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February 17, 2016

things, they are a changing - let's chat

You may have noticed a few changes to the look of things around here besides just the tweaking of the name.  It's hard to believe that I have been blogging as Lemon Lane for almost six years and then at my first blog for a couple more before that.  So much has happened in my life during those eight years and I love having these online journals as a record of all of it.


I came to a crossroads toward the end of 2015 where I began to weigh the time and commitment to
publishing here and other creative pursuits in my life.  I knew something had to give.  I needed to set some margins in my life and find a little breathing room.


If I chose to continue sharing here then I knew some other area in my life would have to go.   And if something else had to go then this space would need to become more than just a hobby I love, it would somehow need to replace the part time income that I would be giving up.  And so I have been slowly cleaning up, reading up and learning as much as I can about blogging as a business and not just for pleasure.


Here's the thing...my biggest fear in all of this has been that I would lose my love for it and that the friends that have stood by me would leave but the opposite has happened.  I am enamored with this world even more.  I love the challenge of building this space to include all of you and bring in new readers.

Trying to write posts that not only convey a sense of who I am while encouraging others and inspiring them to action is such a blast.  It has made me up my game, focus on growth, and challenged me to find new content which is something that has been missing from my life since I retired a few years ago.  I have tried to make the changes seamless and gradual.  I've updated my categories under my header adding an about page and contact info and have introduced a few sidebar ads.  I don't ever plan to bombard you with pop ups and slow moving graphics but at the same time I can see things changing.  I am hoping to find some great products to share with you and will at some point need to offer the opportunity for email membership a bit more aggressively but with that will come some fun giveaways and a monthly newsletter plus a few other fun things I have planned.


I didn't want to continue making changes without addressing them with you and letting you know the why behind them.  I don't plan on changing my writing style or content.  Including my thoughts and real life is important to me and I hope it reminds us that while our struggles may be different, at the core of it, we are all the same.  Thank you for the support and encouragement you have always shown me and thank you in advance for putting up with the growing (I hope) pains to come.

xo, Patty

12 comments:

  1. Patty, Your blog is one of my favorites and I'm so glad you're only tweaking and adding and not saying goodbye!

    Everything looks great! Keep doing what you're doing :)

    See ya on Instagram :)

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  2. Your blog is looking great. I love all the color and your sidebar is so cute.

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  3. I am glad you are staying with it. And yes, if you are going to put time into it, you might as well make a bit of money! The only things I hate on blogs is the ads that pop up in the post with the pictures. I think they slow stuff down and I have found myself basically giving up two blogs because of it. Will you change from Blogger to Wordpress?

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    1. I seriously considered it Sandy but it was all too much for me at this time. I am happy with blogger and don't plan on changing.

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  4. Patty, I hope I can still visit your blog. I have always loved seeing your fashion posts and your gardens. But as Sandy said...some post that have ads..they make my keyboard jumpy...Gaa, don't ask me why girl... it'
    s probably something I need to do and don't know how. LOL. I wish you great luck in your blog. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  5. I wish you all the best Patty. I'll be here cheering you on as usual. I appreciate all you put into this beautiful corner of the world :)

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  6. Love your blog and it's beautiful!

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  7. Patty, your blog is perfect and I love everything about it and will continue to follow and support you as you grow!!!
    Debbi Saunders
    greenshutter@aol.com

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  8. Thanks for keeping us in the loop on your pretty blog's new direction. I look forward to more posts.

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  9. I thought something was a changin'!! I noticed your blog now scrolls way slower on my computer, but mine is an old antique.. so I can't even follow blogs with alot of ads, especially those popups that come up on the side and won't leave, and the ones that appear in the middle of a photo! I hope you do stay with Blogger.. I LOVE your blog and you always inspire me in some way, but my old computer has a hard time for some reason, with Wordpress blogs and I've had to stop following them (for now.... until I can ever see my way to getting a newer computer). so far, yours is fine. It was a little slower but I can still scroll all the way down which makes me happy. I don't blame you in the least for wanting to earn some income from doing what you love and want to continue doing. I love your bright colors and photos and whatever you have to say seems to resonate with me on that particular day... so keep on doing what you're doing!

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  10. I love how cheerful your home is . . . how can you not feel happy living in such colorful home.
    I love it!

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  11. So glad you're not going "away" for good!!! I love the bright colors of your blog and reading about life in Southern California. I live in Missouri and its brown and yucky a big part of the year. Your pictures are a bright spot in my day!!! So excited for the changes! Blessings from Missouri!

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