Hi everybody! How are you today? I hope you are doing fantastic!
You ready for some more keeping it real? Let's talk about having too many projects and continuing to add new projects. Hmmm…sounds like I might want to give you a little back story.
I was on vacation last week and just got home a couple of days ago. I'm actually writing this before so I don't have to rush and hurry when I get home in order to get posts up and ready for you. I often work at least a week in advance. It is one part of the story of how I have so many undone projects.
For the last year or so here at The Real Thing with the Coake Family I've worked at narrowing and refining the focus of this blog. I think like a lot of bloggers, I started the blog without a defined mission or genre I was aiming for. Over time, I've discovered what I really enjoy writing about and what I enjoy creating. To that end, each month when I sit down and plan out my editorial calendar, I try to hit all those categories each month. I have a wide range of things that I write about. I like variety. To do only one category would get old really quickly to me.
Each month, I try to write 1 Keeping it Real post, 1 family activity, 2 recipes, 1 organizing post, 1 Girl Scout post, 1 post of something I'm working on in the house, and at least 4 creativity posts with one of those being American Girl related.
Here's the deal. I love those categories and between sponsored posts, life and projects that ended up needing more than one post (that I thought would only take one post), I am now in the place where my house is full of projects that have been sitting around waiting for me to finish them.
I realize that this is the totally normal life of a blogger and of many people who have DIY ADD (like me). The thing is, I really want to finish these projects up before I spend more time and more money on the million other ideas and projects I have. It would feel so wonderful to me to clear the board and start fresh.
Why am I not doing that? Because of you. Ooops…did I really write that? Is it really your fault? Absolutely not. It is because of my perception that I had to hit each of those categories each month or my stats and readership would fall. It is because I'm reaching hard to take this blog to the level I want it to be at, to have the pageviews I want each month, and to be earning the income level I have in mind. It puts stress on me and on my family and on my blog budget. That being said, I absolutely love this blog and I LOVE blogging. This is just an adjustment in my thinking and philosophy.
Rather than be so worried about you and what you will do and what you will think if I skip a Girl Scout post this month and if half of you will leave because of it, I'm going to tackle my list of projects. I'm going to clear my hallway and office of projects that are halfway done or sitting there screaming for my attention. It is going to be so fun for me. I love checking things of my to-do list. It is such a nerdy compulsion with me, but it makes me feel like I'm getting somewhere. It makes things feel more manageable, less overwhelming and less stressful. I don't have that looming list of things to do.
I know myself well enough to know that this isn't the only time this will happen. I am always working on many projects at the same time. I love working on lots of different things. It is just the beginning of me saying I'm more important than the numbers. My quality of life needs to come before the blog.
We used to live in Oregon. I loved it there. One of the things I loved about Oregon was that the culture as a whole has a philosophy/vibe of working to live rather than living to work. I am making a conscious choice to stop living to work as well as working for you rather than meeting my needs. I need to work to live.
I hope and have my fingers crossed really tightly that you will enjoy taking the journey with me. I hope that you won't miss it if I don't post a family activity for a month or two. This blog is really important to me. I also need to take care of my own sanity/stress level and create a better work/life balance. So, I need to take a deep breath (breath in….breath out) and let go. In the end, I believe it will be good for both of us and that my not feeling overwhelmed and stressed will show here on the blog and that you will enjoy that as much as I do. Maybe none of that shows through, so maybe you won't notice a difference. I will.
I have already made plans to move forward with my long list of projects that need to be completed. Between those projects and some fun summer projects I really WANT to do, my editorial calendar is full through August! You see what I mean…. I have a lot of projects I want to get to!
I hope you will continue to join me for the fun of seeing all these fabulous projects I have in mind.
So my question for you is, would you like to see my project to-do list and see in the posts that I write my getting to check those projects off? Or would you find that annoying? Let me know what you think in the comments below.