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happy friday + bringing it back home...


You know how sometimes in relationships, you're with someone for so long that things are easy and comfortable. It's great, and everyone's pretty happy but sometimes you need that spark that challenges you and keeps on your toes. Well, over the last six months or so, I've been feeling that way with my blog...

As I approach seven years of blogging next month, I've been feeling a change coming. I didn't know exactly what that change was for a while, but I knew I've felt disconnected from my site. Partially because I'm not in front of my computer quite as much while being a new mom to Ruby, but also because I wasn't posting all of my content anymore.

I have been so lucky to work with an amazing group of contributors over the last few years. And I would not have been able to continue to generate the consistency, quality, or diversity of posts that we've had without the help of Bekka, Bri, Joanna, Nikole, and Liz. They were crucial in maintaining the weekly columns over here over the last few years. But, I've decided that the change I needed is to take it back home and go back to posting all of the content on this blog myself. It's bittersweet because I have grown so fond of my contributors, and they all bring something to this site that I couldn't have done all by myself. Thank you, ladies, it's seriously been an honor working with all of you...

Part of being a business owner often involves growth, hiring employees, delegating out work to others who are better than you in some things and also for when you simply don't have time to do everything yourself. I fully believe that is often necessary for businesses to grow. And at the same time, I also believe in trusting your gut and knowing when you need to take a step back and make things more intimate, even if that means you can't offer as much quantity that way. So with this change, I'll be posting once a day {maybe two on occasion} instead of the typical 2-3 posts per day that I've had for the last few years. This blog will still have the same types of posts and topics that I initially began with and I still love, but as of next week, I'll no longer be working with regular weekly contributors for posts.

I will continue to work with some talented freelancers—a photographer, videographer, illustrator and more—to help capture my ideas and bring you posts and content in new ways. And I have some really fun collaborations that I'm working on which allows me to create more in-depth posts {see more about that in my FAQ's}. It will still be Oh Joy...in some ways going back to how I started, and in some ways moving forward in a new direction.

Finally, I want to take this chance to thank all of you for reading this blog for however long or short you have been. I've always told myself that I'll continue to blog as long it's interesting, fun, and rewarding for me. Connecting with all of you through your comments, emails, and tweets, and the people I've met over the last 7 years is what makes this blog so enjoyable and meaningful. Have a great holiday weekend, and I look forward to sharing this new chapter with you soon... — Joy

{photo by Bonnie Tsang from her Breakfast Series}