Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ladies and Gents, Hold on to Your Seats

Things are about to get rowdy up in here. Ok, maybe rowdy is pushing it a bit. But there are some serious changes coming to this blog. I've been thinking about all of this for quite some time and I hope you will be as excited as I am.

I should give you a little bit of back story I suppose. I am incredibly impetuous. Once an idea pops into my head, I usually just go full steam ahead. This condition should not be confused with spontaneity. I'm not great with that, but I'm working on it. Instead, I tend to get so excited about things, that I don't think them through or way all of the options. For example, if I have a present for someone I'm super excited about, I just want to give it to them right now, even if their birthday is tomorrow or it's not yet Christmas. I can't help myself. The same thing sort of happened with this blog (and the previous one, if I'm being honest). I got so excited about the idea, that I didn't think through the layout or the name or the concept. And as a result, after just a little bit of time, I found myself really dissatisfied. Pigeon-holed.

Not to mention, I don't feel like this blog is accurately representing my intentions, the time commitment, or my goals. Searching for recipes or projects isn't easy, and it was looking and sounding too adolescent. Plus, I'd really like to own the site, so I can have flexibility to do whatever I want. So fiance and I talked about it for a while, brainstormed for a while longer, and finally came up with a concept I like. Something that can grow with me for a long time and give me the freedom to pursue whatever strikes my fancy.

That being said, I know a lot of you have already patiently accepted a blog change once before. So this one will be different. Starting tomorrow, this link will take you directly to the new site. This link will continue to work and you won't have to remember a new URL. I'm working on transferring all of my old goodies into a new recipe archive and house section. There will also be a link that will take you back to the archive on this blog if you are feeling nostalgic.

For those of you that typically find my posts through facebook, there will be some changes there too. I've created a page for the new blog. I will be posting all of the new posts on that page. If you "like" the page, then all of the posts will pop up on your news feed just like before. Hopefully it will go smoothly and you will have no trouble finding what you want.

Tomorrow, I will have an introduction post that shows you where to go to find the facebook page and will include a link to the archives.

To go along with the new site and format, I do have a few new goals for myself.

1. Continue to blog regularly. Right now I post at least three times a week. I'd like to either maintain that pace or up it to 4-5 times a week. We shall see how it goes.

2. Don't be afraid to try new things. I started my very first blog as a way to challenge myself to cook more. I incorporated the house projects as a way to monitor my progress and spark creativity. I'd like to continue to expand that into personal style and design. I make no claims to be an expert. Instead, I think by putting my creations out into the world, I force myself to go beyond my comfort zone. Rather than buying new things, see what I can make with what I have. That sort of thing.

3. Have my product reflect my intentions and commitment. I want the blog to reflect the energy and thought I put into it. It should really look more professional.

4. Interact more with my readers. I know I have a steady audience, but I want to know what you all think. Usually my friends and family comment on facebook or text me. I love that feedback, but I want to make the comment section more user friendly, so people who don't know me personally have a space to ask questions or reach out if they feel so inclined.

I think four goals are good for now. I can't wait for tomorrow to share with you all of our hard work!

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