Four score and five years ago…
Once upon a time there was…
Did I ever tell you about the time…
Hmmm? How does one just launch into the announcement that she is closing up her blog?
Say…that wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Yes, yes. It is true. Stepping My Way to Bliss will be closing at the end of August. There are many, many reasons for it but here are just a couple:
1. If you have ever read my About page, you know how and why this all got started. Some of those reasons now seem invalid. For example, Bliss House doesn’t seem new to me anymore. It fits and feels like an old, comfortable shoe. It is my home not just my new house. Maybe we will be here for another 10, 20 years, maybe not. In any case, I don’t feel like I am “arriving” any longer.
2. The “Stepping” part of my blog title has come full circle. Once Belle Fille got married in May, I felt like there was closure to being a step-parent. I mean, yes, of course I am still (and always will be) a Belle Mere. But when Belle Fille said “I do”, she also became her own woman. She now belongs with another. Our parental responsibilities have shifted from active participants to casual by-standers.
3. Now that I am working more, my time is more valuable. Valuable enough that I am not sure I want to spend as much of it in front of my computer. There are many other things I want to have time for so I am always seeking balance.
With those reasons (and others), I almost decided to quit blogging altogether. When chere Fiona ended her blog last March, my sadness was mingled with jealousy. I started asking myself why I continued to blog. There really isn’t a theme (or point?) to my blog. I am not a “Fashion Blogger” or a “Minimalist Blogger” or a “Foodie Blogger Extraordinaire”. I am just kind of an “all over the place blogger” which was making posting more and more challenging. I don’t know why I feel I must pigeon-hole myself but I guess I want to. When a theme is involved, it keeps me centered and focused. I decided that if I was going to continue blogging, I was going to have to simplify my methods.
I began thinking about what makes me tick. What things /topics do I really love? Of course there are many. But I kept coming around to three basic things (um, these would be the things on the shallow end of my deep thinking pool–just clarifying): I love all things vintage; I love all things French; and I love all things chic. Sound familiar? VintageFrenchChic is the name of my Etsy store…definitely a pattern. So I decided, if I was to continue blogging, I needed to streamline a bit. Voila! A new blog…Vintage French Chic.
Some of you have already found my new blog. Others have noticed my username change. This will be a new format for me to continue writing (if you can call it that), experimenting, and sharing with
the masses the few who do read my blog. I have designed the blog with simplicity in mind. I will only have three categories to post in (Vintage, French, Chic) so hopefully this will keep me centered…and creative. Another big change…I will no longer be Mistress Bliss. Well, OK, I will be if you want me to be but my anonymous days are over–to a degree. The new blog will definitely be a little more personal in feel and content.
So I will see out the end of August on Stepping My Way to Bliss with a couple more posts, including one last Visible Monday and the photo challenge. If you would like to take a peek over at Vintage French Chic, I would love to have you for a visit.
Thank you for reading Stepping My Way to Bliss. It has been a very enjoyable way to fly. I am amazed by all the great people I have “met” through this journey.
UPDATE: Changed my mind…this is the last post for Stepping My Way to Bliss. Makes sense, don’t you think?