So, the time has come. For a break. Yes, this is my last post for 2018. And, potentially a bit of a surprise, it’s also my last post before The Ordinary Lovely changes direction somewhat and I start something new and exciting (and also fear-inducing, I’m not going to lie).
When I started this blog back in 2014, it was without much of a plan or an intended direction. It was simply a way to keep writing, to keep learning, and to keep my brain ticking over until the boys started school and I could possibly think about returning to work.
And then it became my work - or at least part of it - and it led to me writing for different companies and helping small businesses with their online presence and content, a brilliant way of combining my knowledge from years spent working in internal and strategic communications and all that I’ve picked up since beginning this blog and whiling away way too many hours on social media.
What’s changing then?
Well, I’m going to use this site as slightly more of a professional space.
Yes, I’m still going to share the occasional blog post when we do something cool to the house, or I have an idea for a fun craft that I think you’ll love, or if we find the most amazing place to take the kids that I know you’ll want to hear about.
But those posts will happen because they basically write themselves and not because I’m beavering away behind the scenes brainstorming ideas in order to keep the content flowing to meet a self imposed schedule of one post per week.
What’s new on here - or will be new when I’ve done all the tweaking behind the scenes - is that I’m going to be sharing more of the work I do beyond this blog.
I want this space to become a bit more of a portfolio/business website. I don’t know whether to be insulted by this or not, but articles I’ve written for other people or content I’ve created for different companies, often go down better than my own posts when I share them on social media. So I’m going to try and bring them all together on here.
That makes sense, right? Tell me if I’ve lost you.
But if this blog becomes more of a professional space, I’m going to need a new hobby, aren’t I? Well, I say hobby, but I think what I have in mind is going to be days, months or years even, of toil and hours of hard labour.
I sort of fell in to writing about interiors which is strange as I’m not a serial decorator and don’t tend to follow trends. However, I love creating calm and beautiful spaces and surrounding myself with pretty things. But instead of applying that love to writing about our house, I’m going to switch the focus to all things outdoors, specifically our (rather large) garden.
Cue my new blog, In To The Potting Shed, which should be properly up and running in February.
Yes, I’m going back to 2014. Once again, I want to write, I want to learn (about gardening - I’m clueless), and I want to do so from a free and easy point of view because creative projects are a joy and not just my job. That’s why I’m choosing to do it on a separate site and not on here.
It seems fitting to be breaking this news while featuring two of my favourite brands - VQ and Joules - as both have popped up on The Ordinary Lovely many times over the past four or so years and will no doubt be making an appearance on In To The Potting Shed going forward. Especially now they’ve collaborated and combined two of Joules’ iconic prints (Winter Camelia and Cambridge Floral) with VQ’s cutest radio, the Monty.
Mine really is going to go in my potting shed so I can listen to Gardeners’ Question Time every week and pick up tips while I’m trying my hardest not to harm any of the things that are still growing (I don’t know how) in our garden. I have a rechargeable battery for it too, so I can move it around as I’m deadheading plants that I’m, as of yet, mostly unable to identify.
There’s still time to get your oder in if you’d like one for Christmas. Or take some time to deliberate over your favourite print and treat yourself in the New Year. By then I might have perfect gardening playlist to share with you. And I’ll take you on a tour of the garden and currently bare potting shed so that you can see the Monty in its new home, too.
Until then, all that’s left is for me to say a huge thank you to VQ and Joules for sending me their new radio (it both photographs and sounds like a dream - we had carols playing on it while I took these photos this morning), and a massive thank you to you for continuing to read my posts and being so supportive. Have an amazing Christmas and a great start to 2019. See you on the other side.