A Fork in the Road

Hi Everyone! I know it’s been a minute but I promise, we didn’t disappear or abandon our blog. I’m hesitant to say that we’ve been busy because, if you’ve been here a while, you know I don’t really like using busy as an excuse for things. But, well…I guess we have been busy. And in the midst of it all, we’ve come to a fork in the road. Quite literally, we came across the fork pictured above in the middle of a rural road in Franklin, KY. But I digress… Learning the requirements for my new freelance gig has been a challenge but I think I’ve finally settled into a groove with that. I’ve been trying to work about 20-25 hours a week, taking Thursdays and Saturdays off completely to do something fun. Though we won’t be able to accomplish all of the things on our Fun List for this year, we have been trying to work on our main goal of hiking 20 new trails in 2020. Originally, we wanted to do 20 trails in 20 different Tennessee State Parks, but the parks were closed for a while, so we amended it to just 20 new trails anywhere in the state.
Stillhouse Hollow Falls
We turned our garden over for the season about a month ago, when the last of the okra and tomatoes were done. We skipped planting garlic this year because we still have quite a bit left and because we’ve made up our mind to only have the one garden bed next year. (This is a long story for another day but I will say that the past few months haven’t just been work and fun. We’ve had some family challenges too and it is these challenges that have led us to rethink some things.) Speaking of…we’ve also been thinking that it’s time to make some changes, not just with life, but with our blog. As happy as I was to be approached by someone wanting to write a guest post and as cool as it is to see other folks succeeding as pro bloggers, I’ve come to realize, that lifestyle is not for me. I can’t ‘create content’ on a schedule and I don’t want to share this space just so someone else can get their click rate up. Money is not my thing and if I didn’t have a full understanding of that before, being self-employed for a year has really driven it home for me. So…all of that is a long winded way of saying – any ad you see on this site going forward is here because I’m not going to pay for a plan with WordPress to remove advertising. We are not monetizing our site. There will be no links to anything for sale (unless it’s just something awesome but not because we’re trying to profit from it), and there will be no more corporate sponsored guest posts. Over the next few months, we plan on updating our site. Some posts will be filed away and a few things will be restructured to make room for new content. We’ll be doing a lot more on Instagram, and there’s a huge possibility that our Facebook page will go away entirely (though we’re still undecided). And in January (provided the world doesn’t collapse before then!) we’ll be launching a brand new project. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while but have always talked ourselves out of it. Hint – it’s super minimal. All this being said, I want to hear from you. What topics would you like to learn more about in an upcoming post? Do you have any questions for us? Do you feel like 2020 has been a catalyst for change in your life? If so, how? Let’s talk…because, seriously, I’ve missed you all very much these past few weeks.

11 thoughts on “A Fork in the Road

  1. Hello again! Like you, we are paying for the no ad version. The only reason is to prevent ads – not to make any money. Blogging for me isn’t about money as well.

    Glad to hear you are settling into your new job. Can’t wait to see what you have planned for next year! This darn pandemic sure has us questioning how we spend our free time. You were our inspiration for 20 parks in 2020 (which we aren’t going to accomplish but who really cares if we make it?)

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    1. Thanks for joining us! Don’t worry, I’m not leaving. Just thinking and planning for a bit. I agree with you though, it does seem like blogging is being replaced by social media and vlogging. I have a hard time finding new blogs to follow too.

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  2. Love that fork in the road! I hope all the health challenges have turned out well. I stopped blogging altogether for about 3 months. But I did a post today, so we shall see. I went back to a free WP too. After 3 months, I was sick to death of paying for nothing!! so, now I’m on my 3rd one. Change is inevitable, I guess!! Good to hear that your part time gig is working out well. And that you have time for relaxation, and fun.
    I’ll drop in again soon, to see what’s up then!

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