Study: Time for a Pivot

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Two years ago I started this blog with hopes of motivating people to change their lifestyle as I had changed mine.

My brain was overflowing with post ideas. I’d spend hours writing and researching each post. I loved it and it was awesome.

Then I ran out of ideas. Posts started turning into assignments. But I was okay with it. Honestly, I was hoping to turn my blog into a full-time job. And full-time jobs require a bit of work, right?

Then I decided to move to Denver. And to start doing freelance web design. And Crossfit. And I got a job at a start-up that is just awesome. And I realized that, where I was using my blog to meet my needs before, everything else in my life was taking its place. Which is pretty wonderful for me. But not pretty wonderful for my blog.

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve posted less and less over the past months and the posts that I have written, have been less about diet and exercise and more about…I don’t know, life.

When I would try to sit down to write posts about diet and exercise, it was just excruciating. I didn’t feel like an expert and I felt like a fraud acting like one. Don’t get me wrong, I still spend way too much time reading articles about diet and crossfit exercise…but it’s because I’m still figuring things out too.

For example, did you know that, when I started this blog I was completely paleo. Then, for two months over this past summer I ate gluten again on a regular basis? And now I eat legumes on a regular basis? No, you didn’t. Cause I never wrote about it. I’m still experimenting and I hope that anyone who’s trying to find the ideal diet is as well.

Last month I wrote this guest post for my friend The Loudmouth. It was by far one of the most heavily praised posts I’ve ever written. Maybe that’s just because my family members are the only ones who told me what they thought of it, or maybe it’s because I liked writing it more.

It was more personal and therapeutic for me to write. It wasn’t a struggle to get the words on the page. They just appeared.

This all to say, today I’m announcing a pivot. Working for a startup for almost a year has ingrained the term pivot in my brain. When a startup realizes their business model isn’t working they have one of two choices: quit or pivot. Change your business model to one that does work and maybe you’ll survive.

Well, we all know I’m no quitter…SO PIVOT IT IS!

Here’s what you (probably) won’t see anymore:

  • Heavily researched articles about nutrition
  • Heavily researched articles about exercise
  • Super polished posts

Here’s what you (probably) will see now:

  • Introspective posts about life and decisions
  • Shorter posts
  • Less polished posts
  • Less photos (seriously, finding tons of photos to fill posts with was my least favorite thing)

I say probably because sometimes I might still feel like writing about nutrition and exercise or bible stuff. For example, I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of a new paleo cookbook this week. I can’t wait to try some recipes and post a great review of the book, which is gorgeous. So there will still be some of the old mixed in.

I’m going to make less of an effort to write what I think people need to hear and focus on writing what I need to say.

I hope you like it but if you don’t, then read someone else’s blog.

So there you have it. I’m pivoting and I can’t wait.

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  • Ashley Berens

    I was honestly just thinking about you and your blog today. I’ve missed reading updates on your life, and I’m happy that you’re back to it!
    You are allowed to do (and write) anything you want in life – and trust me, now is the time to do so! I’m learning this myself too 🙂

    • Thanks!! I’m glad to be back. Now I just gotta write some more posts.