Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Look and Bloggy Business

Ta-da!

What do you think of the new header? I figured since this life of mine has been going through some changes, why not spruce up the ole header too? I’m sure it’s kind of hard to tell what my favorite colors are! Ha. So, just keep that in mind for my birthday coming up in ohhhh… two months ;)

Also, you know my little blog button over on the right-hand sidebar? I just wanted to re-mention that the code used to be wrong for it and has since been corrected, however, it looks like some of you sweet ladies still have the broken code :( If you do have my button, when you get a chance, could you update it with the code below? It’d make my day :) You know… just a little necessary blogger maintenance!

Life is a Sunset

Speaking of bloggy business, I just want to take a moment to say how grateful I am for this community. I’ll save the reason I started blogging for another post, but let me just say this:
I’ve chosen to really take my time with this blog.
When I started it, I was married and living in Utah.
Life has since changed. The roads are still rocky and the pathways unclear.

 

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I have felt the same about my blog.
I wanted to gain a firm grip on my “voice,” my blogging goals, and what I wanted this blog to be and become.
That has taken some time for me and I had decided that until I knew where this blog was headed and had a solid foundation {like, really solid}, I wasn’t going to spend a dime on a blog makeover. This has also been the reason why I haven’t sponsored other blogs yet.
I knew that in an intro post, I wouldn’t be able to say, “Hi, my name is Chelsea and I blog about A, B, and C.” And, I know that’s okay. Because my life has been ever-changing lately.
Every day is different which means every week here on Life is a Sunset is different.

But, while I figured all this out, I knew one thing for sure:
I didn’t want my blog to turn into day after day of giveaways or guest posts. Even if that meant I’d get 100 followers in one day.
I don’t want that.

I want this blog to be me.

The fact that by being me and by writing or sharing my latest desires and passions brings so many of YOU to this blog to comment or to write me an email…
Now, that’s a blessing.

Another blessing is finding so many of your blogs and building relationships with you through in-depth email conversations and chit-chat on Twitter.
I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate those of you who’ve been there for me during this time of building a new life for myself. You know who you are :) Who KNEW I’d find so many amazing women who could relate?!

Aside from this blog and this blogging community, this whole life is a blessing. I’m grateful for everyday. And every new sunset.

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If you’re just now finding me through the Fall Followers Fest, welcome! Hopefully this little blogging recap has given you an idea of the things I love most about this bloggy world and where I want this blog of mine to go :) Feel free to browse around and read about the ups and downs of my life! It sure has been a rollercoaster but along the way I’ve found the sweetest animals to foster, driven cross country, had reunions with friends, and learned some huge lessons about this life. I’d love for you to join me along this journey!

 

51 comments:

Rebecca said...

Love the new header!!

Jazmine said...

I like the new header! It's cute.

Katie said...

Fixing the code for your button now on my blog hun! :) I feel the same way as you do...I want my blog to be ME.

xo

Beth said...

my blog is such a mish mosh of stuff. just be you! :) that's all you can be. and you'll get followers either way.

love the new header and you look so pretty inyour picture. love the outfit. :)

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Love the new look. Cute :)

CALLIE said...

Love this!! My blog isn't really about anything specific either, so you're not alone. I love reading your blog just the way it is :)

Grabbing your new button, YAY!

Miss K said...

love the header and your blog!

Noelani said...

I am loving the new look ... the header looks lovely :)

Lauren said...

Love the new header... It reminds me of tie-dye and the beach all at once. I'm digging it.

Also, I've stopped reading a lot of blogs that are constantly guest posts. Or attempts to win over readers. Honestly, I don't care what you write about, as long as YOU write it and you're just being you. That's the reason I start following people. So whether you're talking about your deepest darkest secrets, or you favorite pins of the week - it's still YOU, and I think that's what gets you quality followers... Whether it's 5, or 5,000.

Ashley said...

Love the new look! Also loving this post- I want my blog to be the same way. I'm still really new in some ways, but I hope people see the real me through my posts. I love reading your blog, girlie. Keep doing your thing! :)

the girl in the red shoes said...

Love the new look! And you know I LOVE your blog too!

Shalyn said...

I loveeeeeeeee it! Sending a hug your way today! Been thinking about you :)

Raquel said...

Love your new header! Sooo cute :)
And i completely agree with you about your blog. I want my blog to be about me and what makes me happy!

Alexandria said...

I love that you're making your blog more about you! And the new header is fabulous :) I love everything you do with your blog.

whitney said...

love the new header! and the colors are my favorite too [go gators!]

i am happy to hear that you are here blogging for you. that is what makes the best blogs. giveaways are nice, but that doesn't give any insight to the person.

i am excited to hear about what else this life has in store for you. your positive attitude will keep you afloat in hard times.

whit

Megan said...

ive been super absent from blogland this week but saw you had a new somethin-somethin on the blog and had to check it out :) i love it.

you sound so positive and excited about what might be in store for you eventually...im so proud of you for holding your head high always :) you are such an inspiration :)

lauren said...

love the new header and love this post. you outlook on everything is just so inspiring!

Carolyn said...

The new blog looks SO GOOD! :) I think you have a great attitude about blogging. Keep it up girlie!!

Erin Elizabeth said...

Hey girl- I stumbled across your blog tonight and it is super encouraging! I'm newer to blogger and have wondered what in the world I am "supposed" to be doing. this was a great read and I'm now a new follower of yous :)

-Erin

Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

Awww cute post! Cute girl! Cute blog! Happy day, sugar. xo

andi said...

loving your blog already and just found it through the follow fest! i'm a new follower (i'm also from the DC area!)

blessings, friend

Kassie said...

Stopping by from Casey's blog! Its so important for ones blog to be about them! Trying to make mine more me!

Julianna, Jade, Janae, Jamie said...

very cute header :) we feel the same way about guest posts! and giveaways!

Nicole {Miss Mommy} said...

loving you and your blog. Found you and following you from Follow Fest. Hope to see you around my place sometime.

Jess Gatlyn said...

well you are just delightful and lovely! SO fabulous to connect with you beautiful! :)

Nicole [The Lovely Poppy] said...

love the new header- i'm stopping by from the follower fest and would love for you to visit my blog and checkout the huge giveaway going on- http://thelovelypoppy.blogspot.com/2011/10/blog-follower-giveaway.html xoxo nicole

Lacee said...

New follower here from the blog hop! Looking forward to exploring your blog more :)

Naomi said...

Found you via Casey also, I'm a new follower!! And I DO love the header :)

Courtney said...

Love this post and looking forward to hearing more from you!!! Newest fan from October Fest :)
Courtney
www.lilnoodlebug.com

Liz @ thequickjourney.blogspot.com said...

the blog looks great! i love you pic at the end of your post. and, i look forward to reading the post about why you blog. :)

caroline {good times never seem sew good} said...

I am a new follower via the follow fest! LOVE your cute blog! come say hi sometime :)

xoxo,
Caroline
http://www.sweetcarolinebumbumbum.blogspot.com

Digger said...

I love your blog. It's so cute! I'm here from the Casey's blog for the Follower Fest. I'm your newest follower! I love the look too!!

Digger ~xoxo~
www.digdeeperdesign.blogspot.com

Style Outside The Box said...

Just saying Hi from Style Outside the Box! We would love to do a link swap with you! :) New Follower from Oct Fest! :) Come say HI at http://www.styleoutsidethebox.blogspot.com/

:)

Siri Natalia said...

Hello! I am a new follower from www.pumpkinthievesandbuffalowings.com Your blog is adorable and I can't wait to read more of what you write!

Jennifer said...

great blog. liking your blog look. new follower from the hop. looking forward to reading more of your blog!
http://myadventuresthroughmommyhood.blogspot.com/

Ashley@Heart2Heart said...

I love the blog and love the header! I would love to see a blog header tutorial! I found you from October Fest and can't wait to read more! Thanks for inspiring me!

Tara said...

Your blog is awesome! I found you through the follower fest and I'm so excited to get to know you more. I am also new to the blog world, . Isn't it amazing.

Jodi said...

found you through the follow fest!! you have a lovely blog :) following ya :)

http://sweetsandshutterclicks.blogspot.com

Vivian said...

You are the first person I visit during this followers party. Your picture caught my attention. You are BEAUTIFUL and like you I am grateful for the Sunset. I am so excited to follow you and your cute little blog! ;)

Krystina said...

For the one millionth time- I love your blog! :) I love that every time I come by here I go "YEAH! I know, right!" So thanks for keeping that are. You're amazing and obviously your readers are loving your voice that you keep finding!

So- gorgeous new header!!! So clean and bright. I LOVE it! Hope your weekend is getting off to a great start girly!
*Krystina

Taryn {Edge} said...

Hey there - I'm swinging in from followers fest and I'm really glad I found your blog. I'm following now and can't wait to catch up on the posts.

the lowes said...

sad I havent found you sooner! :) cant wait to get to know you new friend....i love your heart already!!

Lindsey Leitner said...

I love how you explained your blog!

I found you via October Follower Fest.

And I am a new follower. I like that you seem so real and can't wait to read more!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

such an inspiring post, friend! love this - and that alice in wonderland quote, awesome!

Mindy Harris said...

really like your outfit in the post...especially the purple cardi. i am stopping by from casey wiegand's blog hop and now follow. xoxo!

Mellissa Rose said...

Your header is perfect. It truly reminds me of sunset on a beach.

I'm a new follower and I found you from the October Followers Fest :)

http://mellissa-rose.blogspot.com/

MellyB said...

I'm with ya dudette, not possible to describe a person in a few short paragraphs. But I dig an authentic perspective and I dig orange and blue so logic leads me to believe I'll dig this blog.

Frugal Big Girl said...

New follower from the Followers Fest!
LOVE the outfit in the pic above, so cute!!

http://frugalbiggirl.blogspot.com/

Natalie Ensor said...

I really enjoyed reading this post. Encourage because I feel a lot of the same way in the bloggity blog dept. Love your blog and I'm so happy I stopped by from FF. I'm a definite new follower and hope you can swing by to visit here http://www.nataliensor.blogspot.com/

Sam said...

This is a great post. I definitely had a struggle of what I wanted my blog to be a while back, but I realized that it only matters to me. Having more readers than a few who actually care isn't for everyone. Great post and insight on your blog!

Found you through Follow Fest, come check out my blog if you're interested!

My Growing Obsessions

Em @ And Nothing Else Matters said...

Your blog is gorgeous. New follower stopping by from the fest to say hi! Em