Turn! Turn! Turn!

Hi there,

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!