I've been struggling a little bit with my blogs lately, in the sense that I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere.
I run my blogs because I enjoy them, but also with a view to making them a profitable form of income for our family.
After putting a lot of time and effort into my blogs this year, they haven't really shown enough growth and return for me to justify such a continued amount of time and effort.
I have now produced and made available on this blog
a great resource for everyone to use - including myself.
I think it's just time for a new direction and a fresh approach to what I'm trying to achieve in life.
I'm still going to continue with my blogging, but just not putting all my time and efforts into them.
It's important when you assess your progress to see what's not working, and right now, what I'm doing isn't working.
I'll continue to run my weekly linky party, and I'll still be doing lots more upcycling and posting about that. When I do make something new - I will still add the tutorials. So really all that is going to change is the frequency of my posts, I will no longer post daily, maybe just 2 or 3 times a week.
I'm also looking at starting to make things to sell again. I did this for a while at a local market here in Cairns. This time I'm going to look at Madeit and Etsy as my platforms. I also have an idea to get my girls looking at Junior Madeit - and they can learn with me!
Having made this decision, I do feel like a weight has been lifted. Slowly, my blogging was becoming a chore as I saw less and less return for my efforts in terms of falling page views and fewer of my tutorials being featured on the larger sites that had previously featured lots of my work. Lately I've also had a couple of photos accepted by craftgawker which made me really excited, but didn't then bring me any traffic. In the past, a feature on craftgawker would result in a huge traffic spike to my blog.
Really I think it boils down to 'time for a change'.
I have such a large fabric stash, that I'm looking forward to using it up and hopefully selling on some of the things I make with it. This will help with my current project of de-cluttering and clearing out my house.
I'm also going to be looking at work as a freelance writer. Since I already write daily for my blogs, I figured that's the next logical step for me. The idea is that I will see a more immediate return for my work if I'm writing for someone else in a paid capacity! It's also still something I can do from home in my own time.
I may even look at e-publishing some books I have written!
As I said, I'm not stopping blogging, just cutting back on the time I'm spending on them, doing some other things to produce and income that in turn will allow me to continue growing my blogs in the background for now.
Over the next few weeks until the end of the year, I'm clearing, sorting, upcycling, sewing, brushing up my resume, and planning my Etsy and Madeit stores and what to make to sell in the fresh new year.
I do hope you'll continue to stop by my blog and see what I'm up to. Of course this new direction, will mean I have more adventures to blog about ..Ha..Ha....!!
Watch this space!!