We’re back…sort of…keep reading. Having a baby changes you in ways I could have never expected or even described before she was here. Priorities change, life evolves, and you discover a new normal. A better normal. It’s only been 7 1/2 short weeks with her, but somehow we feel like this is how it’s always been. It’s like life before her didn’t exist. I know that sounds so strange to those of you without kids, and if you had told me that even 8 weeks ago I would have thought you crazy! How one small little person practically made the last 29 years disappear I have no idea, but she did. Life is new because of her. With that we’ve been doing a whole lot of thinking. Actually all we do these days is think. We think about Adeline and her future. We think about how much fun we’re having as parents. We think about where we want to go from here, and how we want our life to grow with her in it.
One of the things we learned over these last few weeks is that we need to change our business structure. The pace we were working at before, isn’t going to work now without sacrificing something important. Sacrifices like family time, full-time nursing, snuggling with the wee one, and sleep! And I’m not willing to make those sacrifices. 8 weeks ago I thought I could do it all. Today, I know I can’t, and I’m a little freed by that revelation. I can’t be a full time mommy, a full time photographer, and a full time blogger. One has to go, and I bet you can guess where this is heading…?
I love blogging. I really do! But it’s a lot of time, and if I’m completely honest with myself, it hasn’t gotten us where we’d like to go. I thought if I blogged everyday, day in and day out, then my business would just suddenly explode. After two years of that (and about 3 before that with pretty consistent blogging), it just hasn’t. It’s a tough reality to face, but introspection is good. So, Kyle and I had a serious conversation about where to go, and what to do with the blog. We still want to continue. We still want to share pretty pictures, and we still want to use it as our ongoing personal journal. But we feel like we need to drop the regular teaching posts. That’s the area of the business that we were trying to push, and that’s the area that we feel like wasn’t growing at the rate we’d hoped. And it’s the area where we spent the most time. The return on investment, just hasn’t been there. I’m being transparent and honest here. And with our time being spread thinner these days, we have to prioritize. We might share a post here and there in the future, but for the time being, it’s not going to be consistent. I loved them, but the days of Monday posts are over, along with regular wedding related advice. I just can’t do it all. We will be trying to develop some sort of consistent schedule for sharing weddings, engagements, and our life, but what that’s going to be, I’m not sure. I can tell you that this week we’ll be sharing our newborn photos taken by the talented Perry Vaile and some that we’ve taken ourselves of her first few weeks! AND our first wedding back is Friday, big YAY!!!
I promise we’re not disappearing all together. It’s just going to be a new normal for the blog. We’ve got our life on a new normal, now it’s time to get our business on one : )