Welcome to my new digs!

Here I am… new blog name, new design and new host. About time right?

Why the switch you ask? Well if I am being honest, I was feeling really restricted by the old title and what I was writing about. Yes, I plan to still talk about my kids… probably a lot but I also want to talk about decorating, clothes, photography and anything else that I feel like writing about. And the new blog name gives me that freedom.

No Marie is not my first name. It is my middle name. (You would know that if you knew me IRL). It is what my ma usually calls me when she is giving me a dose of reality and truth which I need and get daily.

Honestly Marie is my attempt to write honestly, freely and consistently. The past few weeks, I have had so many posts swirling in my head and now I am ready to dive back in using this new space.

I hope you will stick around to see what I have in store. So, put my new url in feedly, bloglovin or bookmark me and stay with me as I start writing in my new space.

PS- How cute is the new design? Etsy. Who knew? Now you do.


Summer Social- If I Had to Start My Blog Over…

If I Had To Start Over With My Blog I Would Change…

When I say this sentence in my head, my first response is “lots of thing”. The next time I say it, my response is “a couple of things”. Then the third time, I think “not a dang thing”. The blogging world is HUGE. I am just starting to understand that. I am just starting to realize who and what I want to be as a blogger.

In all honesty, if I had to start over, I wouldn’t necessarily change a whole lot. I started blogging for family and friends to able to read about our journey as we became first time parents. I think I have accomplished that. However, upon further reflection, here are some things 2 years later that I wish I would have known or changed as time has moved forward.

  1. I would have instantly had someone design my blog. I waited almost a year and it was such a nice face lift and overdue.
  2. I would have learned more about Photoshop and made sure that I watermarked my images. This is something I need to still do. I hate that when I post a pic on my blog that I have no clue where it is going or who is using it.
  3. I wish I would take the time to understand the not so glamorous side of blogging. I keep looking at published posts and know I need to resize pictures to make them bigger but I never just take the time to learn this because I keep telling myself I am going to make the move to wordpress. I swear, I have read how to do it and I just don’t do it. Why? I don’t know but I know it would make my blog look better. I know I need to understand the behind the scenes part of blogging using things like Google Analytics etc… My excuse if I can call it that is time. Between being a working mama, a husband with his own business and #2 coming in a few short weeks, I just can’t bring myself to do this stuff. Writing this makes me realize that I am lazy and need to get on it.
  4. Selfishly, I wish I felt confident enough to blog about other things that I like to talk about such as fashion and fitness. I just think that people who do read my blog would think that was weird since they are so use to reading about our family.
  5. I would change how frequently and set up posts. I post when I have time. A lot of time I have posts written in my head and I just don’t get them down on the web. I wish I forced myself in to a schedule. I love schedules and I think it would be good for me to have one with blogging. Each week I think about doing a pinterest post with cool things I have found and I don’t. But, I am starting to realize that if I did it consistently people might not only appreciate it, but they would look forward to it.
  6. Lastly, I wish I would have bought my own domain and spent some time thinking about the name of my blog! I know I can change it and people won’t care but I just wish I would have thought this through carefully to make sure I like it and would stick with whatever I decided on.

Now, that I have written this hold me to these things. I am going to make changes this year. I really am…if I can find the time.