On My Summer Break + Your Feedback

One thing's for sure: I can be quite unreasonable when my favorite French bakery, La Boulangerie, goes on summer break. They shut down operations during the month of July, which means I'm already cranky when I march into another bakery for a baguette. After an intentional month away from blogging, however, I see why La Boulangerie and almost all of Paris take a month off each summer. They intuitively understand the importance of recharging, not because work is a chore, but because it feeds their soul so they return inspired.

Weird to say but my summer break felt like a movie with a fair share of oohs and ahhhs, ups and downs, and what is summer without my forever summer fling. Some joys worth mentioning: meeting the newest black sheep of the group in Miami, embarking on a primitive camping trip to Lake Blanca where we watched the moon rise over the peaks of the Cascade Mountains and drank glacier water fresh from the stream, weekly tennis matches with the not-Serena to my not-Venus, kayaking on the most pristine island of St. John with my little sister, celebrating a biff's birthday in sheer debauchery, watching my parents in their island element (fishing, gathering local produce, laughing with their siblings), snowballs, learning life stories of new friends, long morning walks with pup, and spontaneous old school dancing to Louis Armstrong radio with Josh. It goes without saying my soul is in a very happy place.

The mission was two-fold: 1.) enjoy summer and 2.) stop looking at my blog so I could get lost in other people's worlds. Instead of creating posts for the sake of creating posts, I got carried away with A Pair & A Spare, Wit & Delight, Domaine, Garance Dore, Harper & Harley and Shine by Three. Blogs who are doing things all kinds of right and remind me how much potential there is here. I also spent hours upon hours watching YouTube (have you fallen in love with Sazan Barzani yet?), and now my little mind is running wild with ideas. Unplugging from here was the best decision I've made for Upperlyne in a long time. It further affirms that taking time off from work, blogging, social media, or whatever it is that requires one to be creative is an investment. For me, it keeps the work feels out of the work load.

With that all said and after reading your constructive feedback, I feel like I have a renewed and refreshing vision for content here and I cannot wait to jump back in. Many of you took time to share your thoughts on how I can improve. If you did, please be sure to send me your mailing address to juley@upperlyne.com. I'd love to send a token of my appreciation your way. 

Regular postings will resume next Monday so sit tight. And, if you haven't downloaded the Bloglovin' app yet, hop to it! The app has been my best friend lately because of the simple layout and instant post notifications - told you I got lost in blogs. Anyway, hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and happy almost fall! I'll see you all soon. xo, Juley

Time for a summer break!

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.

image by tan baxter

image by tan baxter

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:

  1. What are your favorite / least favorite posts?
  2. What more would you like to see?
  3. Have you enjoyed contributor posts? Examples: foodwellness, or design
  4. We're currently using the Squarespace comment format. Would it be easier for you to comment if we switched to Disqus?
  5. What are your top 5 favorite blogs, YouTube Channels, or websites? Why?
  6. What keeps you coming back here?
  7. 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!! 

xo Juley