Monday Montage: Review

I recently read an article on one of my favorite blogs,  Life, the Universe and Lani about her review of what she was doing for her blog and redefining what it was supposed to be for her. Lani’s post has made me start to reevaluate my thoughts about my blog as well.

I started this blog as a way to keep in touch with family and friends while Chad, Z, and I traveled the world. Our plan was to travel at least a year (which we did), and in my thinking, I figured it would be easier to tell everyone we left behind on a weekly written basis what we were up to. It is really difficult for me to tell someone what I did yesterday, let alone what the three of us did for a year all over the world. Plus, I have always found that most people’s eyes would start to gloss over as soon as I reached about 5 minutes of conversation about our adventures. I wanted to include the people we love in our travels at the moment that we were having them. It was to keep connected.

And Three To Go fulfilled the “keeping in touch” aspect and I started to meet new travelers and bloggers along our way and through my posts here. I started to think that I would make this blog into a business. A travel website that could help others that wanted to travel, particularly with their kid(s), that was my dream.

I achieved my dream to a certain extent. I never had a post go viral, but people that needed my advice were able to find it. I never made any money off my blog, but I felt connected to everyone that commented and read my posts. For some time now, I have felt that I have started to lose my love of writing about our adventures in our now expat life in Thailand.  I am so busy trying to market and gets followers for And Three To Go that I have no time to really find my voice in my posts. I have lost it. I have become boring, well at least to myself. Writing is becoming a chore.

I have come to a decision after reviewing my time and priorities. I want to get back to brass tacks (oh the clichés! Ack!). I want to get back to the enjoyment of just telling about our life. I am scaling back, no more marketing, just connecting. I will still share what we are up to, where we are going, and what I have been eating (YAY FOOD!), but I have decided that that is ALL I will do. I need to get back to why I started this blog, to share our life with those that care and love us, and to have a creative outlet to process what we are doing.

I may start again building my brand and business here on And Three To Go at some point in the future. Maybe when I have found my joy in writing again. Maybe when I am heading to some amazing new place. Or maybe never. I hope I get back there and can find new friends on the interwebs, but until then, I want to concentrate on you and our relationship.

So to all of you that are still here and want to keep reading, I so appreciate your support and love. Let’s just have fun! 🙂

My Photos of the Week

Is this not the worst thing that could ever happen? A wonderfully awesome friend brought me 2 bottles of REAL California wine and when I tried to open it, my corkscrew broke. I could have really used a glass of wine to deal with the disappointment of having to wait for my glass of wine.
Is this not the worst thing that could ever happen? A wonderfully awesome friend gave me a bottle of wine for my birthday and when I went to open it, my corkscrew broke. I could have really used a glass of wine to deal with the disappointment of having to wait for my glass of wine.
Z and I started our Halloween celebrations off with Cadbury chocolate!
Z and I started our Halloween celebrations off with Cadbury chocolate!
Z and a giant bear at the Tesco Lotus near our house.
Z (with her cool sunglasses) and a giant bear at the Tesco Lotus near our house.
I absolutely love the flowers here. So many colors and aromas!
I absolutely love the flowers here. So many colors and aromas!
Can you see me? I was so excited that I matched the bathroom wall at a recent event that Chad put on. :)
Can you see me? I was so excited that I matched the bathroom wall at a recent event that Chad put on. 🙂
Baking cookies (that turned out like pancakes for some reason) in between swimming sessions in the pool.
Baking cookies (that turned out like pancakes for some reason) in between swimming sessions in the pool.

 

Now it’s your turn! What do you think of my choice to take a step back? I hope that you will stay with me and we can get to know each other more and more! Leave a comment and let’s chat! Xoxoxo 


 

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