…where I have always been–well, since I started blogging 4 years ago. Many of you have read my blog since the days of “Stepping My Way to Bliss” (thank you!). And then you followed me over to “Vintage French Chic”(merci!). And wouldn’t you know it…
…I’ve decided to move again!
For the last time–I hope.
I was very tempted to give up blogging all together this time around. So. Very. Tempted. But I got some great advice from a fellow blogging friend and decided to think about what she said before I made any rash decisions and hit the big DELETE button.
My thoughts kept coming back to one basic truth…if I quit blogging, how/when/where will I write? I am certainly not going to be disciplined enough to journal daily or start the next great 21st century novel. I would like to think I am that industrious and determined but I am not. As much as I love to write, I don’t want to feel the pressure of doing it. I want to just sit down and let my thoughts and fingers fly when they are moved to do so. Maybe that will be often and maybe not. But I need an outlet that is fun and creative and blogging seems to be the fit.
In the past I kept trying to “brand” myself on the blog. I ventured into “fashion” blogging because I enjoyed other blogs that were considered fashion blogs. But unless I was pretending to be a “JCPenney model” and goofing off, feeling comfortable in that blogging format just wasn’t happening.
Then I thought I should streamline into three favorite topics; vintage, french, and chic. That worked for me but I found I wanted to add in my (amateur) photography too. And once in a while, I would find I had a topic to share but it didn’t really fit into any of my categories unless I got super creative.
Am I a “lifestyle” blog? I don’t think so because I don’t want to “sell” a certain lifestyle. What works for me may not work for any other person on the planet. I get that.
I decided to tweak a few things. “Stepping My Way to Bliss” has disappeared. All the content from “Vintage French Chic” was imported to this new blog. I chose the name “chez bliss” to encompass all the interests I will write about under one simple umbrella (my house is historic and named “The Bliss House”; “chez” is obviously my nod to my love of France and all things French). Everything thing I do , everything I experience, everything I read happens/originates from my home…here at chez Bliss.
My other “mental” tweaks are these: I am not going to worry about the stats and numbers of this blog. I am not going to wonder who has me on a bloglist and who doesn’t anymore (if you do, merci!). At this time, I will not have a bloglist either. I will continue to link to blogs/posts that I find enjoying or interesting–I love doing shout-outs! I am not going to pressure myself to comment on the other blogs I do read– when moved to comment, I will. I am setting these parameters for myself because the biggest gripe I have had about blogging is the TIME SUCK it can become. In essence, I am trying to “simplify” my blogging experience so that I can still find enjoyment in the process.
Blahbiddyblahbiddyblah. Enough about all that.
I hope you all will stay. If not, I understand but I will miss you. I DO appreciate anyone who takes the time to read or consider my drivel.
(cruising the rhine river)
And without further ado:
Bienvenue a chez bliss!