Instead, I’m writing about why there is no blog.
Today’s blog/not blog is about the state of my blogosphere. Since you are my loyal readers, I wanted you to be in on some pretty major changes that will happen to this site in the coming week. Essentially, DonWings will be no more. Except that it will. Be that is. Just under a different name.
It’s all because I believe in self-care.
You see, each week I publish two blogs. Not just tiny little random musings, either. These are generally more than 700 words and as much as I try to keep them under 1000 words, it rarely happens. I put my heart and soul into these things. They really take a lot of energy. Most of the time these blogs contain references, sources, and lists of additional reading material to back up my conclusions with solid evidence. They include things you can implement into your own life and scientifically backed reasons why you should do so.
Lately, however, I’ve been slipping. More often than not my musings are straight out of my head with no lists of references or sources to back them up. It doesn’t mean they’re not true or helpful–after all, I got this information somewhere–but the quality is not up to my standard. This is simply because I have given myself too much to do! It has gotten out of hand.
In addition to the two giant blogs I write every week I also research said blogs, send out a weekly newsletter (which is a shorter version of my blogs), handle all of my own daily social media posts, submit work to outside publications (usually 500-900 words), edit, edit, edit, and strategize ways to get this whole thing to make money. I am also supposed to be working on a book but have yet to get much of a start on it because I’m busy doing all of this other stuff.
Since there is no distinction between mind and body in my opinion–what affects the mind affects the body and vice versa–why the heck do I have one blog about mindset and personal development and another about nutrition and physical health?
In short, I am busy. Not productive in any real way. Just busy. And it’s my own fault. I have no boss telling me to do this stuff or supervisor breathing down my neck. It’s just me.
So, in the name of self-care, I had the vague idea that I needed to consolidate all of this “busy-ness” into one entity. This notion has been with me for a couple of months. Would I have to give up one blog or the other? Start something new and scrap both ideas that I had worked so hard to build? Neither option was attractive. My goal is to help people, after all, and I couldn’t do that if I alienated my followers.
Then, last week, an idea came to me. Like all good ideas, it came out of the blue when I was thinking about something else. It occurred to me that all of this stuff I write about is really just a story about my journey toward a nourished life. Since there is no distinction between mind and body in my opinion–what affects the mind affects the body and vice versa–why the heck do I have one blog about mindset and personal development and another about nutrition and physical health? They are one in the same, they need one voice.
Thus, DonWings and Nourish Me Wellness will become Dona’s Nourished Life. That’s what they are underneath it all anyway. The new site will be very different from either of the old ones but of course, the essence of both sites will remain. If anything they will become more authentic due to the fact that the business aspect is absent.
I’m giving up the persona of a boss lady business girl (which never really felt right anyway) and going full time into blogger girl mode. Each week we will delve into a new topic under the umbrella of mind-body health. Nutrition and mindset are, of course, my major interests, but fitness, meal prepping, a simplified life, self-care, and family are also high on my priority list. We will unpack these subjects in detail so you can use what I have learned, through trial and (a lot of) error, to nourish your own life.
My goal isn’t to narcissistically chronical my life, but rather to share life lessons in a more personal way that is relatable and (hopefully) fun. I hope you will join me over on my new site.
This will be the last blog published under DonWings. The site will remain active until it is up for renewal. At that time, all of the past DonWings stories will be archived on Dona’s Nourished Life and DonWings will be permanently deleted. Currently, the Dona’s Nourished Life website looks like Nourish Me Wellness. In fact, it is Nourish Me Wellness with a new address. It will morph into something completely different during the coming week, however, and hopefully settle on what will be the new site by this time next week.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your loyal readership and hope to see you all on the new site. This is not good-bye, my friends. Like a caterpillar preparing to morph into a butterfly, this is a transition into something better. We are done crawling along the ground and will now don our wings and fly.
If you would like a personal invitation to the new blog when it launches next week, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this blog. Anyone who does so will be entered for a chance to win prizes! Thanks again for your readership.
Additional note: the @DonWings Facebook page will be no more after this week. It is scheduled to self-destruct a week from today. If you follow me @DonWings, please follow me @nourishmewellness which will become Dona’s Nourished Life sometime this week. My Instagram will be at the same account, only the name will change to @donasnourishedlife this week. Thanks for your continued loyalty! To reward your patience, I will be announcing some giveaways on the new feeds later this week.