Here’s to hoping you have recovered from the St Patty’s Day/March Madness weekend festivities 🙂
Ok, weekend shenanigans aside, there’s a few things that I’ve got on my mind for this week’s edition of Tuesday Talk.
*If you’re new here, you can catch up on my last post discussing changes to HB here.
Ultimately, I made the decision to change two fundamental elements of House Blend:
- I organized content into four main categories: Life, Style + Beauty, Real Estate and Blogging (with lots of new, exciting changes on the horizon)
- I migrated my blog to a new platform with a new hosting company. In case you’re curious, I went from Blogger.com to WordPress.org and House Blend is now with a hosting company called Bluehost. As a reader, this really doesn’t amount to much, except for eventual improved site functionality.
So long story short, the techie part of the whole transition has been, ahem, rocky, to say the least. Because the other words that come to mind are not blog friendly 😉 Technology has that magic little ability to bring out the worst in me. I was up to my ears in technological terms and coding and plug ins and if I had to make another 1-888 call to technical support (God Bless the genius staff at Bluehost :)) I was going to lose my mind. In the event you’ve scrolled through a few posts and noticed the obvious- yes- I’m still patiently waiting, wishing, hoping that images from previous posts magically appear and broken permalinks and widgets restore themselves.
As for the other part- the content, I’m so excited for what’s to come. I feel like I’ve got my thoughts (somewhat) organized, I’ve found inspiration to share new ideas and such and I hope you will love to continue reading.
I would also be lying if I didn’t admit that there has been much fear surrounding these changes. All the “what ifs” “am I good enough” “is my content original” “what will they think….” etc etc etcccc can keep me up at night and leave doubts floating around my mind if I allow them to stay. With all due respect, I should note that I do this for myself first, because if I didn’t enjoy blogging, you wouldn’t enjoy the by product of reading. 🙂
Now, If I may be completely transparent, there have been several moments over the past several weeks where I actually considered throwing in the towel and walking away from House Blend. In the midst of my frustrations, I questioned all.the.things. I’ve lost track of the times I found myself contemplating if this was all even worth it- because despite my first world problems, I still had a real estate business to run and a family to look after and obviously the world would still continue to carry on without House Blend. I am also aware that my blog would be soon forgotten among the masses….
And friends, that’s just not the way I wanted to see this go down!!!
I love blogging and as long as I love it and want to continue, I’ll keep on keeping on. (I could totally do without all the techie stuff ;). I owe it the relationships with bloggers that I’ve “met,” my fabulous readers and to myself to not just give it all up. Not to mention, I have a responsibility to the companies that I’m so privileged to affiliate with. The big picture is that I’ll eventually figure it all out. This time of bloggy transition is just a small hurdle and anything worth having is worth fighting for. I believe that to my core.
Please don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not here to brag about the fact that I survived a little blog transition. No. Just No. Conversely, this whole thing got me thinking about the bigger picture and making it relevant to how real life troubles are handled . Isn’t it funny how “when the going gets stuff….” it seems all too easy to just take the easy way out- you know, yell a few cuss words and then act all… “screw it- I’m out!!” (Please tell me I’m not the only one….!?!)
Since troubles in life are promised (it is biblical, after all) I thought I would discuss a few takeaways on overcoming the inevitable.They aren’t ground breaking by any means but they can change your outlook on life and I love things that bring perspective to life’s challenges. They help me through times of transition/change/hurdles and I hope they’ll bring a little encouragement to you too.
Four Ways to Deal with Life Hurdles
Cheers to being strong and brave, friends. I want to hear from you too! What are some other words of encouragement we could use- do share in the comments below. XO