Hey y’all! How is your week going? 🙂
If you’ve seen my blog this past week, you’ll notice that a big chunk of my posts have disappeared. Everything from the end of May 2017 to now is lost. I wasn’t able to recover most images for the posts that I was able to salvage thanks to Archive.org. This includes half of my pregnancy bumpdates. Most of Juliana’s monthly updates couldn’t be saved. Although I wrote a shorter version for Facebook, it’s still a bummer to have those posts vanish. All of my 2018 posts, with the exception of early January and posts that I scheduled in advance, are gone.
The biggest blow, however, was losing my miscarriage story titled “My Child Did Exist“. Of course, I could attempt to write it again, but the freshness of what I experienced and how I felt afterwards is no longer there.
I wish I could tell you exactly what happened, but I’m not quite sure myself. I consider myself pretty computer/internet savvy, but things like this go over my head. My server went down, and we lost everything on all of my sites and my dad’s sites. Even the backups were corrupted. This continued for approximately one month before we were able to get our sites back online.
Since my blog was down for an entire month (resulting in a loss of a month’s worth of income), I had to find another creative outlet that would potentially/hopefully lead to another stream of income. This is when I tried to give YouTube another try. I began posting 1-2 times a week on my mom channel – Amber Faith.
I also started posting vlogs again on my family channel. I changed the name from Beautifully BellaFaith (my former blog name) to LongTales. I’d love if you would subscribe to one (or both) of my channels! Just because my blog is back up doesn’t mean I won’t be making videos anymore! I have big plans for both channels.
Being away from my blog for a month did help clear my head and allow me time to think about what I want to write about in the future. It’s easy to get burnt out with blogging, especially when it’s also your livelihood. I’ve been in positions where I accepted gigs that didn’t 100% appeal to me simply because I needed money to put food on the table or money for cheer or money for school supplies. When you’re “forced” to write about something you’re not totally interested in, it’s tough for your words to come across as natural and organic. Your audience can sense that.
I started this blog back in 2011 to document my oldest daughter’s life. I miss writing for the sake of writing. I miss writing about topics that interest me. I’m definitely not against sponsored posts or reviews, but I’m going to be more particular about the campaigns that I apply for and/or accept going forward.
Until next time,