I’ve been keeping a secret from you: I lost my blogging mojo. It left somewhere around the time I got sick in June and it decided to find a tropical island to hang out on for the winter without me. It’s not that I don’t love this space, because I really do. It’s just that I got caught up in “so-and-so does this to grow their blog” and “(another) so-and-so does that to grow their blog” and I wanted to grow and share all the things so badly that I forgot what I want to do and what I’m working to create. That (in a nutshell) what this year’s Problogger Event helped me to see.
I realise now that this is my little space to forge my own path. It’s not about what other people did to amplify their blogs, but it’s the difference that you can make to one person’s day. It’s about actually living and enjoying the life that I’m trying to create. It’s taken me a while to put these words in the right order. This year I didn’t leave the final conference day feeling psyched, like last year, but more still feeling like there was so much to process that I didn’t even know where to start.
By Sunday morning I was running on very little sleep and the sensory overload that came from not just telling my story on stage, but also so many people coming over to talk to me afterwards. (Which was awesome, but overwhelming for my shy and introverted self). I was ready to act on what I’d learnt, but felt as stuck as before.
So I walked away from it, and sat on the beach and just soaked up the sun. If there’s one thing I know about me it’s that the more I try to push through the further away the clarity gets. It’s taken more than 20 years to figure this out, but it’s what works for me. Taking the pressure off is almost always the right answer. It will show itself when it’s good and ready. And it did.
Funnily enough the answer is sitting in my about page that I haven’t read in far too long:
This blog is about the little things we can do to make our homes and lives feel happier every day. It’s about you and me carving out our little space in the universe that doesn’t cost the earth and isn’t totally unrealistic or unachievable.
It’s about embracing what you love and putting it on display and not hiding it away because it’s not ‘on trend’. Above all else, Style for a Happy Home is about creating a space where laughter reigns and mess is allowed, because both are signs of a life that’s being lived.
I want to bring my blog back to being about this. I want to have more fun with it and share just that little bit more about my story in here. I have realised that the monthly themes aren’t making it easier for me to blog, but harder for me to share what I want to, as often what I want to share doesn’t fit in the little boxes I’ve made.
The session at Problogger that I got the most from was Geraldine DeRuiter’s. It was called “Make Your Audience Fall in Love With You”. I think I got the most from it because it wasn’t a formula, but more permission for me to play with my content and have fun with it. To love blogging again and in doing what I love, the people who want and need what I have to say will be reading at the other end. I think Darren summed what I took from the conference up best in the closing keynote saying “choose love over metrics”. It seems super obvious from the outside, but it’s easy to get caught in thinking stats are everything. But I’m going to focus on my little space and giving it as much love as possible.
It’s my dream to build a little community around making our homes a happy place and removing the stresses that we can. So that’s what I will do. Some things are going to change around here, but hopefully for the better.
- September will be the last monthly theme
- The blog will get a makeover sometime before the end of the year
- The Organising, Styling and Books categories will get more love
- I’m going to have more fun with the posts
- I’m going to share more of my story where it fits and sometimes, maybe, get a little serious on you when I need to
- I’m going to think of ways to include you, my readers in the blog in a creative and fun way
What’s not going anywhere:
- Mini Makeovers and DIYs are here to stay, though they may not be every week
- Pinterest Saturdays will continue (these might have their own monthly theme, but I need to think about it more)
- My silly jokes and my random (and sometimes obscure) pop culture references will be making a comeback
The blog will be 15 months old next week. What a perfect time to realise that it doesn’t need to be like anyone else’s blog, but for it to carve a little space of its own. All of this may be oversharing, but it’s my blog and I’ll overshare if I want to! ;) Here’s to a new adventure!
Do you have something you’d love to see me cover on the blog? Tell me in the comments?