I can’t believe Fun Home Things has been around for 3 years this month. Three years ago, I was depressed and really struggling. I had lost a baby 7 weeks into the pregnancy and was having no luck getting pregnant again. All I could think about was the loss and trying to get pregnant. I was driving myself nuts. So I started Fun Home Things as something positive and creative to throw my energy into. I thought my family and close friends might read it. I had no idea that it would touch so many lives around the world and that so many of you would keep reading after all this time. It’s humbling and I am so grateful.
Life has changed so much since I started Fun Home Things. We welcomed not one, but two sweet babies into our family. This blog has grown into something way bigger than I EVER imagined, and this year I got to experience what other bloggers have labeled “blog puberty.”
I’m telling you, it’s a real thing. It’s awkward. It’s uncomfortable. You’re not a newbie anymore, but you haven’t really morphed into what you know the blog can be. And just like real puberty, sometimes there’s an identity crisis that goes along with it.
It started for me when I moved from Blogger to WordPress earlier this year. It’s like looking down and your body has completely changed. It’s good, it’s the logical next step, but it’s so weird and it takes some getting used to. When I switched, I went with a new logo. It was cute, it was definitely better than the one I had before, but it wasn’t me.
It seems silly that something like a blog logo could stifle creativity, but I’m not kidding, it really did. It didn’t feel like me. My blog always felt like home when I looked at it and for the first time, it didn’t. It felt like someone else’s blog. It felt whimsical which I am not. But I paid for it so it was going to have to work. (Ever done that?) For months I couldn’t figure out why I was having such a hard time creating content and it wasn’t until a week or so ago that it hit me–my blog is unrecognizable to me. It’s like copying someone’s style in middle school. It looks cute so you try to rock it, but if it’s not you, you just end up looking like a bad version of someone else.
So, I changed it. And this time, I made sure it looked like me. Like the casual and fun blog that I created Fun Home Things to be.
I love it. And the funny thing is, ideas have started flowing in again. It didn’t change the fact that I was still having to get through blog puberty–change, growth, a little awkwardness and testing different ideas to see which direction I wanted to go–but it did remind me that I was going to be ok.
Some things are not going to change–fun and easy seasonal crafts, homestyle recipes, cleaning tips–but some things are going to change. I’m going to show more of my home, my style, and share more decorating posts.
Blog puberty, on the whole, has been a positive thing. It has helped me realize that change can be fun and exciting (and necessary). But that through it all, you have to stay true to yourself. And you know when you’re being true to yourself because there’s a calm and a peace that comes with it.
Thank you for joining me on this journey and I look forward to inspiring you with new, fresh ideas as well as the old favorites you have come to love.