So Victoria has been live for a couple of weeks now and with the disappearance of the Victoria’s Cottage blog, I wanted to share some of the details behind the change and reassure some of my regular readers about what to expect from the new name and the new site.
Why Change at All?
It is a drastic change to change a blog name, a blog address and a website design all at once. In-fact, it might even be blog suicide. That’s OK. I can live with that, as long as I’m being true to who I am and sharing that truthfully. Those that have been with me for a while will know that I’ve been making a lot of changes to my life in the past few years; I changed careers, changed my diet and exercise regime and have been taking slow but positive steps to make myself happier and healthier.
Much of this was a reaction to my Inflammatory Arthritis diagnosis, a bid to regain some control over my well-being, and so tweaks have been made and gains have been had. The fact is, we all change, very slowly, over the course of years as we move through new chapters.
Goodbye Victoria’s Cottage
I still live in a cottage. I will always be a country girl at heart. Growing up in rural Ireland means that small room proportions, beams and sprawling fields always deliver guaranteed comfort and that will not be leaving my life. Two years ago, I launched the Victoria’s Cottage blog and shared snippets of my life, home and favourite new finds. I have such love for the name, for the content I shared, for the people and experiences that I was lucky enough to have had. There would be no So Victoria without Victoria’s Cottage.
That’s So Victoria!
Like you, I too have many interests, traits and idiosyncrasies that define me. I love country living, cottage interiors, I’m a homebody that relishes any and every opportunity to savour life’s simple moments of joy. However, I’m multi-faceted and found that the ‘Cottage’ part of my blog name limited what I shared to be in-keeping with the theme.
After having six months away to look after my poorly Mum, I shared my thoughts about how I was finding it difficult to find my mojo: feelings of inadequacy and generally feeling out of sorts stalled me in my tracks. I wasn’t posting on Instagram and I wasn’t blogging. That didn’t go away (it’s still there a little) and I came to the conclusion that my life had moved on, but my blog had not. I made the decision to make some changes. The passing of Arthur, was a real turning point, with no poorly Mum and no poorly boy, it was finally time to turn the focus to me. Blogging makes me happy; I don’t have a particularly exciting or luxurious life, but I appreciate all that I have and love sharing ideas that are attainable to most, not to mention capturing images that truly allow me to see how lucky I am.
I love sharing ideas that are attainable.
What Will Be Different?
Not a great deal will change. There will be no drastic house make-overs, I love my home and will continue to share it in all its cottage glory. There will be more variety in my posts, an occasional fashion post, some more posts like this, where I share thoughts and life developments. I am not going to become a super-cool fashion blogger. I’m afraid, I couldn’t if I wanted to. Yet, when I started blogging, I was a Teacher and I was 3 stone heavier, neither of which made it easy to share my face online.
I was like the Sia of Instagram for many years.
I have shared a few images of myself of late, I’m not as thin as I would like to be, but I’m feeling happier and healthier and hope to share my healthier journey with you at some point. Self-promotion isn’t something I find particularly easy, but I am pleased with how far I’ve come. I must point out that I’m far from saintly, but as the weight has come off, my love of shoes and style has returned. I gained a lot of weight when my Dad died and it has taken me 8 years to get to point where I feel i can shed my ‘bubble wrap’ and be more in-touch with more aspects of living.
Photography will continue to be my usual style. As much as I’d love to do the cool, washed-out and de-saturated interiors look, or the of-the-minute overexposed fashion vibe, that’s not me at all. My style is something that I’ve worked hard at and it has served me well. Being a photographer is more than having an eye for an image, I’m asked so many times in messages and during shoots if I shoot on auto and I absolutely do not! I will continue to share imagery and also posts about my latest shoots as anyone I can inspire to pick up a camera is a real win for me.
I don’t want to waffle on too much, there are Sunday’s to be busied. I’ve had some messages requesting certain posts from Victoria’s Cottage to be posted here. Rest assured, I will be uploading the rest of the blog editorial here, it’s just a lengthy process, so do bear with me. In the next few weeks I have some lovely posts for you, including a review of the incredible Brew Tea Co. (You know how I feel about tea.) a post featuring a SS17 look from Wild Geese London as well as my first and probably my last vlog review. (It’s not easy to have to look at yourself for hours editing vlogs together. I’m traumatised.)
Thank you to all those who have sent messages of love and support. You know who you are and you are so appreciated. I hope you enjoy all that So Victoria has to offer and as always, your thoughts and comments are always welcome.
Enjoy your Sunday.