“I have accepted fear as part of life – specifically the fear of change… I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back….” ― Erica Jong
Sometimes you can’t turn back, so what else can we do, other than go ahead? Changes in life often make us reflect and reconsider. It seems as if our lives here at Wag ‘n Woof Pets have been undergoing changes for over two years now, some big, some small, ever since we moved to our new home. Heck, it’s been constant change since I started this blog, with our pet family getting smaller and smaller all the time. I think the move might have been the one big change that we planned, and that had the most positive impact on our lives. The transition wasn’t easy, but it was worth it in the long run.
Some changes we make by choice, others are thrust upon us. I’m still figuring things out since losing my regular job last fall, a change I didn’t ask for. Yes, I know, I’ve been whining about this for a while, but after being in the same job for over 20 years, it’s hard to figure out what to do when that ends.
I’ve always known that even if I hadn’t lost my job, I wanted to do more with the farm. It’s been in the back of my mind that when the busy springtime got here, I was going to have trouble keeping everything going – bookkeeping work, farm, blog. I’ve been trying to get myself more organized and hopefully using my time a bit more efficiently. There still doesn’t seem to be enough of it, and on top of that I’m still looking for a bit more work (for financial reasons only….the farm is still new so not even breaking even yet)!
Something has to give, and I always knew it might be the blog, because next to the farm, it’s the one thing that takes up the most of my time for the least financial reward. Wait – don’t panic – I’m not giving it up completely! I could not. This blog is my passion and my outlet and I’d be lost without it and the community blogging has created for me.
Blogging isn’t just about the writing and the photographs. It’s about promotion, marketing, and giving to the community as well as taking, especially if you want – need – to make some money doing it like I do. I couldn’t expect my blog friends to come read my blog all the time if I’m not willing to read theirs. Well, I could, but that’s just not me, and reading other blogs is enjoyment for me, and can be inspiring as well. I had loosely planned that I would cut back on posting when spring got here, but the truth is, I’ve been resistant to doing that. Losing Cricket really got me to thinking again. Would life with only one dog and one cat give me enough to write about?
It still does. I’m not short on subjects, I’m just short on time. Therefore, I needed to come up with a plan. Years ago, I posted 6 days/week. I don’t know how I did it! Eventually I cut back to 5, and then to weekdays only, still all 5 days. A while ago, I decided to cut Tuesdays out because they seemed to be a slower day.
I’m not sure I can do it, but now my plan is to cut back to 3 days/week. Mondays and Fridays are easy, but I couldn’t decide which other day to cut out. Wordless Wednesdays were an easy day, with mostly only a photo needed, but the Thankful Thursday blog hop is a favorite. I just found out last week that there will be no more BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday hop (another change!) so that made it somewhat easier, though I like the idea of every other day, and not skipping two in a row. I’ve basically decided to just go with the flow and do whatever I feel like that week.
I prefer to be consistent with my days, but there are a lot of successful blogs out there that are not even consistent with how often they post, so I’m trying to let go of that. Last week I skipped my Thursday post because Wednesday was a gorgeous day and I decided to spend time outside instead of inside writing. In addition, I have an early evening meeting every Wednesday (bookkeeping client) and that’s often the time of day I put my posts together.
One thing I don’t think I’ll ever be able to change is getting posts done ahead of time. I work better under pressure, and if I write posts ahead of time, I often change my mind and post something else at the last minute! With my new e-mail notification system, I can’t be posting at the last minute in the mornings either, which I also often did! The email goes out at 7 am so posts need to be scheduled before that.
My hope is to have one big post per week, on one of our favorite subjects such as training, health and wellness, or a more in-depth product review. Sometimes it might be on a more personal subject. We’ll be joining some of our favorite hops as always such as Thankful Thursdays, Flower Fridays, and there’s a new hop we want to try, the “Pet Photo Fails” hop, which is only once/month.
It’s not a big change, but I hope it’s enough of one to leave me feeling a bit less overwhelmed. Once I get through the busier time of year for the farm, who knows, we may go back to our four day per week schedule (and occasionally I may throw an extra in there anyway). I want to try to be on social media sharing photos and little stories more too, so be sure to follow us there (you’ll find the links in the upper right corner of this page)!
As writers and bloggers, I think many of us are affected by other factors in our lives, and we all struggle with how those changes affect our lives and our blogs. Our friend Jodi recently wrote a post about change and her blog as well (Heart Like a Dog – Change is Inevitable). I was relieved she is sticking with hers too!
OK, that was all my really long-winded way of saying I’ll be posting one less day per week! More changes are probably on the way; and I hope I can learn to just roll with them better. One thing I will always have is this blog. Even though we may tweak things here and there, I will not give up my passion for writing about pets and enjoying the community of readers and other writers out there.
“Some changes look negative on the surface, but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ― Eckhart Tolle
I have confidence – or at least hope – that is true, but sometimes it just takes time to figure out what those new things are, and how to make them all work together along with the old. All we can do is make a plan, keep going ahead, and hope we get there.