You know how sometimes you commit to something and after a while you realize it’s just not your thing? Some people (like my long-suffering hubby) stick it out and keep plodding along to the very end. I am not one of those people. Sometimes I really wish I was, but I’m not.
So, after much thought, I have decided that Simply Sensational must come to an end. I have enjoyed checking out the wonderful projects, ideas, recipes, etc. that many of you have shared, and I have been totally inspired by your creativity!
Why end the party?
Well, if you’ve been following my blog, you probably know that I only post twice (sometimes three times) a week. Why so few posts compared to some other bloggers? The simple answer is that my family comes first.
When I started Organizing Homelife, I had NO idea how much fun blogging would be. I delved right in and in some senses it took over my life for a while. Earlier this year, I struggled with how much time I was spending working on my blog and I debated giving it up, but dreaded the thought. I had found something that became a wonderful, creative outlet for me, but I knew I couldn’t keep up the pace with homeschooling my kids.
I am absolutely more committed to my family than growing my blog. Having said that, the balance I have found at this stage of life, is to post two (to three) times per week. Some day, I may be able to post more often, but for now, this works for me.
So what now?
I want to keep Organizing Homelife focused and spend my time sharing things I make and do. I love creativity. I love DIY projects, cooking, making printables, decorating, and of course, organizing. These are the things I’m good at, and they are the things I want to share on my blog. I have also found that I learned way more about web design than I ever thought I could and will occasionally be sharing some blogging tips with you as well.
Thanks so much to all of you who have participated in Simply Sensational Tuesday! And now, let’s end this party with a bang!
Throughout the week I highlighted some of my favorite links from last week’s party on my Facebook page.
Any links I feature are pinned to my Pinterest board, Simply Sensational Tuesday Features. Hop over and check out features from past weeks, too!
TOP FEATURES FROM LAST WEEK:
Erin from Healthy Branscoms shared her fabulous Home Organization Binder. Check out how she keeps her family organized.
Bridget from What’s Cooking in the Burbs shared these Cinnamon Roll Muffins. Don’t they look AMAZING? These are definitely on my menu plan for next week! My hubby’s gonna love me… 🙂
Check out how Jade from There Was a Crooked House made her own Fridge Filer. I have a very similar system and I love what she did with her schedules!
Erin Branscom says
awww, thanks for featuring me! 🙂
You’re welcome, Erin. Thanks for the inspiration!
I for one will definitely miss your weekly parties. I’ve enjoyed them very much and have always liked the focus. That said, I respect your choice of priorities and applaud your decision for that very matter. I will look forward what else you have up your sleeve in the future. God bless.
Thanks for your sweet comment, Kathy! 🙂 I’ll probably do a themed link up party here and there, instead of a weekly party. We’ll see…it’s a fun journey blogging, isn’t it? 🙂
Liz @ Wonder Woman I'm Not says
Sorry to see your link party end, I’ve really enjoyed visiting all the other creative bloggers out there. Of course family does need to come first and “a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do!” I’m looking forward to continuing to see the fun stuff you do. Take care and thanks for hosting.
Thanks for your comment and support, Liz. I’ve enjoyed having you link up so regularly!
Nicole Bowen says
Oh! Thank goodness!!! At first I thought you were ending it all! Perish the thought! Truthfully though, I never was able to get into Simply Sensational Tuesdays that much. I follow Organizing Homelife faithfully!
Thank you so much, Nicole! I really appreciate your comment. Sometimes it can be very hard to judge what your readers are thinking. I love hearing what you all like and don’t, so thanks so much for your honesty!
Thanks for the feature and I’ll miss linking up every Tuesday! Have a great week!
You’re welcome, Bridget! You have a great week, too. 🙂 Thanks for linking up!
I’ve enjoyed your link up party, but family is more important!
Thanks for your support, Margo. 🙂
ginny! i totally understand! so glad you aren’t going to stop blogging altogether…i was worried that is where your post was going 🙂
Thanks, Sam! I definitely considered it last spring, but knew I would really miss it. Blogging is something I never dreamed I’d do, but I love it so much. I just had to re-prioritize and I’ve been a lot less ‘absorbed’ since then. 🙂
Hilda @ From Overwhelmed To Organized says
I applaud your decision Ginny! I’ve been surprised myself by how much time blogging takes (and all the other stuff I love doing associated with blogging) and I have not posted much this summer so that I could focus on my kids. I’m sad I don’t have a post to link up to your final party but I’ve enjoyed partying with you in the past and I look forward to continuing to read your posts. Thanks for your honesty and sharing the choices you’ve made. You’re an inspiration for all of us to continually assess and reassess our priorities!
Hilda, you are so sweet! You always give so much encouragement. 🙂 I had NO idea when I started how many hours it would take just to put out a ‘simple’ post. Crazy, huh? It’s important for you to spend time with your kids, and I’m glad to hear you spent your time with them instead of blogging this summer. They won’t be young forever, will they? I have to keep reminding myself of that! 🙂
Hilda @ From Overwhelmed To Organized says
It sounds so cliche but “they grow up so fast” 🙂 Enjoy your last party!
Julie @ The Path to an Organized Tomorrow says
Thanks for hosting! I’ll miss linking up, but I look forward to following along with your “normal” posts! Have a great week! 🙂
Thanks so much for hosting each week. I’ll miss the party, but I know spending time with family is most important. I’m just starting up my site, and I can’t believe the time it takes! I’m sure I’ll find myself needing to slow down at some point, too.
Good for you for having the conviction to order your priorities and then act on it! Everything has a season and ending Simply Sensational could lead to… well who knows! I enjoy reading your blog.
I have enjoyed linking up to your parties, I totally understand your decision and I think it is the right one to make. I just recently took a month off from blogging, I was being consumed and the important people in my life were being neglected in some way. I was always stressed out posting, commenting etc. I have also battled with the decision of letting my blog go.
But I have decided to stay and just blog less and not stress about it that much.
I will still stop by and check out your post 🙂
You are so right!
We have to make those calls sometimes and it seems like we are always blessed abundantly when we heed them 🙂 Hugs to you and your family
Kathy Moody says
Thank you so much for hosting! So glad I found your wonderful blog. This is my first time to link up here. Your newest follower. 🙂
Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says
I’m sad to see this party go, but I definitely understand. I respect you a lot for being able to balance blog and family!! Sometimes I think the decision you made takes more self control than just giving up the blog outright. Good for you!
Thanks, Betsy. It is definitely a balance! Thanks for your support. 🙂