Sunday, January 19, 2014

New Blog Design Coming!

Hey there! I haven't posted much lately for a few reasons: I'm busy painting and (still) unpacking. AND I've been working with a talented blog designer on a brand new blog design. Yay!

Why? you may ask. Well. Now that the girls are attending private school, I needed to refocus. My muddled thoughts were as follows:

  • My blog had been about homeschooling and our family life, with a few book reviews thrown in and a few personal essays, as well. I thought for a few days about discontinuing the blog. After all, homeschooling and educational pursuits had been the center of my life, around which all other things revolved. Since we were no longer homeschooling, would I have anything of value to say? I don't know.
  • And, supposing I continued blogging, should I start a new blog with a new name? I toyed with this for weeks. In the end, I decided to stay with The Bluestocking Belle, even though a few other options really tempted me.
  • For a long time, I've struggled with a focus for my blog. Apparently, that's very important. Specialization, you know. And we are renovating our new to us house. So maybe I could focus on that. . . ? Well, after reading home decor blogs and renovation blogs and redecorating blogs, I've learned that different people have different gifts, and home decor is decidedly not one of my gifts.

Then it came to me that I'd lost myself in all this blog-musing and second-guessing. I'm never going to be a blogger with thousands of followers; I've never going to be known as a "________ maven"; and I don't really want to specialize my blog.

Essentially, my blog is my story, my family's story, and I will enjoy chronicling it as much as I always did. And if anyone learns anything new, is encouraged in any way, or simply enjoys reading about us, then that's a lovely bonus for me.

So be on the lookout in the next week or so for a brand new Bluestocking Belle.

Only it'll still be me.


  1. I think it's a good idea to blog what you know. I read plenty of blogs that are basically what is going on in that person's life whether it is something being done in the home, a recipe, a book or family. I'm sure you'll figure it out!

  2. Thanks for leaving your comment on my blog. I wanted to say that I too have gone through a blogging crisis. I think many bloggers do. We start blogging with a specific focus in mind, but life is about seasons and things change. We are still homeschooling but we are into high school years now and there really is not terribly much to say! I have been through the same thought process as you have. Should I re-focus - new blog etc. But like you, I came to the same conclusion. I'm just going to blog about what I love, what makes me happy - which is usually centered around my home, family, and simple things. Like you, I felt that I was never going to have thousands of followers or be a 'guru' in anything - and that's okay. I don't keep my blog for others, I keep it for me and for my family :)

    Keep true to yourself. I look forward to continued reading of your days ;)

  3. I totally agree with you and Shirley. I just went through the same thing myself. It got to the point where I was even comparing myself to other bloggers. I thought that I should be doing what everyone else was doing. But aren't we all different? We all have something unique about us; something valuable that we can share. Continue to be what you are best at... and that is YOU!

  4. well I shall look forward to seeing you, whatever you wish to discuss!

  5. I agree that you should blog about what interests you. I'll certainly be curious to read about whatever you want to write about!

  6. I think you've made the best decision. Make your blog about you and your life as you want it to be. You don't have to conform to anyone elses standards. Many people use their blogs as on online journal. I like the look of your blog now. Is this the new redesign?


I love reading comments! And I appreciate the time you take to leave them. Thanks!