Thursday, January 7, 2016

Help!!


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I can't believe it is over.  I am still puttering around my house putting things away.  I am ready to give this house a face-lift.  It needs some ORGANIZATION, and de-junking. 

I need some help here.  I am having some blogging struggles.  After weeks of doing mucho research, it turns out that the publishing program I use to blog; no longer connects to Blogger.  In fact, none of them connect any more.  Blogger, blog, blogger!! Fix this problem.  Ugh!!

Any hoo!! I am trying to decide if this blogging thing is worth it any more.  Using Blogger will probably take more time, and will not look as desirable as I would like on my site. 

Do people even read blogs anymore?

I'm not sure?  Especially those of us who are not working professional blogs.  I don't have regular content, so I know I am not a blog that people follow regularly.  I am one of those mommy bloggers.  You know, like we used to be before it became about business.  I blog to keep record, and share goodness.

In fact, this fall I decided that I would no longer blog, and just use the time to scrapbook instead; which is essentially still record keeping, right? Well, after some prayer on the subject, I felt that God wanted me to keep blogging. 

I know that blogs are used for so much good. 

....so what I am asking is? is this the end of the road for JandA&Co.?

No! I am not leaving this decision up to you, but I would really love for you to weigh in.

...and, I will not be offended if you say that blogging isn't worth it anymore.  I won't have hurt feelings if you say that it is a waste of my time, and not a blog many are even interested in.  It is honesty that will help my decision process.

I would love to hear how you feel.  Do you think that this blog is being used for good? Is that why I have felt the pull from God?  Is this worth it for me to keep this up, and work out the kinks in blogger?

Or, is it time to put my efforts somewhere else?

Also, if you know of a way around this little situation with blogger, I would love to know about that too.

I also know that I can move my blog to a new site.  Is that worth it?  Anyone know?

If so, and it costs money; is it worth it for me to move ahead with that when I am not a professional blogger?

Please weigh in, and help me know what to do?
With love, blogger for 8 years now(this month)
Andrea of JandA&Co.

34 comments:

Sheila Riese said...

I enjoy reading your blog. I've been following along since before Tess. I enjoy the religion aspect, the family time ideas, and especially how you decorate! I can see where it would take time, but even you're only doing it sporadically, i would still stop by to check in!

Tiffany said...

I love your blog! I hope you won't stop blogging. :)

Brooke said...

I still read your blog! I have it in feedly, so it shows me when you have a new post. Your blog is so beautiful and inspiring - but I totally understand if you need/want to use your time differently now.

Jerri-Lea said...

Instagram has taken over my blogging - it's quick & easy and documents our everyday! The reason I started blogging was for digital memory keeping & connecting with others. Now it's just Instagram. Plus with the simplicity of Chatbooks it can all be preserved in books that my girls love to look at. It's what's right for you & your family.

Greg Ostrin said...

I love your blog and hope you don't stop! It is totally understandable if you need some time to do something else though. I do look forward to reading your posts!

Sally LoveOfHomes said...

I love your blog too! You're on my list on the side of my blog and every time it shows you've posted, I'm excited to see what you'll share!

Our Little Hatch Family !!! said...

I love your Blog...soo many friends have stopped blogging...I am on Instagram & Facebook more often than not, but yours is definitely one I love to read for tips, tricks, inspiration & just keeping up with you! I love that it's More than what the others are!!

Our Little Hatch Family !!! said...

I love your Blog...soo many friends have stopped blogging...I am on Instagram & Facebook more often than not, but yours is definitely one I love to read for tips, tricks, inspiration & just keeping up with you! I love that it's More than what the others are!!

Leslie Posey said...

I think you and Kristin are the only ones on my blog list that update often. I always read them but I can understand your dilemma. I have wanted to start back on my blog but it's been 2.5 yrs now and I just don't find time to sit at my laptop and do it. I do love instagram and I find it easier to post often since my main camera is my phone! Whatever you do I'll still connect with you. I do enjoy your diys and crafts. Fyi..I loved tessa's fast motion dance moves today!!! Lol. I love that little girl!!

stacy said...

I frequent your blog regularly and always get EXCITED to see a new post!! You inspired me constantly. Your faith, your family traditions and you've made a huge impact on my decorating. For all occasions, parties and made me realize that I CAN have a beautiful home on a budget. It's a work in progress but I've completely transformed my downstairs. I really hope you are able to continue blogging!!!!!

Ashley said...

I LOVE reading your blog Andrea! I keep up with it in Feedly and I'm always excited so see a new post from you. You inspire me so much as a mom and homemaker. I love your mom tricks, tutorials and recipes! Please don't stop :)

April said...

I love reading your blog, Andrea! I love seeing your beautiful children and the pretty decor and pictures that you take. I love seeing your home and how you decorate it. I've got lots of inspiration from your blog. I still read a ton of blogs whether they post every week or not. It's just a hobby of mine that I enjoy in my "me" time. I even had my own family blog and I also digi scrap. I have let me blog updating go but I still keep my kid's scrapbooks up and post on social media. So I feel like I just blog differently. Please keep blogging as long as you feel like you want to share more of your life and home!

Abby Veach said...

Love this blog!

Shayla and James said...

Love this blog! Inspiring, and exciting. Please don't stop!

Multitasker Mommy said...

I've only been following you for about a year now, but I love your blog! I can relate to you. I'm a stay at home mom of two and live in NH....I used to blog myself and find your posts inspirational!!!!

The Hillan Family said...

I hope you are still going to blog! I don't know you personally, but you really inspire me! I love your blog!!

Eileen said...

All of the above.

Letti said...

Please don't stop blogging I love reading your blog. I love your mommy tips, decorating ideas, and everything really. I look forward to your posts.

Julia said...

I still check in with your blog and read every new post! Your family is the cutest and I love keeping up with your kids and their activities. All of your ideas are so fun as well. I look forward to your new posts.

Heather Harrison said...

I love your blog and find it very inspiring. I enjoy the mommy tips and family traditions. My husband and I are in the adoption process and I cannot wait to incorporate some of your ideas into our family. Keep up the good work!

Candy M said...

I still love to read blogs. I have a coffee every morning and catch up on my blog news. Like you, I'm a mum. I blog. I attempt to keep track of the everyday things. I hope you keep up with it!

Stella said...

Andrea I've been following your blog for quite a few years now and I LOVE being here. You're an inspiration and I really enjoy reading your posts and looking at all the lovely photos you are sharing. I hope you will continue to blog. I am not leaving much comments but that's due to not having enough time besides family, work and daily life......
Stella
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sam i am said...

I love reading your blog! I really appreciate the ideas you have on strengthening families. I've learned a lot from you! Thank you!

Christy Proctor said...

I love reading your blog! Please don't stop! I have read your blog for years now and you are so inspirational! Don't stop!
Christy

Laura Rodz said...

I also love reading your blog! I love to see your home décor and all the things you do with your kids. It inspires me. Please keep blogging.

Lauralee said...

I love your blog and follow it regularly. I am always thrilled when I open the icon and see that you have a new post. Anyway, you are a wonderful example to many people so I say "keep it up." (My niece uses WordPress and really likes it. Not sure if it will work with your program or not.)

Kelly said...

I check daily to see if you have new content. Your blog always motivates and inspires me. It is from the heart of a mom and a wife and often gives me courage to try something new. Please consider continuing your blog.

Maryfrances Caraway said...

I love to read your blog. It is actually one of my favorite ones. I love to see your ideas and just thoughts that help remind me what is really important and how to keep traditions and god in all the mothering stuff i do. I know that it is hard work but i just wanted to let you know your blog makes a difference to me thanks.

amanda said...

Please keep blogging! I too check your blog often and love your ideas on mothering, traditions, recipes, and decorating. You inspire me to do better in all areas! Thanks so much for the time you put into blogging! :)

Shay Stokes said...

I discovered your blog a few years back, and I've drawn so much inspiration from it. Thank you for all that you put into it. Please don't stop blogging.

Maren said...

I love your blog. I really appreciate the work you put into it. I especially love the tips and advice about mothering. Your blog is one of my favorite blogs. My husband is currently in residency and about to start his fellowship. You give me hope for the future (aka life after training.)

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

There's your answer! Look at all these beautiful sweet comments! I too live your blog and have been reading for the looooooooongest. I love that it's just your space and not dictated by income. It makes it more real. I recently moved my blog to wordpress/Prophoto. Whole new site and I feel like I'm starting over again but I'm so happy with the move. I woukd be happy to share more about the move and my thoughts if you would like you can reach me at hangingwiththehuies@gmail.com

Cindy Lou said...

I really enjoy your blog! I love your decor style and think you have a beautiful home. I check in a couple times a week for new posts and I am so excited to read a new post and see your beautiful photos! You are very talented in so many ways! I also am happy you are a Mom blogger, I appreciate the real things you blog about .

Kelly said...

I also love your blog and find value in what you share. Many of your traditions and ideas I have implemented in my family and I love your style of decorations and clothes for your family!!

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