Time To Say Goodbye
On August 6, 2009, I wrote my first blog post, “And So It Begins.” Kaylee was 12, Scott was 3, and Jeb was just over 1.
Over the course of the next two years, I blogged about living life and parenting these three amazing children while my husband was in Afghanistan. In August 2011, he came home for good. He’d been gone almost 3 years.
Ever since he’s been home I’ve struggled with keeping this blog up. I wanted to stop blogging right after he came home, but I kept at it. I wrote about real food, a Biblical diet, parenting, marriage, romance, life. I connected with readers and loved them and poured my life out to them in an effort to have some sort of positive impact on their lives. In the last year, I’ve written about parenting a son on the autism spectrum and living life with a daughter old enough to date.
It’s time to say goodbye.
In March 2012, I started publishing my books. This year, Gregg and I officially launched Olivia Kimbrell Press to the world. Balancing blogging and book writing/publishing with marriage, children, and life has simply become too much for me to juggle. I can no longer do it, and I’m tired of going weeks between blogging.
I have five years worth of content on this blog and I still get close to a thousand visitors a day. Even though my blog is “out of date”, even though I don’t stay active in Pinterest or Instagram, the search engines still constantly point people to me — and because of that, the site will stay up. God truly blessed me by giving me the words, over and over again, to share with you. I’m not going to take them down.
I am still going to be EXTREMELY active in social media and in life in general. I have a newsletter that I send out once a month that brings readers up to date with my life and gives them book release information. And I have my Hallee Bridgeman Author site.
In the coming months, I’ll be part of a 10-book Inspirational Romance e-book collection that is just going to be 99 cents for the month of October called Red Hot Squeaky Clean Romance. You’ll want to follow me on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for my newsletter so that you don’t miss that amazing deal. I’ll also be releasing my 7-part serialized WWII story, Virtues and Valor, starting September 15th.
I would like for this to NOT be “goodbye”. Rather, I’d like for this to be the simple turning the page from one chapter to another. I’d love for you to follow me in my novelist world, sign up for my newsletter, and stay in touch with me on social media.
Thank you for the years of readership.
Awww….sniff…but I completely understand. Congratulations on all your accomplishments and Olivia Kimbrell press. So exciting! Praying for you. :)
You are, and always will be, one of my favorite bloggers! Prayers, hugs, and best wishes on all of your future adventures!!!!
I’m going to miss your words here, Hallee! I’ll have to make sure I keep in contact with you through twitter. I hope the future stays bright with possibilities in your new endeavors!
I am truly heartbroken but not surprised. Good for you for growing and realizing that something has to go. Good for you for starting a new adventure. Good for you for leaving this blog here…maybe you can come back to it again. Thanks for all the leadership and interesting articles you have provided on faith and homemaking! Bless you!
While sad, I understand. You will be missed and will be prayed for. May God always bless you!
I will miss you. I never commented much but I have always learned so much from you. I appreciate you leaving the blog up. I really enjoyed the diet and menus you posted.
I wish you continued success.
Aww, Hallee, though I don’t know you “in real life” I so appreciate knowing you via your blog. I so enjoy your transparency. I pray blessings on your new chapter. Thank you for your encouragement and honesty,.
Thank you for the knowledge and experiences you’ve shared with us. I have taken so much from this blog and incorporated it in to my home and life!