The State of the Blog Address (and where it’s going…)

state of the blog

Recently I saw a blog do a “State of the Blog Address” and I thought it was brilliant. I have recently been thinking a lot about where this blog is going – so I am stealing the idea and presenting my own State of the Blog.

As you know, I want this blog to primarily a fun resource of new ideas and tips. And recently, it has been full of guest posts (which I still love), menu plans, and giveaways – that I have lost sight of what I want this site to be. I want this site to be a joy to read, not another “oh there is another sponsored post” thing on your Bloglovin real. So, there are going to be a lot of content changes happening around here.

One | I am no longer offering paid sponsorship options.  I have never had a ton of sponsors, and it has been a lot of work to keep up a sponsorship page and promote it.  I will continue to offer free sponsor spots – which will be available on the new Join Page (read below for more about this).  I have loved connecting with sponsors this far – but will also enjoy taking a break from this area of blogging.  For all you readers, this means no more guest posts – and far fewer sponsor and giveaway posts.

Two | I will only post 3 days a week.  In the past, I have posted 4-5 days a week, which has led to several “this is what I am eating” posts – which aren’t that exciting.  I don’t want to post for the sake of posting.  I want to post quality content.  So, if you receive posts by newsletter, you will now receive 3 posts a week – with much more specific content.

Three | I will rotate 4 different new “series”.  Instead of posting whatever is on my brain in that moment (which is always unpredictable), I am going to start 4 on-going PREDICTABLE series.  They won’t be that different – but just give me nice structure for my posts.  You can now count on these new series:

  1. Tip of the Week
  2. Let’s Blog (weekly blog & design ideas)
  3. I’m Not a Beauty Blogger (my easy life, fashion & beauty tips)
  4. Coffee Date (crazy, new & interesting thoughts…)

Four | I want this blog to be for you.  If you don’t feel part of this blog, I am failing.  And if find yourself repeatedly ignoring posts – or unsubscribing – I want to know why!  I am surprised daily that anyone reads my ramblings.  And, because you do, I want to offer you one place to go for all the updates.  I am starting a new Join page (you can see it now live on the menu!).  This page has it all: 2 newsletter subscription options, free sponsorship options, and a place to ask any question you want – enjoy!

I hope this doesn’t disrupt anyone’s world – and I hope you join me for the future Modern Commonplace Book!

Sunday Night | Prep Night

sunday night prep night

Sundays are our days for rest.  And worship.  And rest.  And family.  And rest.  We work so hard all week – that by the time we get to Sundays, we crash hard. But, we also love a good prep night, and we have started using late Sunday nights as a fast blitz prep night for the week.  We wait until late – after 9:00 pm – and we BLITZ to prep for the week!  We only take an hour or [Continue Reading]

My Current New Favorite Things

merona chino shorts

I have picked up a few favorite new things this summer – and thought I should share! They aren’t huge things – and they aren’t even life-changing, they just are wonderful. Enjoy!   Merona Chino Shorts I have been on the lookout for some good, comfortable, short – but not too short – shorts.  I have tried Old Navy in the past – but this time Target came to the rescue!  I got two pairs of these 3″ Chino Shorts, [Continue Reading]

28 Things for Friday

things for friday

Only 5 things for Friday?  What about 28 things for Friday?  You can read my last “Taking Stock” post here. Currently I am: Making : 12 hard-boiled eggs/week Cooking : Black and Bleu Salad for dinner tonight Drinking: 5 cups of hot water a day Reading: GOMI Wanting: To start couponing again Looking: at logo design Playing: with Photoshop Wasting: Nothing – recycling, baby! Sewing… Wishing: I shopped at Ross more Enjoying: Website design ALL day tomorrow! Waiting: for my [Continue Reading]

The “No Plan” Vegetarian Menu Plan Week 20 – and a goodbye!

no plan menu plan vegetarian

(Before you get your menu plan, enter in my giveaway for my free Genesis Child Theme “Be Strong” here and  a $50 Amazon gift card here!) This is it, folks.  The end of the “No Plan” Menu Plan.  Jess and I have loved every minute of it – and can’t believe we’ve shared 20 weeks of over 100 recipes!  If you are wondering why we rotate so many recipes – the reason is that we eat a limited number of [Continue Reading]

Never Iron Again: 5 Tips for an iron-free life

tips for not ironing

(Make sure you enter to win my new Genesis child theme here and a $50 Amazon gift card here!) I iron about once a year.  If that.  Both my husband and I wear items that should be ironed – but we are pretty lazy and have developed some tried and true tips for not ironing.  If you have a tip you want to share, make sure you leave a comment!  I’d love to be able to add this list! I [Continue Reading]

Some Thoughts About Loving the Body You Have

love the body you have

You might remember that I wrote this guest post for Jacquelyn of Just Jacq a few weeks back. I actually was revisiting these ideas lately – and found this quote that really spoke to me. I am re-publishing the post – I hope you enjoy! (Make sure you enter to win my new Genesis child theme here and a $50 Amazon gift card here!) via Let me tell you some things about myself: I don’t tan. My hair is halfway [Continue Reading]

Introducing the Be Strong Genesis Child Theme (and a giveaway!)

view demo here

Well. I finally finished! I am so proud of my newest (and most awesome) Genesis Child Theme: the Be Strong theme! I absolutely love this. I wanted to create a theme that targeted small businesses and brands – and was totally customizable. The Be Strong child theme is simply designed with clean colors and fonts. But, it is so complex. It has a completely customizable header, background and opt-in bar. The blog comes with 6 layouts, 2 customized sidebars, 2 [Continue Reading]