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A SHIFT IN DIRECTION

Posted on: Thursday

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Well you're in your little room
and you're working on something good,
but if it's really good,
you're gonna need a bigger room.
And once you're in the bigger room
you might not know what to do,
you might have to think of
how you got started
sittin' in your little room.

la da da da da la da da da

-The White Stripes


Any time I have writer's block, or am seeking direction for a story or project, this song plays in my head.  There seem to be so many changes afoot in our lives right now, from jobs and schedules to future plans and dreams, that I thought, why not throw one more in? Why not switch up my blog?

As you've probably noticed, I've re-designed the layout of the blog; I've streamlined the navigation, changed the aesthetics a bit, and done away with my sponsors.  Months and months ago, I made the big decision to monetize Petite Biet and accept paid sponsors.  It was an exciting time of growth.  I connected with many amazing small shops and bloggers, partnered with corporate sponsors, and connected to a community of writers and advertisers.  It felt successful, rewarding, and good.. until, slowly, it didn't anymore.  Slowly I found myself obsessing more and more over page-views, post regularity, and comments.  I began to, rightfully, treat blogging as more of a business than a free place of expression.  Slowly I began to enjoy blogging less and less.  I felt a shift happening, which perhaps happens to anyone whose work is observed and sold, wherein my writing, which I still loved, began to be more for others than it was for myself.  I missed the carefree attitude and honesty of my early blogging days, before money and page-views were tied into everything, and I wanted to get back.

And so, I decided to demonetize the whole thing.  There are countless shops and brands out there that I adore, but Petite Biet won't be the place where they're showcased or reviewed, at least not deliberately.  After much thought, I've concluded that I really don't want my blog to be in the business of pushing products or page-views, nor in the market of selling advertising, nor in any "market" at all, actually.  This blog remains a place of joy, honesty, and creativity, and the only direction I aim to move in is towards the exploration of those things.  Petite Biet began as a blog on new motherhood and home birth.  It evolved into a documentation of time and family which I'm really connected to and proud of.  I now feel that it's time to let it grow even more.  I've been thinking about experimenting with subject matter, photography, and post styles in the months to come.

One thing I've always loved about blogging is that there are no rules.  You can post once a day, week, or month, and it's okay.  You can create a post with images and no words, and it's okay.  Or you can write a novel, and that's okay too.  And there will always be people who like what you do, and those who don't, and it's. all. okay.  A blog can be whatever you want it to be.   So in an effort to align this blog more with what's in my heart, more with my creative vision, and less with the "business" of blogging, I'm working on some soulful changes.  With all of my recent growth, both personally and as a family, I feel that an honest shift in direction is only natural.

So, thank you to everyone who's sponsored Petite Biet over the years.  Your support helped me to connect to an amazing community of bloggers and mothers around the world.  And thank you to everyone who reads here... or just comes for the pictures :) I hope you'll continue to enjoy this space.

xx
Belle

29 COMMENTS:

  1. I really respect your decision. I also very much adore your thoughts, photographs, and stories. I will continue to read and continue to enjoy:)

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    1. Thank you for your sweet words! xx

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  2. well said belle, i too will continue to read and continue to enjoy!

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    1. Thanks Lisa! We miss you!

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  3. I love your honesty and I know I will continue to enjoy this space, no matter where it goes xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Court! It was a hard decision but I'm really happy about where it will take me. xx

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  4. Anonymous12:39:00 AM

    Blogs are never the same once made for profit, it seems. Yours is such a lovely, thoughtful, soulful place...it's a breath of fresh air after some of the too watered-down, too glossy blogs out there. Glad you're writing here!

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    1. Wow, thank you so very much for these kind words! I was definitely staring to felt that shift first hand, of a blog changing after making profit. I'm so grateful for your support and encouragement! xx

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  5. Anonymous3:01:00 AM

    Hi!
    I'm a english lit/photographer based in Israel, and have discovered your blog about a week ago...and I'm in love. When I started reading your work it was like a breath of fresh air, it felt sort of free and airy and nonchalant (is this how you spell it?!)...you know what I mean, if felt like a break from the craziness of life, like a glimpse into a happy family, like a still pause that focused on family, like time stood still while seeing your carefree photos. I made an early new years resolution to share happiness with the people who I admire and the people who make me happy, amazingly - you make me happy via this blog, it even makes me want to have another baby since you make it seem so fun, plus my 21 month old is in need of a sibling asap.
    Anyway, you go girl, keeping this blog clean and free is a great decision, it will reach the people who need it. So, thank you for this wonderful break from reality.
    Martha
    P.S- I have to know what Biet's name means? I tried google translate and it didn't work! Its a great name...

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    1. This is such a beautiful sentiment- thank you! I'm honored and humbled to be able to bring happiness to people on the other side of the world! Thank you for reading and for supporting me through this.

      ps- Biet is our personal version of Bieta (or Beata), which is a Russian name of my husband's heritage. It means "blessed" or "bringer of joy". We pronounce it "Bee-ett"

      xx

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    2. Anonymous6:13:00 AM

      Thank you! What a lovely meaning in a name, absolutely perfect!

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  6. I adore reading your blog and looking at your photos as living in a country town in Australia, your city life looks so alluring and exciting and yet the shared experience of mothering two small children as I do makes it so relatable as well. Keep on keeping on. Have a happy holiday season with your gorgeous family.

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    1. Thank yo so much Lucy. I'm absolutely honored to be able to convey the shared experience of motherhood through my words and pictures! Thank yo so much for reading and for your kind words xx

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  7. Bravo on your decison! I discovered your blog two months ago, and regardless of sponsorship status, what has made me stick around is your candor and evocative writing. Keep up the great work!

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    1. What a lovely compliment! Thank you so much!!

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  8. I feel I will enjoy you're blog even more so now. Bravo for doing what feels right! So many of my favorite bloggers do nothing but push products now that I am less inclined to read. They just aren't the same.

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! This definitely feels right to me! xx

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  9. What a decision!!! i understand your needs and its full of honesty!!! I related a lot to your blog! I wish that decision will bring you more opportunities to create and enjoy life!! my best wishes from the pole North (Québec city)! HO HO! HO!

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    1. Thank you Clara! Wow I'd love to visit Quebec one day- looks gorgeous there! Merry Christmas xx

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    2. Let me know and it will be my pleasure to give you some tips to enjoy to city!!! It's absolutely beautiful to visit with children in winter and in summer!!! you can do everything walking !!!!

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  10. That song brings me back to high school. Jack lives in my town, I'm always wishing I will run into him sometime :) I've enjoyed reading your blog so much this past year. Your effortless posts are beautiful and send me away to a magical land even if it's for just a short couple minutes. Keep it up :)

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  11. Congratulations on your decision! You have so many other things to focus on-such as Welkin, this should be your place of solitude. I love coming to look at your photos and your writing is always beautiful. Keep up the good work!

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