It has been a super rough summer for my poor blog! So much has gone wrong and it has left me feeling frustrated, discouraged and a little sad. I love blogging and over the past year I had really developed a special place in my heart for the EYDIAB blog. The problem is mainly my lack of technical skills and the switch over from free hosting to paid (which was something that really needed to happen) didn’t go so smoothly. I lost a lot of content, pictures, and design work that I worked really hard on along with Melissa Heartfiel of Fine Lime Designs. It was a huge disappointment for me, and at one point I wondered if I should abandon the blog entirely and just start over.
Another crappy thing that happened this summer was the loss of my studio work space. I found myself with the news of eviction in June as the landlord wanted to reclaim the space for development purposes. For most of the summer, I have been surrounded with furniture and supplies and absolutely nowhere to work and really couldn’t do it in my apartment. The work is too messy, hazardous for my dog and just out of the question. The blog was defunct, the studio gone, and I was left sitting atop a pile of stuff that I couldn’t do anything with. I decided to sulk for a bit and stay as far away from the blog and EYDIAB as I could. I didn’t want to think about all the work I had to do, or the decisions I had to make.
I felt kind of paralyzed creatively and really needed an outlet. I decided to put EYDIAB on hold for the summer and just have some fun making other things. I spent some time making floral crowns and accessories for a new Etsy shop called Puff Piece Adornments and had a great time doing it! I got to learn some new skills, explore some new materials and expand my creative reperatoire. I have decided to hang onto it and even have plans to add more stuff.
Another great thing is that my awesome landlord has offered me a small storage space/workshop for a fraction of what the old studio costs so EYDIAB will be up and running again soon but maybe with a slightly different focus. I also had some time to think about how I want EYDIAB to evolve. I love upcycling, I love interior design, I love old things and I love making so even if it isn’t dressers and desks it will be something just as awesome I promise!
So, as you can see the summer was not a great one but I have decided to stop wallowing, pick it up and just start again. You can see the blog isn’t looking too wonderful right now, but it is a work in progress and I have decided to rebuild and do the best I can to fix up the older posts day by day with no pressure and no stress. If you look back to older posts you will notice that a lot of my pictures are missing. I plan to slowly add them all back one by one. A daunting task but one post a day shouldn’t be too stress inducing. While thinking about what my next move would be I thought about what would result from abandoning all that I worked for. Starting a new blog from the ground up would not be easy and deleting older posts would really mess with my SEO. So, I am going to soldier on, do the work to bring the blog back and move on. **Huge exhalation**
A lot of good things came out of taking some time away, and getting some perspective is never a bad thing. :)