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If you are an avid reader of Brianna Stryker Writes, you might have noticed that my website looks a little different. Nevertheless, this is still Brianna Stryker Writes and I am still me, Brianna Stryker. This will still be the same content you are used to reading from me- well, sort of.
Maybe you recall my blogging hiatus. Last summer, I was burnt out. I took a step back from my website and social media in general. In December, I decided to delete my blog entirely. Although my plan was expiring, I could not see myself returning to blogging anytime soon and I did not want to renew it for another year if I would not be using it- financially, it did not make sense. While I still do not regret that decision, I quickly found myself itching to blog again. This came as a surprise to me because for a while, I wanted nothing to do with the world I had created in Brianna Stryker Writes.
As I was attempting to pinpoint why I fell out of love with blogging, I came to the conclusion that the pressure started to eat at me. I began blogging a few years ago and I started with a free platform. I truly loved having that personal space on the internet and being a content creator. Before long, I was putting a ton of time and energy into what I was creating so I started to wonder if it was worth it. Meanwhile, I encountered some bloggers online who were managing to earn an income from their work. Looking at their success, I felt inspired to give that a try. While blogging stems from my love for writing, making money from it sounded appealing as well.
I had no idea how much work goes into monetizing a blog. Although I would have been thrilled to be as successful as possible, I remained realistic and tried to start off small, by turning my blog into a side hustle. This process involved me constantly promoting myself, maintaining a regular social media presence, learning about skills such as SEO (which I never managed to get the hang of), creating new content all the time, and exhausting myself with worrying about my statistics. I was lucky to have a wonderful blog launch and I was reaching milestones rapidly, including gathering a tremendous Twitter following for it, full of thousands of people. Having that spotlight on me increased the pressure I was dealing with though and I ended up quitting when I could not handle it anymore.
Well, to recap, blogging as a hobby bored me and made me feel like I was wasting my time, but monetizing my blog into something larger burnt me out. I have tried both worlds and I have learned that having a hobby is not a waste of time. So many people have multiple streams of income nowadays and this hustle is admirable, but it is not for everyone. Therefore, I am returning to my original method of blogging, while bringing my new discoveries with me so I can make a blog that is even better suited for me. This way, I can reignite my love for blogging and writing by embarking on this new journey.
Thank you for reading! I am excited about this new chapter and I hope you enjoy following along with me.