Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Where I'm Going: The Blog, My Etsy Store...all of it

Its so nice to be back in the bloggy world. I can't tell you how many times I would sit and think to myself this summer that "I need to blog about this!" But for those of you who are bloggers...you know that a single blog post can take anywhere between 45min and 3 hours to write, edit and post...and unfortunately, I just didn't have that kind of time consecutively throughout the summer. 

However, my hiatus has given me a chance to really think about what I want to do with this blog and with my store. 

When i first started blogging back in May, it was to chronical our projects in our new house...then I threw my MOMager stuff in to the mix to keep everything in one place and in a matter of days, I had created a beast...I opened the shop, did a giveaway, kept blogging...all while trying to move and get settled in plus keep up with my day to day life. And as is with most situations when you bite off more than you can chew...you choke.

And that is exactly what I did. 

There wasn't enough hours in the day...not enough of me to go around. If I was able to blog, I was being snippy to my kids, I was holed up in my office for hours at a time, not really enjoying our summer vacation. I was trying to poorly manage an etsy store that was dealing out a product that I wasn't 100% happy with on an interface that I wasn't completely comfortable with. This lead to way more apologies on my part than I wanted to hand out. 

When I introduced my MOMager System it was to make this great point that we are not all the same...and what works for me, might not work for you, the customization of the system was the key focus. And I lost that....Sending out mass produced printables was not what I wanted to do...I wanted to help people really take hold of their time and their households and truely MOMage them. I wanted them to use this system as the end all be all of planning systems and not as just another planner to throw in the pile. 

I wanted to sell you my ideas...not a one size fits all product.

If all you were looking for was a planner, I can tell you gushing, highly held, ring from the roof top reviews of both the MOM Agenda and the Erin Condrin Planner.

But if your really looking for a system that is going to work, and work for you forever...you gotta be willing to put in the effort. 

and so do I.

So that is where I am right now....I understand that people are busy, and some arn't super computer savvy and that's why they like printables...but everything I have created, is already out there...in triplicate...in any color you want...with chevron pattern or polka dots. Because how hard can it be to create a week at a glance printable? 

With all that being said, the conclusion is this...the ETSY store is going to remain closed for a while...at least until I can come up with a plan that I am proud of. One that has been poured over and edited and something that I feel really good about.

Ideally, it would be a 100% fully custom planning system for each person....but lets be honest, thats pricey...and time consuming.....but is it worth it? Would you buy that? What would you pay to have someone sit with you and pick your brain and help you find the best way to MOMage your home? $75 $100....$50 for an hour? Would you want one simple book or a full system that covers every area of your home? I'll be honest...I have 7 different binders/calendars/notebooks that I keep running to manage everything in our lives...but yours is going to be different depending on the size and stages of your family. 

I really want to let y'all explore, in as much detail as I can give, all of my planning tools and maybe you can figure out how to duplicate it...and hopefully through all of this I will find a neat and tidy way to produce a product that can be purchased for those who just don't want to DIY this project. 

I know this wasn't the news you were hoping for...but as they say:

 All Good Things Are Worth Waiting For :)


  1. Good for you Shelly! Do what you can, blogging should be fun! Even for those who have a "money making" blog! That type of pressure can kill a great blog! (Which I think yours is!)

    I hope you still share your MOMager system with us, I enjoy your ideas and your style! (Sell them to some of us still! You have a good product all ready, that perfectionist in you just doesn't see it!)

    Hope to hear more soon!

  2. I fully understand, but I am so sad though :( I was so looking forward to purchasing your calendar for starting September. I truly loved your products because you leave so much writing space for people like me who write BIG. Do you have a 2 page spread blank calendar that I could purchase so I could make September through December...if you don't have one made that's okay...just a thought. Looking forward to your future etsy shop :)
    Take care...Janel in NJ

  3. I am happy to see you here again. Does this mean the giveaway is no longer going? I was hoping to see what wonderful things you did for me!

    I am loving the new posts!

  4. Hi there! I had a question for you about us possibly collaborating on something and was hoping you could email me back to discuss? Thanks so much!

    - Shaye

    shayewalsh1 (@) gmail (.) com