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.