Ch-ch-ch-changes….

Oh come on admit it… you remember the song about changes.  The one by David Bowie?

So what about the Turn Turn Turn song?  The one by The Birds that is direct from the book of Ecclesiastes?

In some ways, both are talking about the same thing.  Life comes at us in seasons.  At a certain point, there comes a time for change. You can either embrace it and move on, or you can fight it.

I don’t recommend fighting it. Just… trust me on that.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-changes?

It’s time to make some changes to my blog.   Again.

It’s been roughly a year since the last big shake-up of things, and I figure I’m about due.

When I started ThisHappyMom way back when (June of 2012) I had every intention of being a very different sort of blog.  I want to write about recipes and cute craft ideas and quick “do this” kinds of projects that were short on words and long on beautiful photos.

At the time, I didn’t think I had much to say that was interesting.  I certainly didn’t think of myself as funny.

As I found my voice, I realized just how wrong I was.  I realized God had a very different plan for what this blog would be about.  I quit writing in-authentic posts about how to have clean socks.  (in-authentic? is that a word?  is it hyphenated?  well… you know what i mean.  just… work with me.)  I started writing about what was on my heart instead.

When I started, I had a goal of writing TWO blog posts every day.  Because I read somewhere that doing this made Google love you.  It did.  It works well for getting Google’s attention as a baby blog.  But it wreaks havoc on your family life.  Just… trust me on that.

Shortly after school started last year, I fell into a comfortable rhythm of writing.  Most days of the week had a theme and I just wrote what popped in my head.  (Let’s see… Menu Monday, Five Minute Friday, Recipe on Thursday, Thankful Thoughts on Sunday, My Kids Make Me Laugh on Tuesdays…)  For a while that worked.

There’s a certain comfort of that kind of rhythm.  It makes it easy to sit down and pop out a blog post for the day.

I’ve stuck with it for so long because it works.  And it’s comfortable.

Besides, I really am still thankful each week.  I haven’t run out of things to say about that subject.  My kids really do still make me laugh (except for this past week, but that’s just a once a year thing).  I like sharing recipes – the Pinterest traffic it generates is amazing.  I love participating in Five Minute Fridays because it makes me a better writer.

But honestly, I’m feeling a bit constrained by the format.

It’s left me a feeling a little scattered as a writer.  It’s hard to go from a soul searching post on my summer of dry to a light hearted story on how my kids make me laugh.  I can only imagine that as my readers, you’ve felt that same scattered sensation from time to time.

It’s left me a bit frustrated because there are times when I want to dig deeper into a topic and write for more than one day in a row.

And so…

Ch-ch-ch-changes…

As I’ve evolved as a writer I’ve left dozens of ideas unfinished.  I started projects and series that have never been brought to closure.  I’ve tried on ideas and left them abandoned in my wake.  I know that.  If I’ve left something hanging that you’re curious about, let me know.

From here forward, I just want to write.

I’ll still share thankful thoughts and ways that my kids make me laugh.  It just may be on different days of the week.  I may not post about thankfulness every single week.  I may laugh twice in a week.  You never know.

I make no promises.

(actually, that’s not true.  i DO have some promises to make.  i promise to write authentically.  i promise to share what’s on my heart – funny or sad.  i promise that i’ll still be me.  i promise that my core message of authentic joy in motherhood won’t change.  i promise that i won’t cuss in writing.  the message isn’t changing – just the method of delivery.)

I just know that it’s time for some changes.

I’ll probably evolve the way the blog looks and change to a different theme over  the next month.  I’m in a mood.  You know how that goes.

Honestly, I’m on the fence about writing/posting seven days a week.  There’s arguments on both sides.  It’s just something I’m still in prayer about.

I covet your understanding and support as I continue to evolve.  If you have any thoughts, please feel free to share them with me.

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Curious to see what you are going to change. I like your blog the way it is but I imagine I’ll like the changes you make as well 🙂

    • There’s a LOT of things about my blog that I really like as is too. I promise I’m not changing the good parts. I’m still ME. I’m still snarky when I need to be.

      I even still like the way my blog LOOKS most of the time. It’s not a knock the house down remodel. It’s more of a gentle repaint and sweep under the sofa kind of thing.

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