As my long-time followers may know, I’m really good about making changes to The Lily Cafe. I suppose you could say it’s kind of my thing.
I was hoping my more recent changes would stick. The focus on reading, writing, baking, and motherhood as well as the shift to focusing on the magical parts of life. But this blog changes as I change. It’s a true reflection of me.
Now, this new change isn’t going to mean I’m adding new interests. Neither am I taking anything away. Instead, my whole approach to my blog is changing, born of frustration and passion.
I’ve been considering doing freelance editing for the last 6 years. After reading too many poorly written and edited self-published books, I became a frustrated reader who just wanted to offer writers an affordable way of making their stories better. For my July break, I sat down and worked on a business plan. I was excited. I was finally about to embark on a journey I had spent years dreaming about. Only to realize I lacked the time. Sure, if I want it badly enough, I could make the time. But then I would never sleep again. My family claims almost every waking moment.
Another dream I’ve had for awhile is starting my own literary magazine, because starting a publishing company is way beyond my abilities. Again, my research and plans revealed I simply lack the time.
Are you sensing a theme yet? I love stories. I believe in stories. I want to do what I can to support them and the people who write them. I just don’t have enough time. At least, not until my youngest starts school in 3 years. But I’m already getting antsy to do something. I don’t think I can wait 3 years.
And then it hit me. I have just enough time to blog. It isn’t much, but it’s just enough. I can still share my own stories, and I can seek out others’ stories to share. I still have time to read and review books. Not as much as I’d like, but at least it’s something.
The Lily Cafe finally has a purpose that makes me really happy: to support stories and their authors. The best part is it works really well for my cafe theme. Come, enjoy some stories, and nibble on a baked good. Monday through Thursday will feature stories, mine and hopefully others’, and Friday will feature a recipe for a baked good or a hopefully not catastrophic attempt at ratio baking something.
The original tagline for The Lily Cafe was tea, cookies, and a story or two. I’ve never fully abandoned it. Circling back to it makes me feel at home, and I hope you enjoy it, too. I just can’t offer tea. I drink water, unflavored.
Currently, The Husband and I are in the process of making these changes. Most of them are simple and easy, but a couple are a little more involved. Here is a really good idea of what you can expect following next week’s break.
A New Blog Address
Last year, I played with the idea of self-hosting. I’m still not quite ready for it, but if I’m publishing other writers’ works, I want to be better able to protect them than I can on a free WordPress plan. The best I can do at the moment is upgrade my plan. I’ll sorely miss the free plan and how happy it has made me, but it’s a necessary step for me to feel able to invite others to submit the works they worked hard to create and shape. This means the “wordpress” part of the address will be dropped. Excuse me while I go shed a tear or two. That part has been such a huge part of The Lily Cafe for 9 years that it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to it.
No More Weekly Questions
I’ll be honest. I’ve stopped enjoying the weekly questions. Sure, they’re fun and I enjoy seeing everyone’s answers, but I never thought I’d get more than a couple of comments. Some questions don’t get that many, and others do. It’s not always easy for me to keep up with replying to them all. And thinking up new questions.
A Submissions Page
If I’m welcoming people to submit their works, I need a page for them to do this. It’ll be an evolving page, but it’ll always list what kinds of works/posts I am accepting as well as what I can offer.
A New Layout
I’ve changed themes a lot. I’m kind of fickle that way. Or there are just a lot of themes I want to try out. Whatever the reason, I’ve never really settled on one before. While it’s nice to change things up a bit, I’m looking for one that will stay semi-permanently. At least, until something feels like home.
The Lily Cafe Digest
Honestly, I’m at a wait and see point with this one. It might stay, it might go, or it might change. Only time will tell me what to do with it. I expect it’ll stay the same for a while, but I don’t expect that it’ll remain unchanged. I would hate to see it go, though, as it’s a great place to find all recently published posts.
I’m excited and nervous as The Husband and I will be starting to make these changes next week, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I love them.
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