I’m Not New at This Blogging Thing

I’m not new to blogging. I had this sweet, little, semi-popular blog called The Triplet Farm. And then one day I didn’t.

I published this blurb below on my Facebook page almost a year ago.

Curious as to why I stopped blogging? Read on, friend.

 

Life is crazy. Funny. Weird. Unpredictable. One day I’m crying and begging God for a baby. Then I have triplets. One day I have a little blog called The Triplet Farm. Then I don’t.

I’m done blogging, friends. And I’m not taking anything in life for granted anymore.

Here’s why…

When I started The Triplet Farm it was an outlet for me. It made me feel like Angela again instead of just the mother then 2-year-old triplets. I needed a break from my everyday life with three toddlers. I had an overwhelming urge to write and this new life and a newfound happiness that I wanted to share with the world. It was my time to thrive again so I quietly stepped into our office and created The Triplet Farm.

I quickly became a mother of triplets AND a writer. I was thriving. It was thrilling and it made me so so happy. I found myself again.

For a long time, it was fun. I always had something to share about the kids, about being a mother, a woman, a wife. Some of my most cherished articles were written that first year of The Triplet Farm. They filled my heart with joy.

Just after that first year, blogging often felt more like something I had to do rather than wanted to do. It wasn’t fun anymore. I was getting sponsored posts left and right. At the time was amazing because I was making money and contributing financially to our household again. But, with sponsored posts comes deadlines, re-writes, and sharing, sharing, sharing through social media.

It took up a lot of my time, but nonetheless, I kept with it.

I kept with it so much, in fact, that last fall I came up with totally insane idea to write 25 gift guides for the holidays. It was “The Triplet Farm’s 25 Days of Holiday Gift Guides.” Looking back, I can tell you, I was completely nuts. I was drawn in by all the money I would make with these guides. I think I ended up writing 15 because I got so burned out – plus all the sponsored posts I was still committed to.

As I mentioned before, all these posts, keeping the blog updated, sharing on social media took up so so so much time. I became mad, an addict of sorts, and I neglected the one (actually three) things that were the reasons for me starting The Triplet Farm in the first place. All I saw was dollar signs all the while my kids (and my husband and home) were giving signs that I needed to slow down.

And I did. I kept on writing – more of my own stuff, less about the kids. But, my urge to make thousands of dollars just like the other bloggers I was reading about kept me from my most important job. Again, like an addict, I had to do this, and this, and this each day. I was writing three posts a week, writing an eBook, designing printables. I had a lot on my plate, but being the overly organized, OCD person that I am I just knew if I could really get it together, I could do it all – blog, make tons of money, write (for the fun of it), AND take care of my home and my family.

At the beginning of this year, I starting writing about how I wanted to minimalize and simplify my life. Eight months later that hasn’t really happened yet.

It’s happening now, friends.

After some behind the scenes malfunctions that almost sent me over the edge, I have decided to end The Triplet Farm. You may or may not ever get to view the website again. It’s that bad. I screwed up and am not intelligent enough in the blog hosting world to get it corrected. I have backed-up all my work and even (because I’m neurotic), screenshot several of my most loved, most meaningful posts.

As I type this, there is still a chance that you’ll be able to go back and read my old posts, but don’t count on it.

Please know that I have done a lot of praying about this. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I have chosen my family over the blog. And I am at peace with that now. I have loved sharing my life for as long as I did, but it’s time to keep things more private.

My kids will only be kids for a short time. And I need to spend more time with my husband instead of having my nose buried in my phone or zoning out on the computer every evening. I’m not taking my time with my family for granted anymore.

You can still find me on all my social media. For now, the name associated with them is still The Triplet Farm (I think it will always be a part of me). I will still do some affiliate marketing/sales which I will share through emails and on social media.

Thank you for all of your support over the last couple of years. I really appreciate you liking, loving, commenting, sharing everything The Triplet Farm.

I may be done blogging, but I will never stop writing. If you really know me, then you know that I am a creative. Writing, especially, is part of what makes me who I am.

So…

Keep a lookout for more from me on sites like Her View From Home, Red Tricycle, and HuffPost as my new persona, This Marvelous Mom Life. I can still write for these amazing sites without having a blog.

And yes, I’ll totally share them on social media so you can still read what my heart has to say!

I hope you’ll stick with me on this new journey.

Now, you’re confused, right? Don’t worry. I was too for a bit.

I assume that you are wondering about that cry-baby-ish spending time with my family / minimizing aspect of my blurb. It’s been amazing. Seriously. It’s been fun. About a month ago, though, I got an itch. And I just had to scratch.

The kids are starting Kindergarten soon and I am going to have so much quiet time on my hands. I needed a bigger creative outlet than just social media and a failed Etsy store. Another story for another time.

Now here I am starting fresh with a new motherhood and lifestyle blog – Fry, Party of Five.

I have promised myself that I am going to take it slow. Just one or two posts a week. I have learned so much (about blogging and myself) since I hit publish on that first Triplet Farm post 3 years ago. The mistakes I made before will (hopefully) not be made again.

I am excited about this new adventure. If you knew and loved The Triplet Farm, I just know you’ll love Fry, Party of Five too. Be on the lookout for fun posts about life with triplets, motherhood in general, my favorite books, handbags, movies, etc. You’ll also catch me musing about food (I’m a cereal addict), home (I want to repaint every room) and anything else my attention!

I’ve been out of the blogging world for a year now, friends, and have so much to catch up on. Any tips or tricks for this once retired and now back at it blogger?!

9 thoughts on “I’m Not New at This Blogging Thing

  1. I was talking to a friend the other day about blogging, trying to make her understand how much work goes into it. You have to love it and have a passion for it, without letting it take over your life. Otherwise, it feels like a job without much reward.

  2. Welcome back! I had the same thought as you years ago when raising kids was total mayhem. I felt I wasn’t doing justice to my blog, doing only one post a month. But things settled down and blogging went on. I am excited to see what you have in store to share with us this time, after a year of rest.

  3. I am not a blogger but I know and I feel in this post that you really love being a blogger and I can also feel that you have passion for this. Since you are already did some blogs before I know it will not be hard for you to go back and to write a nice blog like this.

  4. It’s always so interesting to hear about why blogger start and end their blogs. It’s a big commitment but it sounds like you have a good system in place!

  5. I can relate to this way too much! I started Isabella David Vintage as a fun outlet as well, but as the sponsored posts came in and my follower list grew by 12x as much as it was in January, I began to go a bit nuts. (I have two babies, not three, but still.) I’ve been pulling back as well. My daughter is also starting kindergarten this fall. I’m trying to find balance without giving up entirely. I wonder if that’s possible? I’m excited to read on and find out how you managed that feat!

    Izzy
    http://www.IsabellaDavid.com

  6. Welcome back and thanks for your honest heart! I validate all the emotions you described here. I also think it’s neat that seasons ebb and flow and that you have the freedom to pick up again, but not the pressure. I am so honored and humbled when I meet other gifted writers online. There are just so many amazing women out there! <3

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