How, and when, did we get here? To January?
I can't believe that it's been as long as it has since I've last written. It literally feels like AJ and I were working on his Guys Behind the Blog installment for December just yesterday, and yet so much has happened since then. So, welcome to 2016!
I'd like to start off the year by giving my heartfelt thanks for all of your faithful readership of this blog. In 2015, Heavens to Betsy saw growth like never before...growth in the number of people reading, growth in income, and growth in myself as a writer, photographer, and business owner. A lot of that is because of you! Without readers who actually care about what I'm writing, this space wouldn't be nearly as dear to my heart. I've said it before and I'll say it again, community is my favorite aspect of blogging and it's been great getting to know so many of you in 2015!
Now, let's look ahead! You've probably noticed that I've become less frequent on the blog these days. For so long, I was consistently blogging 5-6 days per week. I had the time to do it, AJ was in Boston, and I was really inspired. Lately, life has gotten in the way a bit. I've been struggling with trying to decide what I want to do with this space in the new year...should I push myself back to blogging daily? Do I loosen the reigns a bit? I've come to the conclusion that so often, we as bloggers put all these rules on ourselves for how often we need to blog, promote, tweet, post, etc. And frankly, the push to blog daily has left me feeling so guilty and unmotivated lately. In the past four months, I've adjusted to marriage, I've helped care for my dad who's been in some valleys in his fight with cancer, AJ and I have poured time and money into growing our photography and design business, and I've moved into my position at GT full time, meaning that I now have a few less hours a week to blog. (which is evidenced by the fact that I'm posting a new year post on January 5th)
So moving forward, I'm going to try to be more consistent in this space, but I'm done putting rules on myself for how and when I will write. I don't want to publish content just for the sake of publishing content, and let's be honest: you don't want to read that stuff anyway. I will continue to work with brands on sponsored posts. (A note about sponsored content: I only work with brands and products that I really do believe in and I work really hard to weave those posts as seamlessly as possible into the fabric of Heavens to Betsy. It's my goal that if you didn't read a disclosure statement, then you wouldn't know the content was sponsored. Sometimes I'm better than that than at other times, but that's my heart behind working with brands.)
I hope you'll stick around for this next year. I'm excited about where we're headed, and I'm starting to feel more inspired to get back to this space more regularly. Cheers to the new year!