Monday, 22 June 2015

Amanda's Big Announcement - Nellie and Co.


I've been co-blogging here with Stacie now for over 6 months, and wow, does that time seemed to have flown by. It feels like only a few weeks ago we made our beautiful blog public, and now look at us. Loyal following, pretty design, it's all really rather unbelievable.. but I have a confession to make to you all..

I'm leaving Beautiful Bookish Butterflies.


Hold up now. I don't want you to jumping to any conclusions, so sit down, stay calm, and I shall explain.

It may or may not have been noticeable to you all, but Stacie and I have been struggling with a number of things in our lives, and those number of things have, in the past few months, affected how, when and why we blog. I cannot vouch for Stacie, but I know she's had it tough lately, which is why I, as co-blogger, stepped up to the plate and took hold for a while. Something changes when you go from a routine of co-blogging back to solo-blogging, even if it is for a short amount of time. You're ideas are the only ideas being published, your thoughts are the only ones out there, you're content is the content that gives your blog it's brand, and when you're actually meant to be a co-blog, that's not fair.

I know for a fact that over the last few months, I've influenced the type of posts and the content being published. There have been more discussions, and not all of them about books, and you've loved them, and I've loved writing them, but we've been slacking on reviews, on taking time to focus on books, and you've seen no problem with that, but we are Beautiful Bookish Butterflies, it feels wrong. I feels like I've been taking what was one blog and slowly turning it into another.

That's Where Nellie and Co. comes in.

When I haven't been holding the fort, I've been working on a secret project. I've been working on designing a new blog for myself. It's been horrible and I've felt like such a fraud, putting out new content for you all when I've been planning my future elsewhere, but the time has come for me to be honest with you all. Nellie and Co. will be my new home from the 1st July, and it would mean the world to me if you could join me on this new, scary, but exciting adventure.
But what about Stacie?

Right now, Stacie still has a lot on her plate. The general thought process is that Stacie will continue to blog here, where she has a space she knows and understands and has loyal following that we've created together, with a brand she can work with. I'll always be around to offer a hand or some advice, and there's a good chance you'd still see a few guest posts from me in the future if she's ever feeling a bit of idea dry.

My last official post will be our June Wrap-Up, where I will give more details on where and how you can follow me and keep up to date with me - after that point, it's all change change change, however, I will still be blogging here until then. It's been an absolutely fabulous 6 months of co-blogging, and I wouldn't change it for the world, but sometimes, life provides you with a different path, and you've just got to walk it. For the time being though, here are some important links and things you need to know:

  • My Twitter handle will be changing from @BookBadger_ to @Nellieand_Co on 1st July
  • My Instagram handle will be changing from bookbadger_ to Nellieand_Co on 1st July
  • I will be emailing all Book Badger and BBB subscribers personally with links to subscribe to Nellie and Co. instead
  • You can visit Nellie and Co. now, but no new content will be published until 12th July
  • Any and all posts written by me will now link to identical posts on Nellie and Co.

What do you think of Nellie and Co.? Will you be following me there?

27 comments:

  1. I have loved all of your posts here on Beautiful Bookish Butterflies and all of the ones way back in the beginning on The Book Badger. I would gladly follow you to another site to keep up with your amazing writing and ideas.
    I just have one question: Where did the new blog name come from? It seems a little bit different, but in a good way.
    I cannot wait to see all of the new things you have in store for your new blog (especially the design, considering you did such a great job here).

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    1. I remember you from the very beginning and it's been wonderful to see you've followed me wherever been Tessa, honestly, you have no idea how much it means to me! the name came from an ornament and a nickname as I grew up (Nellie) and the Company gives me room to take it into any exciting areas that may arise, you know? I hope people like Nellie and Co. though, I'm very nervous. Thank you for your support, it's wonderful!<3

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  2. Just popped over and followed Nellie and Co via bloglovin! I'm looking forward to this new adventure although a little sad at the same time, but still, EXCITEMENT ABOUND!

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    1. Thanks Ella! I'm nervous, sad, excited and over the moon, so many conflicting feelings, but I hope it goes well!<3

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  3. Ahh! You scared me there for a second Amanda - haha! But yeah! This is fantastic news! The site layout looks great, and I can't wait to see everything you have planned at your new site! <3

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    1. Thanks Zoe, I can't wait to get started on it, BUT, BBB is still my home for the time being, I will make the most of it ;)

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  4. It's definitely A-OK to take on a new and different path. There are just times in life when you realize you have to leave the old and go with the new in order to grow as a person. I'll definitely be following you to your new ventures, Amanda!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Thanks Faye, that means a lot. I feel weird that I've dragged people back and forth, but it means a lot that people stick around and follow me wherever, you know? :)

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  5. How great that you took that step. I'll definitely follow you over at your new place :)

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    1. Thanks Mel, it's very scary, but very exciting too! :D

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  6. Your new website is looking great! I'll follow you for sure on there, I love the features you share especially your discussion posts :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. Thanks Benish, that means a lot, I can't wait to get started, but I'll be said to leave too.. New adventures though!<3

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  7. Followed! But you knew I'd follow you anywhere ;) (Oh! I have a new book out in August. I'll have ARCs soon and I'll let you know about that!)

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    1. I did have a sneaking suspicion you would ;) Is it going to be a continuation of Love in the Digital Age series?! I still need to read Removed, agh, so many books! I look forward to hearing more! :D

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  8. YOU JUST GAVE ME A FREAKING HEART ATTACK.
    *calms self*
    Omg, Amanda, seriously...I'm hyperventilating back here and I was about to wail at the universe AND THEN YOU ANNOUNCED YOUR NEW BLOG. So okay. You may do this. This is okay. But doooooon't ever leave us. I WILL MISS YOU WAY TOO MUCH. Can I sign up for email on Nellie & Co yet? *runs over their headlong screaming like a deluded cucumber*

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    1. SORRY CAIT! I never plan to stop blogging, it's not something I could do. Sure, I'm been struggling lately, but actually quit, NEVA! Here's hoping you like Nellie though! *crosses fingers!*

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  9. I loved you while you were here and I'll love you on Nellie and co! I'm glad you're doing the things you love and I along with everyone else will totally support you!

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    1. Thank you Nova, that means a huge amount to me, it's nerve wracking to know it's going to be happening! :)

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  10. Oh Amanda, I was so scared that you were leaving blogging for good, especially after reading about how busy you've both been lately! I'm very excited about Nellie and Co and will of course follow you there, and it's been fun discovering Stacie's posts here on the blog. Good luck for your new adventure, see you on the other side!

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    1. Thanks Jeann, I can't wait, it's lovely to know so many people will join me over at Nellie and Co! :D

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  11. YAY!!!! :) Congrats on making another big change and blogging for you. I can't wait for your new adventure to begin and for me to follow you. GOOD LUCK, GIRL!!! :)

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    1. Thanks lovely! I can't wait until you come back too, I miss you! :D

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  12. I'll definitely come and visit at Nellie and Co - congrats on beginning that new blogging venture! I wish you all the best, I'm sure it will be amazing :)

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    1. Thanks Eugenia, I'm hoping people love it like I do! :D

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  13. I know change is always tough, but good luck on your new venture! I will definitely be visiting you over on Nellie and Co. :)

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    1. Thanks Lisa, that means a lot! :)

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  14. I know change is always tough, but good luck on your new venture! I will definitely be visiting you over on Nellie and Co. :)

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