Blogging is a job in and of itself. If you love it and you are passionate about it blogging can be a fantastic creative outlet. It’s also a great way to market your business and your expertise to customers. Dallas Single Mom has been around since 2010 and I have constantly juggled a corporate career and this blog along with teaching, a freelance career on the side and my family. Most recently within the last year, I have struggled tremendously keeping up with the blog. My decision to quit blogging was not an easy one and I have asked those close to me their opinions. However, the decision has to be made by me and the purpose of my life in the way I see fit and not the dream filled view of others. This is why I decided to quit blogging. The site will remain up as I put a focus on my family’s needs first. The blog will continue to serve it’s mission but will likely morph into another site as I create express business application for it. I will write more things about single parenting over on the Dallas Single Mom Examiner column.
As the site reinvents itself I will no longer be doing product reviews and giveaways. None of these things serve you the reader unless they come from a place of the heart and having to answer to brands and companies have taken its toll on me, the writer. I get nothing out of it but they get a cool link back to their site. I have other writers on this site that will likely manage those functions. Many of you come here either because you are curious or you want to be inspired. You want to know that someone else has been in your shoes and gets what you are feeling. Well if I’m so busy answering to brands, how can I live the life, make the choices, learn from my mistakes and triumph in my successes if I’m not living a life to write about? I need to write for me – without the sizzle and offer up something tangible and necessary before we add the sizzle of my creativity and mind to it. That’s what’s been lost on me for awhile – that sense of sizzle.
I don’t like grandiose gestures of goodbyes because this isn’t really a goodbye but a sabbatical so that I can bring forth what I learn to an even bigger and better Dallas Single Mom or whatever site I manage next. I have a few.still remains in my portfolio as that blog pretty much runs itself. Will my pageviews suffer? Probably. Will my social media engagement suffer? Yes. Will my spirit suffer? No. In the long run, my relationship with spirit (with God, or whatever spiritual being you pray to) is the one that needs nurturing so that I am able to manage the family struggles I have with my children. My identity as a human being is not tied to this blog.
Thomas Aquinas said: “No person can live without joy. That is why someone deprived of spiritual joy goes after carnal pleasures.”
People quit blogging for a variety of reasons. I read this article last night called “Why I Quit My Blog” and found it to be informational and inspiring. The fact that the post itself has 2700 comments just goes to show the popularity of blogging and the desire for people to want to do better. I want to do better as well so that’s why I’m taking time off of it personally.
This is not really goodbye but more like till we meet again. You will definitely see me in the future in brighter spirits. I currently have a portfolio of over 50 different domain names so I am not going anywhere.