For those who you have stuck with me this past year this post probably won’t come as a surprise and if I’m being honest it’s been a long time coming. I’ve spent the last year stretching my time between a lot of things; blogging, photography, my family, my friends and now that I’m back at work I have that as well and I feel like I haven’t been able to give my all to any of it. Dividing my time has been the biggest stress in my life and I don’t like that the people and things I love are only getting 50% of me.
When I started blogging years ago it was simply to document our life and daily happenings for our extended family, it slowly turned into me sharing a lot of my heart through writing and in turn I connected with so many incredible people. The past year though things have changed, I was added to one too many Facebook groups and I just started to see the ‘ugly’ side of blogging. Don’t get me wrong there are a lot of amazing things about this community and I am so thankful for the people I have met through it but the bad just started outweighing the good and I think a lot of it was because blogging wasn’t bringing me any kind of happiness anymore. I stopped feeling inspired and I now feel a major disconnect, probably because I just do not have the time to connect with others through their blogs like I used to. Two kids has been a lot more time consuming than one and I just don’t want to give them less than 100% for something that doesn’t add anything to my life anymore. It took me so long to admit this to myself because I don’t want to lose the friendships and relationships I have built through this space but I’m also confident the real friends will stick around regardless of my lack of .com
Blogging is HARD work and so is supporting other bloggers, not only do I feel stretched thin but my heart isn’t in it anymore. This past year my blog has served as a distraction from the one thing that actually brings me joy and fulfillment, so with a heavy heart I will be shutting down my blog in the new year so that I can focus my time and energy on Tawnya Nicole Photography.
My plan for my business is to re-design my (photography) website and start blogging client sessions more regularly because that is where my heart is. After much deliberation I also plan to combine my business and personal Instagram accounts (something you may notice I have already started) I plan on fully transitioning to documentary/lifestyle photography so my personal images will fit the style of my business aesthetic. Because I originally started blogging to document my family life I will also be trying to document a personal ‘day in the life’ session monthly on that blog. With the exception of the partnerships I have with a few small shops I also won’t be taking on any more sponsored content at this time unless it is photography related as I feel I need to fully commit to my business, two feet in, whole heartedly with no distractions.
There are places that I wanted this blog to go and who knows, maybe one day I will decide to add ‘blogger’ to my list of hats again but right now my heart is elsewhere and I have to follow it. I really thought it would be hard to remove that title from my bio but honestly it is such a weight off of my shoulders and that is enough to make me realize I’m doing the right thing. Thank you each and every one of you for all of your love and support over the years, this blog wouldn’t have reached the potential it did without you.
I will still be on Instagram and I would love it if you followed my photography page on Facebook to keep up with my latest client sessions and my personal day in the life sessions. If you’re local I’m also going to be having a giveaway next week 😉