Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend so far. I have not posted in quite some time here and I thought I should address that today since you all have been so kind to support Hope Springs Journal over the past year. It has been a blast, and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Even though I may not have gotten as many views or followers as I had hoped for, it was an experience that I will never forget and that I have learned so much from.
So, first of all, I want to thank you all for the support you have given me and Hope Springs Journal. I am so grateful to my family, my friends, and all of you who have followed me and commented so many uplifting things. You all are what has helped me to keep going.
The sad news is that unfortunately, I will be discontinuing the Hope Springs Journal blog. The good news is that I have learned so much from this experience over the past year.
Let me tell you a bit about the history of HSJ. Last August, I got really into bullet journaling and scrap-booking. I had also loved makeup and the beauty industry for a couple years already. So much so that I wanted to share it with people. So, I started brainstorming ideas for a blog. The idea just came to me. At first, I was planning to do it for a project at school, but then I realized that I wanted this to be separate. I didn’t want any of my classmates judging me. I just wanted to be able to write freely for people who might actually appreciate what I have to say. Instead, I researched a blog more on my own.
This project, though, is important to the blog because during class is when I came up with the name Hope Springs Journal, while researching for my project. It’s actually kind of funny because I had the hardest time coming up with a name! I even used a blog name generator. One of the names was Hope Springs Journal as a play of Hope Springs Eternal. I decided that this would be perfect because I wanted my blog to be all about positivity and an inspiration for fellow creators.
I first got the idea of a blog from Pinterest. When I was first getting into the world of bullet journaling, I would copy spreads from Pinterest, or research supplies through Pinterest. I then discovered that most of the time, the links would take me to a blog. And I thought, this is how to reach the creative world. All I have to do is write a blog and post it on Pinterest. However, it wasn’t as simple as I thought.
I had heard of website hosts such as Word Press and Web Node before, but I had never done this amount of research in my life. It wasn’t until November that I made the pivotal decision to make Hope Springs Journal a reality. I read many other blogs (off Pinterest, of course) that laid out a guideline for blogging success. I was shocked to find out that if I didn’t buy a domain for my website that I wouldn’t truly own my blog, and that the host could delete anything at any time. So that became my number one priority: getting a domain. I originally used Blue Host for my domain, which was originally hsjblog.com. However, I realized that I would have to pay a lot of additional money through Word Press to be able to use that domain. So, I gave up on the Blue Host domain and bought a personal plan through Word Press which came with a domain. Now, unfortunately, the domain hsjblog.com was taken (because of my previous error) so I added a hyphen to make what we all know as hsj-blog.com. I never meant for this blog to become a business, just a fun hobby, which is why I never got a Gsuit account or paid a lot of money for advertising.
My first post was in December of 2019, when I created a December Plan With Me bullet journal spread. From there until quarantine, I was only posting about once a month or just whenever I actually felt like it. Most of you know what happened from here, but long story-short, I started posting regularly and my audience grew significantly. It’s not a huge audience, but it did grow. And I had the time of my life.
I’m not going to lie, I was easily frustrated by the blog when things didn’t work out exactly how I planned them, but I was almost always happy with the finished product. Now, it’s just a matter of time, which I don’t have. With school going (still online), and things slowly opening back up, I don’t have as much time as I need to just sit down and write. I also have had a change in interest. If I were to keep HSJ going, I would want to rebrand to a mainly beauty blog. But the main reason that I am discontinuing Hope Springs Journal is that I would have to pay at least $63 to renew my domain and plan for a blog that isn’t profitable. I know that if I really wanted this to be profitable, I could do it, but I just don’t have the time needed to make it possible. No, $63 isn’t all that much for the next whole year, but for a 14/15-year old, it’s a lot. I saved up for it last year because it was something I really wanted to do. Now, it is still something I have interest in, but not something I can easily pursue at this time.
So, I just want to thank you all one last time for all of your support and love for Hope Springs Journal over the past year. It means so much to me, really. Even though, this is goodbye or farewell, I have a feeling that this is not the last you will hear from me, Rebecca, creator of the forever and former Hope Springs Journal blog. 💕