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.
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.
I’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.
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)