To You, the Reader

December 4, 2013

Well guys, it’s here! Launch day of my new blog, “Love Letters & Lists: by The Observant Turtle.” I thought it was only appropriate to start the new chapter of the blog with a love letter to you, the reader. I cover it a little bit in my last post, but I wanted to go into a little further detail on what you can expect from now on. First of all just let me say how overwhelmed I am with all of your support that you left on my last post! You all were so excited for the new direction of the blog and that just makes me feel so lucky to know each and every one of you.

The name “Love Letters & Lists” came to me after I realized a recurring theme with all of the ideas that I had in my head. I was getting so unhappy with what I was producing before. While I always plan to be real with you guys, I felt myself going down a path I shouldn’t have. I wrote an entire post whinging about the way I looked, and realized that it just wasn’t what I wanted this blog to be about, nor was it what people wanted to read.

Let’s break it down, shall we? The “love letters” part of the name comes from my desire to share with you all things in life that I love. People, places, things– yes, inanimate objects– I want to tell you all what makes my heart happy. Things that lift me up and that might just lift you up too! I’m all about spreading the love and I want my blog to be a place where you know you’ll read something positive.

Now for the “lists” portion of the name. Over time, I have come to realize that while I’ve lived an awesome life, there are so many things I want to try. Restaurants, books, makeup… I want to do it all. Remember on my Facebook and Twitter when I asked what you considered the “classics” when it comes to books? I’m making it my mission to get all I can out of life. I want to read it all, see it all, and taste it all. I know that whenever those kids come into the picture (many, many years from now. I’m only 24 after all. Not ready for babies just yet!) I may not have as much free time as I do now, so I want to make the most of it.

As for the subtitle, I just couldn’t leave The Observant Turtle after all this time! I started this blog in August of 2011 but I’ve been The Observant Turtle since late 2007. It’s my online persona and my username for virtually everything. I’ll always be The Observant Turtle. Instead, just think of it as a new direction of the same blog; not a new blog entirely. Got it?

And just so we’re on the same page, my goal as of right now are posts three times a week. That might be Monday, Wednesday, Friday or it might be Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. It might even be the first three days of the week. Who knows! I’m trying to have some structure but not set myself up for failure. I’m saying this out loud so that you guys can hold me accountable… I’ll definitely need it!

I really hope that you’ll continue to stick around and see what’s in store. It’s going to be great!

P.S. can I get a shout out for Laura Wyatt Design on this awesome blog design?! I’ll be talking about that a little more later on, but she did such an amazing job. Thank you Laura!!

To Laura
The End of the Beginning

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