No one gets in to blogging for the money.
Well some people do, but whatevs. I didn’t.
I started this blog because I wanted to help others going through the Great Recession like we were. We were broke, Troy was jumping from job to job because he was in an industry that faced enormous lay offs. I was scared, I had to get creative, and honestly I felt like I was annoying my friends sharing my “tips” with them. So, starting a blog made sense so I could annoy strangers. You’re welcome.
This blog was created out of a place of helping, and it’s a theme I have tried to carry throughout my five years in this space. There have been some missteps, some laughter, some amazing moments, and a slow and steady growth that I couldn’t have ever imagined when writing my very first post.
During this time, I have worked to educate, entertain, and help people achieve my tagline of “living a champagne life on a sparkling cider budget”. Whatever it is I have given you, you have given me so much more. I’ve had a few verbal smack downs, and unbelievable amount of lifting up, and support from what amounts to “strangers”.
People, the internet is pretty darn awesome.
Throughout this process, I’ve worked hard to balance my family (both young and old, healthy and not so much), my budget, and a full-time job. I can’t pretend I haven’t had some hiccups along the way, or things that I wish I could take back, but it is what it is, and something I am proud of.
My high school English teacher made us memorize and recite Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken”. It took me a bit of time, but it’s something I still remember to this day. Basically it comes down to the fact that we all have two choices to make in life and some times taking the well-beaten path isn’t always the best choice. But I’ve been walking down that path for so long and it’s so comfortable. Some days it’s boring and leads me to tears, but it’s like a familiar room that you know so well you can navigate in the dark.
But I can’t pretend this is sustainable any more. I feel like some weeks there is SO MUCH that I want to share, but the time just isn’t there. Recipe development, blog outreach (hell, responding to emails in a timely manner no longer happens), and even taking photos with something other than my phone seems like “so 2013”. And so choices have to be made.
:pause for vomiting and explosive sharting:
I have always done what is right and predictable and safe in life. I’ve had the jobs with the benefits, and even though Troy was off pursing what seemed like crazy ass dreams, I was the slow and steady wins the race kind of girl. I took the well-lit path that made sense.
This new adventure is both exhilarating and scary as shit to me. I’ve had a job that was “not babysitting” since I was 14. Most of those years, I had two or three at a time. I have always worked hard, and someone has always given me a paycheck for that work. I’ve never really owned it though. It’s never been “mine”. Standing up and taking full responsibility is scaring the beejesus out of me. If this fails, it’s on me. And no one else. And I’ve been running the budget over and over for a year now. Our lives are about to become incredibly tight. Again. As in, you can put a grain of sand between my buttcheeks, and I’ll poop out a pearl (hmmmm, business idea).
But I feel like if I don’t take this leap now, I’m always going to find a reason to stay on the payroll of someone else.
And yet as exciting/terrifying/puke-inducing as this whole thing is, it won’t start immediately. I gave notice today, but I’m staying on at work until the end of January 2016. You might remember me talking about a giant 18 month project at work? Yep, it culminates in the last two weeks of January.
Something I really want to do before the “launch of the freedom journey” is to redesign this site. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for while now, but my computer is really slow and the idea of creating a whole new site when it can take up to 10 minutes to type a paragraph is not my idea of a good time. But we move on and we slog forward and I’m going to do my best to make it happen.
What does this whole thing look like starting February 2016? Some ideas:
- I would like to post more often. I’m hoping four times a week.
- I’m going to spruce up the place, make it more user-friendly, and more “legit”
- I’m likely going to have to explore some sponsored posts to maintain this site, and try to make up for the chunk of missing monthly predictable paycheck.
- I’m going to have to hustle to connect with sponsors, vendors, and others to grow this site to make it self-sufficient. What that is going to entail, I’m not quite sure yet.
- There will probably be some more ads on this site. Sorry. We like food. And electricity.
At the end of the day, I’m scared out of my wits, but am also so intrigued to see where this takes me. If I fail, I fail, but at least I can look back when I’m old (super old because you know, kale and blueberries) and tell my grandkids “well, grandma tried”. I appreciate your patience with me as I make this giant transition. If you have any inclination to do so, prayers and happy thoughts would be pleasantly accepted.