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Now I’ve Done it. D’oh!

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<Bill Lumbergh Voice>

Ummm yeah.

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.

Except…

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 Then it normally comes to a head (ads get out of hand, theme becomes outdated, etc., etc., etc.)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.

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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!!
    20140917_3379This 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!



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Discussion

There are 19 comments so far.

    Jules Biggirlbombshell

    September 18, 2014

    I read…I enjoyed… I re-subscribed….
    I started Princess V cooking one night a week… planning it, cooking it.. at the beginning of the year… After the move, we slacked a bit, but now we are setting it up. I did it solely to extend her comfort level with the stove NOW often on a Sunday morning she is making eggs and pancakes for us!

      RoniNoone

      September 18, 2014

      That is so awesome! And I can’t wait to see the transition of him doing it independently. So fun!

    Cosmin Gabriel

    September 18, 2014

    I lost 5 kilos in my first week.

    It’s my 10th day and I have included salad with some protein

    (eg. egg/ lean chicken) as suggested.

    After 4 years of trying, the fat is finally coming off.

    It is truly like magic.

    I can help you. Just email me at: cosmin.agav@gmail.com

    or add me on Skype: andrei.cas2

    Good day to all

    LauraWV

    September 18, 2014

    So sorry that happened Roni. I can imagine how devastated I’d be… But alas, what’s done is done. The new page looks great!!

      RoniNoone

      September 18, 2014

      Yup, that’s how I’m thinking about it too. I mean, once I lost my entire site! So yea.. this too shall pass. :)

    Patty A.

    September 18, 2014

    I love the sneak peak! Can’t wait to see the redesign. Hope the rest of the process goes smoothly. :)

      RoniNoone

      September 18, 2014

      OMG Patty, it’s going to be awesome! I seriously can’t wait!!

    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama

    September 18, 2014

    I appreciate your attitude, most bloggers would be drowning in a sea of tears right about now. Your re-design looks great, love the colors!

      RoniNoone

      September 18, 2014

      Thanks Nellie — I wallowed for 2 days. It was time to put on my big girl panties and move forward. :)

      Mehgann

      September 18, 2014

      Hahaha! I’ve been wallowing for two weeks over school and work, and I’m pretty sure my big girl panties are still in the laundry pile. I think you’re doing great!!!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

    September 18, 2014

    I realize you didn’t post looking for advice, but have you considered outsourcing the technical stuff?

      RoniNoone

      September 18, 2014

      I outsource more than I ever have but there’s also a point where breaking even just doesn’t seem worth it, you know. I just can’t justify too many expenses.

    Eric Daniells

    September 18, 2014

    Very true… There’s a ton of people who can take care of the stuff you don’t like that much, so that you can do that things you want to do. Easy as a Google away :) And, we did read it… subscription debacle or no. I didn’t get a message in my email but I’ll click that link in the message, that ought to do it right?

      RoniNoone

      September 18, 2014

      Yup, this link will take you there… http://skinnyminnymedia.us8.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=788d97e0870a184c6c999fa35&id=5755369af6

    RG

    September 18, 2014

    Hi Roni, I have to say that you are missing a great blog opportunity about the 9yo making dinner. If he has time, hearing his point of view could be a book in itself. And more videos? I’m fascinated that you’ve got Ryan on board, haven’t been too successful with the males in our family (even when the Dad is a decent cook himself).

      RoniNoone

      September 18, 2014

      Oh I hear you!! It’s been on my to-do, I want to start by documenting them for GreenLiteBites with photos and then maybe, when I’m more hands off, I will record us.

      That’s the plan anyway! :)

      delle

      September 22, 2014

      I completely echo RG above, and I will add that for a couple of months now I’ve been convinced that it would be awesome if you eventually published a cookbook that focusses on meals that can be made with children.
      I came across a free to download cookbook that was marketed as meals that kids can help make and I was immediately intrigued as personally I’ve not seen anything like that. I personally don’t have children in my life but my BF has nieces and always looks for ways to be atively involved with them so I checked out the cookbook with thoughts of passing it along to her. Unfortunately, while the recipes were sort of easy to make, I felt the ingredients were never things a less adventurous meat-and-potatoes kind of family would have in the pantry or have even heard of. Right away I thought of how your recipes are all so relatable and how you strive to involve your kids in household activities (something I think is very important, after following your blog so many years).
      I think this is something that would be right up your alley!! Please consider putting it on your ever growing list of things you’d like to do :)

      RoniNoone

      September 22, 2014

      Will do. I’m already scheming ways on how to integrate. I may had a section on GreenLiteBites just for it!

    Karen P

    September 18, 2014

    I was able to donate a small amount to the school and have my company match the donation so my daughter would not have to sell sugary stuff or junky stuff door to door. More money going to the school, tax deductible and cuts out the middle man, junky food, and gift wrap. Big time savings, too. Win for me, win for her.

    Here’s to finding non-food ways to de-stress. I “used” food for 40 years. It only magnified my pain- inward and outward. Onward and good luck.