Monday, March 19, 2012
new directions & growth
I spend a lot of time blogging. A LOT. I do my best to put family first, but that doesn't always happen. Some evenings I have a hard time getting off the computer and hanging out with J. Some days I feel a little frustrated when B wakes earlier than expected from his nap because I wasn't quite able to finish a post.
I've spent a fair amount of time lately thinking things over, asking for advice, and figuring out how to proceed. I want my blog to grow, I want to continue gaining readers, I want my blog to help me contribute to my family financially. BUT! I also want this blog to be a place for those who have lost babies and need support. I think I've found a good balance so far, but I'm ready to shift things and push for a little more growth.
Selling ad spots on my blog doesn't feel like the right direction for me. You won't click over here one day to see huge ads, less real content, more content aimed at making money, or anything like that, but I will be changing things up a bit to see if it's possible to make money via affiliate programs and the like. (A percentage of all funds made from the blog will be donated to groups that help parents after pregnancy and infant loss.)
I've also pulled the book out again. It's Charlotte's story, and what came after, expanded. Stories from the blog, stories that I haven't published, more content than a typical blog post. I really want to make it happen, but am having a difficult time doing so. My goal is to make it more manageable by breaking it into sections, instead of writing a whole book at once!, and publishing each section as an ebook which would be available for a small fee. I would really appreciate feedback on this idea.
And I would love to know what you like about this space so I can continue in a direction that makes readers happy. Why do you read? What do you like to read about? How can I make this blog better?
None of these changes will happen quickly, but I wanted to let you know at the outset that they will be coming. There may be some growing pains, there will be some change, but I don't want to lose what I love about this space - you and me hanging out, talking about life, babies, books, food, grief and loss.