It’s time to say hello to 2020 … and goodbye to this blog.
Well, not entirely. I have two big projects this year, and I plan to report on them on this website. Plus, I need to keep the site live as a point of contact and info for next year’s Historic Homes for the Holidays tour.
But as far as posts about small house projects and how-tos and those kinds of things, it’s sayonara. I’ve been thinking about making this change for many, many months as I’ve been asking myself, “What are you doing with your time?”
This blog has been a glorified hobby for me. I’ve never made a cent from posting here. It has eaten so many hours, and there’s a more sinister concern for me too: It’s difficult to talk about house stuff, more specifically your own house stuff, without coming off as superficial or snobby. This feels particularly true with readers who know you just a little—like they know you in real life but don’t really know your personality or your standards. They’re trying to figure out who you are, and when you write mostly about “pretty things,” it can seem shallow. I get it.
But I do not regret this blogging thing one bit. I started the blog 3.5 years ago, and since then I “saved” a historic home, giving an old house a whole new lease on life complete with new guts and pretty finishes (see the before and after here). She should live on for another 85 years now that I’ve had my way with her, and I’m proud of that.
Along the way our house was featured nationally here, here, and here, which brought even more attention to preservation. I didn’t expect the coverage, but I welcomed it because the bottom line is this: Old houses matter. They deserve respect. I will always advocate for historic preservation.
I also hosted two historic-home tours that raised more than $21,000 for a local charity. Through that I met like-minded owners of historic houses and many of you—truly, those tours would have been major flops without you readers and without those homeowners. So thank you. The new friendships and acquaintances have been a true delight.
I think my priorities shifted hard with the whole “Preserve South Boulevard” thing. I caught the bug for being more community minded, and I want to use my spare time for stuff that benefits a broader spectrum of people. And after the events of the last month, I am more convinced than ever that it’s time to look outward, not inward. It’s time to find causes to support and people to build up, and I want to pursue that instead. I also want to focus more on family—lots more.
To be very clear, I still think making your home beautiful is important—like, really important. We all deserve to love where we live, no matter the size or budget. When we are surrounded by beauty, we blossom.
But you can get that inspiration from other sources, and I’m going to spend my time chasing a few crazy ideas outside the internet. This shift will trickle down to my Instagram presence too. I’ve already cut it out almost entirely, and I feel free. Let’s call a spade a spade and admit that IG is addicting and most often a waste of time. For me it definitely has been.
I don’t know exactly what I’ll be doing in June or November or next January, but this blogging experiment has been fun. I want to say a big thank you to those who’ve read, those who’ve commented, and those who’ve cheered me on. I look forward to seeing you occasionally on Instagram and on this site, but until then, I hope you too are analyzing your life and figuring out how best to spend your time. Because we all have a limited amount of it, and we need to make it count.
All my love,