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Diary of a New Blogger: Coping with Changing Priorities

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*** These posts are  a a little more journal/stream of consciousness oriented, giving you a candid look into the ups and downs of being a new blogger.  I hope that these posts will be helpful to you on your blogging  journey.  Shanna ***

I am not going to try to sugar coat anything.  The last couple months have been hard for my blog.

Establishing a successful blog requires determination, persistence and consistency.  Up until a few months ago, I felt like I had been doing pretty well with these things…traffic had been steadily increasing and I have just been putting in my time, taking the advice of the bloggers that have gone ahead of me and not giving up.

Recently, the priorities in my life have been rearranged for me like the pieces in some crazy, drunken game of chess that the Universe is playing with me.

It isn’t all so terrible and dire as it sounds.  It all stems from something really happy.  My passion for travel and blogging is still there, but my creative energy is being taken for a different project…

We are expecting a baby in August!  Given that this is possibly the most important creative endeavor that I will ever partake in, I want to make darn sure that I do it right.

The kids play area at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
The kids play area at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Under the circumstances, I guess it is understandable that I am just not here the way that I need to be.  My mind is frankly just elsewhere much of the time, and the attention to detail necessary for writing quality information to help you with your travels fades in and out like a radio station that you are just on the edge of losing.

I hate feeling like I am making excuses, but that is just reality right now.

On top of that, the impending arrival of the baby has already changed our travel habits.  For the first three months, I was too sick to go anywhere.  Soon, I will be too big to travel comfortably.

It hurts-I am truly addicted to travel and my soul doesn’t feel adequately nourished unless I am seeing something new, but I am sure that I will have plenty of “new” in my future.

Even if that wasn’t the case, I have come to a hard realization for a travel addict.  We will travel again someday soon, but for right now, our resources of time and money need to be put in a different direction at this moment.

It has been very hard for me to accept that I just can’t do everything right now.

I am not giving up, but I have realized that if I am in this for the long haul, my energy and the way that it relates to this blog will rise and fall over time.  I still have plenty of travel stories to tell, and once things are more settled, I have a feeling that I am going to have a lot of fresh travel inspiration to feed my writing.



Have you noticed an ebb and flow to your blogging over time depending on what was going on in your life?

Shanna Schultz

Hello, my name is Shanna, and I am a detail obsessed travel addict on a mission to make planning your own family trips fun and easy! I offer tools, guides and resources to help you through all of the steps of planning meaningful, memorable family vacations. Come over and check out our Facebook community where I share real tools and resources to help you move the needle on your travel goals. Let's start making those travel dreams real, y'all! Life is too short to spend dreaming...let's start DOING!

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  1. You may find that a good number of your readers will be interested in reading about your birth journey and your new baby journey. Life is a trip, after all. There is a reason that parenting blogs and magazines are so popular. Not everybody gets to travel, but a lot of us have been there and done that (or are doing that) when it comes to babies and children.Eventually, if your life unrolls the way you would like it to, you will be blogging/writing about traveling with a child(ren) — which has another niche audience (and actually, that audience is a lot bigger than a niche. It’s more like an alcove, at least. As your due date approaches, it might be a good time to line up some guest posts 😉

    1. Shanna

      Thanks! I hadn’t really thought about the whole experience as a whole topic unto itself! Thanks for the thoughts and for opening my eyes up to the possiblilities…

  2. flipnomad

    it’s quite tough on the setup phase but after a few months or so, everything will be easier when it comes to maintaining the blog… making it earn though is a different story… goodluck and congratulations on keeping this up and running 🙂

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