16 Years of Running a blog – Southern Hospitality

What number of extra recaps like this can I write? I don’t know, however welcome to 12 months 16 in my running a blog journey. I’ve written recaps sharing my weblog story all the way in which again to the start in 2007, so should you missed these, it could be price a learn. Running a blog has been a part of my life for thus lengthy that I can’t think about not doing it anymore. This 12 months has some adjustments coming, nonetheless, and I’m excited to share these with you all!

I’ve to say that that is the 12 months I begin pulling again a bit and never posting as a lot. I’m not planning to give up within the foreseeable future, I’ll in all probability go away my weblog up till the web isn’t any extra (I doubt that can occur) or I get too previous to sort on right here, whichever comes first. Ha! However, I not have the burning want to maintain climbing increased on the web or social media. That feeling has been with me for a couple of years and is much more pronounced now. I need to settle right into a semi-retirement I suppose you might name it, posting once I really feel prefer it and nonetheless sharing some previous content material as I’ve been doing for a number of years too.

I’ve written round 4,000 posts on this weblog over these 16 years and that’s plenty of speaking! It’s been so enjoyable for me and I can’t think about stopping it, so I cannot. However…and there’s all the time a however, I need to be free to gradual it down much more than I’ve and never fear in any respect if I don’t submit. I’ve watched others cease running a blog and simply chilly turkey give up. I don’t plan to do this both, however gradual running a blog is a time period I’m going to embrace.

Mark and I’ve been in our home for five years now and we’re virtually on the finish of our undertaking journey on this home. No, we aren’t transferring both as many I’ve seen do, to purchase one other home or construct a home to then showcase on their weblog or social media. We’re not about to do this. We love our home and are staying right here for the lengthy haul, however meaning we don’t have much more initiatives to do and that may get somewhat boring since I do write this weblog and DIY and residential enchancment are an enormous a part of what I write about.

My objective for this 12 months is to journey extra. I’ve been saying that for awhile and we’re lastly going to do it. The final couple of years have been bizarre journey years anyway, with the pandemic issues have been not so regular, however hopefully that’s all opening up extra now. Thank goodness for that!

This Daisy canine provides me pleasure!

On that observe, let me simply say that as I stated for the final couple of years on my yearly recap that I’m nonetheless extraordinarily involved about our nation and the world normally. Our whole nation appears to have misplaced its thoughts all at one time, on each entrance and it’s very disconcerting to say the least. I’ve by no means been very political on this weblog, however the previous few years have prompted me to do extra analysis and studying than I ever have in my life and what I’ve discovered will not be a reasonably image. Lots of you recognize precisely what I imply. I gained’t get any deeper into the state of our nation on right here (you don’t come right here for politics), however life has been very laborious and is more likely to get more durable this 12 months for thus many. It breaks my coronary heart to see the place our nation is at the moment. When you have been studying my weblog for lengthy, you recognize I’m a conservative lady and that’s the place I lean politically. That hasn’t modified a bit however my eyes have absolutely been opened much more the previous few years. God is our solely hope, our refuge in time of bother and I do know that His will and reality will prevail. That provides me a lot consolation in what we’re all dealing with sooner or later. The outlook appears to be like so dismal, however my religion is robust that God will see us by way of, it doesn’t matter what comes our means. We can not surrender hope.

I cherished the December thirty first devotional from my Streams within the Desert: 

Up to now has the Lord helped us. (1 Samuel 7:12)

Sure, He positive has and I do know he’ll proceed to assist us.


So again to the weblog. We actually need to journey extra this 12 months…go to new locations we haven’t been earlier than, within the US and in another country. I don’t know but what all that can be, however I’m going to start out planning extra journeys. I’ve to search out locations we are able to go to that don’t require the vax, you recognize the one. We didn’t, nor will we ever get the pictures, in order that may very well be a deterrent for the place we journey relying on insurance policies sooner or later. That’s not a political assertion, nor do I want to argue, however that’s our place and we’re united on that entrance. As an illustration, Viking requires all passengers to be vaxxed, so it appears to be like like we are going to by no means go on one other Viking cruise except their coverage adjustments. I’m studying up on these insurance policies to search out out which cruise traces don’t have the mandate. Thus far, from what I’ve learn, NCL and Royal Caribbean don’t. I’d love to do a European cruise this spring/summer season after which we plan to return to New England within the fall. So I can see us doing far more journey and weekend journeys and naturally, I’ll share all these right here on the weblog. You may not see plenty of model new issues happening home sensible, however I’ll hold the weblog going at a tempo I’m proud of. Now’s the time for us to journey earlier than we get any older.

I can’t imagine that the time has come for me to attract SS funds, but it surely’s right here. My full retirement age is 66 and 4 months and should you’re near my age, you recognize what meaning. April right here I come! I’m trying ahead to somewhat extra journey cash to play with. There are such a lot of locations I’d wish to see and go to and that can be a transparent focus for us as we transfer into this 12 months, so be ready for me to take longer breaks between posts. I’m simply unsure but what all I’ll be posting, however I do suppose will probably be much less. My plan is for my weblog to be a part of my retirement earnings and I’ll hold it going even when sooner or later I cease posting a lot of something new.

I’d love to listen to from all of you too.

What do you want probably the most? Please be at liberty to chime in right here and let me know what you suppose on what I submit right here on the weblog.

I do know my posts about my mother and father are all the time fashionable and you like them, so in fact I’ll proceed to share our household. That’s a given. We don’t know the way lengthy we may have mother and pop with us, so I’ll do recaps all alongside about them and their well being.

I’ll proceed to do the weekly sequence Residence Type Saturdays and Type Showcase with my mates. You’ve in all probability found out by now that these posts are recycled posts that we share with one another, so chances are high you may not have seen all of them and it provides us a fantastic alternative to share content material with one another’s viewers and sure, helps us hold visitors flowing on our blogs. Thanks for supporting these weekly options! All of us have some actually nice content material and typically it will get buried so it’s good to indicate it off once more.

I’m unsure if I’ll proceed the Friday Favorites sequence frequently. I would do as soon as a month or so, we are going to see the way it goes.

Life feels so brief at instances, the times fly by and we need to benefit from it, so thanks for becoming a member of my journey and studying alongside. I’ll in all probability proceed some vogue posts in the course of the 12 months, however that’s not going to be an enormous focus for me both. I’ll do a pair shares a month. If something, attempting to share vogue once I began that a couple of years in the past has gotten much more difficult since I don’t plan to purchase new garments on a regular basis simply so I can share them and make commissions. That’s the factor about being a vogue blogger, it’s a must to always share new garments to make a residing. I’m so glad I didn’t selected that solely as my matter. As soon as these garments can’t be affiliate linked, they’re ineffective to share. In order that’s not what I need to depend upon to make a residing, nor do I need to spend my time on that. There are a ton of vogue bloggers to observe if that’s your factor. I really like garments, however I can’t do it on a regular basis.

I’d wish to get extra concerned in my neighborhood, in order that’s going to be a spotlight too. I’m a member of our native Acworth Enterprise Affiliation and I’ve loved attending to know different girls in my neighborhood. I’m attempting to affix the tourism board as a volunteer and I’m hoping a spot opens up for me this 12 months on that. So these are some things I’d wish to get extra concerned in. I’d like to assist make my very own neighborhood a greater place.

How are you going to assist me and my weblog? 

God has blessed my weblog greater than I may have ever dreamed 16 years in the past once I began it. I make a really good residing off my weblog. My advert community income is the principle means I make this weblog work. So let me point out this to you all.

One of the simplest ways you possibly can assist me and my weblog is to proceed to come back right here, LIVE on my weblog once I submit and open my emails once I ship them out and skim the posts right here. That’s the VERY BEST solution to assist me.

That’s the principle means I make an earnings and weblog pageviews is how I receives a commission from my advert community. I’m so grateful that I’ve the chance to make a enterprise of this weblog and it’s supported me properly for over 10 years of making a living. God has actually restored every little thing I misplaced once I moved from Birmingham to Atlanta all these years in the past (2011). He’s devoted and has by no means let me down and I’m eternally grateful!

I do know that advertisements are annoying and I nonetheless get feedback about that typically. I feel studying on a cellphone might be probably the most annoying solution to learn a weblog and that’s the place many of the advert intrusion is available in. I learn on my laptop computer for many every little thing I learn nowadays and I don’t see the popups like a few of you’ve stated. However, once more thanks for trying previous the advertisements and in your assist all these years. I couldn’t do it with out your continued assist.

Amazon Store and Residence Decor hyperlinks

The opposite methods you possibly can assist me is to purchase by way of my affiliate hyperlinks on Amazon and Wish to Know It. I don’t share hyperlinks always, however should you can please assist me on the market too. I make commissions while you use my hyperlinks and that provides to my earnings.

You could find all my hyperlinks beneath Store my Residence on the house web page of my weblog on the menu bar.

I’ve an Amazon shop with numerous good merchandise that I exploit and a few that I really like and suggest as properly. The store has classes you possibly can take a look at with numerous merchandise. Anytime you purchase from Amazon and use my hyperlink, I earn a small fee with out it costing you something additional. Thanks for getting by way of my hyperlinks!

I even have many gadgets linked in my Residence Decor web page right here on the weblog that I replace alongside the way in which. Among the hyperlinks are issues in my home and they won’t be out there anymore, however I hyperlink all I can which can be lively.

One other Reality of Running a blog for So Lengthy

My electronic mail record has declined over time as an alternative of rising. Folks unsubscribe and take away themselves and in order that’s additionally disheartening, however an actual a part of running a blog that I’ve to cope with. My pageviews right here proceed to say no 12 months after 12 months, so I don’t know what issues will seem like in 5 extra years. 5 years in the past, my pageviews had been double what they’re now. That’s the reality of operating an internet site and I face all of the challenges with a BIG dose of actuality. There’s a lot competitors for pageviews and although there’s room for all, folks solely have a lot time to go round and studying blogs may not be on the prime of the record on a regular basis. I completely get that. That’s why I need to step again and simply do that at my very own slower tempo. I can nonetheless make a pleasant earnings, however I don’t really feel the stress to attempt to develop anymore. I nonetheless see the hustle happening on the market and I don’t need to be part of that. I’ve achieved very properly over these years and have had a lot success at running a blog well past any of my expectations and I’m so grateful for the blessings that running a blog has meant to me.

As I draw this to an in depth, thanks all once more for ALL your assist and love over time. I’m not going anyplace, however once more, I do plan to gradual it down and meaning much less posts and extra breaks over the 12 months. Posts could also be extra sporadic and slower to come back. If we go on trip, I’ll not really feel the necessity to do plenty of posts to share once I’m gone. I simply don’t have all of it found out but, however I really feel the necessity to take any stress off and simply be me, residing life on the tempo I really feel like going. That features social media. I nonetheless have a presence on all of the social media websites, however I don’t really feel the stress to carry out there in any respect anymore. I’ll share once I need to and I don’t care if I develop on these in any respect both.

This recap could be a bit completely different from the others, but it surely’s the place my coronary heart is headed for now. Thanks all once more, I may have by no means made this weblog profitable with no core viewers to share with and also you all make that attainable! With that being stated, deliver on 2023! I’m prepared for it! And I’m able to journey and see extra of the attractive world that God created for us!

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