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Having three blogs definitely has its challenges. But I also know that both Knock Off DÃ©cor and Roadkill Rescue wouldn’t have been instant successes if it weren’t for the time, effort and reputation I had established with Infarrantly Creative.
Being in the blogosphere for almost 5 years makes me qualify for a senior citizen discount. That really is considered a long time to be a blogger. With that I have morphed with all the new social media platforms, changes to blogging and shifts in thinking. I remember when the blogosphere was a lot smaller and there was way more interaction in blogging and you actually established REAL friendships with people. With the rise of Pinterest, I get about 3/4 less comments on here than I used to even though I have about tripled my readership. Part of that makes me sad because I have a DEEP desire to connect with my readers, and part of me realizes that the scope of social media changes with every year. So I have to roll with it and continue to be on the cutting edge of the change, morphing and growing with all the new BUT exciting changes that blogging takes.
Back in July of 2009 I told you I made the decision to try and turn blogging into a small business. When I made that commitment and shifted my thinking into “this is my job” it changed the way I viewed blogging. Knowing that any small business generally puts the time and effort in but doesn’t have any profit for the first two years I worked and I worked HARD. I spent a lot of my own money to get my “business” up and running. I had a work schedule and my kids went to daycare / preschool during those hours even though I didn’t make money to justify that expense. When I made the decision that I was a “working mom” I had to figure out (with the help and support of my family) how I could make this thing work and how I could maintain my family too even before my first cent came in.
So my work hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 — 2. Then after the kids go to bed I generally put in another hour or two returning emails, writing posts, editing pictures, etc. I would say I put in about 25-30 hours a week. I also don’t do it alone. I have a writer that helps me with KOD and RR and I also have 4 contributors on IC that I pay as well. I actually give away about 1/4 of my income to writers. But my goal is to work smarter and not harder and to do the things I love to do — which is creating and doing projects that inspire people.
I also have to be reeeeeeaaallllly intentional or I could do projects all day, ignore my family, never feed my family, and live on the love and affirmation I receive from blogging and never have a real relationship in my life. I also have to be reeeeeeaaallllly intentional with taking care of myself by exercising and watching my calorie intake or I get a bloggy butt reaaaalllly quick. Believe me! So I try and be organized and be reeeeeeaaallllly intentional about how I spend my time. My blog planner helps a lot! I have to set boundaries and say no to a lot of things that I would LOVE to say yes too. But I realize that I can only do a few things really well and my family is one of those things I want to be excellent at. So my husband and I go on date night EVERY Thursday and we set a goal to do one big, fun thing a month outside of the house as a family. These are just a few things I have done so that I can be successful and maintain my sanity.
So that is where I leave you. I can’t wait to report what 2012 brings my way. I am blessed beyond measure and still am overwhelmed with gratitude to God for all He has done in my life — blogging included. And thank you to you for all your support of all of my blogs.