I took a blogging break throughout August and September so that I could focus on planning our late September wedding, our short but sweet honeymoon to Newport, Rhode Island, and trips to two of my cousins’ weddings all packed into a two month period. But that whirlwind of activity wasn’t the only reason I went on hiatus. I’ve had a lot of changes in my life throughout the past year, and while I thought after getting through the last couple of months I’d want to start pouring my energy into growing this blog again, I’m not sure it’s the right space for my life right now.
Frequent readers may recall that Brett gave me an ice cream maker a few days before my 25th birthday. But it wasn’t the biggest birthday present I received. What we refer to as my “other 25th birthday present” was actually finding out that we’re going to have a baby. The birthday cupcakes we had that morning were eaten right after a visit to the doctor to confirm the news. While it was overwhelming to take in at the same time we were finalizing the details of our upcoming wedding and going through lots of other life changes, we’ve been so excited to meet our little one since we found out that he or she was going to arrive next spring.
We decided that we wanted to wait until we were safely past the end of the first trimester to share the news outside our circle of family and close friends. I thought at first that I might share regular updates on the blog. Something that really helped me during the first trimester was reading what other bloggers have written throughout their pregnancies, especially Julie’s, Brittany’s, Morgan’s, and Colleen’s. I’d like to have a record for myself, and also share what I go through with others who might find themselves getting married and starting a family at a similar stage in life.
The more I’ve thought about it, the less certain I feel that Renaissance Runner Girl is the right place for sharing life at this moment. I’ve loved writing this blog. But I’m not running currently, because I experienced some pretty severe dizziness and fainting in the first trimester that put me out of commission for awhile and also led to a minor foot injury (yes, it does seem like I’m falling apart sometimes!) While I was happy to make this a blog about my life when it wasn’t about running and recipes, I don’t know if it feels right to share my family’s life in the same way I shared when it was just me. So what else is there to blog about? That’s an open question.
I’m not sure if the inevitable new focus of my life and writing will mean shifting the focus of this blog, creating a new blog with an altered focus, or turning to other outlets for writing. There are a few recipe and travel posts I’ve had rolling around for awhile and I plan to share those in the coming weeks, but otherwise my posts will probably be a little more scattered as I ponder what I’d ultimately like to do. I’d love to hear thoughts from readers who have faced similar decisions.
Have you ever considered rebranding your blog?
How do you decide what’s shareable?
Ways to share your writing outside your blog?
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