Today marks the end of summer for students of Hogwarts and many other fine institutions of learning. My summer is wrapping up as well. I have been busy, but also allowed for enough time to rest and recharge.
Today also marks the end for this blog.
My original plan was to take the summer off from writing while I worked on updating links, adding Pinterest friendly images, and give this site an overall makeover. Once I got started, I seriously started to question why I was putting so much effort into such a little blog.
This decision was a long time coming. My heart has not been in my writing for a while. I have thought and prayed about this. Leelee Finds Herself, Leelee Writes, and any earlier forms of this blog were for seasons of my life. Part of the truths I have had to wrestle with during this year of change is that there is a time to say good bye.
Despite the countless times that I insisted that numbers do not matter, I periodically checked my blog's stats. My readership has been steadily declining. Even people I know in real life who know I blog, don't read my blog regularly anymore. (Except for Mom. She's my #1 fan.)
Blogging has changed a lot over the years. When I first started, everybody was just sharing their feelings and their every day lives. I had a lot of thoughts and opinions that I felt compelled to share. I had a lot of questions about my faith that I longed to answer.
Now, blogging has become more business like. There is nothing wrong with this. There is nothing wrong with occasionally accepting sponsored posts or freebies. It bothers me when the sponsored content takes away from the rest of the blog.
I did not feel that my personal stories could compete with those blogs that started as hobbies but became jobs. Blogging used to be a free hobby, but now the expectation is to be a good blogger that one should invest in design, custom domains, DSLR cameras, and a whole lot of stuff.
For me, this hobby has become far too expensive and far too time consuming.
I also have felt that my voice has gotten lost in a sea of other voices. Many of these ladies are amazing, but they are not me. I have connected with some bloggers and remain friendly. I have never found a blogging BFF. I would rather connect with friends in person.
Blogging isn't fun anymore. I am walking away because I can no longer justify any reason to stay.
What will happen to the existing posts? I will keep everything online for a while. I am slowing working on saving all of my blog posts and archives for my own records.
Will I still write? Absolutely. Writing is cathartic. I am just not looking to publish anything for public consumption for the near future.
How can I stay in touch? I will still have my Instagram and Pinterest accounts. I will still read some blogs, and can always be reached via email.
I am so grateful for all the lessons that I have learned these last several years. I am thankful for the opportunities to share and encourage. I am excited for new beginnings this fall, even though I do not yet know all that is ahead.
Good bye, friends.