Happy October 1st friends! Although I’ve been in fall mode for about a month now, October is when our favorite pumpkin patches open up, so I’m stoked for our adventures this year. We may visit a few new ones, which is pretty exciting in my world, let me tell ya.
I’ve seen a few of my favorite bloggers sharing their tour around blogland over the last few months. So I was pretty excited when Della @ Della Devoted asked me to participate. She’s a newbie blogger and so sweet. You can check her blog out HERE.
1. What am I working on?
Right now we’re working on upgrading our kitchen! We’re getting new counter tops, back splash, sink and faucet. Y’all, I am so excited for a new sink. Our sink is so gross and the bottom is chipping off because it’s plastic. I know, plastic. I cannot wait to breathe some new life into our home.
I’m also working on Little A’s birthday party next weekend! I’m excited to share it with you in a few weeks. I also blogged about her pink lemonade theme 2nd birthday and shabby chic 1st birthday.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
It differs because it’s mine! There are a ton of lifestyle bloggers out there, so it can be difficult to make yourself stand out. I may not always post the most revolutionary recipe or workout, but the way I write and the photos I take are all unique to me.
One of my most viewed posts, my white chicken chili recipe.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I write to connect with others. I originally started this blog to share my love of baking. But it quickly transformed into something more. This place is my outlet where I can share whatever I want. And I love that. I create what I do (recipes, workouts, projects) because it makes me happy. And I hope that what I share will inspire others to create as well.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Process? I don’t really have a process per se. I tried planning out my posts before, sticking to a specific schedule, but it’s just never worked out for me. I always have multiple posts in draft, so as the inspiration comes to me, I write it down. If I’m not feeling inspired by something I started writing, I don’t force it and just move on. I’ve had times on this blog where my posts have felt forced, and I hate that. I never want to publish something I don’t like. I’m sure it happens to all of us at some point, but it’s never our most shining moment.
And there you go. Just a little insight into me and how/why I blog.
And now let’s get real folks. Or, I guess more real than I just was….because that was all real of course. I mentioned in my post last Friday that I was just feeling off. And even though on Sunday night I was pumped for this week and had my posts all ready to go, after Monday’s post I felt….blah (technical term).
I spent a lot of time over the weekend thinking about this blog and what the heck I should do with it. Should I continue? Should I just stop? Do I want to take it in a certain direction and become a niche blogger? I thought about all the free time I’d have if I just stopped blogging. I pictured me and the hubs sitting on the couch after putting Little A down for the evening, with a glass of wine, just watching a favorite show; and not feeling like I need to think of a new post idea, or stress about how I can get more followers, or how my blog is doing. While I do love writing this blog (and trust me, I really do), at times it’s stressful.
Blogging takes a lot of time. And having a toddler takes a lot of time. And having a sled business and a corporate job takes a lot of time. I honestly don’t know how some of you mamas with jobs do it. I am constantly feeling like some aspect of my life is being neglected, and I never, ever want it to be my family. My job is getting in the way of my blogging, obviously. 🙂
I would love to grow this blog and have it supplement some income for us, but I just don’t know if I’ll ever get there. I don’t know if I have the right content. I’m not a niche blogger, so I sometimes feel like I’ll never get to that level where I want to be. And, at this point in time, that just isn’t sitting right with me.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is, I don’t yet know what the future holds for A Touch of Grace. I’m still weighing what I want to do, and if I’ll have to continue with a corporate job, if I’ll be able to continue with this blog.
So that’s that I guess. Sorry I don’t have a more exciting end to this post except happy hump day!