Change

Tea

Hi friends! It’s been a while! I’m sorry about that.

The truth is, we needed some time away from here to think and talk about blogging, what we want for this space, and the future of House of Humble.

Our commitment to blogging began to waver last year when we were going through a very difficult time. Though we have always tried to be authentic and honest here, we are actually very reserved people, which can make it difficult to strike the right balance between “blog life” and “real life”. It means so much to both of us that anyone would be interested in what goes on in our world, but when we began blogging we never imagined that one day we might have thousands of readers. We sometimes feel very vulnerable when we think about our pictures and stories floating around the internet available for anyone to see and read. Because of this, there are many aspects of our lives that we are not comfortable sharing. I know you all understand and respect those boundaries, but it can be quite limiting when you feel you can only be open about a sliver of what’s happening in your life. When there are other things weighing on your heart, it’s hard to find the motivation to talk about the “safe” stuff. That’s what happened late last year. There was a shadow hanging over us and coming here to blog about other things just felt hollow and weird.

We tried to continue blogging (somewhat sporadically) despite really just wanting to withdraw for a while. The flaw in that plan was that we needed a break from talking about ourselves and our little corner of the world while we waited for our hearts to heal, but we had painted ourselves into a corner. Our blog has always been about us and our journey. The problem with this is that if you only write about your life, there’s not much left to say when you go through a patch that you don’t fancy sharing. We were trying to post the same kinds of things we had always posted, but instead of feeling fun and natural, it started feeling forced and difficult. Rather than addressing the fact that something was a bit off and making changes to fix the situation, we pressed on (hoping we’d eventually fall back into our comfortable, happy blogging routine) but instead of things resolving themselves, blogging got harder. The discomfort in sharing snowballed. In hindsight it all sounds a bit melodramatic and silly, but I actually became quite exhausted by the thought of talking about myself, and it reached the point where having to write a post made me really anxious. This all boiled under the surface for months until finally, a few weeks ago, we hit a brick wall. I sat here at the computer staring at a blank screen with absolutely no inspiration or motivation to write and I realised something had to give. We decided we shouldn’t post again until we had figured out how to move forward.

Since then Reubs and I have done a lot of thinking about blogging. I’ve found myself questioning why we blog, what we want from blogging and how we should proceed. At times I’ve wondered if we should just let House of Humble go and give up blogging completely, but I’ve slowly come to realise that blogging in itself is not the problem, it’s how we’ve been going about blogging that has stopped working for us. I love blogging! I love this space, I love the sense of community and all the sources of inspiration in the blog world, and I love the bonds we’ve formed with all of you who read here. I studied journalism at uni and worked in publishing for a little while and for me, blogging is like the best bits of working as a journalist (writing about the things I’m passionate about, connecting with people, being able to express myself with words) without the worst bits (strict deadlines, having to write advertorials and stories I’m not interested in, being accountable to someone else’s vision). The problem is not blogging, the problem is that we’ve become stuck in a rut.

Though I follow many personal, journal-style blogs that I adore, I’m no longer sure that blogging solely about ourselves and our life is the best fit for Reubs and I. For a very long time our blog has been very much about us, and though I love sharing our story, it has started to feel a bit suffocating and repetitive. I believe wholeheartedly that everyone has a story and there is value in sharing it, but Reuben and I are just two regular people, living our regular (mostly uneventful) lives. Honestly, there is only so much we can say about it before we begin to bore ourselves and likely, bore you. I realise now that if I could have changed the topic and talked about stuff other than myself for a while, I probably never would have had my little crisis of blogging faith. We have loved sharing our journey to a simpler life but what we’d really like is to zoom out, look at the bigger picture and open House of Humble up, so that it is less about Reuben and I as individuals, and more about all of us on a journey to a different kind of life. Basically, we’d like to talk about people and things outside our little bubble and make this space more community minded. With this in mind, I’ve been working on some posts featuring other amazing people and glimpses into their own versions of a simpler life. I’ve got a bunch of ideas for other features and new kinds of posts too. We plan to continue sharing bits and pieces from our daily life and our thoughts on things, but we’d like to move away from our life being be the sole focus here. We hope to make the conversation at House of Humble less one-sided, share a broader range of posts (more often!) and create a real sense of community. We’d love this blog to become a place of inspiration, learning, sharing and togetherness.

I realise that change isn’t always popular and some of you might not like the gentle shift in the focus here, but at the end of the day we have to do what feels right for us. We’ve been blogging for three years now and I think it’s quite healthy and natural for us to want to make some changes at this point. The important thing is, the ethos and tone of House of Humble will remain the same. This blog will always be about the pursuit of a simpler, more mindful, more beautiful life, and our story will always be at the heart of it, but it’s time branch out a little bit. We’re really looking forward to the next chapter for House of Humble and I am feeling really excited about what lies ahead. I hope you will join us on this new leg of the journey. I believe the best is yet to come!

Thanks so much for bearing with us when we went quiet, for reading, and for being a part of House of Humble so far. Your support means so much to both Reubs and I. I hope all has been well in your world while we’ve been away. We’ve missed you guys!

Katie (and Reuben) x

PS In honour of the next chapter I’ve given the blog a bit of a cosmetic makeover. Fresh start, fresh look!

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58 Responses to “Change”

  1. Veggie mama May 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    I love it. Blogs should evolve as their owners do! I know what you mean about sharing, and I’ve been having a good ole think about that too. So excited to see what you guys get up to on this space x

    • Katie
      Katie May 29, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

      Thanks lovely! I think a lot of bloggers are reassessing things at the moment. Totally agree about the need to evolve. Much love! xx

  2. Julie May 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    I have missed your posts! You write in such an authentic way that I don’t think changing your focus about what you write will make much difference to those of us that love to read your words.
    Welcome back! xx

  3. Alana Wimmer May 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I really love that you’re following what feels right! I cannot WAIT to read about others’ journeys as well as yours. I think this will be a wonderful move :)

    • Katie
      Katie May 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

      Thanks so much for your support Alana! I’m so happy to hear that you’d be interested in reading about other people’s stories. I’m really looking forward to sharing them! xx

  4. jodi May 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    So lovely to read an honest, authentic post. I know exactly what you’re talking about and experienced it last year. I had only every really blogged about my motherhood journey and my little boy, Che, and then it hit me – Che was growing up, going to school, and it didn’t feel right to share his story anymore. So began my struggle to blog with integrity and shift my focus. I did and hence changed the name of my blog (though, not without many doubts) and you know what, I’ve had no regrets.

    I am so excited about your new intention for House of Humble – it sounds very, very right.

    Much love x

    • Katie
      Katie May 29, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      Thank you so much Jodi! I’m such a fan of your blog, so your support means so much. I LOVE your blog’s new name and focus. It’s perfect. xx

  5. Joy May 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Big Hugs, have missed you.

    We never stand still in life, in any part. We all change in order to grow. Your blogging ‘style’ is just another part of that evolution life takes.

    Thank you for your honesty , as always. Have no problem with changes and looking forward to whatever you feel led to post. Exciting :)

  6. Tess May 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Thanks for the post, I totally understand the need to broaden the scope and make it more community focused as I have been going through the same issue with my own blog. You captured it very well and it is hard to move away from what you know towards something different and unknown. I love the sound of the direction you’re going to take so good luck and I look forward to hearing more :)

  7. Jane @ Shady Baker May 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    It will be great to have you back…in whatever format works best for you guys x

  8. Mandy May 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    I hear you. I love your space and what your share. Completely understand the change in direction and it is a natural progression opening up more to like minded souls. Look forward to what you find, discover and share. ;)

  9. Alana May 28, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    Lovely Katie, I can’t wait to read and watch the next chapter of House of Humble unfold. xxxxx

  10. Heather May 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    I like the idea of zooming in and out. it’s true sometimes blogging can feel too up close and to then compliment that with other further away things sounds like good advice. Glad you’re back! Heather x

  11. Ida May 28, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

    So nice to see an entry from you again! Been thinking about you! I look forward to the new fresh start on the blog :-)

  12. Sarah @ Chantille Fleur May 28, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    I have missed your posts and completely understand what you are saying. I’ve never gotten bored with your blog and I’m sure I’ll continue to love it too.
    Take care of yourselves,
    Sarah xxx

  13. MeganK May 28, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Oh, I so totally “get” this post. I had the same experience with my blog after I went through an intensely personal health crisis with my child… and the grieving and soul searching that followed. Could not find the mojo again and it felt forced. I ended up coming to similar conclusion – blogging only about my personal life was not working for me any more.
    I ended up starting aa whole new blog with a big, broad outlook and haven’t looked back!!

    I look forward to see what exciting new things you will both come up with now!

    x
    Megan
    (formerly of the byron life) now at http://www.seekerofthelostarts.com

    • MeganK May 28, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

      p.s – even if your heart was not in it for a spell, your blog is not one bit boring xx

      • Katie
        Katie May 29, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

        Megan! I completely missed that you had changed blogs and had wondered where you had gone!! It’s so interesting to hear you went through a similar thing. I do remember you (understandably) went quiet when your little one was unwell. But I’m so happy to hear you are still about! Off to visit your new bloggy home now! xx

  14. Melissa May 28, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    It’s lovely to have you back! I think it’s very natural to want to go a little broader. A little bigger… I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    I’m so sorry that you’ve been through hard times… but believe me, you guys really are living the dream, and together you can get through anything :) simple living side by side with someone you love is a tremendously nice way to heal…

    I’m still living in my tiny Sydney apartment working a stressful job and saving my pennies for a little house in the mountains… I can’t wait to get there!

    Don’t ever forget how much you have achieved and how far you have come :)

    Xx

  15. Sarah May 28, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

    I can completely relate to this, I have only been blogging for a year and my blog is pretty much about my life and what I get up to and already I have found it really difficult to stay inspired. I don’t want to share everything but also I don’t just want to be repeating the same things each week and as a result I have been trying mix it up a little bit lately and blog about some different things.

    I think your blog will be wonderful no matter what direction you take it in, I always enjoy reading it and I am so glad you are back. x

  16. Maria @ Cheeky Pink Tulip May 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Awww, I really liked the most recent cosmetic changes. But this is just as lovely. Good for you for taking the time out to re-evaluate your blog — and keeping us all informed, rather than just stopping cold turkey.

    I think I can speak for most, if not all readers, when I say that we love your blog and keep coming back for the heart you put into it.

    You’ll always have a loyal reader in me.

    Love from Greece xx

    • Katie
      Katie May 29, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      I liked it too, it was just feeling a little bit cluttered and busy. Simpler feels right. And thanks so much for your continued support. It means so much to both Reubs and I. Much love! xx

  17. Gina May 29, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    Katie and Reuben:

    What a wonderful idea for the evolution and expansion of your blog. As long as you two want to write (and post great photos!) there will be many of us here to “listen”. I love the idea of reading about how other people living thoughtfully and simply in this complicated modern world. Boundaries are important. I know we would only want you to share what is comfortable for you and those you introduce us to in your blog.

    Looking forward to this new path…

    Gina

    • Katie
      Katie May 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

      Thanks so much Gina! I’m so, so pleased to hear you like the idea!! xx

  18. Natasha May 29, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    I also sometimes get a bit uncomfortable by the thought of so much of my life being on the internet for anyone to see. Your new plans sound really interesting, I look forward to it.

  19. Kristen May 29, 2014 at 3:48 am #

    Blogging is definitely something that should evolve! I’ve felt that lately as I went from blogging on my own (something that had become quite draining for me) to blogging with my sister. I always love reading your posts, no matter how uneventful they are! Looking forward to seeing your blog evolve!

  20. Katie May 29, 2014 at 4:03 am #

    I love it, I totally understand your feelings about it and I’m excited to see the new things over here. I hope both of you are doing well <3

  21. Jenn May 29, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    It’s your blog, your space, you are allowed to write about whatever you like!

    Looking forward to what comes next for your blog!

  22. Rita May 29, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    Cane and I have been wrestling with all of the same questions. (Well, I have. But he has to listen to me think out loud.) I’m glad to know you’ve found a way to keep writing, but hope you know I’ve never thought your blog was only about you and your life. While your experience is the heart of it, you always manage to write about it in such a way that it helps me reflect on mine. So glad you are back.

    • Katie
      Katie May 29, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

      Hehe, it’s the same with me and Reuben really. I do a lot of overthinking and fretting and he does a lot of listening to me overthinking and fretting! Thank so much for reading and always leaving such lovely, thoughful comments Rita. And it means so much to me that you get something out of my posts. That’s pretty much all I hope for when I write – that someone will be able to relate, or find something to think on – so that’s really the highest compliment to me. Much love! xx

  23. eliza May 29, 2014 at 5:53 am #

    cheers! i say follow your bliss! find your path!

    i absolutely understand all of your qualms. it can be a hard balance to strike, and not everything ought to be documented, and sometimes there just plain isn’t much to say.

    anyways, you have my vote. good luck in your ventures, i’m along for the ride!

  24. Gillian, @look_mama May 29, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    Hey guys, do what you gotta do.

    Your blog is a nice read. Whatever you write about is going to be terrific and well done.
    Don’t stress about it.

    xx

  25. Ali May 29, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Dear Katie, whatever you do will be perfect, have so missed you these last five or so weeks xx

  26. Nadine Bush May 29, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Looking forward to the next chapter…wherever it might lead. xxx

  27. Gem May 29, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    I’m glad you’re back; I’m only a recent reader, but I’ve missed you.

    We’re having the opposite problem with Enroute. We’ve both been writing a lot about “things” rather than about us, and it feels as though we’ve been losing the focus on our personal journey. It’s interesting to see that going the other way can be a problem as well.

    Good luck with the new focus; I’ll be interested to see what happens here over the next six months.

    Gem

  28. Esther May 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    Ha! I just read the latest post from Sophie at ‘Her Library Adventures’ and I panicked on both yours and hers, thinking you were saying goodbye! I’m so glad this is not the case! New direction sounds fantastic. Seems like it will work in well with your principles, but also be useful reads for us!! Best of luck, I’ll be reading.
    xx

    • Katie
      Katie May 29, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

      Sorry for giving you a fright! It’s quite funny how in synch Sophie and I are. I love her blog too and would be gutted if she quit. Thanks so much for reading! xx

  29. Hannah May 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    I’ve missed you guys! This is one of my favourite blogs, I love reading about day to day type stuff, but I understand where you’re coming from with struggling to share sometimes. Blogging should be fun, I have noticed that when bloggers start to try and stick with a schedule it can start to seem a bit forced. It sounds like you guys have found some new inspiration, so I am looking forward to seeing what new directions you take House of Humble in. I hope there will still be some fur baby photos on here too though!

    • Katie
      Katie May 29, 2014 at 8:43 pm #

      I promise there will ALWAYS be pictures of our fur babies! (Probably too many!) Haha! xx

  30. Brenda May 29, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

    Hey Katie and Rueben! So lovely to have you two back in my inbox! I think a blogging refresh is a good thing. It changes so rapidly and like you said, when things aren’t going so great, you may not like to share that so widely and that’s ok. I love your ethos, your values and am inspired by your simple living attitude to life. Keep it up! Looking forward to seeing your new approach, your direction and more from the house of humble xx

    • Katie
      Katie May 29, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

      Right back atcha Brenda! You inspire me too! xx

  31. Lee May 29, 2014 at 7:31 pm #

    You’re evolving, the blog is evolving :) It’s a natural and good thing. We all require quiet, reflective time. There are so many things you could do with your blog whilst keeping along the same theme – interviewing people who share your dream, who have been able to venture off and do it, those who still dream and long for the simpler life. Or how your garden is growing, meals you make, your beautiful jewellery, your surroundings, the beautiful people you meet everywhere. We’ll all still be here reading. Lee xx

    • Katie
      Katie May 31, 2014 at 9:06 pm #

      Thanks Lee! Funnily enough, quite a few of the things you mentioned will be appearing on House of Humble in the coming weeks. Great minds think alike! ;)

  32. Mel @ Coal Valley View May 30, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    Oh I’ve missed your Posts too and if I wasn’t having my own blogging crisis I would have e-mailed to see if everything was OK, which is what I normally do when someone goes quiet! Nice to see you back, your new plan sounds great! Mel xxx

    • Katie
      Katie May 31, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve been having a blogging crisis Mel! There seems to be a lot of crisis-ing happening in the blog world right now.I hope your worries sort themselves out soon! xx

  33. caroline May 30, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Soooo glad you are back!!!! I have missed you all so much….its your blog & its your choice what you want to share….just please keep posting pics of your beautiful animals!!! They are my favorite!!!! :)

  34. Sophia May 30, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    Kudos to you for listening to your heart – I look forward to the future posts! Hugs from Oklahoma :).

  35. Kaleigh May 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    Katie and Reuben,

    I think it’s really awesome that you guys are looking to expand House of Humble to encompass a wider view!
    You’ve always been a big inspiration to me when it comes to your beautiful simplicity as well as your blog itself. I am just beginning my blog and I find this article to be very motivating.
    I think that evolution is natural with blogging, and anything really, and although it can be scary to make a such a big transition with something you have worked hard to build, it can be very rewarding too!
    I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!! :D

    • Katie
      Katie May 31, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      Thanks so much Kaleigh, what a lovely comment! Totally agree about evolution being natural (and necessary) but difficult! xx

  36. Kathryn May 30, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    This post really resonated with me as I have also just returned to blogging after a similar sabbatical. It’s such a fine balance between being authentic and protecting yourself. Congratulations on doing what is right for you and Rueben. xxxx

  37. Laura May 31, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    The news is fabulous! :) I’m excited to see what this new focus brings!

  38. Emily May 31, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    I for one am very happy that you’ll be back. I like your voice, no matter what you’re talking about.

  39. Anna May 31, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    I’m glad that you don’t feel pressured into blogging anymore- definitely do what feels best for you. Equally as glad that you are doing all right. My best to you.

  40. Jan (A gluttonous wife) May 31, 2014 at 9:13 pm #

    what a lovely honest post Katie. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and haven’t commented often, actually I’m not sure if I have ever, but your talk of community and why you are blogging really resonated with me. I’ve been blogging for almost a year now and when I started my blog i thought it was about healthy recipes but it has evolved to being on this new simple life I found along the way. I tried blogging every day and put so much pressure on myself it was ridiculous, now I blog whenever I feel like it, sometimes that’s more than once a week sometimes it’s not. I’m so glad you guys have a vision and I agree, change is good! I look forward to seeing that change occur. Warm regards, Jan x
    P.S. Those coffee/tea cups my family had when I was growing up!! I wonder where they are, I’d adore to have those back….

  41. Kerri June 1, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    As a new reader, I am looking forward to seeing where you take your blog. I know I’ve missed out on a lot already but I’m hoping the best is yet to come!

  42. Kitty June 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Love that you guys are back blogging again – always so true and authentic and that is what keeps all of us – friends and strangers – coming back for more!!

  43. Lauren June 13, 2014 at 10:17 pm #

    Dear Katie, I have enjoyed reading your blog the last little while and was very sad to hear of your miscarriage. My husband and I know loss too. Our son Isaac passed away last year shortly after he was born. I really can relate to this idea of wanting to blog but being blank…I almost felt guilty blogging about happy things…after Isaac passed away…but after reading this and Sophie’s post the other night and perhaps it’s just what I needed to be reinspired. Thanks for sharing and I hope your heart (and Rueben’s) are healing little by little xxx

  44. tors June 16, 2014 at 8:30 pm #

    This sounds perfect, and I’m glad that you’re doing what you need to do to be happy. I’m also, selfishly, glad you guys aren’t disappearing because I love reading about your lifestyle as it helps inspire me with my own, simple ways of living on the other side of the world. I hope all your plans create something you (and all of us) fall more in love with, and that your hearts continue to heal. Look forward to following along ono this next chapter x

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