Happy Memorial Day!
As we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our country and celebrate the start of summer with friends and family, I’m excited to share some news with you today about Life Your Way and how it will be changing in the coming weeks and months!
I first launched Organizing Your Way at the beginning of 2009; on Labor Day of 2010, we expanded to become Life Your Way; and last year we did a pretty big reorganization as we consolidated some of our channels and added new contributors.
In the beginning, my focus was on organizing and home tips, but I quickly started to feel constrained by those limited topic areas. Then, I envisioned a magazine-style site where readers could learn from a variety of contributors, and I’ve really enjoyed Life Your Way in that form over the past few years.
Now, as we look forward to adding Baby #5 to our family this fall and as I spread my wings in other areas, like ebooks and retail sales, I’m reevaluating once again.
It seems that it’s time to either grow the site bigger — with even more contributors, an SEO expert and dedicated tech support staff — or to regroup and refocus on connecting more with our existing readers.
And honestly? My heart’s just not in the first scenario.
Instead, I’m finding myself longing to go back to the good ol’ days, when I spent more time writing about my life — about green living and real food and homeschooling and marriage and, yes, organization — and less time managing the site as a whole.
And so, because I believe that the old adage should be “Winners know when to quit,” rather than “Winners never quit,” I’ve decided to scale things back a bit here on the site.
Moving forward, we’ll have fewer posts per day overall — two on most days, occasionally three.
We’ll still hear from contributors, but the contributors on our team will be writing about very specific topics. For example, Amy will be sharing tips for living with food allergies as well as allergen-free recipes and Jennifer will continue sharing her Homework Helps series.
In a nutshell, I feel like the two words that best describe this change are deeper and slower.
We’ll be slowing down and focusing on really delving into life together. Of course, we’ll still be sharing tips and ideas, but I’ll also be sharing a glimpse into my real life — the struggles and mistakes as well as the excitement and successes. I haven’t purposefully been hiding any of that from you, but running the site has been such a big job that I just haven’t had time to process my thoughts and put them into words!
I’m really excited about these changes, and I think it will make the site more valuable for you as readers as well as more enjoyable for me.
I do have one favor to ask to ask of you as we go through this transition, though. One thing I’ve missed as the site has grown is reader discussion in the comments. As we go through this change, I hope you’ll take the time to click through and share your thoughts on the posts that really resonate with you so we don’t feel like we’re just throwing ideas and thoughts and feelings out into cyberspace.
And as always, if you have any thoughts or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me an email!
Finally, thank you for being part of the site. Some of you have been with us since the days of Organizing Your Way (or even longer, since the days of Doodles’ Place), and some of you are new to the site, but I truly do appreciate each and every one of our readers!