<Bill Lumbergh Voice>
So I guess we should probably go ahead and have a little talk. Hmm?
</Bill Lumbergh Voice>
OK, sorry, I just got uber geeky on you, but I needed a chuckle.
The past 2 days have been, dare I say, stressful? I know I have the cushiest job in the world. I mean, I work for myself. I’m not a brain surgeon or fighter pilot or, geesh, even a teacher. I’m a blogger. I blog. I tell people about my day and share photos of my kids. I mean really, I have NOTHING to complain about. I’m my own boss and I love, love, LOVE what I do.
When I have to do all the things that allow me to do what I do like…
- Maintaining the blogs on a technical level
- Dealing with spam
- Working with ad networks
- Balancing my books
- Managing subscriptions
Basically, all the backbone crap. I used to like some of it, I mean, I was a web developer in my past life but now I’d rather spend my time…
- Coming up with fun recipes
- Writing articles
- Editing my book
- Taking photographs
Honestly, I let the crap I don’t want to do kind of build up while I focus on the fun stuff I do want to do. Then it normally comes to a head (ads get out of hand, theme becomes outdated, etc., etc., etc.) and I freak out.
That’s what happened Monday.
Notice I bolded Managing subscriptions above. That’s the straw that broke this blogger’s back.
See, I’m in the middle of a redesign that I’m super duper excited about. Here’s a little sneak peek.
All my blogs will have a header similar to that. They will be easier to navigate from site to site and they will all FINALLY feel like a family instead of 3 separate blogs. This has been a long time coming and I’ve been working on it all year.
Anyway, in parallel with the redesign I decided I would also merge all the random subscription services I’ve been using and finally get to manage everything from one location. Sounds like a great idea, right?
Well I started the process last week. Little did I know I had over 10,000 subscribers across all the blogs! I exported. I imported. I set up the new system and I thought it was all peachy keen until I got a message from the new service that was full of words like compliance, abuse, spam, suspended.
I was like, whaa???
Long story short, you may have gotten an email for me tonight letting you know what you needed to do if you want to keep your subscription. If you didn’t get it and you want to subscribe, please click here. I’ll be sorting this out for a few more days. GreenLiteBites was hit the hardest.
I’m not going to lie, I was devastated. It’s taken me a long time to build my lists because I do it slow and organic. I’m not a hard seller. You like what I have to say? AWESOME! If not, that’s cool. I’m not going to try to trick you to subscribe. I’ll be here if you’re interested doing what I do.
So, that’s my story. I don’t normally blog about bloggy things because I truly see that kind of stuff as a means to an end. It’s not what I do or what I want to do, it’s what I need to do to do what I do.
Does that even make any sense? I mean, you don’t read articles in Shape magazine about how to do page layouts. Runners World doesn’t have articles on how to secure advertising. Know what I mean?
That’s my way of saying, have no fear, I’m not going to geek out on you again for a while. Promise.
In other news:
- This weekend is my CrossFit comp! I’m nervous but excited!
- Tonight was the 9-Year-Old’s night to help with dinner. We made shrimp and broccoli pasta with shaved parmesan. Look at the pride in his face!!
This whole dinner once a week things is really working. He’s learning so much and I’m having a blast getting him back in the kitchen with me. I mean, remember these? We were both so young!
- I’m working on 2 new GreenLiteBites posts at the moment but the subscription things has thrown me off schedule.
- I’ve been letting the stress get to me and have been indulging in a wee too much chocolate. It’s not helping that they are doing a fundraiser at school and my son has a box of bars STARING ME IN THE FACE! Ugh.
- In the midst of all the hoopla I’m also editing the #wycwyc book. I’m loving this process even though it moves a little slow for my taste.
- Oh! and I finally posted the FitBloggin’14 highlight video. Click here if you are interested to see what the heck us bloggers do when we get together.
OK, I think that’s it. I feel like no one is going to read this because of the subscription debacle but, oh well. I feel better for getting it all out there.
Hope you are having a great night!