So, a while back, I posted that my blog had been hacked (I think it was because of that Heartbleed thing -- I was super lazy about changing my password!) and my design was taken down. I just logged in one day and found all these gray exclamation points in the background, instead of the beautiful design that has been Writer Grrl Reads for the past couple of years. I tried to reach the designer who originally put my blog together, but it doesn't seem like she's in business anymore.
SO, I decided that it's time to invest in a brand new design! At first, I was unsure because of the cost, and I've been having a bit of the blogging blahs lately, so I wasn't sure if I really wanted to invest some of my hard earned money into a site that, to be completely honest, I've just wanted to abandon. But then I had a few epiphanies...
First, I realized that I haven't felt like blogging because my site looks so horrid. It's really hard to find the motivation to share my thoughts, when I know that anyone visiting my site is just seeing this drab design template because I lack the abilities to do anything fancier on my own. So I realized that a fresh new design will help me to be excited and proud of my little blog once again.
Second, I've decided to remove both my GFC follower plug-in and my blog roll. I'm approaching my third blogiversary and sometimes it can be frustrating to see that the number of followers isn't growing, or that my blog isn't on "Blogs I Love" lists on some of my favourite blogger's sites. Sometimes it feels like the blogging community is one big clique that I'm not cool enough or creative enough to be a part of, and then I have to take a step back and remind myself that that's not the point. I follow the blogs that I love on Bloglovin' and read the posts that I'm interested in. I don't always have the time to comment as much as I'd like (especially because I do my blog reading on my iPad and commenting takes a lot of time and effort). I'm not as active on social media as I'd like to be, just because real life takes up a lot of time. But I have to make peace with that and realize that I just don't have enough hours in the day to get my blog out there and make it as big as I had hoped it would be when I first started. And that's okay. I admire the bloggers that do take the time and energy to build up their blogs and their followers. I wish I could do the same with my little blog but at the same time I'm also happy with what I've built here in the three years that I've been a part of this community.
So, stay tuned for some fun changes on the horizon! And thank you, from the very bottom of my heart, for following my blog and reading what I have shared with the world. It means a lot to me, it really and truly does.