailwind, CoSchedule, etc to make it LESS time consuming, however, they cost money. In the blogging world it seems you have to spend money to make money. For people such as myself who don’t have the means to spend money each month just so some program can Tweet for you, it’s a bit disheartening.
When I first started blogging I was soooo eager and had ideas coming out of my a**. I then learned I could monetize and make money! It was so easy…except it wasn’t. I made maybe .10 cents. This was after applying for several ad programs and spending hours promoting to get more followers. It quickly became annoying.
As some of my readers know, I am a former teacher and these past two years have been challenging. While I don’t want to teach anymore, I still consider myself a teacher. I finally jumped on the Teachers Pay Teachers bandwagon and lo and behold…I finally found happiness. I have been creating things every day…both for Teachers Pay Teachers and my soon to be (hopefully) Etsy shop. Enter Caffeinated and Creative. This new blog actually serves a purpose and I don’t feel like I have to promote it to the point where I am selling my soul. My products are what sells… and makes money, not filling a blog with ads and meaningless posts.