Monday, July 7, 2014

THE BEETLE SHACK | A CHANGE




It's been about 3 years since I first put my fingertips to the keyboard and began writing The Beetle Shack. Over that time it's served many purposes for me personally and for my little family also. It's been a place to vent and a sounding board. It was once a safe haven to share my thoughts, struggles and triumphs as a new mum. I wrote with complete abandon about whatever took my fancy.

The Beetle Shack and it's community has been a counsellor of sorts. A place to categorise my feelings and experiences. A place to sift through life's journey with it's many ups and downs and turn arounds.


The past 18 months have been some of the most transforming months of my life. Months that have seen significant change here in our little home. We've introduced darling Elke who has completed our family, I've walked the path of at times, debilitating (yet undocumented here) anxiety* and I've begun a small business over at Bohemian Traders.

For the reasons listed above, I've had less time to blog and over these months, I've stopped thinking like a blogger would. I no longer craft stories in the front of my mind while driving, I no longer make sure I've got my camera strapped to my back and I no longer have any interest in stats or figures or media kits.

My yearning to document the glory that this is having young children still burns and I fully intend to continue to do so, right here at this dot com but also I've decided that it's time for a bit of a change.

YAY!

Change, as good as a holiday and I'm really hoping it is because it's been an eternity since I've had a *actual* holiday.

I've decided to invite some contributors on board.

With so many creative friends and family, I thought it would be fun to invite some of them to join in here at The Beetle Shack. Between us we've got a couple of new series to add to the existing Artist Series and Family Home Project. Series that will focus on People and Places and Age Old Crafts. Food and Skills and Gardening.

Personally I'm super excited about moving forward here. I was feeling a little stale and this is the perfect pep up.

Over the coming weeks you'll see a little visual spruce up of the blog design and meet the gorgeous people involved.






**Why sometimes depression and other times anxiety? Could't be simple, could we?

16 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear you've been feeling this way. I had my first panic attack a couple of years ago, not fun. Wishing you every success hun xxx

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  2. Lovely idea sweet-I love your posts-and may this change be the best for you-following from Alabama,USA

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  3. Will follow along, Em.
    Ronnie xo

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  4. Great news! Very excited to see what comes x

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  5. Looking forward to seeing your next chapter unfold. x

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  6. Yay Em!! You know I have loved every minute of your blog and your writing since I discovered it... but I also know how it is to feel stale and in need of a refresh. Very excited to hear about your new changes and anything you work on will be wonderful. Lovely idea :) xx

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  7. Sounds lovely...I know those bloggish feelings. I have felt similarly lately x

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  8. Very exciting Em. I'll follow along for the ride but will look forward to your down-to-earth motherhood honesty posts the most. Enjoy the fresh change and take a deep breath... You're doing amazeballs juggling more than many could ever. Xx

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  9. Exciting times indeed. Take that anxiety!

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  10. We are 2 peas in a pod. :) Love reading your blog. xo!

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  11. Well well well it sounds all very exciting good on you xxxx

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  12. I've been LOVING the series that you've been doing. Can't wait to see how you'll be pulling other people into this space. X

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  13. Well that all sounds very exciting Em - looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with! x

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  14. Yay, so exciting - I love your current blog, but I know I'll love the new stuff too!

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  15. What a lovely idea. Can't wait to see the changes on your lovely blog.

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  16. Change is exciting! Good on you. xx

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em