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Monday, January 4, 2016

The End.

So, something strange happened in May.  One morning, a work friend texted me and said, "your blog is going viral."  Now, I had a 6 week old baby at the time.  I'm not sure how much I had slept.  I half read her text, then tried to get just 3 more minutes of sleep before I knew Ellie would be up.  When I was fully up and running, I went back to that text.

What on Earth was she talking about?  I hadn't posted in a LONG time.  So, I went to my dashboard, and sure enough, this post had thousands and thousands of hits already, and it was only mid morning.  I guess people were sharing it mostly on Facebook.  By the day's end, I had well over 100,000 hits for just that one post.

At first, I was flattered.  People finding what you have written to be funny or interesting AND sharing it makes you feel good.  It shows that not only family members are reading your blog.  But then, I thought it was slightly weird.  I had never intended strangers to read my blog when I started writing.  It turns out that I knew very little about blogging at all.

When I first decided to start a blog, it was because I knew that George and I would be moving.  I wanted a way to document what was going on in our lives and share it with friends and family back home.  But then, I started reading other blogs and got to know some of the girls behind them.  I had created a small network of "blogging friends," most of which,  I had never met before. Between Google and Bloglovin', I had about 1,000 subscribers, and thousands of hits per week. I even made a little money from Amazon links and ad space.

But, blog posts became less about life updates and more about my favorite products and recipes.  The goal was no longer to keep friends and family from back home up to date, but it was more to just write for fun.  Besides, most of my friends and family didn't even read this. Ha!

Then, life got busy.  I got pregnant, had a baby, and my free time dissolved into thin air.  I find myself posting on Instagram and Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family rather than making a post on here.  (P.S. for those of you who don't have a blog... it takes a LONG time to create a post, especially if you're creating your own graphics).

So, I think this is it.  I had so much fun doing this, but now it's over.  If you want to follow me on Instagram (emily.katherine.t.11), I will still be posting random recipes, lots of pictures of our family, and stuff that I would blog about.  For those of you who read here, thanks!  See you on Instagram :)