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Planners & WordPress

Next month is my 6-year anniversary of blogging. I started by sharing art and then DIY Planners quickly took over. I love creating free templates to share with you and I’ve also made a little money selling the DIY Printable Planner set through 2015, which is very awesome – if you purchased it thank you thank you thank you!

Here’s the thing though – in my real life, planners take up about 1% of my time/thoughts/energy. I have been a little better about using mine since I discovered discbound notebooks but really, you’re probably more into planners than I am. I want to blog more this year, but to blog as I have in the past means I need to be working on planners and templates and that’s just not what I’m into these days.

I’ve thought a lot about other topics. Being a new(ish) mom to a seriously fantastic kid is a huge part of my life – but when I wrote about that before it felt forced and too personal.

And then my direction shifted.

Last weekend, out of nowhere, it hit me that I enjoy working with clients more than I originally thought. I haven’t been accepting new clients for the past year but starting in April I’d love to work on some new projects. Want to work with me or discuss an idea?

Also, this morning I wrote an estimate for a potential client. I wanted to send her some links to get an idea of my style and what it’s like to work with me. Oh wait, I’ve never even written about it anywhere – WHAT?! Most of you probably don’t know that I’m a WordPress theme designer and developer that’s really stinkin’ great at balancing design AND code.

Something new.

wordpress-logoI still want to blog more this year but it’s going to be different. I want to write about WordPress because I love it. I’ve learned so much from other developers sharing their code, solutions and mistakes – I would love to help others in the same way, if even a little. I want to write about client work that I’m proud of and about my process and the tools I use. I definitely want to write tutorials to help you make your own websites too.

I’m very excited about all of this.

P.S. If you’re here because you love pictures of planners and free templates I still love you, and I’m not saying that I’m totally giving it up – not at all. I’m just changing things around a little. xo

  • I’m here because I love pictures of planners and free templates…but I’m not gonna kick at you even a little bit for your blog focus. You’ve given me great stuff and inspiration, and you should TOTALLY focus the blog on what matters to you. To say anything else would make me feel pretty darn ungrateful.
    I like your style, and I’m curious about WordPress design and development. Do I know doodly about it? Nope. And I might find your new focus is too far from what I really enjoy to stay around, but I won’t know til I try. I’m looking forward to seeing what you post with your new direction.

    • Oh my goodness, so sweett! Thank you – I want to incorporate WordPress/coding WITH art in my writing but I’ll probably get a little technical at times too. Hoping to find a good balance. Thank you again for the very nice comment – I really appreciate the feedback. :)

  • Hi Amanda, Good for you on re-focusing, your art, planners and templates are amazing. I have benefitted from your templates as well for my wedding planning and daily planning. so I love your style!.

    I’m front-end developer myself who dabbles in print design & layout so I understand the push and pull between the 2 worlds. I’ll be looking forward to your WordPress posts and hopefully will be able chime in as well as I am sure learn a thing or two.