Hello, Sweet Readers!
That’s right, this is the final History and Home Link Party (at least, for now) and it’s also time to share some changes with you all. Regular readers have probably noticed a major slow-down in posting here at We Call It Junkin. I’ve been thinking and praying and thinking and praying and finally decided what to do, and I feel good about it!
In The Beginning…
The reason I started this site was to create an income-producing business for myself. I saw how other blogs made a nice little income from sidebar ads, and that really was my only goal at the start. This place to share my interests in collecting and appreciating history has made a little money, I’ve met some really nice people, and I’ve learned some new skills along the way.
One of my favorite finds evaahhhh!
But lately I find myself losing interest, no longer feeling “the burn” to collect and decorate and blog about it all. My interests have shifted to other things, including serving more at church, a long-time interest in photography, and the desire to spend more time with my family.
It’s shocking how much time it takes on a daily basis to build a successful, income-producing blog!
Between the many forms of social media, trying to respond to all comments (something I never mastered and have no clue how others do), and dealing with several affiliate and sponsorship companies, not to mention shopping, crafting, photographing, editing, and writing…whew! It wears me out just to think about it! Also, it’s turned out that companies that might have placed a side-bar ad in the past are shifting more and more to “sponsored posts”, paying bloggers to write about their product. I’ve done a few of these, but readers don’t really like them (as they don’t always relate to the topic of the blog) and for the blogger it’s one-time rather than recurring income.
Wanted: More Fun
So! With all that said, I’ve decided to change my focus here at WCIJ from building a business to blogging more for fun.
- I’ll only write when I want to (not because my schedule says it’s a “publish day”),
- I’m not going to worry about joining 15 link parties per week and updating social media every day because that’s what “they” say you have to do. (I was never good at that anyway, as my social media followers who never hear from me can attest!)
- I won’t obsess over how many subscribers I have or how much traffic WCIJ is getting
- No more applying for sponsored posts and new affiliates (I am going to keep a few affiliates over there –> that don’t take any of my time and have products I like and recommend)
- I’ll no longer feel like I’m chained to the calendar
Just to think how freeing it will be!
Thus, I’ve arrived at the difficult decision to end the weekly History & Home Link Party. I hope you wonderful folks who joined the link party every week understand, and wish each of you the very best. I’m so grateful to y’all and hope you still join this last time. And don’t worry about the 3-post limit – link whatever you want, old or new. And who knows, I may change my mind later on down the road and bring History and Home back… I’ll keep it in my back pocket 😉
Thanks for reading this and after you visit the link party guests, I hope you’ll check out the lovely building I’m also sharing today on the home page. I’ll be seeing y’all soon… or maybe later 😉