Last year, after nearly ten years of blogging as One Thankful Mom, I didn’t think I could keep going.
I was grieving, tired, and trying to decide if I wanted to go back to school, work outside the home, or work from home as a writer/blogger.
I decided to make the effort to grow my blog by inviting my friend, Jennifer, to join me. Together we worked like crazy women through the winter, launching Thankful Moms on April 4th.
We moved the blog to a new platform, added new features, began writing our almost weekly friends-letter, launched our Etsy store, and tackled many other tasks behind the scenes.
It was hard work and exhilarating.
We were writing about adoption, foster care, family, faith – the topics we’re passionate about.
Then Jennifer got a foster placement of two high-need children who required a huge amount of energy and she needed a break from the blog.
Obviously doing foster care is more important than writing about foster care!
When that placement ended, life had shifted and her family’s needs had changed. A former foster child came back to stay long-term and college for their oldest was on the horizon.
The need for Jennifer to work full-time became clear, requiring her to step away from the blog.
As you can imagine, it’s very disappointing to lose such a gifted blog partner, but thankfully, we’ve been friends a long time, so that won’t change.
I have a lot of decisions to make about the future of Thankful Moms.
I plan to continue blogging, of course.
Will I continue at Thankful Moms? Go back to One Thankful Mom? Will I make one final change and move to the web address using my name (www.LisaCQualls.com) since that will never change?
There are good reasons for that last idea – namely the elusive book which is still in process. The writing has long been completed; there are other factors holding up publication which will make sense when I can share them with you. This is a lesson in patience.
Social media gurus, and friends with opinions, feel free to give them to me. Many writers have switched their web addresses to their names, but there are still bloggers using blog names. What to do…
You’ll see some changes coming here – please be patient as I sort this out. I’ll keep you posted.
Thank you a million times over for letting me try out partner-blogging. I wanted it to work, but I’m back to just being me, Lisa Qualls – One Thankful Mom, or some combination of that.
There are even ways you can help as I move forward – Tuesday Topics (remember those? You can send questions to me), My Thankful Life (guest posts), ideas for my Friends-letter (newsletter), and feedback.
You may have noticed that I’ve started doing family updates on Fridays. I’ve missed just being myself and writing whatever I feel like. It’s not strategic, and those posts won’t grow my blog, but you know what? Maybe that isn’t so important.
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You really are the best readers ever and I’m grateful for you.
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