2011: A Fresh Start

Hello, readers! And welcome to January, the season of resolutions and fresh starts. I’ve been thinking about fresh starts for a good while now, as I spent the end of 2010 trying to determine what a well-lived life looks like in the age of the internet. For me, blogging has never been about trying to “make it big”, financially or otherwise. My enjoyment comes mainly from 1. sharing things that strike my fancy with like-minded souls, and 2. connecting with people who share my interests. I have met so many fantastic people through my four+ years of blogging, and it brings me so much joy. That said, I’ve also noticed that I’m dedicating a larger portion of my day than I’d like to writing posts, and clicking around hoping to discover something great. I want my son (who’s 13) to think of his mother as more than a woman with a laptop and a Twitter account. And I want time to explore all my curiosities, not just those that require an internet connection. So after much soul searching (and email consultation with helpful friends), I’ve arrived at a decision that I’m happy about:

Starting in 2011, simple + pretty will become a weekly blog, with posts on Wednesdays. The content areas will remain the same: if you like pretty paper and pretty things, nothing will change other than the frequency of updates. In fact, if I do it right, the posts will be better: there will be more time to devote to each week’s entry, and I’m hoping to bring you a bit more than a photo + a quick comment. My online tentacles have connected me to some amazing people and I’d like you to get to know them, too. (Of course, Fashion Week may require a few extra posts, but that’s fashion for you: always requiring a little more than you anticipated.)

I hope that you’ll join me, and that the changes are good for us all.

Cheers and Happy New Year,


update: to each and every commenter, below, thank you! i am most grateful for your support.


  1. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Looking forward to the new chapter on S+P – your son will be happy to see more of you away from a computer screen (and you readers will not waver)! Bon courage!

  2. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    I think that is the best decision ever! At the end of the day, family and friends are what matters in life. I wish you all the best, Jane!

  3. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Jane, I respect how you are being true to yourself and family. I’ll be visiting S+P regardless of how often you post. Happy Twenty11!! xoxo

  4. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    good for you, jane! totally hear where you’re coming from and a bit envious of your decision. i might have to follow suit a little!

  5. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    i really enjoyed reading this jane, you are as genuine as a person can get and of course i have to say this – you are an amazing friend. i’m so grateful that i was one of those people whom you found while clicking away on the computer… lots of love. xx

  6. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Happy New Year, Jane! I’m sure that wasn’t an easy decision. Wishing you all the best.

  7. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    I’m with everyone – doing what you feel is right in your heart, what you feel will bring more quality in all areas of your life and efforts can only be commended.

    Looking forward to what’s to come – and Wednesday’s especially!

  8. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    I’ve been feeling similarly about my blog. I pulled back in 2010, but something tells me that 2011 will definitely be about quality over quantity.

  9. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Congratulations on having the guts to admit that you need a change — and for following through. While I’ll miss your lovely finds on a daily basis, you’ve got to what’s best for you and your family. See ya on Wednesdays!

  10. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    i think this sounds like a great plan. i totally understand and respect your decision.

  11. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Big hugs and big respect to you working on your commitment as a mother. Looking forward to Wednesdays!

  12. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    best post i’ve read all year. good for you. i could say ‘ditto’ to all your musings. thank you for being brave and putting the important things first. xo.

  13. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    I scaled way back this year on my blog. For me it’s been great. Thanks for sharing your story!


  14. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    first time here and i am in love! here’s to fresh starts…

  15. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Good for you, Jane! I’ve been thinking the same thing for myself & am glad to know I’m not the only one.



  16. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Oh Jane! I definitely feel your pain and have been working on a way to step away from my laptop. I’m so inspired by everyone’s posts and before I know it hours have passed and I’ve, literally, done nothing but drool over everyone’s creativity. Life is worth living and I hope to make 2011 the year that I stop only reading about others while I watch mine pass by.

    Good luck!

  17. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Jane, I completely agree. I know lately I’ve been feeling a little frustrated with my blogging as well. I feel like I’m not putting all of my heart into it like I used to and it’s become more of a daily check on my to-do list instead. You are definitely making the best decision for you as a mom and a blogger! Listen to your gut and you’ll never go wrong. Support you 100%. Wishing you a lovely new year! Best wishes.

  18. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    here’s to fresh starts Jane! I recently made a decision of the same sort in regards to my little etsy shop. cheers!

  19. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    I wholeheartedly understand. There are only a few blogs out there that aren’t just trying to sell something or fill their blog with advertising.. and I appreciate yours!

  20. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Sounds good to me Jane. I’ll be here, as always.

  21. Tais
    January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    good on you…every minute I spend with my son makes me wish there were 10 more. You don’t get the time back to savor their youth. As much as I enjoy your posts, I applaud your decision.

  22. January 5, 2011 / Permalink

    Jane! Inspired by you, as usual. I’m excited to see your new posts and see what you find out there in the world as you explore.

  23. January 6, 2011 / Permalink

    I wish everybody only posted weekly – then I wouldn’t be 800 or so posts behind in my reading. Love the idea!

  24. January 7, 2011 / Permalink

    totally understand how you feel – enjoy your 13 year old – i always enjoy your blog, daily or weekly! it will be my wednesday joy with my morning coffee! xoxo

  25. January 7, 2011 / Permalink

    Hi Jane. I just want to let you know that I love your posts about pretty paper and will keep reading no matter how often you post. Thanks for what you do!

  26. January 8, 2011 / Permalink

    Have fun with your son. My boys (13,11) are growing so fast that I can’t keep up. I know it will be just a short time before they are off to do their own thing. I will look forward to your weekly posts as always! xoxo

  27. January 11, 2011 / Permalink

    It sounds great!
    Happy New Year to you, Jane! Wishing you a wonderful and excitng 2011!

  28. January 12, 2011 / Permalink

    I like your outlook for a fresh start! Look forward to your weekly posts and hope you and your family had a fabulous 2011 holiday!

  29. January 15, 2011 / Permalink

    happy new year jane! i’ll be reading on wednesdays!!