You may have noticed that for the past year, things have been a bit slow around here. I don't post nearly as frequently as I did when I first started blogging. The truth is that in the past year, God has called me to be more present at home. We homeschooled our youngest last year, and my older one simply needed a little more of mom's time and attention. The first part of this school year was spent getting my younger one adjusted to life in middle school (which I honestly think could be a full-time job -- Middle School Transition Specialist).
For a while, my hopes and dreams as a writer and blogger had to be set to the back burner. My first calling is as a mom, no matter what my other passions may be.
Now, however, I feel like my girls are pretty settled in their routines and God is saying yes to some bigger and better things for Everyday Truth. This blog is my passion. It's where I can pour out my heart and impact other people for Jesus. It's where I can share the stories of our life with you in the hopes that you will see something in us that can encourage or help you.
I've never been one to follow the blogging "trends." What you get here is simply the outpourings of my heart. That will not change. Everyday Truth will still be devoted to helping you find God in the everyday moments with your kids.
Today, though, I want to share with you my hopes and dreams for this blog for the coming year and explain the reasons behind some of the things you'll be seeing that might be a bit different.
So, here are my goals for my blog.
I plan to be a whole lot more consistent in blogging. I'm not going back to a five-day-a-week schedule, but I am planning to post three days a week. Most weeks, it will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
I hope to offer more giveaways and reviews on the blog that will benefit you. Be assured that I will only pass on products to you that I personally have found success with. I want to share my favorite things with you, not just push product.
I'm also planning to give Everyday Truth a fresh look that will hopefully be easier to navigate and have a cleaner look. Look for those changes in the next few months.
Many of you are familiar with my e-book Everyday Christmas. It's my dream to write enough of my own stuff that I can make a living simply writing. To that end, I have a couple of things in the pipeline for this year. This spring, I'll be publishing an Everyday Truth Bible study and this summer, I'm planning to make available my summer fun packets that will help you create your own summer adventure with your kids.
Many of you may not know that I am available to speak to groups. I've done this in a limited way in the past but this year, I hope to put more focus on speaking to groups of women who are simply seeking God in their parenting. If you're interested in having me speak to your group, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook and Pinterest
If you didn't already know, Everyday Truth is on Facebook. Just click that little Facebook icon in the upper right corner of the blog, and you'll find us. We're also on Pinterest. You can click the little Pinterest icon up there as well.
Until now, Facebook and Pinterest have really just been a place to attach my blog posts, but this year, I want to change that. I want them to be places of true community. To that end, you'll find me posting more frequently on Facebook. I'll be sharing questions, short snippets from our lives and some of my favorite things that I think you might also enjoy. I'll also be pinning more things on Pinterest that I think will be useful for all of you.
In return, I'd love for all of you to chime in on the conversation in those places. I'd love to get to know all of you as much as social media allows. So, if you have a question that you need help with, don't be afraid to ask it. If you need prayer, let us know. I'd love to pray for you. If you have a story to share, please do -- because I'm all about the stories.
Some of you get Everyday Truth in your inbox every time there's a new post. If you don't get it in your inbox and you'd like to, just enter your e-mail in the little subscribe by e-mail box on the right of the blog. Later this year, I'll start sending out a once-a-week newsletter that will contain links to all of that week's posts, links to some other people's blogs that I think you'll find interesting and sometimes some information about products and deals that I think are fabulous.
I know in the past you've sometimes seen a disclaimer on my posts that says "This post may contain affiliate links." That simply means that if you click on the link in the post and you buy something through that link, I get a percentage. It doesn't cost you anything more. It's simply a payment to me from the company as a thanks for promoting them. I don't promote companies or products I don't believe in.
I include affiliate links because my long-term goal is to make enough money blogging and writing that I don't have to do anything else. That's a win-win for both you and me. I get to do what I love, and you get more things to read that you love. I tell you all of this because I want to be completely honest about what I'm doing. I never want this blog to be more about money than it is about ministering to other parents.
I believe that God has called me to this ministry, and I don't plan to change things to be all about making money. I'll just be inserting things that fit with the mission and ministry of Everyday Truth.
I'm looking forward to a fantastic year with all of you. Thanks for being readers and followers of Everyday Truth.