New Year, New Focus

In the middle of December, I hit a wall. My first true brush with blog burnout. I couldn’t think of anything to write about or find the motivation to post. With the holidays fast approaching and so much left to do, I decided to step away for a couple of days. Then someone pressed the fast forward button and suddenly I woke up and it was January. Crazy how that happens! Happy New Year!

My time away gave me an opportunity to clear my head and figure out where I go from here. I started this blog as a hobby. Writing was fun. I could share pictures, random thoughts and stories with friends and family and give updates on what was new at Just Add Charm. Somewhere along the way, I started doing reviews. How fun and exciting that companies wanted to send me things to test out and provide my opinion on. Soon I had all kinds of products to blog about, but reviews can be so time consuming, especially with cute kids to distract you constantly. It was starting to feel a lot less like a hobby and a lot more like work. I had no time to blog about the things I’m passionate about: crafts, baking, saving money to name a few.

My goal for this year is to find a better balance. I hope you’ll be along for the ride.

5 Responses to New Year, New Focus
  1. M at Hidden Valley Simplicity
    January 6, 2010 | 1:36 am

    I almost shut down, but I'm back at it again—hoping to achieve balance as well. :)

  2. Mommyof2girlz
    January 6, 2010 | 3:09 am

    I'm with you. I did shut down and stop posting for 2 months..the word "burnt out" is correct. I just had to reorganize myself, stop doing so many reviews (and deal with some issues within myself) and I'm back and happier. So glad to hear you didn't give up, can't wait to see your posts in this new year :)

  3. Kimberly@PrettyPinkMomma
    January 6, 2010 | 9:04 am

    I definitely can relate to this! This is also one of my blog goals for 2010 as well. I have been so sluggish at getting my reviews and giveaways done lately. I don't know if its the shorter days of winter or what but I feel like I had way more stamina in the summmer. I definitely have lost touch with a ton of my blog favorites simply because I couldn't make the time to do all the reviews and posts then read all my favorite blogs. Don't even get me started at how the house has fallen apart with my lack of upkeep. I will find a balance this year. But if you find it first – I wouldn't mind some tips :)

  4. Table4Five
    January 6, 2010 | 6:49 pm

    You are not alone! I also took a blog break, from Dec. 17th to January 4th, and it was WONDERFUL. Now I just need to figure out that balance. It's flattering to have companies want me to review their products, but not if it runs me into the ground and leaves no time for family. I hope I figure out how to say "NO" more this year :)

  5. Grove Designs Co, aka Kriskropmemories
    January 9, 2010 | 4:24 am

    I am curious how the reviews started. I too have a blog for about a year and I see others doing reviews, I am not sure that's what I would want to do but I have always been curious how it starts.

    Cheers

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