Friends, I’m sorry for my absence. You may have noticed that in the month of June my Monday/Thursday posts have mysteriously disappeared with no word from me about it. I feel that it is time you, dear readers, got an explanation for my silence.
When I started A Spoonful of Grace, I was excited about the possibilities for the blog. I envisioned a clean, user-friendly website where women could go to find inspiration about food, finances, family, and faith. I pictured myself building something that would be read by people all over America who had no connection to me. The ideal reader I created in my head was a thirty-something Christian stay-at-home mom who found my blog via Pinterest. I wanted to create a space that invited people to click their way through the site and stay a while. I hoped that when women left my site, they felt excited about the things they had learned.
So I set to work trying to create great content that would attract this kind of reader. I have always been, in my opinion, a talented writer and I assumed the process would come naturally to me. I was wrong. Writing posts felt like a chore and weighed on my soul. I never felt like my content was good enough. I didn’t think my posts were the kind of thing I would want to read if I were to come come across it on someone else’s blog. I especially hated taking photos for posts. I have no photography experience and I felt like my photos all came out overexposed and not of the caliber that I admire so much on other women’s blogs.
And then came the part I really hate- promoting. Making promotional images (which I felt all looked horrible), pinning my content, and spending hours and hours promoting each post to other bloggers in the hopes that I would gain some traffic. It was miserable. I was seeing no fruit for my labors and felt totally discouraged and beat down. As much as I thought I would love blogging, I was really coming to hate it.
The other problem is that the original message of my blog- finding abundance in everyday life- will probably change soon. This tagline was born out of our financial situation and I wanted to share all the ways we live abundantly without a lot of money. However, our income will very likely be taking a significant upswing this fall. I’m not sure about how to remain true to the message of the blog when we won’t just be living abundantly in a metaphorical sense, but also in a more literal sense.
So when life got busy at the end of May, my blog fell by the wayside. The last thing I wanted to do after a long day was sit down and force myself to pump out a blog post. So I missed one post, then two, then before I knew it I hadn’t published a new post in weeks.
In the time I’ve taken off, I’ve done a lot of reevaluating. I’ve wondered whether I should even move forward with my blog. I am having a hard time seeing the point in putting so much effort into each post when I feel like I don’t have enough readers to make it worth it.
But the thing is, blogging isn’t all bad. My original intent for my blog remains the same. I want to create a place for women to feel like they are receiving valuable information that can transform their families’ lives. I have a lot of ideas for posts that I am excited about. And to be honest, I’ve sunk a lot of money into the blog. I don’t want to give up after just a few months.
So, all that to say, I’m not sure where A Spoonful of Grace is headed. I’m almost positive I don’t want to give up or quit blogging, but I’m not sure in what capacity I will continue to blog. Two posts a week is a lot to keep up with, but I also don’t want to post so infrequently that people forget about my blog. Promoting is necessary to gain readers, but I hate doing it. And I’m not sure what to do about the changing message of my blog.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. What posts do you enjoy reading? What topics do you want to hear more about? Your feedback about what you are enjoying and not enjoying will really help me in this decision.
Additionally, if you are a praying person, I would love it if you joined me in prayer about where to go with this blog. Above all, I want my writing to reflect Christ and I need His help in determining what the purpose and message of this blog should be.
Watch my Facebook page and Instagram to be updated about blog happenings and where I’m going from here. And thanks for reading ❤︎