Just Hitting Refresh Over Here...

I have had Hazel & Honey for a little bit now, and realizing that has made me think over a few things. Namely, my reason for running a blog in the first place. When I first started this, I had so many fun ideas of what content I would post and how it would be an interesting way to express myself. But quickly I fell out of love with what I was doing. I didn't know why. I just felt guilty about it.

I knew I had to be honest with myself as to what this was all about. Yes, it's "just a blog," but it was still something I felt the need to put effort in. I was reading some great, cute blogs and wanted to be like them. I wanted to collaborate with cool artists or brands or other bloggers. I wanted that recognition and feeling like I had a point of view. But that was the absolute wrong thing to do.

If I continue to try and be like my favorite bloggers, this is going to be tedious and fake. So the only way I can enjoy blogging again is if I just be myself, no matter what others may think of that. So here goes...

First and foremost, my number one priority for almost a year now has been my daughter. That's not changing. And motherhood has been the hugest game changer in my life. So why am I not sharing more about that? It seems inauthentic. So starting now, I'm going to be including a lot more about parenthood and having a child/children, and balancing that with all the stuff that made me "me" before I became a parent.

Second, I really enjoy being creative and working with my hands. I have been scrapbooking for almost 20 years now and I realized that I hardly EVER share that with anyone. Isn't that a little weird? I used to get constant remarks about how that is such an antiquated "granny" hobby and that always left me confused...these folks had no idea what scrapbooking has become! I guess that has made me a little apprehensive about posting it online and whatnot, but I think it's time to say screw it. So I'm hoping to share more about any creative projects I'm working on.

I also love books and reading. Bookstores are basically mini-Disneyworlds in my eyes. I love going into local used bookstores whenever my husband and I go out-of-town, just walking amongst all of the shelving and getting a neck ache from reading the sideways spines on the books. I've been a part of a few now-defunct book clubs (always trying, though!) just because I LOVE to talk books with people I know. I like reading pretty much everything and I am really excited to share what I'm reading and get recommendations from other people!! That TBR list is never going to stop growing.

There are other things I'm into that will also make their way onto the blog now and then. Beauty, fashion, cooking, etc. The categories at the top of the page also aren't going anywhere, and I decided not to delete any previous posts. I think it's important to see the evolution of my blog over time and I am not embarrassed about being a total noob. We all gotta start somewhere, am I right?

So I hope you enjoy the new Hazel & Honey. I'm finalizing some recurring features I'd like to include, but if there is anything anyone would like to see, I would be open to suggestions!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Hope to chat soon ;)

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