Over the last few weeks I have been going through some personal struggles which have prevented me from blogging. Actually, I’ve barely been online aside from occasionally checking twitter on my phone. The events that have transpired away from the keyboard have lead me to make a few big decisions, one of which will affect you guys so I thought I’d better share it with you…
I quit my day job.
Without going into the ins and outs of it, I have been really unhappy. I found myself working back late every night, going into the office on weekends and working through my lunch breaks. I felt like no matter how hard I worked I never seemed to get ahead. It was affecting my friends, eating into my blogging time and worst of all, it was starting to affect my physical and mental well being. I chose to put my happiness first and after weighing up the negatives and positives I decided that it wasn’t worth the trouble anymore.
There is this misconception in the blogging community that all bloggers are portraying these perfect lives of DIY projects, cupcakes and dressing up. Sure, these may be things that most of us share on a daily basis, but do readers really think this is the way life is all the time? I for one, don’t think you guys aren’t that naive. While it would be nice to think that there are people out there living these glamorous, super fun lives all day every day, the reality we know that’s not true. No one wants to hear about my crappy day at work, the fight I had with my best friend or the time I tripped down the stairs and hurt my ankle. It doesn’t make good reading. So generally when these things happen to me, I don’t write about them. And I think that’s okay.
Blogging is a strange commitment. It is a passion and a labour of love, but it is also a commitment in which you give a lot of yourself without any tangible rewards most of the time. It’s amazing and fun but it also comes with an expectation from your readers that you will always have time to put out content, so I’m sorry that this hasn’t been the case the last few weeks.
But anyway; I’m sure you’re wondering how my decision will impact you guys? Well, once I finish up and my job (and hopefully find something new) it will mean that I will be back, more focused and with more time to create quality content - hooray! I have 2 weeks left until my final day at work, so between now and then my posting may be slightly sporadic, but it will be there. I have some fantastic contributor writers who are coming on board and I can’t wait to introduce them to you!
Thank you for putting up with me during this down time. Being unemployed will not be easy, I know that, but with all the facts weighed against each other I am happy with my decision.
“Where am I?” You might be wondering. “I popped over to see if Kittenbear.net had posted today and I ended up here instead! Whats going on?!”
First of all, don’t worry - you haven’t gotten lost along the information highways; you are looking at the brand new home of Kittenbear!
Things are set out a little differently in our new home, our menu is now located on the left hand side (which I’m sure you already noticed) Here you can find a brand new About section, and more places you can Contact me. As well as this you might have noticed the new blog is now open for sponsorship and advertising. If you have a blog or shop and you would like to promote your brand on High Walls check out the Sponsor page or email me for more details.
While the blog is now for profit, all revenue from sponsorship will be going towards more DIY projects and recipes as well as an exciting brand new feature; Monthly Giveaways! Don’t worry, I still maintain control over what products and companies advertise through High Walls and I will only allow things that I truly love and think would be relevant to my readers.
You’ll also see links to a few of the regular feature posts. The new layout now has DIY and Recipe Post Archives so you can find that project or recipe you’re looking for without having to scroll through all the posts (although you can still do that if you’re in the mood to browse.)
“That’s all very pretty and everything,” I hear you saying, “But what can I expect from the blog under the new name? Is this a totally different site now?”
Well, All of the regular feature posts you’ve come to know and love will continue. With the new format, posts will be published under an editorial style calendar. There will be a renewed focus on both the quality and quantity of content for this year. So while things may not always adhere strictly to this format, generally here’s what you can expect on any given day:
So that’s it! I hope you love the new blog as much as I do. I’m super excited and inspired for 2013 to be the biggest and best year yet! I hope you’ll stick around to see what we have in store for you :)
CLICK HERE to return to the main page and browse the whole blog!
Blogshop, if you’re not familiar, are Photoshop workshops run by the crazy talented (and super lovely) Bri Emery and Angela Kohler. A ‘bootcamp’ for bloggers of all levels; from beginners to those little more experienced. 2 days of Photoshop tricks and techniques as well as guidance and advice on design and layouts. I headed down to Sydney for the weekend to learn as much as I could and hopefully make some new friends.
It was amazing how much we learnt in just two days! It was especially wonderful to see those in our class who had barely used photoshop before the class, able to use masking techniques, alter pictures and even make animated GIF’s with confidence by the end of the weekend. There was a great feeling of community in the class, with everyone helping and encouraging each other throughout both days. Bri and Angela are so knowledgeable and explain everything in a clear and concise way so that everyone can keep up, no matter their skill level. As well as learning so much, I came to realize over the days that my Photoshop knowledge was better than I had previously thought. It was a huge confidence boost to find that not only did I have the skills to build upon, but I was able to learn so many new skills in such a short amount of time.
Being a Devon Rex, he is a little lacking in the fur department. Poor little guy gets so cold during winter. He basically doesn’t get out from under my blanket for the whole season!
I didn’t think he would be too happy about his new snazzy sweater, but after getting used to it, he is now the happiest warmest kitten in the world! As an added bonus, he gets super placid and cuddly when he wears it, which is always fun for me as he can usually be a big hyperactive! Everybody wins!
Mailbox Love was a term I coined a few years ago. I was trying to explain to one of my friends that they should send me physical mail when I moved interstate because ‘I love receiving mailbox love’. It ended up being a term I use a lot once I started shopping online and eventually became a semi-regular feature when I first started Kittenbear, where I would share items I bought as I received them.
Anyway, over the weekend I received a little ‘mailbox love’ so I thought it might just be time to start sharing my purchases again.
This beautiful necklace from Plastique arrived a few days ago. If you’ve been paying attention you’ll know, a couple of weeks ago I shared this ring in this collection. I bought this necklace around then, I couldn’t help but snap up a bargain while so many of the amazing designs were on sale. In my usual fashion, I had forgotten that it was coming so I was super stoked when it arrived.
I love receiving an item and finding that it is great quality and beautifully packaged, as this one was. Especially with online shopping, there’s nothing worse than receiving your purchase and feeling disappointed with the product you receive.
PS. As I was setting up to take these photos, Loki came over and sat down in my shots- obviously fascinated by my actions. I didn’t have the heart to move the inquisitive little guy.