Thursday, February 7, 2013

NewlyWife: The End of an Era

No. I'm not talking about me not being a newlywed anymore (although as we approach five years, you may disagree). I'm talking about the end of my blog with Emily. We have blogged there for three years and loved it. I know I learned so much about blogging, and life, through writing there. As we posted on Monday, we have decided to sell the blog. It has nothing to do with our relationships (we are both still happily married), our contributors (those ladies are awesome), or our friendship / cousinship (Emily is seriously awesome, check out her new site); but everything to do with our passions and time.
at the Foodbuzz Festival in 2011

You see, we both love writing and blogging (both of us have had one blog or another for the last ten years), but we just were not feeling NewlyWife anymore. It was not our passion and was taking up a lot of time. It started as a fun adventure, but had turned into a dreaded chore. Personally, I felt like I had to be careful with what I said because it was not just my blog but hers too. She never said anything to offend me or quench my writing, but I know that we don't always think the same way (who does?), and I wanted to be careful not to say something like it was what we believed, when it was my opinion. [hello run-on sentence!] Make sense? It was also just plain exhausting to have to come up with 2 - 3 posts of new content each week. The contibutors totally helped, but it still was not what we thought it would be after three years.

We came to the decision to end it (?) late last year, and have been trying to figure out exactly what to do since then. I'm sure some of you noticed that we went from daily posting to nothing overnight. It wasn't planned that way, it just kinda happened. Matt and I started talking about creating a blog together, that has since changed to my new blog about fire wife life (which has not made public yet, but I am working on it!). With my passions headed towards that, I really had no idea what to write on NewlyWife. All I could think about was one post or another about my new life as a fire / EMT wife. I will miss NewlyWife, but I know it is time to move one. I'm just grateful that I have something else to be passionate about.

at the Foodbuzz Gala in 2012
As Emily said, Yesterday [it was Monday, but I really just stole this text from her site], we announced our plans to move on and also our intent to try and sell the site. With 925 posts and a growing readership of about 13,000 unique visits per month, we believe it has potential to continue to grow under the direction of someone who feels passionate about newlywed life. Our goal is to see the site continue and continue to be the blessing for them as it was for us.
Are you interested in purchasing NewlyWife? We’d love to get in touch with you! Learn more by visiting NewlyWife and reading our post announcing the sale.

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