This is me- Blog Every Day in November

Hello and welcome to November. This month I’m joining in with Blog Every Day in November, run by Elizabeth Dhokia.

Yes I know, EVERY DAY.

Since starting the book, my blog has taken a back seat. Which is of course totally fine. But, I do love blogging and what blogging has brought me. And having known Elizabeth for years, I promised myself if she ever did this challenge again, well here we are. (Read more about the challenge here, and join if you fancy?)

There are prompts for each day, some of which I’ll ignore completely. Some of which I’m sure I’ll be thankful for when I can only find a 30-minute window in which to write my posts, like today!

Today’s prompt is Something New and Personal.

blogging in manchester as a future author

Moving away from Old-Fashioned Susie at the start of September had been something like two years in the planning. Being online for me is something I’m very much used to after almost 10 years of blogging. A lot can, and does, change in that amount of time.

When I began, my love for vintage ruled my words. When I chose the name Old Fashioned Susie, I chose it because I wanted something that would reflect my love for vintage, old things, things with character; but that wasn’t the word “vintage” as there were so many blogs that used that word. I wanted to differentiate myself.

I didn’t struggle with the name of the blog until my traffic began to steadily increase. This happened only when I came back to it in 2013, after a couple of years of running VintageManchester.com.

I began to document our home renovations here, and despite my misgivings about the title of my site, I didn’t feel strongly enough at that point to change. Brands and readers knew me, I decided to make hay whilst the sun shined and just carried on.

I don’t want to make this sound like a hardship by the way. It was a choice and it was only the name I wasn’t 100% about, not my content. That has always and will always come from an authentic place in me.

As my daughters grew older, the #metoo movement grew too. My attempts to reframe “Old-Fashioned” for myself weren’t working. I couldn’t shake the fact the connotations of the phrase were just not me. I wanted to be me ya know? So what better title to choose for my blog that my own name…

I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

from The Greatest Showman

#bedn lyme park greenhouse susan earlam

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14 Comments

  1. November 1, 2018 / 8:52 am

    I love that you chose your name! A rebrand is a great “fresh” start and I think choosing your name you’re not limited to what you can write about.

    • Susie
      Author
      November 1, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks so much Nicole, great to e-meet you!

  2. Kirsty
    November 2, 2018 / 7:42 am

    I think I might join in!!!! Think I can do it?

    • Susie
      Author
      November 3, 2018 / 7:25 am

      Yes! Sign up on Elizabeth’s site, I bet you are nearly every day anyway though right?

  3. November 2, 2018 / 8:39 am

    I think it was a very smart move to change to your own name. It all looks fab. Love the whole new look and feel xx

    • Susie
      Author
      November 3, 2018 / 7:24 am

      That’s so kind of you to say, There’s only one way to find out if things are right, and that’s usually by trying it!

  4. November 3, 2018 / 10:33 am

    A lot changes in your life when you’ve been blogging for so long, so the name change was probably always going to happen. I did the same with mine and feel so much more ‘me’ now after shedding an 8 year old blog name! Looking forward to reading your posts every day. I feel like it will bring back some of the magic of the simpler days of blogging, for sure.

    • Susie
      Author
      November 3, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Ah yes! Those heady days of blogging 😉 xx

  5. November 4, 2018 / 11:17 am

    A nice challenge to set yourself. Wish I had the discipline.

    • Susie
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 6:57 am

      I love a challenge Steven!

  6. November 4, 2018 / 11:46 am

    Glad this post is here, I’d totally missed the name change and didn’t realise I already knew you

    • Susie
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 6:59 am

      Thanks so much, Jax, maybe I didn’t publicise it enough when I was doing it!

  7. Jess @ Catch A Single Thought
    November 4, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    It’s funny because I have been toying with a name change for my blog too, to better represent myself and reading this may have just given me a boost. Well done for making the change and going for it!

    • Susie
      Author
      November 6, 2018 / 6:57 am

      Thanks so much Jess! Good luck with yours

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