Hello there fellow outdoors families! Long time no see! I’m sure most of you are wondering where the h@*k I have been this entire year.
I know I don’t owe anyone an explanation, but I want to tell my story because it directly affects the future of this blog. Plus, who doesn’t love a good meltdown story?!
So, where have I been?
The short answer is taking time to regroup and refocus the blog.
The long answer is something along the lines of letting my anxiety and self-doubt cloud my perceptions. Heavy, I know, but hey, the truth isn’t always pretty.
What Caused The Sudden Meltdown Of Epic Proportions?
To put it simply, I made the ridiculous decision to put my blog up for critique by a bunch of people who run really successful blogs. Any guesses how that went?
Yep. It was awful. Everyone agreed my blog sucked…BIG time.
My social media platforms were lacking so people would never find me. I didn’t have a clear enough focus so I would never rank on Google. I’m sure the list goes on, but I started blocking things out after a while.
What happened next was this huge downward spiral of negative self talk. If you’ve ever suffered from any form of depression or anxiety, you have a pretty good idea of what that entails.
The Awkward Middle Part
I spent MONTHS trying to figure out how I could morph into one of those unicorn bloggers. You know the one’s I’m talking about?
They have professional photographers following them around so their IG feed is aesthetic AF. Everything they post has an entire fucking TedTalk in the captions relating to the emotional side of their readers.
They have email funnels so concrete it’s like walking into a Target every time you open one. You know you don’t NEED what they are offering, but somehow you have 27 of their items in your cart.
I was literally beating myself into the ground trying to find some sort of philosophers stone for bloggers to be just like them.
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t find a way to put the advice I was given into action and make it work for ME. I was always left with the feeling of being everything except for myself.
Getting My Head Out Of My Own Ass
It took waaaaay too long for me to realize the answer was right in front of me the whole time.
I am a unicorn, but I’m not THAT type of unicorn.
I’ve never been the type of person to conform to what everyone else is doing. Actually, I spent a significant portion of my life blatantly doing the opposite of what was popular (cue fond memories of my goth phase in middle/high school).
So that’s that. I’m done pretending to be some cookie cutter blogger that I’m NOT.
WTF Does That Mean For The Future Of This Blog?
I’m kind of relieved to say the content of this blog is changing indefinitely.
We are still the same outdoorsy family as before, but to be completely candid I hated ONLY focusing on outdoor adventures. It made what was supposed to be fun start to feel forced for the sake of having one consistent focal point. (Alliteration, much?)
Losing interest in my favorite hobby is NOT the direction I want to be heading so I’m done with that noise.
The plan for now is to switch my main focus to our unique style of homeschooling. I’ll also write supporting pieces on how we incorporate cooking, yoga, and the outdoors into our curriculum and daily lives.
Who knows? There may even be a post or two just for my fellow mama followers. I’m honestly not sure what’s going to come up. Basically whatever inspires me to start writing is what you’ll get.
I’ve decided the majority of my “social media” focus will be on Pinterest for now with some IG thrown in. Those are the platforms I am truly comfortable with and have flourished the most with.
Having a TedTalk series written out and scheduled for all of my social media platforms is not worth the stress in my opinion. My main focus needs to be right here on this website. Incase you didn’t know, there is a ton of work that goes into making this thing look cute.
Maybe in the future someone else can handle the other sites for me, but it’s not really a priority right now.
Everything is changing. Some of you will vibe with where I’m going and some won’t. I realize the new content won’t attract the same crowd.
It sucks I’ll lose readers, but I’m hoping to attract the right readers. The whole point of this blog is to connect with and help out other families who live life like we do, not to please everyone.
With that being said, I’m really freaking excited to be back writing. It’s an excellent creative outlet for me and I truly enjoy connecting with all of you. I’m looking forward to bringing you more great content soon!
Until next time folks. Xx