Friday, 13 February 2009
Part of the reason why I moved from Typepad to Blogger was because I wanted to find an easier way of organising my online life in one place. In some ways it has not been successful: I have of course lost many many subscribers who haven't yet re-discovered the path to Brocante and the blog is, for the moment, quieter as a result. But it was always a risk and one that I was willing to take in order to make the whole business of blogging more intuitive and less of the headache that the mere updating of my once inflexible sidebars was, and thus create a space that better reflects my creative interests. And I have to tell you, that though I am both still in the process of designing the page and indeed establishing a rhythm, I really rather love it... The oddest part of all of it is how my blogging environment is shaping those interests: as if moving away from the blog of the previous four years represents closing a door on who I was and allows me, to a degree to re-invent my little online world. All of a sudden I am being seduced by blog candy. I don't feel quite as introspective as I once did, and I am spending hours on end wandering, on something of a beautiful odyssey, through the kind of inspirational images and words that are tickling something inside me: something I half suspected had shriveled up and died. Wonder. That is what I think it is: wonder! Much of the former Brocante still exists. I will still be writing about my personal life as and when I feel the urge. My love of Vintage Housekeeping will never die and indeed is alive and well in both my Circle and my Salon, and I will over the next few months be putting together a new Housekeeping planner and a pocket sized book of all the most scrumptious of puttery treats so it can sit on your bedside and remind you on a daily basis to do something lovely for yourself and your home, but I will also be focusing a little more on all the gorgeous creative things that are going on around the internet, the things that inspire me, vintage images and advice that makes me smile, words that make me tingle and the women who make me want to be a better person... And so for a start, please go have a look around my new Pinboard (In the link bar at the top of the page): a daily inspiration board of gorgeous links and images from around the internet that will I hope start you on something of a scrumptiously inspirational skip around the minds of some truly creative people, and indeed help you create the home of your dreams... Which, has of course, always been my raison d'etre... I'm excited!