It's been over two weeks since my last blog post. Even though I am very active on Instagram right now, and occasionally check in on Facebook, I failed to realize that some of you come to the blog only, or are subscribed to my newsletter and only visit when there is a new email.
Everything is ok. Everything is good. But I owe you all an explanation. I realized this these past few days when I started to receive emails from readers asking me where I was and if I'm still going to be posting on my blog.
Yes, I will resume posting soon, but not like before.
This past year or so I've been struggling with authenticity on my blog. I don't even like to call it a blog because for so long it never really even felt like a blog. It was a deal aggregator website. That is not a blog (in my opinion).
When I first started as Rose Knows Coupons back in 2010, my main focus was on coupons and deals. I was all about coupons and deals and my family benefited from my deal seeking and coupon shopping. I was happy and excited about it. I enjoyed posting and looked forward to working all day long because when there was a deal available, I wanted to let me readers know about it. The first few years were great. I made some money in exchange for my work and my little blog business was fulfilling. Then, almost 2 years ago I rebranded my site to What Rose Knows because I wanted to do more than just coupons and deals. However, it was difficult to add more/different content because for so long all I had ever known on my blog was coupons, deals, and freebies.
Since then my life has changed. Along with that my passion has changed. My wants, needs, and desires have changed. My lifestyle has changed. Years ago I may have been excited about new cereal or frozen pizza coupons. Now I don't even look at them because we rarely buy any packaged or processed food items. I'm not here to tell you not to buy them, I'm just here to tell you that shopping for items like that no longer fits my family's needs. Stockpiling, requesting freebies, and purchasing items because they are a "deal" is no longer beneficial to my lifestyle. Because of that, if I continue What Rose Knows as a couponing and deal site, I will feel like a hypocrite and a fraud. I don't ever want to toe the line of being deceitful.
What Rose Knows is changing direction. Focus will be on creating a stylish home on a simple budget. This will include so much more, but that is the shortened version and the gist of it. This is something I have always loved and something I excel at. This direction has been something I have thought about for a very, very long time. Now that I have really, truly created a stylish home on a simple budget with our new home, I feel confident in sharing what I know, what I have learned, and my journey along the way. I realize that some of you will leave, unsubscribe, and unlike anything related to What Rose Knows. I will be sad to see any of you go and I do hope you realize that this is best for us all. I just ask that even if you think this is something you will not be interested in, to give me a chance. From here on out, What Rose Knows will be 100% authentic. You may find what I share still fits your lifestyle.
I've never been so excited and so sure about something in my life. Well, except for my husband's marriage proposal. These past few months I have been jotting down ideas on my laptop, in my phone, and in notebooks. I have bounced ideas off of family and friends, and even bit the bullet and hired a graphic designer to give What Rose Knows a new look. A look that will accurately reflect the new direction of the blog, and myself as a person. These changes should all take place within the next few weeks. I feel so good about these changes and this new adventure and already feel myself falling back in love with what I do on What Rose Knows.
Please feel free to ask me questions, make requests, yell at me...whatever you want! I need/want to hear from YOU!