Happy Monday, you guys! So I wanted to take a time out and chat with you for a sec about the blog. When I first starting writing it in 2010, we were fresh first-time homebuyers and doing project-after-project to transform our house, bit by bit. 4 years later, lots of DIY projects and room makeovers, plus a wedding and a baby, life has changed considerably. These days, I am at home looking after our baby girl and weekends are dedicated more to family time than knocking out the latest DIY. While I still have lots of crafty ideas up my sleeve for the next little while, it takes me longer to get ‘em done. We are also heavily in the midst of scheming up our 2nd storey addition to this wee abode — the drawings are done, the structural engineer is reviewing things, contractors are being met, and once the quotes are in we will be meeting again with our mortgage guy to see if we are going to be able to swing it this year. So projects in the current house, unless they are of a portable won’t-get-demo’d nature, have come to a bit of a standstill as we wait and see.

Having said that, and while I have been figuring out this whole parenting gig over the last few months, I have wondered about writing a few more personal posts on “life stuff”, in addition to the usual DIY/home posts. I know I already post the monthly update about Maya, but I was thinking about sharing some of my fave baby products (and things that didn’t really work for us), tips on being a pumping mama, maybe even maya’s birth story, etc. Just a little smattering of more parenting-related stuff, among the home/DIY/design bread and butter. After all, this blog is an “online diary” of sorts for me, so it seems weird not to chat about some of the stuff that my life seems to be all about right now. I know the blogs that I follow religiously are the ones that have a lot of the personal life story woven in to the overall ‘theme’ of the blog.

Does that sound okay to you guys? For those of you who only pop in for the house and DIY posts, I get it if you’re not super interested. If you use a reader like bloglovin, then you can just come pay me a visit when it’s a post you’re interested it. We cool?

xo

Thanks again for visiting this little corner of the internet. I love the community of blogging and I want to give each of you a big hug for popping in and spending a few minutes with me! Seriously… xoxo to all of you. Hope you’ll stick around for the ride!!

  • Catherine

    Hey! I believe you should do what feels right for you, its YOUR blog after all! I’m personally interested in everything baby related these days, so I’d be happy to read your stories!

    • gemma

      Thanks Catherine!! Happy to know that you would be interested in reading along. Great to have other mums around to share stories!

      xo,
      gem

  • Tara

    Sounds great! I t think many of us start reading blogs because of an idea or tutorial, but we continue to read blogs because we get to know the people and share common interests. Chances are, if you’re willing to share it, many of us will read it and think “so true, I’ve been there too”, or “thanks for the advice”, etc.
    I’m excited to hear about the second floor addition… That’s a huge undertaking! Good luck.

    • gemma

      Yes exactly – I couldn’t agree more, Tara! Thanks!

      As for the 2nd floor addition… it is a huge undertaking for sure. A bit scary, really! Here’s hoping we can pull it off this year…

      xo,
      gem

  • http://ourlifeindesign.blogspot.com Kala M.

    I totally believe in writing what you want to write on your blog. I love reading about baby stuff even though I’m not a mom yet (hopefully in a year or two I will be). I say go for it!

    • gemma

      Awesome – thanks so much for the support, Kala. I so appreciate it! (and I was like you – totally into reading baby stuff before I was even preggo…!)

      xo,
      gem

  • Jackie

    It has seemed strange and unusual for you not to write more about your life. let it all flow baby. you said, like most new moms, before Maya came along that you wouldn’t make this a baby blog. But I was disappointed by that and was hoping you would eventually change your mind and just be real. Thank you for being honest and embracing the fact that being a mom changes your life. Completely.

    • gemma

      Thanks for the support, Jackie. I so appreciate it — especially from a longtime reader! And yes… without a doubt COMPLETELY life changing :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Jenna

    Love this! I like when bloggers get personal on their blog as it doesn’t seem so formal. I might be a little biased on the baby posts as I have 6 weeks until my baby girl is due, so I’ll take all the baby advice posts I can get!

    • gemma

      Haha thanks, Jenna! Hope you’re feeling well in these last weeks of your pregnancy. Soak up those quiet moments before babe arrives!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://nicerthannew.com Joan B.

    The beauty of Bloglovin.com is, if a post does not interest you, you can mark it as read and move on. This is not a slight on the blogger, just a preference. Your DIY stuff is great. Adding family, home stuff will be great too. Don’t worry so much about the readers. If some stop following, there will be plenty who start. Write whatever you want! That’s blogging! Change is good. It keeps us fresh!

    • gemma

      My feelings exactly! Thanks so much for your support, Joan. I really appreciate it! And isn’t bloglovin the best? Such a great tool for following blogs.

      xo,
      gem

  • Joy

    That would be awesome! I often arrive at a blog for the decor or food ideas, but get hooked with the added bits of what’s going on behind the scenes. Please share what you are comfy sharing! :)

    • gemma

      Awesome – thanks so much, Joy. Great to have the support!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://countryroadabode.blogspot.com jody

    Being a Mom changes everything. That’s a good thing! My kiddos aren’t infants anymore, but I still like to hear about yours and can can pass on any baby product info to friends. I blog too, and I think I mention my kids in most of my posts even though the blog isn’t kid-centered! Follow your heart! :)

    • gemma

      Nice to hear that you mention your kiddos in most of your posts too, Jody. Hard not to do that when they are such an integral part of your every day! Thanks so much for your input – I appreciate it!

      xo,
      gem

  • jitka

    Hello! I discovered you on Apt Therapy and wanted to follow you, obviously because of the cool diy posts– but mostly because you’re in Ottawa. Like moi! So, I’m gonna continue to pop in and visit as much to see what projects you’re working on( and definitely how the house reno goes). But mostly out of solidarity. Go Ottawa Go! Have fun with YOUR blog, :)

    • gemma

      Amazing! I love knowing that there are other local folks popping in here! Thanks so much!

      xo,
      gem

  • http://thewholefamily.com Courtney

    i’m so glad you are going to start adding more content!! i’m excited to see your writing and your blog grow and change with you!!! thanks for having an awesome site – i LOVE to read it!

    • gemma

      Aww – thanks so much, Courtney. What a sweet comment!! Thanks for joining along with me :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Elmee

    I say, you can do whatever you like!! I also wanted to say that I very much enjoy reading your blog when I get the chance to whether about renovations or baby/motherhood! Keep on bloggin’! :)

    • gemma

      Amazing. Thanks for the support, Elmee!

      xo,
      gem

  • Rachel

    I think that’s a great move Gemma. As our little one is growing inside it’s great for me to read your blog and get excited for a little one! Also, I’m in Ottawa too so your posts on Ottawa things are so helpful!

    • gemma

      Oooh love that you’re in Ottawa, and congrats on your little bean!! Hope you’re feeling well :)

      xo,
      gem

  • Sarah

    Yes! That sounds amazing. This mama can’t wait to read your baby related posts. The blog is growing and changing, just like you :)