A New Chapter for FTRB

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As the Brady Bunch so wisely sang…..

When it’s time to change, then its time to change
Don’t fight the tide, come along for the ride, don’t you see…..

Over the past six months or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much blogging and the design blog world has changed since I started FTRB. I remember first coming across design blogs about six or seven years ago. Everything was so new! So exciting! They were what inspired me to start my own blog. Looking back now, it all seems so innocent and naive (in a good way) compared to how slick blogs are today. And a part of me sort of misses those days.

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And I guess it was inevitable after so many years but I have been feeling sort of restless with the whole thing. Along with wanting to have more time for life offline (which I talked about earlier) and some big realizations, shifts and plans in my personal life, this has had me in a strange place mentally most of this year. So I’ve spent a lot of time mulling it all over, meditating on it and trying to figure out what, if anything, to do about it.

After giving it a lot of thought, what became clear is that I need to make some changes. I still want to continue blogging and with the same mission of sharing how I’m creating a global modern home inspired by my travels around the world. But I’m going to change how I do it.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK | www.fromtherightbank.comI’ve always tried to keep the content here personal, unique and different, balanced with plenty of inspiration images. As long time readers know, I started FTRB as a journal where I could organize my personal files of inspiration photos and to document the decorating of my house. Well, the way we find, view and save these images has changed a lot too over the years with Pinterest, Tumblr, etc. (Pinning is essentially what I was doing here before Pinterest.) So it makes the most sense to me to cut back on inspiration types of posts and focus more on original content. Those posts aren’t going away – there will just be less of them and more likely in the form of roundups. They’ll probably be longer too since I still have a lot to say!

Consequently, I’m also going to cut back on the frequency of my posts. I’ve always prided myself on blogging regularly and consistently. (Over 1,000 posts in 4 1/2 years!) So I really agonized over this decision but in the end, I decided I can accomplish my mission in fewer, longer posts just as well as with daily ones. So beginning today, FTRB will publish once a week. I know that sounds like a huge scaling back but content-wise, I really don’t think it will be. And remember you can still get a daily dose of FTRB in one of these places where I share peeks behind the scenes of FTRB, interesting finds, design-related news and snapshots of my travels and daily life.

Facebook
Twitter (@FromTheRightBnk)
Instagram (@FromTheRightBank)
There’s also Pinterest for what catches my eye.

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So, it’s a new chapter for FTRB and I feel great about it which is why I know it’s the right thing to do. I think it’s going to be good for me personally and hopefully, even more enjoyable for you as readers.  I would love to hear any thoughts you have so please share them in the comments below. And as always, thank you for reading and supporting FTRB.

See you back here next Monday for my weekly post!

(Hilarious and clever cartoons by John Atkinson, Wrong Hands)

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47 comments

  1. Tracy S. says:

    Sorry to hear about you cutting back. I love checking your blog everyday. My favorite posts are when you show projects you are working so at least you are keeping original content. Your daily posts will be missed, but I will still be here once a week.

  2. Jade says:

    I totally agree with your thinking about blogging. It’s come a long way and totally different than it used to be. There are so many and great content is more important than ever. After taking a long hiatus, I am trying to get back into it and honestly, stumbling around and not being successful. I think less posts but better content is key!

  3. I’m a huge fan of quality over quantity, so fewer more meaningful posts sound pretty exciting to me! I agree that the posts on your own projects or travels were always my favorite, so I’m glad to know that you’ll be focusing more on those. Not that I don’t appreciate looking at some glorious hotel, or other amazing design work from time to time. Enjoy your new schedule – you still have a follower in me!

  4. Tina says:

    I am used to checking your blog every day and will really miss it, but now I will check your blog every week and hopefully get the same amount of inspiring pictures and entertaining comments. Best of luck, Ally!

  5. I understand completely about ‘time’. I say bravo Ally; I can’t keep up with daily posts from my favorite bloggers as much as I try, let alone write. You’ll make this work and you will continue with success!

  6. Monika says:

    Good for you Ally! Your blog is absolutely my favorite, and I look forward to enjoying its new incarnation.

  7. Good for you Ms Ally!

    I have only done max 2 posts a week from the get go and my readers always thank me for that – they say they have something to look forward too!

    I don’t do much blog networking anymore and I am so glad I scaled back! I have my life back and I never feel guilty and stressed anymore.

    (Focusing on the next store and a physical store – everything is hopping along great!).

    Your readers will be going nowhere Ally. You have fantastic taste, you are original, and you are adored by zillions for being you.

    Hugs ro you.

    Mon

  8. I love you more for implanting a cracking-voiced Peter into my head this afternoon.

    WOW, this is a big announcement! I will miss the dailies–but I know whatever, whenever you post, it will be GOOD. Always is!

    All the best!!!

  9. cami rowe says:

    I look for a new entry everyday, ( if possible) I love your blog. Its the only one i really follow. I will eagerly be watching weekly for new entries. Now where to get my fix? Have not found one that quite informs and inspires as your does.
    Thank you!

  10. Hooray, Ally! I am so happy for you to have made this decision. We all know that quality counts a gazillion times more than quantity, especially today, when we are all overlaid with too many images that have been thought about too little. Let alone the words! So yep, we all will be backing you up on this because on top of it all, nothing is more important than having une bonne qualité de vie-of course! :)
    Bisous,
    H

  11. Your post resonates with me! I have been blogging for 3 years and the blogging world has changed dramatically in those 3 years. I went from being a SAH mom to teaching full time this year, therefore my blog went on the back burner. I post about once a week, maybe 4, depending on my time, mood and content! I enjoy the freedom to have it as my creative outlet instead of my noose!

  12. Well done Ally. Great decision. I love seeing your original content posts. Before the advent of pinterest and the like, I feel there was quite a bit of pressure on bloggers to post frequently. I’d rather see less frequent but high quality posts than a lot of regurgitation and sponsorship posts (not your blog obviously) from bloggers.

    Looking forward to your posts.

    Sandy K

  13. As the other comments have said, quality is more important than quantity.

    I agree that blogging has changed drastically during the past few years. I think it’s better to focus on original content in the age of Pinterest.

    I will miss your daily posts but I’m relieved that you’re still blogging and I look forward to your weekly posts.

  14. Cattie says:

    Good for you! I recently had to make a choice between a few different endeavors; trying to keep a photog business, Etsy store, two blogs and a full time job up is draining to say the least. Letting go of something, or even just making a change is never easy, but sometimes you have to, and I think you have made a great decision. Looking forward to the weekly posts!

  15. CT says:

    Ally —
    I’m so excited for the next chapter of FTRB. I got a little nervous at first that maybe you were closing up shop so I welcome an awesome weekly post. Cheers – CT

  16. Samantha says:

    Always liked your inspiration because it was unique. But I know what you mean about the blogging world changing. You can end up doing a whole lot of work for a very tiny audience.

  17. Oh man. I’m sure this is something that most of us think about pretty regularly. Good for you for making the change you need! Balance is so so so important (I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir here). I think these other outlets are such a blessing b/c you can make them do different things that all ladder up together. Excited for you! (And considering less screen time myself these days….)

  18. Hilary says:

    Love these funny vintage illustrations:) and I think you are so right about original content too! Glad you will still be around and blogging.

  19. Tracey says:

    Ally, happiness is key. I used to post to my blog daily and then one day I realized that I wasn’t running my blog, my blog was running me. Not only that, I couldn’t compete with the new bloggers. And then I realized that if I had to use the word “compete” in the same sentence as my blog then it just wasn’t right. Now I post every couple of weeks and I’m much happier. I don’t feel so stressed about it and if no one reads it then so be it. I’m still happy.
    I look forward to reading your posts whenever you post and those leopard chairs are smokin!

  20. Hi Ally,
    I didn’t know you were posting daily for 4 1/2 years! Wow. Of course you deserve a break. For me too, blogging in the old days was more fun. It seemed a smaller group and bloogers were visiting each other, like neighbours coming over for coffee. I miss these times too. Equally interesting to your post are all your readers’ comments about the changed social networking “scene” and that focusing on content is key. You have such nice readers!

Thanks so much for taking time to comment! I read every one and reply through my own comments.