Thank you, Blog. This has been so much fun. You have provided me a place to share during a season when I felt I had little to contribute. After leaving a job I loved dearly earlier this year and being unable to move on to a new one just yet, you provided me a place to process, laugh, learn, and encourage and inspire others during my sabbatical.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about this, and it’s time for me to go now. You know I kept trying different angles to turn this beloved hobby into a career, but at the end of the day that’s not what I really want. I am not looking to build a platform for myself. Blogging is somewhat lonely to me.
Blog, it’s been a blast learning all the ins and outs of social media, advertising, publishing, and digital marketing with you, but when it’s all said and done, these past months have helped me see clearly that if I don’t get off this train soon I’ll be headed in a direction I don’t want to go.
It’s not you, it’s me, Blog.
Even though it’s been tough, I’m thankful this is winding up to be a year of discovering things I’m no longer pursuing. I’m no longer a Church Online leader nor do I intend to become a home productivity blogger. Don’t take it personally, Blog, but one reason I know it’s time to move on is because my brand is getting fuzzy. Together, we make me look like a home productivity gal who serves up side dishes of leadership and minimalism. Home productivity is a hobby of mine but not a passion. This hobby is turning into a niche opportunity I don’t plan to make a career out of. Together you and I provided a lot of free and helpful content to many people, but you are my rebound role in between one job I adored and another (yet unknown) job I hope to invest in someday down the road.
I don’t care much about our high traffic days, Blog.
Pinterest stats don’t hold value to me.
Instagram likes mean very little.
I want to invest in people face to face and champion a cause with greater eternal significance.
Simply put, I can feel it in my bones that I’m still not where I need to be.
Blog, you and I both know my greatest gifts and desires are geared towards developing and encouraging leaders by example. I’ve been able to do this a little bit with you, but it’s not enough. I can’t stay here and expect to see the changes I’m praying will happen.
If you stop and think back a little, Blog, you’ll remember that I told you a long time ago that this was a hobby and these months would be a fun opportunity to learn and grow together. We’ve had our fun, and now it’s time for me to move on. I believe you’ve served your purpose during this season, and I’ve served mine.Margin is the white space of life. White space can be uncomfortable, but it's also full of potential.Click To Tweet
I’ll probably still post here from time to time, but I’m setting a firm boundary between you and me right now so I can create some margin in my life. Margin is nothing more – and nothing less – than white space. White space can be uncomfortable, Blog. But it’s also full of potential!
My specific plans? To sit in this awkward, not-blogging white space for awhile and see where God leads me. I am hungry for a new challenge, and I have faith that it’ll appear in time. I know I can’t embrace new opportunities if I’m still clinging to you. Goodbye for now, Blog.
To My Blog Readers
Thank you for providing me the blessing of a place to share three times a week these past months. I won’t be surprised if I come back and write here again someday, as has been the case with previous seasons over the past decade of blogging at DanaByers.com. But for now I’m grateful that you’ve provided me the time and space to contribute and have a voice during a challenging season of life.
Thank you, friends. Let’s stay in touch. I’ll keep cheering you on!