Welcome to my new little space on Inspired by Charm . I’m calling it Behind the Charm. What is it exactly? Let me explain.

Blogging has changed a bit since I started more than seven years ago. Blogs in general have changed, and so has IBC. What started as a fun hobby is now my full-time career. I am humbled to call this space my home and my job, and I couldn’t be happier. The switch from hobby to career has been incredible and life changing in the best possible way.

Naturally, though, with every wonderful change, there are also a few not-so-wonderful things. Because IBC has become somewhat of a business, I’ve cut back on those more personal, reflective, and deeper (and sometimes TMI) posts. The posts that were a bit more journal-like. The posts where I bitched a bit and you lifted me up with your comments. While I obviously try to inject every IBC post with personality, a bit of backstory, or some anecdote, I do miss having the chance to be a bit more laid-back and carefree.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking, “Michael, this is your blog, why don’t you write more of those posts? Who cares?” I hear you. I guess I just don’t want to mix business with pleasure. Meaning, IBC has become this place you visit for inspired ideas, recipes, project, etc. Not where you read about the things that keep me up at night. But the thing is, I miss having a place to dump the chaos (both happy and sad) that’s rolling around in my head. Does that make sense?

Now, I know that some of you out there just want all of these posts together and some of you couldn’t care less about my personal life. (Don’t worry, I don’t blame you.) Knowing that I can’t please everyone, I gave the situation some thought and came up with what I believe to be a pretty good solution. And that solution is Behind the Charm (BTC).

So, how will this work? Well, BTC will live on Inspired by Charm, but can only be accessed by clicking on the “Behind the Charm” link / image in the sidebar. If you use a blog reader like Feedly, Bloglovin’, Feedburner, etc., BTC posts will not appear. They will also not show up on the homepage or in the archives section of the blog. In essence, it’s a blog within a blog. So, if you are interested in the more personal posts, you’ll have to do a little work (Thanks in advance.) and click on that link every so often.

Oh, and just to clarify, Behind the Charm is a play on “Behind the Scenes.” It’s not Behind the Charm, a sad and tragic Lifetime pseudo movie featuring Sally Field

You’re probably also wondering what you’ll find in BTC and when you can expect it. Well, at this point I’m not 100% sure. (Shocking. Ha!) But, I will tell you what I know. This is a place for me to vent and share about more personal things. It might be a lesson learned or something that ticked me off. It could be a place to share a funny video or a forum where I ask for help / advice. How often? Well, probably once a week, but I’m not sure. Whenever I need it. Should you expect a lot of beautifully shot and edited photos? Probably not, but maybe a few.

Now I know some of you are still thinking, “Seriously, just put these posts in with the rest.” And I get it; part of me is thinking that, too. But, I’m really wanting to try something new, and I’m looking forward to having the freedom to share whatever I want. I really hope that makes sense. And honestly, if it doesn’t, there’s no need for you to click back over here. That’s the beauty of BTC! See, I’m a genius. *insert eye roll here*

So that’s that. Generally, I don’t like making big proclamations for fear that they will fall flat. However, this is new, I’m really excited about it, and life is full of risks. Why not take another? Plus, I wanted you to know that this little space is here.

I hope you like, appreciate, and understand this idea. And if you don’t, that’s okay. too.

Until next time.

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  • Julie at

    I think this new format is great! I can see why you want to keep your blog professional, and I think it’s great that you’ll still be sharing the more personal stuff in a place of its own. Thumbs up!

  • Jamie | anderson + grant at

    I love the idea of Behind the Charm, Michael! I always enjoy seeing your perspective on life whether it is in a blog post or in this mini-blog.

    And I’m really excited to see that it is possible to once again scroll through those past posts. While I would NEVER stop reading your blog just because I couldn’t do this anymore, I do sometimes like to look through what you were doing in particular seasons years ago.

    Can’t wait to see what 2016 holds for you!

  • donna at

    I don’t follow many blogs but I really do love your site. Your style, your creativity, and your honesty are what keep me returning. I’m excited about BTC, too. Thanks for all of your hard work and for sharing your life. I’m truly inspired!

  • Susan at

    I think your Behind the Charm addition is great. I like the personal touch! Keep up the good work. 🙂

  • Terri Hewitt at

    I think BTC is a great idea. I don’t just feel like a follower but a supporter. Since stumbling upon your blog a few years ago I have watched all your achievements, growth and success with pride. I think those personal bits you shared cultivated that support and pride. I look forward to hearing more of the back story!

  • Mackenzie at

    I LOVE this idea! The mix of personal and professional posts are what make blogs fun to read (IMHO). Good luck to you with this new set-up – I look forward to reading your posts in BTC!

  • Vanessa at

    I agree- I feel like I know you a little better hearing about the personal stuff and I like it. I feel like a supporter as well-as someone else stated! Good Luck! It will be great!

  • Victoria at

    Michael, you are awesome and I’m not just talking about all your crazy talent (thank you for sharing your talent with us btw) but you’re especially awesome because you put your feelings out there and make yourself vulnerable. Not an easy thing for anybody to do. I admire that. I admire you. Stay true to yourself and I’ll keep coming back.

    Keep up the great work.

    With fondness,

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