You guys, I am having a serious identity crisis.
As you can tell, the crickets and tumble weeds have taken over Lizzie in Progress. Some of it has come from general life stuff taking up my time, but a lot of it is coming from I have no idea what I want this blog to be anymore.
I read this fantastic post from Rambling Renovators that basically talks about the shift in the blog world in the past year or so. When I started blogging in 2009, it was all about commenting on other blogs and creating friendships through following/followers. Now its all about Pins, Tweets and Instagram. A lot of my favorite bloggers have turned their blog into a business, and while I think that is fantastic for them, I find myself weary of reading nearly every post is sponsored by so-and-so. Give aways have become work too: it used to be a comment on the post. Now I have to follow this person on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest , Twitter along with the eight other blogs they've joined up with. Truth gun to my head, I just don't have that kind of time! But I see these blogs and I start to feel like I can't compete with their amazing renovations or perfectly planned parties. In the back of my mind, I start to think... why bother? I'm never going to be a powerhouse on Pinterest. I'll never have 15K followers on Instagram. If no one is commenting, then is anyone out there?
So consider this my mission statement: I am never going to make money from this blog. I realize that. This is basically my personal diary of what is going on in my life. If I don't get any blog traffic, that's fine- I enjoy looking back in my archives and remembering what I was thinking at a certain point in my life. That's why I started this.
As far as topics go, I am going to keep the same variety it's always been: sometimes JEGs and I will renovate a room. Sometimes Hunter will say something cute and I need to share it with the world (it happens a lot, let's be honest). If a friend has a beautiful wedding, I want to share it with everyone. I will probably break out the glue gun and get all crafty up in this bish. Sometimes I just want to talk about this amazing pair of shoes I found at Target. I am a suburban mom who loves pretty things, and I don't want to be pigeon holed into one specific topic.
My plan is to revamp this blog. Lizzie has progressed as far as she's going to go, and I am coming back as Amy. I am going to give the whole blog a face lift, and I am going to really try to not succumb to the pressure of Pinterest and just do what I love- write about the shit that's going on in my little corner of the world.
I'll see you on the flip side.
Always & Forever,