…I think I’ve forgotten how to write a blog post. Is this thing even on?
Hi! We’ve missed you. We aren’t even sure if many of our “back in the day” readers will even see this post, but this is a post we’ve needed to write for some time. If you’re a reader from way back, leave a comment below and say hi and let us know you’re here! Before I get to what the future holds for 7th House, I feel like I have to get a few things off my chest before we can start this new chapter. So, without further ado… my brain dump:
We never planned on being “radio silent” and not posting a single post for over a year. (It’s been one year as of a few weeks ago!) It just sort of happened. One of my biggest regrets is not sitting down to write a post saying we were taking an actual break from blogging when we realized that the break was for real happening. That, or having the guts to admit to ourselves that that’s what we were doing.
I wrote a post before the “break” telling you guys where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to. Our reasons in that post for initially stepping back to a lighter blogging load was completely true (and still is, plus some), but it wasn’t until later, as we moved further away from blogging, that I realized blogging had become more of a chore than the fun, creative outlet that we initially intended it to be — something we never wanted to happen. In that post, I even said we didn’t “have a case of the infamous ‘blogger burnout'”. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was wrong. There was most definitely a case of “blogger burnout” and it wasn’t pretty. I guess, sometimes you have to step away for a season in order to see the full picture.
Over the course of our 5-ish years blogging, we had so much fun writing posts and interacting with a fun community of readers and other bloggers, and we were so incredibly blessed with the opportunities that came along with it. But the “blogger fishbowl syndrome” was/is real. There were times where I found myself making decisions for our house based on what I thought the readers would like, what a sponsor would find “impressive”, what would “Pin well” and even how it would photograph. I specifically remember a moment standing in Target trying to decide between two throw blankets. One was a bold teal plaid and the other, a soft gray with a tiny white herringbone design. I thought to myself, “Oooh, I love this gray one. But ‘so-and-so online’ said that our house has too much gray and it looks like a parking garage. Plus, the teal plaid would definitely photograph better.” Guess which one I bought. Yep, the teal plaid. It wasn’t until later that it clicked. That isn’t how it’s supposed to be. Blog or no blog, you should decorate your home for you and your family, not for other people. That doesn’t mean that our past decisions we made for projects weren’t ours. But looking back, I can see little things here and there that weren’t really “us” and were done for the sake of blogging. (Like the foyer decorating project for instance – but I said as much in this post.) Funny thing is, I think it showed because those were some of our worst “performing” posts.
I’m talking a lot about my thoughts and feelings, but there’s another half of this blogging duo. Overall, Greg really enjoyed the projects that we did, and it unintentionally helped him broaden his decorating and renovating lingo. Plus, he loved doing all the geeky things behind the scenes like coding our blog design, coming up with cool features and warding off bot attacks. No, I take that back, bots are annoying. Eventually, however, it started to become a negative experience for him as well simply due to the fact that I was under so much pressure. He’s a fully left-brained man after all, and however expectant (or mean) people get on the internet, it never really affects him. (But don’t mess with his wife, haha.) He is the most patient and thick-skinned person I know – and I love him for that.
All of that to say, the time away has been wonderfully re-energizing, and we are so ready and excited for this next chapter to begin. Now that we’ve had some time away and have a new outlook on blog/rest of life balance, we’ve found that we miss it. We miss interacting with you guys, sharing our home happenings and having that “home-based” creative outlet to delve into. Yes, like we mentioned in this post, our available time has been significantly downsized (in the best ways and for the best reasons possible), but we’re going to intentionally carve out time to get back into the crazy awesomeness that is the blogging world.
So, here’s what this all means… We briefly talked about starting all over; rebranding and maybe changing the blog name, but 7th House on the Left feels like home. So, as a compromise, we decided to revamp the blog design a bit – okay, a lot. (We’re still in the process of moving a few things around and updating items here and there.) Our hope is to start out posting once a week, see how that goes and organically move on from there.
You can check in on house-related “in-betweens” on Instagram (@7thhouseblog). For more personal updates (including graphic design client work, life updates and random things) you can find me at @ashleybrown. Greg’s also on Instagram, but I’m pretty certain he’s only used it three times – though he does like to watch good guitar videos. If you want to chance it and see if he ever posts anything, you can find him @gregbrown1229 – but don’t hold your breath. 😉
Before I wrap this post up, Greg and I want to sincerely thank you guys who have stuck around. We’ve read your emails, comments and posts asking where we’ve been and just checking in. Even though we weren’t able to answer every one of them, we so appreciated it. When it was all said and done, your continued support is what helped us make the final decision to come back to the blogosphere. Yes, this is a new chapter and we hope to pick up the book with you guys right were we left off. So let’s get started…