I am not really making any New Year’s Resolutions this year. I created my 30 by 30 list a few weeks ago and I’m going to stick to those as far as goals go, but I have come up with a theme for 2012 rather than making “resolutions” per se. These past few months have been non-stop busy. I can’t complain because it’s all been great stuff and I am really not one that likes to sit around and do nothing. However, I’ve recently realized that I’m filling my time with things that cause a lot of stress.
Jenloveskev is almost 3! (Although, I have been blogging for about 6) Can you believe it? Kev and I have been talking a lot about the blog lately; Where it started, why it started, where it’s going, etc… The truth is, I never in a million years thought I would be blessed the way I have been with this blog. It has grown in ways I never, ever thought it would. I started my blog as a way to share being creative, to stay in touch with friends and family and to be inspired by other blogs I read. The words “blog full time”, “sponsors”, “brands”, etc… were foreign to me. I never started this blog to gain readers, to become popular or to make money. I had no idea that was even possible. I think back on the last 3 years and can’t help but to smile at the friendships I have made and the people I have come in contact with. It truly has been nothing short of a blessing to me. I think blogging has made me more confident, more out going and way, way more creative.
I feel like there is starting to be a shift in fashion blogging though. I know I have never been a straight fashion blogger but I feel like we are on the cusp of something new. I don’t want to wake up one day and be 45 years old, still taking daily outfit photos. If that’s who you are, then that’s awesome, but that’s just not my goal. I want more. I want to grow this blog into a place of inspiration for young women and moms â€“ not just for fashion but for a healthy lifestyle, a loving marriage, and a place for moms to see that I am going thru the same struggles as they are with a young one at home. Is my life perfect? Ha! Far from it, but I do like to share what is going on with us and I love hearing your stories as well. I really hope blogging leads to something else in the future for me.
The blogs I follow have shifted a lot this past year. I read way more lifestyle blogs and not so many fashion ones. That is just not where I am in my life anymore. I had to let go of a lot of things that I was holding onto that surrounded all that. There is a lot of pressure out there to “keep up.” Most of it was from myself but I am finally able to leave that behind.
After some deep thought I decided that over the next few months I am going to phase out sponsored ads. I will no longer be seeking sponsors for Jenloveskev. I have worked with some really awesome etsy shops, companies and blogs but in all honestly it takes a whole heck of a lot of time to keep up with all of that, make giveaway posts, to pick winners, to handle sponsor emails, etc… That is time I would much rather spend playing with Rowan, going for walks as a family or sewing something on my sewing machine. This may change in the future but for now it is something I am set on doing. I will continue to work with some companies in other small ways that are more integrated as I see fit from time to time, but there will no longer be ads on the side of my site. There will no longer be giveaways and there will be no more in your face, check out these sponsors posts. Sometimes, I really feel like this takes away the integrity of a blog. Definitely not for every blog out there! I think there are a lot of bloggers who are doing it right, but there are also a lot of girls who get really excited and jump at any company that wants to hold a giveaway or send them something. As a result, they lose the integrity of who they are and what their blog was all about. It’s hard not to fall into that trap. It happens. It’s happened to me for sure. I don’t want to be part of this competition that surrounds blogging; the catty, who’s working with who, fake networking to improve your readership type of blogging. That is not why I blog.
So, this is my theme for 2012… To simplify life and my blog. To remove the things that stand in the way of my time with Kev, Rowan and the other people closest to me. I will never stop blogging all together because well, I love it to death! But, I know that I need to step back just a little and not say yes to everything, even if that means saying no to really cool opportunities. For example, I decided to say goodbye to the Delightful Dozen last week. It was tough because I love those ladies but I know it was the right decision.
I am hoping this year my blog will become better than it ever has. I want it to have more heart, more love, more awesomeness and just be a reflection of who I really am.
I love life. I love Kev and I love my Daughter.
Happy 2012 Everyone!
p.s. The rest of this week I will be sharing how this “simply life” theme fits into other aspects of my life
p.p.s. This doesn’t meant there will be no more style files. I love doing them too much.