My laptop is dying a slow and painful death. It’s agonizing to watch, y’all.
This explains my absence from the blog as of late. I haven’t been able to get my laptop to turn on. After a week and a half I FINALLY got it to work! I have no clue how I did it, as I am not tech savvy by any means, but whatever I did worked and I am praying that this poor old laptop will last me a little while longer.
Pitiful excuse though it may be, the lack of a functioning laptop has allowed me more time to step back and evaluate the direction the blog has taken. For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you may recall that I have been presented with various opportunities to work with brands and begin monetizing my blog, but before I made my choice, I wanted to hear your thoughts on the matter. I value my readers’ opinions and I appreciate those of you who took the time to respond. I was surprised at how well the idea was received, to be honest. Yet, any time I pondered the idea of monetizing the blog, my heart was unsettled… restless, even. For days I couldn’t put my finger on the uneasiness I was feeling, but experience has shown me that the lack of peace is an open invitation to further press into God’s Presence for clarity and vision. So I did.
He reminded me of the reason I started this blog in the first place- to chronicle my faith journey and share with you things the Lord impressed upon my heart along the way. He reminded me that while posts about makeup, current fashion finds, fitness, or favorite hair products are not evil and have a place on this blog, they should not make up the bulk of my content. It was a tough conversation, but much-needed. The temptation to monetize my blog steamed from my temporary lack of trust in His provision. It’s as simple as that.
Please, let me be clear, I am in no way saying that monetizing your blog is evil or that I am somehow holier than thou for choosing not to do so, I am simply stating that this is not the path God has chosen for me. I know many godly women who have made blogging their career and I fully support their decision to do so, it’s just not what He has for me, and coming to grips with that was hard, y’all. Really hard.
So what does that mean moving forward?
- Deeper, more vulnerable posts
- Occasional product reviews relevant to my readers (with giveaways, duh!)
- No affiliate links cryptically embedded in my posts
- I will still host various swaps and giveaways (those are always fun!)
- More Jesus, less Megan
I hope you will stick around with me on this journey. My goal has never been to become a ‘famous blogger.’ I don’t think I’d do well with lots of notoriety to be honest. I value truth. I value raw authenticity. I value community. If you do too, you will fit right in here. My readers are genuinely the kindest, most compassionate bunch of people I know and if this is the first time you are visiting my blog I do hope to connect with you- it’s my favorite thing about blogging. And because I feel like I’ve been sort of a Debbie Downer today, here is a brief look at what the family has been up to lately