January 1, 2015

New Year, New Blog

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2014 was the best and the worst year of my life. I married my best friend (cheeeeey but true!) and we bought a house. We each also lost a grandparent we were ridiculously close to. And for the first time I'm publicly acknowledging that I lost my job, which very few people in my personal life even know about (surprise, friends + fam who read my blog!). Essentially I went through 4 out of the 5 things they say you should never do simultaneously in a year (and NO, there is no baby coming. At least not in the next 9 months!).

If it seems like my blog is still on autopilot from October when I was going crazy planning my wedding, it has been. I am quite simply just plain exhausted emotionally. But new years breed new attitudes! I've never been out of work like this, but I'm taking this opportunity to make some major changes to this blog.

Over the month of January I'll be transitioning The Book Barn book review blog into The Book Rest bookish lifestyle blog. I still want to center around books and will continue to post at least one book review each week, but I also want to include other areas of my life. Lately I've been cooking and baking and crafting more than ever and it's something I want to share.

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Honestly, I'm not sure how to transition. I don't know if I should delete this blog and start fresh or if it's more feasible to change the url and let everyone deal with their confusion organically. (I do prefer the former because I have a flawless record of posting a review every week for more than 2 years haha). If you're reading this and have ever done a blog overhaul --- do you have any advice? I think that part has been my greatest hurdle for this transition and I have some research to do...!

In the meantime, I started a special Instagram (@thebookrest) for all things The Book Rest and I'd love it if you'd come over and follow me! If you mention you're a blog reader I will enthusiastically follow you back!

If you're reading this, I'm exponentially grateful that you're here. I hope that with this extra time I have on my hands I can make my little space in the blog world more personal and special. And I can't do it without great readers and friends like you! 

1 comment:

  1. Wow you had quite the year. I hope 2015 is nice and average for you. As to the blog, obviously you should do whatever you prefer, but I see no problem keeping your blog where it is. I'm a fan of blogs that talk books plus life, so I think you are making a great choice. It's nice to get to know someone through more than just book reviews and bookish thoughts.


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