Changes and Final HHLP

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!   

Get it?  My name is Dawn... ;)

Get it? My name is Dawn… πŸ˜‰

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.  

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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!  

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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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰

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44 comments

  1. Amy says:

    I completely understand the need for a change. I have enjoyed your weekly party and I wish you the best in your new adventures.

  2. kate steeper says:

    Its been a pleasure taking part , but i know what you mean, the internet can start to eat your real world life and nobody can decorate and shop every day just for the purpose of a blog .

  3. Melissa's Antiques says:

    I am with you on the having fun and not sticking to a schedule. Blog because you like it and you want to. Not because you feel like you have to. I’ve been doing that since I started my blog 3 years ago. Although I’ve had requests for sponsored posts, etc, I’ve turned everything down, because I want this to be fun and not a job! πŸ™‚ I hope to still see posts from you pop up from time to time.

    • Dawn says:

      Thanks so much, Melissa, it is much more relaxing and freeing that’s for sure! I’ll still be here, just not at the break-neck pace I used to do πŸ™‚

  4. Rita C at Panoply says:

    Dawn, congratulations on your decision! It won’t surprise me if many other blogs follow suit in the coming year. HHLP has been a wonderful party, and I thank you for hosting and widening my circle of like-minded friends throughout (not to mention features!). My link post today kinda sums it up – It’s a Jungle Out There!, and swingly freely sure does suit me just fine. I do hope you’ll venture out for an armside shopping spree every now and then – that was always great fun.
    Best wishes on your shift in focus. I’ll still follow you, as infrequent or frequent as you post.
    Rita

    • Dawn says:

      Thank you so much, Rita, I appreciate your kind words and encouragement! I’ll still do an Armchair Junkin here and there, in fact probably will do one soon. Hope you’re not too cold up there in WV

  5. Linda Page says:

    Good for you. Enjoy every minute of your free time. I know these blogs can be ultra time-consuming and become a chore. Then they are no fun. Post what you like, when you like and for however long your like. I have enjoyed everything you have hosted and posted and I will still look forward to seeing what you post in the future. I, like you, love vintage buildings and dishware so I will still be following you. You did good!

  6. Joy@aVintageGreen says:

    Hi Dawn, thank you for hosting. It has been a pleasure joining in. I understand how blogging takes over and I cut back for similar reasons. I post when I have something I want to share and I read and comment on my fav blogs and … have more hours in my day freed up.

  7. Sharon@BlueWillowHouse says:

    Thank you for hosting the Home and History Party. I am still following you for those posts that you just have to write because you want too. They will be the best you ever do. I never monetized my blog even though I’ve had the opportunity. I do it just for fun and the connection with like minded folks. Enjoy your family!

  8. Denise says:

    I get what your saying I also found I can’t keep posting even weekly so I will post when I can.
    Totally enjoy life I say and post when you feel like it.
    Have a great week.
    Denise

    • Dawn says:

      Thanks Brittany Ruth, and thanks for sharing all your wonderful trips here at HHLP, I’ve seen places I never would have seen otherwise! -Dawn

    • Dawn says:

      Thanks so much, Lisa! The last couple of camping trips have been all about making repairs on the camper…hopefully I can do some more “junkin’ & campin'” soon!

  9. Donna Wilkes says:

    Good for you for choosing real life! I vowed never to accept ads and sponsors so I would be free to post when I want. This week I am taking time off and the world will not end. I am a little teary-eyed at the thought of no more history posts – I had a long list of places in Cola for you to visit. I will miss the armchair junkin’ trips. Tell your husband to grab any treasures from the hunt club you might want!

    • Dawn says:

      Hey, Donna, don’t worry I’ll still be sharing old buildings from time to time, and probably a little armchair junkin, too, just not at the same crazy pace I used to. And alas, I think I’ve cleaned out the great old dishes at the hunt club…though I haven’t actually checked MYSELF, maybe I should make a trip out there πŸ˜‰

  10. Christine says:

    Hi Dawn and thanks for all the times you hosted the party. Things change all the time in life, so you need to do what you feel is important first. Good for you!!!!! xoxoxo Christine from Little Brags

  11. Candy S says:

    Dawn, I have enjoyed the arm chair shopping and all of the HHLP parties, I will miss them. I do understand. Family comes first! Blogging can be exhausting. I was spending a good thirty to forty hours a week between visiting other blogs and leaving comments and working on my own blog (plus working full time). I almost stopped blogging over the Summer. I will be looking forward to your posts.

    • Dawn says:

      Wow, 30 to 40 hours per week! I never really added my hours up, but if I did, I’ll bet it would be about the same. I’ll probably still do an Armchair Junkin some time πŸ™‚

  12. Fonda Rush says:

    Hay! I follow some of those people up there ^! It’s wonderful to see them out and about. I am thankful that many people are finally getting out of the business of blogging for the sake of making money. I hate finding out at the end that a favorite blogger is trying to sell me something, rather than stating the intention of the entry at the beginning. Those kinds of entries are so contrived, especially when they don’t fit what the blog seemed to be about. You are another breath of fresh air. I will be following you because you will be authentic. There are many blogs I put up with because I like their basic premise, so I try to ignore the commercials. It is getting more and more difficult. Thank you for the decision you have made.

  13. Diana Petrillo says:

    It’s a sad, sad day for us (your party has been one of my favorites!), but I suspect a new and wonderful day for you. I wish you all the best in your new adventures, and hope we stay in touch πŸ™‚
    Wishing you many blessings,
    Diana

    • Dawn says:

      You’ve been to every single party I think, Diana! I’ll still be posting here and there, just didn’t want to keep up with the weekly demand. I’ll be over to see you soon!

  14. Debbie-Dabble says:

    Dawn,
    I am now on a Blog Posting Break but still visiting!! When I return, the week of thanksgiving, i will change how I blog and I am totally in agreement with you. I find I get caught up in the Blog Rat Race and place far too much emphasis on how many comments I get, parties I attend and hits on the posts I get. And all for what???? I relaly don’t know except for my on stroking of my ego!!

    I am so in agreement with you and I will see you sooner or maybe later, my friend!!

    Wishing you the best in everything you WANT to do!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

  15. Rosie M. says:

    Hi,, Dawn: we were out of town last week for a family funeral and I totally missed this post of yours. I am so sorry I missed commenting on such an important post. I understand your decision, and I will anxiously look forward to whatever posts you continue to publish. I’ve always loved your History ones especially. I try to post twice a month, and it feels like just the right amount of time for a hobby. I still get to collect my tablescaping pretties, have fun planning my table and I enjoy the chance to write. So, I feel like I’m having my cake and eating it too without too much outlay of time. We’ve all got to find the right balance so that our lives can be full and rich, but NOT more stressful. I wish you the best of luck in finding what the best balance will be for you. But know I will look forward to seeing your blog name pop up in my Inbox whenever you’re ready to share! Take care, dear friend. Rosie

    • Dawn says:

      You are such a sweetie, Rosie, and congrats to you as still a somewhat new blogger for figuring out that balance so early! It shows, too, because your writing is always so great. Changing from a money-making focus to a hobby-focus has been a wonderful decision for me! Blessings and take it easy in this busy season!
      Dawn

  16. Patricia Krank says:

    I’m with you Dawn. I can’t do what it takes to make mine an incoming producing blog. I am a creative person and all the self promotion and time on the computer would take all of the fun out of it. I WILL miss your party though. Thanks for sharing honestly and blessings to you,
    Patti

    • Dawn says:

      I really appreciate your sweet words, Patti, and you said it so well, no fun! I’m having much more fun now and enjoying the process again – plus life in general! Blessings to you – Dawn

  17. Gina says:

    Hi Dawn, that’s great that you realized that blogging was taking up too much of your time and that you took action. Blogging can take up a ton of time and I don’t even host a party, so I can’t even imagine. I have even thought about not blogging any more because of how time consuming it is. You were a wonderful host and I enjoyed your parties, I’ll still be keeping up with what you are up to when you share it with us.
    Have a wonderful rest of your week,
    Gina

    • Dawn says:

      Thank you, Gina, that’s so kind of you. Good luck to you in deciding what to do with yours, it can take over if you aren’t careful, huh? Best, Dawn

  18. Aniko says:

    i missed this last link-up – but just wanna say that I really enjoyed linking up to the History and Home linky and thank you for being such a fab host! wishing you a happy New Year (a bit belatedly) hope it holds many blessings and lots of fun! best, Aniko

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