2014 has been the year of some pretty drastic changes for my blog. At the beginning of the year, I changed my blog name from Vintage Machine to Like Neon Love, spruced up my layout design and bought a domain name. I felt totally reinvigorated... for about two months until I started feeling dissatisfied again. I kind of rambled on about my feelings about it here.
I love blogging, but I felt unhappy with my work, my photos and when I thought I'd come up with cool, new ideas, I'd see people either copying me or beating me to the punch and I didn't want to feel like I was copying others myself. It really bummed me out as I felt like I was lacking creativity, but I got over it and kept on blogging, though at the back of mind, I wasn't wholeheartedly proud of my blog. There was something missing and I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
When Jen announced her move to Squarespace, I fell in love with her blog's new look, which lead me to staying up until the wee hours of morning playing around with it and coming up with my own. This was back in May, so it's taken me a while to get here! I kept debating with myself whether the move was really worth it or not and when I finally decided I would, I had to wait until I was willing to drop $209 on a freaking website. You can pay a monthly fee of $20, but paying annually works out cheaper at $16 per month. For something that's only a hobby to me, I guess that's quite expensive, but you don't have to blog everyday to love what you do. I don't have it in me to blog everyday, but when I do, I put my heart and soul into it and if I did that everyday, I would be exhausted and it wouldn't leave me time for anything else! I already have a job, I don't want my blog to ever feel like one. For me, my blog is my own personal space where I can unleash my creative side and connect with some pretty cool people. It's what I do for fun in my free time.
So after what was an arduous week of late nights reformatting every single one of my old blog posts and tweaking my layout CSS so it was 100% perfect by my super high standards, welcome to Like Neon Love's new home! I guess some of you are probably thinking that my layout basically looks like my Blogger one, but to me, it's more fresh, sleek, and I feel like there's more "white space". It's the little details that count, I think. The "behind the scenes" aspect of blogging are a lot nicer on Squarespace too - no more horrible orange and blue! Squarespace is black and white. Monochrome and minimalistic? Yes, please. Aesthetics aren't everything, but it's something I really take pride in and value in my blog, and I feel more motivated, positive and creative when everything around me is fresh, clean and beautiful. Whether it's the blogging environment of my room or the actual website, it makes such a difference.
Like Jen, I also installed Disqus onto my blog because I like that it's more interactive. I never really replied to comments when I was on Blogger simply because you don't get notified and you know me, I love leaving my long comments, so it would be such a waste if they were left unread. Some of you leave such lovely, thoughtful and engaging comments, and I really should make the effort to reply to them. A few of my other favourite bloggers including Natalie, Ellie and Jaye have all made the move too and I really love what they've done with their blogs on Squarespace as well.
As I was going back through the archives, I realised how far my blog has come from all those hauls and wishlists I'd only ever blog about. While they're still fun, there's more to beauty than just forever buying and wanting new products, and now I try to come up with new, interesting ways to talk about beauty by drawing on personal experiences or telling a story. I have to admit, sometimes I get bored of blogs because with beauty, it can all get a bit too much of the same, but after a cull of all my social media a couple of months ago, I can focus on all that wonderful content again. As a person, I think I've grown a lot too and I guess my blog is now a reflection of this. Where I once lacked direction in my life, I've now achieved some of my biggest goals and I'm not afraid of dreaming big either. I'm not where I want to be just yet, but I will get there. With my blog, I think I am more confident in my voice and it's not something I feel I need to hide from the "real world". My family and friends all know about my blog and it makes me really happy that I can share what I love with them.
Like always, I've rambled on way longer than intended, but I really hope you like my blog's new home as much as I do. Who knows, maybe in a couple months time, I'll get bored of this too, but creativity is never stagnate and it's unpredictable. Change is good. I finally feel happy and proud of my blog again.