I miss blogging. I want to get back to it.
It seemed a little bit awkward to just bust into a regular post after a long hiatus, I’m pretty sure I owe you beautiful people a little explanation regarding my whereabouts.
Several factors contribute to my dwindling presence and then straight up absence over the last ~5 months.
This blog has never been a money maker for me. I did decide to “monetize” about a year and a half ago and joined onto Foodbuzz as a Featured Publisher. This means that I signed a contract, put some codes into my blog, and ran an ad down the side of each page. I got paid based on how many people looked at my blog each day. The dollar amount was pretty insignificant but it did offset the costs involved in running a blog and made the whole thing feel a little more validated. Also, getting paid based on views was a good incentive to keep up with posting and try to grow my readership.
In November us Featured Publishers got a note saying that the ad part of our program was going to be ending in a few weeks time. I was a little thrown by this development. Like I said, this blog has never been about making money but it had become a bit of a job (you can/should love your work! Job doesn’t have to be a dirty word!) and without the compensation I felt both free and lost.
*side note, I am still interested in monetizing the blog and have a few things in the works. It is of utmost importance to me to only advertise/promote things/ideas/products that are in line with my beliefs and the tone of Gracefulfitness. I will write more about this in the near future.
Then December hit. That month is always odd. So busy, so fun, so full of stress, so dark. I traveled for a lot of the month and felt both overwhelmed by the idea of posting during this time and uninspired.
Two things happened after this; I got out of the habit of posting and I went through some very intense and distracting/consuming shit in my personal life.
So yeah, a perfect storm of factors occurred and I all but abandoned this blog! Thank you to those of you who continued to check in and even take the time to let me know you miss me, I really appreciate it and miss you too!
All I have to say at this point is, thank goodness for Spring!! I am feeling that good Spring energy, it’s a time for rebirth, renewal, reawakening.
Spring and all its flowers
now joyously break their vow of silence.
It is time for celebration, not for lying low;
You too — weed out those roots of sadness from your heart.
Love, love, love, and happy Spring!