Hello! Hello! Thank you all for your patience during my mini blog vacation. I've missed you guys so much! Time's definitely flying by and I'm enjoying reading through and reflecting on the thoughtful feedback that were left in the previous post. It's almost time to dive back into full blogging mode. Almost. There's still a good bit of thinking I've got to do! I will say it's been such a blessing to have time to tackle the everlasting real-life to do list. We've dedicated some time to leisure travel (as seen on Instagram with a full post in the making!) and to a hefty list of chores around the home. Not all that fun but sooo necessary. We took a full day to deep clean the apartment. I'm talking music blasting, yellow rubber gloves on, dusting, mopping, toilet scrubbing, the works for 8 hours. It's pretty disturbing how much dust an old building can accumulate! Not only that, I'm having a major 'I NEED TO CHANGE EVERYTHING IN THE APARTMENT' moment. With Josh's support (he's realized there's not much he can do lol), I've started to sell all our furniture to make room for my master plan. It's slowly getting there, but I am super excited to check off another thing off the to-do list: my personal gallery wall!
I've accumulated quite the stack of prints that are incredibly meaningful from local artists as well as a talented friends. Buying prints from art markets and random stores is easy, but the whole framing process sucks. I've walked into numerous custom framing shops only to walk out annoyed with the cost to frame one 8 x 10 picture. And Ikea? Well, I have my fair share but it's just not the kind of protection I want my little sister's precious artwork in. So, consider me excited when Framebridge, an online one-stop-shop for framing, offered to introduce me to their service for my precious art prints.
The process was pretty seamless. All I had to do was create an account and pick out my frames from their library. A few days later, I received pre-labeled boxes with instructions and protective sheets for each piece. I don't know if you know this, but I'm obsessed with logistics. Whoever is in charge of their operations is king. Every detail was considered. Two weeks later, I received my precious artwork in beautiful frames, equipped with nails, ready-to-hang wire strings attached to the back, and not to mention the prettiest pattern on each of the pictures. And there you have it folks: a gallery wall that makes our bedroom ceilings look higher, but most importantly, more personal.
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First, I want to say I’m terribly sorry for the radio silence as of late. It’s been a busy, busy summer so far and time has been flying! Second, I want to announce that I am taking a purposeful summer break. Here’s why: I believe with every job, labor of love, or project we commit ourselves to, there comes a time when it’s necessary to step back, reflect, and evaluate. This August marks 8 years of blogging for me. Eight yearsssssss. It’s been so wild and interesting to watch the industry bloom the way it has, but because I’m usually knee-deep in content creation, I’ve missed out on engaging in a lot of the newer blogs. I’m really looking forward to diving into other people’s blogs, getting lost, and learning as much as I can.
I’d also like to analyze data as it pertains to Upperlyne so that I can figure out what direction we’re going towards and give you more of what you want! I’ll be looking at your favorite posts, as measured by “likes” received and comments, to figure out what types of posts should be my focus. My hope is that I’ll return in mid- to late- August with a renewed sense of purpose and stronger content and conversations here for you.
With that said, I'd truly appreciate your feedback on how to improve as well as suggestions on your favorite blogs and websites!
A few questions/ideas I'm curious about:
- What are your favorite / least favorite posts?
- What more would you like to see?
- Have you enjoyed contributor posts? Examples: food, wellness, or design.
- We're currently using the Squarespace comment format. Would it be easier for you to comment if we switched to Disqus?
- What are your top 5 favorite blogs, YouTube Channels, or websites? Why?
- What keeps you coming back here?
- And finally, what is your blog? I'm in a deep search for inspiration!
For taking your time to provide your honest feedback, I'll be sending a gift to one random commenter! I'll keep it tight-lipped for now but trust me when I say you'll love it.
I anticipate returning mid-late August. Be sure to subscribe via Bloglovin' or to my newsletter to know when Upperlyne & Co. returns! Until then, you can follow my travels and daily updates on Instagram. Have a safe and wonderful rest of your summer and I'll see you all soon!!