Changes are a comin’

I'm not really sure where to start today's post. You might not have noticed, but over the past 2 weeks I've given myself a tiny little break from the blog to sit back and reflect on a lot. Mainly reflect on where I want to go with The Blissful Bee - my overall goal, my blog platform and how I want to represent myself. I've been in a pretty large "blog funk" over the past few weeks and I really needed some time to sit back, relax, and analyze the direction of the blog.

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As you all know, I have a strong passion for interior design. I don't think that's much of a secret. But there is so much more to me and who I am. In a way, I almost feel like I am hiding a HUGE part of my personality by strictly posting about DIY projects and home decor. If you follow me on Instagram, you might know what I'm talking about. I tend to post not JUST about home decor, but about everything I love - fashion, photography, life, and yes, (of course) interior design. Over the past few weeks, I've realized I feel more "myself" on my Instagram account than I do on my own blog! How crazy/confusing is that?? After making that realization (and going through a long blog funk) I knew I needed to make a change. Why?? A.) To satisfy myself, and B.) To show you all who I really am and share EVERYTHING design related in my life. Don't worry, home decor and DIY still take up about 80% of my life, so the blog focus isn't changing. It's just... shifting a bit.

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I didn't expect this change to happen and especially not this soon, but I feel like I just need to go with it. I hate hate hate that I am changing things up on you guys (yet again) but I know I need to follow my heart on this one. I just recently changed my blog design (literally just a few weeks ago) and I thought that was going to fix my blog funk. I was thinking maybe I just needed a new look and that would fix my weird mood. But I was wrong. The change I needed was fundamental, not a simple surface change. As I promised, interior design will still be the main focus of the blog, and of course DIY as well (simply because that is a huge part of who I am), but I also want to open up more with you guys. I will be adding a bit of fashion, lifestyle, drink recipes and my general thoughts on life as well.

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I know I will lose some readers. And it will hurt a bit. Actually, it might hurt a lot. But I completely understand. Not everyone likes change and I totally understand that not everyone might care about my favorite outfit of the week or favorite margarita recipe for the summer. But I need to remain true to myself and blog about what I know and love. And who knows, maybe I will gain other readers along the way. I hope you all enjoy the new direction I will be headed and bare with me in this slight change.

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You all have touched my life in a way I never knew could happen. I never knew an online community could grow to be such a strong and important part of my life. You all are amazing and one thing I know for sure is The Blissful Bee wouldn't exist without you guys!

And just a heads up, I'm currently working on a super fun project/partnership that will be revealed hopefully this summer. There will be DIY and home design videos galore and I cannot wait to share them with you guys. Get excited!!

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36 Responses to "Changes are a comin’"

  • Tishaira Bennett
    April 27, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    I think that change is what keeps us motivated. Never hold yourself back to keep others happy and comfortable. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. :)

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 27, 2014 - 4:31 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement! I’m a bit nervous for the change, but super excited all at the same time!! Sometimes I just need a reboot;)

  • Crystal @My Blissful Space
    April 27, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    I say go for it!!! ;)

  • Captain Micah
    April 27, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    I’m just discovered your blog a few weeks ago and have truly been enjoying it! That being said, I think the additions you plan to make to be true to yourself will only make it better! Do it! Do it! Do it!

    The ones who matter will stick around, no matter what. Do what is best for YOU!

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 27, 2014 - 7:52 pm

      Oh thank you so much!! I’ve been stressing about it, but I have to follow my heart. Thank you for being so kind! :):)

  • Maggie@ Polka Dots in the Country
    April 27, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    I started following your blog after your burlap monogram door hanger caught my eye on another blog linkup. I think it’s great you’re sticking to who you are, change can be scary but you gotta stay true to who you are. I can’t wait to see what you have planned!

  • Pam
    April 27, 2014 - 8:58 pm

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store. Follow your heart and your dreams. Life is too short not to.

  • Aniko@PlaceOfMyTaste
    April 27, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    I love your new look, Amy. Very chic. Can’t wait to see more of you.. Love this quote for ya “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Have a great night!

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 27, 2014 - 10:28 pm

      Aww Thanks Aniko! I was really aiming for a cleaner look to go along with the new platform. And yes, I love that quote too:):)

  • Summer
    April 27, 2014 - 10:36 pm

    Hi Amy, I’m SO excited for you! I love that you are going to put a more personal feel to your blog and I for one love great drink recipes and awesome outfits!!! Your blog is so gorgeous and I love all the changes. I wish I had some graphic design skillz so I could spruce mine up :) I can’t wait to read along in your journey!

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 28, 2014 - 8:57 am

      Thanks Summer! That means so much to me! Change is good and I think I’m going to be happy with my decision in the end;);)

  • April Hoff
    April 28, 2014 - 6:49 am

    You definitely don’t have to worry about losing this reader, Amy! :) I know I will love whatever you produce! Your positive voice, beautiful images, and interesting topics will keep me coming back! :)

  • Gladys
    April 28, 2014 - 8:05 am

    I, personally prefer blogs that are about more than one topic. I don’t have your readership but I have a lifestyle blog myself. I think you will be happier blogging if you are doing it the way that you feel is best for you. I am MUCH older than you but have learned that you have to do what is right for you in life. Sometimes what is right for you will change and then you have to go with the flow – just as you are doing now.

    I, for one, am excited about your changes. Go with your heart.

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 28, 2014 - 8:58 am

      Oh that makes me feel better! It’s sometimes hard to tell what the readers want, so thank you for your feedback!

  • Jen @ Migonis Home
    April 28, 2014 - 9:10 am

    you won’t lose me! so excited to see what else you have in store!

  • Krista @ the happy housie
    April 28, 2014 - 10:25 am

    I think it is fabulous Amy- can’t wait to see what you have to share!!

  • Jamie @ Anderson and Grant
    April 28, 2014 - 11:45 am

    Thanks for another wonderful post. I have been blogging for almost a year, but have recently taken some time away to “find myself”. It is so reassuring to know that even successful bloggers sometimes need to regroup and analyze where they are and where they want to be. I’m super excited to see whatever it is that you’ll be sharing with us in you future posts!

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 28, 2014 - 12:04 pm

      Thank you so much Jamie! I think we all go through these type of funks, so don’t worry, you’re not the only one!

  • Chelsea
    April 28, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    I’m so happy for you Amy! I think it’s going to be great! I think if anything you are going to gain a much more loyal readership! I think people love connecting on a more personal level. I can’t wait to see more of Amy :) Love ya girl!!!

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 28, 2014 - 10:49 pm

      Thanks so much Chelsea! I think it was the exact boost I needed!

  • Andi
    April 29, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    I am excited for the new vision and it will be amazing!! You have always been a style inspiration for me – so I’m excited to see more! XOXO!

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 29, 2014 - 4:40 pm

      Thanks friend! I can’t wait to hopefully see more of each other too!!

  • Katie Jane
    April 29, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    I am an interior designer for a builder and I recently started a blog after being inspired by you! I love writing and photography so I thought-why not? In a short period of time I’ve realized how much I enjoy the personal silly posts I write more than the serious design ones. I think whatever direction you go with Blissful Bee will be great, as long as you always write from your heart! I had noticed a shift in the past few weeks, totally enjoyed the picture posts, but felt it was missing you a little in them! Can’t wait to get to know you better! Of all the blogs I follow, you are certainly one of my faves!

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 29, 2014 - 4:41 pm

      That makes me SO happy to hear! Blogging has been such a great experience for me and I know you will enjoy it too! Thanks for the sweet words Katie:)

  • Kim
    April 29, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Amy, I think it’s wonderful and wish you the best of luck with your “added” focus! I am looking forward to reading what you have to share! I started my blog with a slant toward home and design, but I have peppered in a few things that don’t necessarily fit that niche, thin gs that are important to me. So far, so good! I am sure you will continue to be successful! :)

  • Ivy
    April 29, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    So excited for this change, and to read more about YOU! Go Amy!

  • Rachel Kathyg @ onlinesisterhood
    April 30, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Amy, I clicked back from workit wed to read. I think it is awesome you are following your heart. The way we truly connect with others is when we are honest and find a way to share what inspires us. I for one will keep clicking back to see what’s up:) Have a great week.

    • The Blissful Bee
      April 30, 2014 - 10:15 am

      Thanks so much Rachel for your kind words! I was at first super nervous to make the change, but it just really feels “right”. Glad you will be coming back to read more!!

  • Robin
    May 3, 2014 - 10:16 am

    You won’t be losing me as a follower! I think it is brilliant that you are branching out and blogging about everything you love. I too have taken a break from my very newbie blog as I was burnt out on Design even though I love it. Keep doing what you love and we will all love you for it!

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