I’ve been doing a lot of blog “soul-searching” during this winter/holiday blogging period. Part of me was ready to shut down my site and take a step back from the internet world for a while and the other part of me was ready to go blogging crazy.
I guess I’ve decided to end up somewhere in the middle.
I found myself obsessing over stats, twitter followers, facebook likes. I was checking my analytics daily and pimping myself out on paid giveaway listing sites, just to get my numbers up. SEO became more important than content.
It has to stop. I have to stop caring about getting the best products to review or conference sponsorships (I’ve learned those are about as hard to find as a pink unicorn wearing a tiara). I need to get back to focusing on my writing, which is why I started this darn blog in the first place. More stories about myself, my life. Sure, there will be product reviews thrown in here and there. After all, I like stuff. But, I’m hoping to steer away from the random products, giveaways and sponsored stuff I wrote just for the sake of writing. Sure, my stats might go down when I’m not trying to buy your love with free stuff, but at least I’ll be happy.
So in 2013, Mama of All Trades will be a different place (maybe even with a new name and look). It’ll be my place. Filled with stories about our every day life, travels, movie talk, my mediocre photography and maybe some other fun stuff, too. It’ll be the place I always meant it to be. So cozy on up and grab a Coke or some tea (sorry, no coffee served here, but if you want to stop at Starbucks on your way, I’ll take a chai tea). It’s going to be a great year.
And I promise not to look at my analytics until next week. Pinky swear.