This is a post I never thought I’d write…not here, at least. The HB blog thus far has been entirely food-focused, lighthearted, and not exactly wordy like my old blog, Girl Meets Life. But the truth is that I should have written this a long time ago.
I’m not even sure what my purpose with this post is, other than to clear my mind a bit. Deep down I’m hoping that my old GML followers are reading because, well…I miss you!
When I shut down Girl Meets Life a little under a year ago, I knew it was the right decision. I still know it was the right decision. It was a chapter of my life that I outgrew for a handful of different reasons – a big one being that the amount of openness and transparency that GML required became too much for me. A girl needs her privacy, you know?
So when I decided to move forward with Hungry Blonde (which I had been pursuing anonymously while GML was still alive), I was excited that I’d still be able to fill my blogging tank without having to divulge every little detail of my life. And it really has turned out to be just that! I LOVE sharing recipes, restaurant reviews, healthy living tips & more, which was always one of my favorite things about GML anyway.
But, somewhere along the line, I made a huge mistake. I didn’t bring my GML readers along on the ride with me.
To be honest, I couldn’t tell you exactly why that is. I think it was a combination of poor planning mixed with wanting a new identity outside of GML. But even more than that, I think I felt like I had let my readers down. Over the years (and countless comments, emails, etc.) I had come to learn how much my posts about relationships, spirituality, and life lessons meant to them. And then I just up and left to start a brand new blog that didn’t include any of those things.
Because of that, I’ve found myself dulling down my identity here at Hungry Blonde. I hate that. I always go on and on about how the relatability factor of blogging should be the number one priority, yet here I am severely lacking in that department. It’s time for me to change that, starting with this post.
If you couldn’t tell, there are certainly days that I miss GML. But when I really step back and think about it, it’s not the blog or the content that I miss. It’s my readers.
So…what now? Well, even though I seem to have forgotten this somewhere along the line, I’m the same Gracie as before! And I’m going to make an effort to share more of MY story both here and on the Hungry Blonde Instagram. I’m not quite sure exactly what that will look like yet, but I think just being true to my damn self is a good place to start.
I don’t usually have the comments turned on on this blog, but I’m going to leave them open for the slim chance that some of my old readers are here. If that’s you, I would love SO much to hear from you, and perhaps what sort of blog posts you’d like to see from me here on HB.
Here’s to fresh beginnings. xoxo G