I have been blogging for about 4 1/2 years now. And I love it. What started out as a little hobby blog has turned into our family's full time business-- and I am still pinching myself over it! This truly has been a dream come true, and Donnie and I both feel so blessed to be able to call blogging our job.
But about a year ago, I feel like I hit a rut. It seemed like I had gone from writing about what was on my heart and sharing projects that really got me excited to posting what I thought would do well on Pinterest or Google or even what I thought other people wanted me to post.
And while all of those are good things to take into consideration, my preoccupation with them seemed to dull that "spark" I once had for blogging. It wasn't new and exciting anymore, and I began to feel like I was just going through the motions. My creativity was sapped. And after writing hundreds and hundreds of blog posts, I sort of started feeling like I had run out of things to say.
Last August I attended Haven, a conference for home/DIY bloggers, and the incredible John and Sherry Petersik of Young House Love were the closing keynote speakers. They shared their story of feeling like they had lost "the spark," which led them to take a break from blogging, and talked about what they learned along the way.
The thing that jumped out at me most was their revelation that in order to avoid burn out, they needed to try new and different things that were interesting to them, things that they weren't necessarily experts at, that were outside their comfort zone a bit and that were FUN and brought a sense of excitement. They created an adult coloring book. They started a podcast. And the spark started to return.
As I sat there and listened to them speak, in my mind I was yelling, "Yes! Yes! Yes! This is exactly what I needed to hear!" I was all too familiar with the burned-out-lose-the-spark feeling that they had described, and I knew that I needed to make some sort of pivot to make sure the flame didn't burn out completely.
And then life happened.
We were house-less for two months as we sold our old house and waited for the new one to be finished. We finally moved into our new house and just as we began to get settled, Christmas hit-- the craziest time of year for home bloggers. Then we began revamping our blogging eBook/course, Building a Framework, which was in desperate need of an overhaul. Just when we got that finished up, I had surgery.
And finally, finally I could physically do nothing but lay in bed and think. Life slowed down for a bit and Donnie and I began to talk about what we would do next. It was finally time make that long-overdue pivot.
We began to ask ourselves, "What sounds like fun? What are we interested in learning more about? If we could focus in on anything, what would it be?"
I have always loved speaking and teaching-- I'm a preacher's kid, so I blame my dad for that trait! 🙂 Donnie has always gravitated toward the technical behind-the-scenes type stuff. He loves doing research and figuring out the best tools and systems to use. We both have always sort of been organization nerds. We love order and systems and coming up with ways to help our home run more smoothly.
As we continued to think about how we could combine all of these different attributes into an outlet that sounded fun for us, one thing kept coming up over and over again: video.
Now we've made a few videos for the blog here and there using basic equipment and minimal editing software, but we didn't have much idea of what we were doing at all! And we really had/have no clue about using YouTube for anything other than simply hosting the videos that we wanted to share on the blog.
So with our abundance of passion and incredible lack of knowledge, we decided to start an organization-focused YouTube channel, which we've called Abby Organizes!
Donnie began researching video equipment and taking classes on video editing. I took a YouTube course to learn the basics so we could have a general framework for what we wanted to do. I also started watching YouTube videos like a mad woman to figure out the components of a quality video, the best way to make them flow, and just generally what came across well on video (and what didn't).
We are still very, very, VERY far from being pros at this. We still have a ton to learn. Our first videos may not be awesome, but that's okay. We're starting. We're learning new things and stepping outside our comfort zones. And we're working on getting that spark back!
So beginning next Tuesday, we plan to share one organizing video per week. We'll of course post it on the YouTube channel, but I will also share a coordinating blog post here that will have the video included. (And don't worry-- I'll still be sharing other decorating posts and the occasional blogging post on the blog as well!) Our hope is that the Abby Organizes YouTube channel will become a helpful go-to resource for organizing inspiration, tips, and strategies!
Our first official video may not be live until Tuesday, BUT we wanted to give you a little sneak peek, so we created a short channel trailer for you today! We would be so honored if you would take a peek below and subscribe to our channel on YouTube!
Thank you so much for your support of our new incredibly-exciting-but-way-outside-our-comfort-zones adventure! We can't wait to dive in and learn as we go!
(AND if you have any requests for specific organizing videos you'd like us to create, please leave them in the comments below! We want to know what would be most helpful for YOU!)
Hope you're having a wonderful week!