Thursday, April 12, 2018

An end of an era for me...why I had to say good bye to blogging to gain peace

April 2007 was when I started this blog....I wanted to chronicle what I was doing with my family and mainly decor and DIY , I had just started to wet my feet in regards to millwork projects...I was eager to share and I had hoped to inspire and motivate other women to try DIY...I got so much joy and satisfaction out of designing projects and then making them happen mostly by myself...

Here I am today April 2018 and so much has changed....blogging has become less about sharing and more about making a living...in my humble opinion blogging has become more about product placement and less about creating engaging content...it's all about the clicks and affiliate links...and that is fine and I am happy to see so many people make a good living from blogging...but it has turned me off of blogs in general as a reader...every time I visit a blog to find a recipe or read a post I am bombarded with sign up prompts and follow requests...it's a complete turn off...I used to spend a couple of hours a day catching up on blogs, I felt connected to the bloggers... we would engage, it was something I looked forward to...

I was happy to be included in the community in the early days...invited to events...that was usually fun even though I tend to be more shy in new situations, I think this is pretty typical of a lot of bloggers, I think a lot of us are introverts...

I took a break from blogging after a troll had me questioning everything I was putting online...someone had gone out of their way to really hurt me and sadly it worked...why was I a target I don't know but it was not something I was eager to relive...so I only occasionally shared projects that contained diy projects I thought people could benefit from...there was no income potential for me beside a very small amount from ads on my blog...that was fine...it was a bonus.

Jump ahead to 2016 I attended a blogger event...that day it became clear I was no longer part of the community in any capacity, I was on my own and it felt lonely in an otherwise tight knit group...being a sensitive person I blamed myself...something was wrong with me...I'm clearly unlikeable...I drove home feeling pretty low...

I hate that this bothers me...I have a great family and life

I pushed on and decided that I still wanted to be a blogger I was hoping I could be successful but I can't, I don't have the time it requires or the love for it...it was beginning to feel hollow...

I am happy to share things online in fact I love to...but there will be no motivation other than to share...I am going to continue to share on instagram and now that I have given up trying to be something or someone online and I refuse to care about likes and followers I am just letting myself share whatever the heck I want to....and I have found so much peace
my instagram 

I think I may be having a bit of a midlife crisis....seriously it explains everything...I am 45 years old my life has always revolved around my family and being a mom...I now have a 19 year old daughter who is just graduating college and a 16 year old daughter who will be a senior next year...I will always be a mom but my role just keeps changing as they need less mothering...so who am I....?

I have easily lost myself throughout this season of motherhood and I have had a couple of really tough years...this past winter being the worst of it....I have to admit I thought not about ending it all but that not existing would be easier...I know that sounds like suicidal thoughts but I would never do that...however the deep dark sadness that over whelmed me daily was hard to overcome....and of course I hid all of this from everyone...because it didn't feel safe to share my struggle....

I felt like there was no light in sight...everything for the last 15-16 months has been an incredible struggle...every time I turn around something was wrong...and it took such a toll on me...I bare the responsibility to fix everything to hold us all together...when we made the move to this home it was supposed to fix all of our problems but it turned out to be the worst thing we could have done...it has been nothing short of a nightmare...I will leave it at that but one day I will share the whole story and I hope that what we have been through can help others avoid what we have endured...

So I have decided to focus on myself...to finally take care of me, to make myself the top priority because I will tell you no one will will take care of my needs other than me...so now is the time for me to get my shit together....and that is what I am doing...I refuse to spend one more day checking out of things, making excuses and hating myself....

I am worth the time and effort...I am cutting out all the things that contribute to me feeling bad and or negatively...I've been doing that for a while...unfollowing people that make me feel badly about myself...and that is on me not them, it's not personal...one of the biggest things is to stop blogging, stop trying to get something out of it...all I ever wanted was connection and sadly that is not found on this blog, that is for sure....so bye blog...I'm glad to have it to look back on and I will keep it here as a resource and I hope to one day share an unedited version of our difficult journey but for now I am done....

thank you to all who have followed and been so kind....for that I will be forever grateful...

I am thoroughly looking forward to this next chapter...I am going to make it a good one...


19 comments:

Kelly Mitchell said...

I really love your work and would like to follow your instagram. Can you let folks know who want to continue to follow you what your handle is? I'm sorry to hear of your struggles....wishing you all the best.

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Chris - look after yourself. I have enjoyed your blog, but if it is not a positive experience for you then you should definitely stop blogging.

I shall miss your creativity, but hope this decision will help you feel better.

All the best.

Kim said...

Heading to instagram to find you right now :)
I agree, blogs are not what they used to be, it is easy to get annoyed by them. I have really appreciated your posts and wish I had commented more so you could have experienced my admiration. You are incredibly talented! - and brave! :)
So sorry to hear you have been struggling with 'life'. Hopefully the worst is behind you. Sounds like you are beginning to move in a positive direction by removing negativity from your life and focusing on all your blessings. I wish you the best of luck!!

Chris Kauffman said...

Sure Kelly,
I added my handle to my post, its just my name chris_kauffman

Chris Kauffman said...

thanks Kim... your kind words are so powerful and I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts,
Chris

Chris Kauffman said...

Thank you Sharon xo
Chris

Tara said...

I found you via Instagram and love what you do. I think you're Uber creative and I love how you inspire and encourage women to build and create.
I'm sorry things have been so difficult. I hope they improve quickly. You deserve every happiness in the world.

Kelly Mitchell said...

Thanks Chris....I found it and will continue to follow your journey. Wishing you aloha...

Monica said...

Hi Chris - I'm sorry to see you go, but you must take care of you. I've always enjoyed your blog and followed you from the purchase of your last home through today. You describe exactly how I feel right now about many of my favorite blogs...it's all about the business and honestly, it's maddening to have to watch a 2:30 minute advertisement from a big company before you can watch the video of the blogger's newly painted room. I find myself feeling "not good enough" when I read them. Comparison is the thief of joy, and more and more I find myself losing motivation for my own projects because I know I won't measure up to the very bloggers who inspired me in the first place. It's not intentional or braggy on their part, but when every few posts is announcing a new product line, or the upcoming overseas trip to teach, or some such wonderful opportunity, it tends to make me feel less than. And it's not them, it's totally me! And like you said, I miss just reading blogs like they were a daily journal entry - just simple connections and sharing common everyday events. Anyway, I wish you well and will continue to follow you on Instagram!

Anonymous said...

I'm also so very sorry to hear that you are struggling. It's super tough to become an empty nester, I'm going through it too. I have always loved your blog and read each post thoroughly. I am constantly amazed at your capabilities. I hope things work out much better for you in the future. I am going to follow you on Instagram right now. Kim

Kathleen Bolton said...

I will miss you, I always looked forward to your posts. I agree with your remarks, I have grown tired of many of the blogs that seem like nothing more than an advertisement. I have a few that I still visit but most just have way too many pop up ads and sponsored post.

I too have had times in my life where I really didn’t care if it went on or not. It’s a lonely place just know things get better. I’m happy to hear you are doing what is best for you.

I will miss your blog. I wish you the best.
Take care

Anonymous said...

I only stumbled onto your site recently. I have gone backwards to see all that youve done in that cool house.

I am sorry that you are struggling. I will pray for peace.

Bridget in Minnesota

gigi said...

I will miss your posts. I enjoyed reading about how you made your house into a home along with your incredible wood working skills. Take care of yourself;hope you will be back soon.

Sue Taylor said...

Your blog gave me lots of pleasure, inspiration and great ideas over the years. Most of the blogs I really enjoyed have stopped and I think for a lot of the same reasons that you have. It’s all about money now and what people are buying not diy. Don’t be hard on yourself. Stay true and be find what makes you happy. I hope one day you will pop up here with a surprise update. You’ve done amazing work.

Betsy Cobb Gordon said...

Chris, you certainly have inspired me immensely through the years! You should be proud of your blog and all the amazing things you've done and created. Just you!

You deserve to focus on yourself and take care of you. It's really easy to get lost in being a mom and a wife sometimes, I totally get it. Thank you for your honesty.

I've been off Instagram since Valentine's day and honestly I don't miss it at all. I might get back on eventually but there were things about it that just weren't real to me anymore.

Take care of yourself and your family.

Betsy G.
West of the Square Designs

Chris Kauffman said...

thank you all...I am truly touched by all your comments and kind words....
xo
Chris

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
I found you through instagram which lead me to your blog. I was not a subscriber, as i don't subscribe to any blogs, but i did come back a few times. I must say you truly are inspiring.
We are in similar places in life, age, children (no longer babies, what role do I play now?), weight struggles, so I feel a connection to you and enjoy your IG page and stories. I'm hoping that maybe you can still add content to your blog just for fun or for remembrance, like tutorials or just your work,or even your current journey, so that you can continue to inspire.
Be well and keep doing You!
Beat wishes

Anonymous said...

Chris I have loved your blog .I will miss you.Take care of yourself.

Anonymous said...

Love you girl. Thank you for being brave and open ��. @thepaintedarrow