What’s the Tea: Housekeeping


You’ve probably noticed that things have been a bit quiet around here this week. During the first four weeks of March, I created more than 21 posts which averages to about 5 posts per week. For one person, that’s a lot of content. I was so busy creating and writing that I forgot to look up and totally ran into a brick wall this week. I didn’t want you to think I dropped off the face of the earth, so I thought I’d pop back in with a little update post jut to chat about life and share a few housekeeping things. Sound good?

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First, speaking of post writing, I had this idea to start a series here on IBC called ‘Behind the Blog’. Basically it would be a look at how blogging works, what I do on a daily basis, how blogging has changed over the years, etc. It’s not so much a tutorial on how to become a blogger (or be a better blogger), but more about how things work, why bloggers do what they do, how you can support your favorite bloggers, etc. Is this something you’d have an interest in reading?

Second, next week I’m launching a new/updated newsletter. In my continued effort to improve and try new things, the IBC newsletter will now be a weekly publication that comes out on Tuesdays. The newsletter will serve as a recap for all the content from the past week and include a personal note from me as well as a few other tidbits exclusive to the weekly email list. If you’re not subscribed to the IBC Mailing List, I hope you’ll do so by clicking here. For those of you who want daily updates, you always have the option getting blog posts delivered by email on a daily basis via FeedBurner. Click here to do that. (Then click on ‘Get Inspired by Charm’ delivered by email in the ‘Subscribe Now!’ box at the top of the page.) I’m really excited about this newsletter update. I think it will be a fun and new way to connect without clogging up your inboxes. Be sure to subscribe.

Third, even though I did hit a bit of a blogging wall this week, I already climbed over it, so content will resume next week. As I’ve mentioned here, I am looking forward to sharing more design, DIY, and home decor content in the very near future. To be honest with you, I’ve been struggling with design and home decor lately. While it always has been (and always will) be a passion for me, I feel that my love for so many different design styles coupled with the pressure to “be perfect” has my design sense in a completely confused funk. Overall, I guess I’m just not feeling confident about what I’m creating. (I may also write about all of this, so stay tuned for more.) However, I have two big projects coming up that involve redecorating my guest bedrooms. Plus, something even bigger on the horizon, which leads me to my next point…

And finally, I have a very exciting (but equally nerve-racking) life update (It’s a follow-up to my Sun-Dried Tomatoes post.) I think it will charge me and IBC up in the best possible way. *fingers crossed* I’m so happy to finally be able to share what’s happening in the coming months. This update is coming on Monday, so stop back then for the big announcement. (UPDATE: You can find this announcement HERE.)

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With all that said, consider yourself caught up. I’m also linking up a few of my favorite things from around the web this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

The new song “Happy People” from Little Big Town
Julie Blanner’s adorable and delicious “Carrot” Cheeseball
MamaKatTV puts IBC’s Leprechaun’s Kiss Martini to the test
The cutest DIY Bunny Napkins
Amanda’s (I Am Baker) Rainbow Sugar Cookies
James Cordon as Belle literally had me LOLing
Rebel Wilson slaying Poor Unfortunate Souls as Ursula

Have a fabulous weekend!

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  • Gail at

    I’d love to hear more about what a blogger does all week Michael. I especially can’t wait to hear your news on Monday and hope it has something to do with the sneak peek you shared on Instagram live of the room with those gorgeous, big bright windows!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes! It does. I’m excited to tell you all more about it.

      xo Michael

  • Debra at

    Maybe your style is changing? I think one of the hardest things anout blogging is creating new content and the pressure to keep up with other bloggers must be overwhelming. Many times it’s creating change just to showcase the latest farmhouse/mcm/southern traditional/country trends. I think your honesty about your work is refreshing. Keep being Michael!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Debra, Yes! Totally. And sometimes I feel the ‘pressure’ to do what’s trendy, but I’m happy just doing my own thing. However, there really are so many design styles that I love, so I’m often confused about what to do. I hoping just to let go of the pressure and have fun with it again. But I’ll write more on this soon. Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Sarah at

    If you need a new space to spread your home decor/design wings and get you out of your funk, I suppose I could lend you my house…. 😉

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hahaha. How kind. 😉 Thanks!

      xo Michael

  • Michelle Marchessault at

    I have missed you this week. I have coffee with you every morning whilst you graciously share your creative soul with me. It works out so well and when you are away, coffee becomes boring! So, welcome back. Would you be willing to write a post about how rooms should flow with regards to paint. I am having a brain block on my master bathroom and how it should flow with the attached bedroom. It is not a big thing, but the coordination of paint colors really does matter in a home. Thanks coffee friend!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      That’s the best thing I’ve read. What a joy to know you have coffee with me. 🙂 Back in the day, this was the ultimate goal of blogging and I’m so happy to hear it’s still happening.

      See you tomorrow for coffee!

      xo Michael

  • galen at

    I will bet that most of your readers actually prefer it when you’re not so perfect – we can all relate. Besides, it’s much more interesting to read about – and see photos of – the evolution and on-going design journey rather than to just look at photos of a “perfect” finished product. If that’s all we wanted, we could pick up any home/design-related magazine or book.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      This is true. What a great reminder. Blogs have definitely changed a lot over the years, so it’s hard not to feel the pressure to be ‘magazine/book-like’. Thank you, friend!

      xo Michael

  • Jill at

    Yay you! I’ll keep reading and I’m sure to love the changes. That’s what life is about, right? Moving forward.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You bet! That’s the only way to go!

      xo Michael

  • Dana at

    I think it’s terrific to see some of the detours you are taking on the road to decor perfection. That’s inspiring. Besides life is more interesting when you’re imperfect.

  • Kathy at

    One thing that I enjoy and that I think sets your blog apart is that it’s from a man’s point of view. Keep going with that. Luv U!

  • Ronda at

    I, too, have slipped into a funk with my blog and am glad to know that I am not alone. I am looking forward to your upcoming changes and ideas.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I don’t think you’re alone Ronda. Based on a conversation in a FB group last week, I think many are feeling the same.

      xo Michael

  • Hope Williams at

    You sound so much better than your sun dried tomato post. I am just gonna hold my breath till you share you news next week. So….you are responsible for my being literally “blue in the face!” But I must admit I have to come up for coffee as I can not function without it. I have missed you but was confident that while you may not have been posting, I knew without a doubt that you were busy with sun dried tomato things. You’ve got this on all points. Be confident in that.
    P.S. It’s not the destination, it most certainly is our personal journey! Kiss life good morning everyday!

  • Lisa at

    Thanks for a great post. I can’t wait for Monday. Been thinking about you since the sun dried tomato post. Love the playlist – still listing as I write.
    Also enjoyed the links to a few of your favorites. You have such good taste and I enjoyed the break from my mundane. I always look forward to your email.
    Thanks again for sharing beautiful things.

  • David at

    I would LOVE to read your “behind the blog” feature-did it ever materialize? I just came across your Instagram/blog recently and it’s super engaging. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for a while now but the whole process is a little intimidating! Can’t wait to read all about what you do. Thanks in advance.

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