One of the things that started this transformation is this blog The Original BritishPandaChick. When I started the BritishPandaChick blog in March 2015, I was at a turning point in my life. The tutoring center I had spent the last two years working at was now closed and I was trying to figure out what my next move should be. I felt lost. I was used to having my life planned out and having several back up plans in place. But when the tutoring center closed, I didn't have a back up plan. I felt like I was navigating myself on an open road with no destination in mind.
This is where BritishPandaChick really came into play.I always wanted to start a blog but have put off doing it due to school and work. Now that I was no longer working at the tutoring center, I decided with the support of my then boyfriend at the time I should do it. After figuring out a schedule and deciding on a name, BritishPandaChick was soon born on the web with my first post on the web.
This post was the start of a brand new chapter in my life. A few months later, I discovered coding and began learning how to code, setting me on my own coding journey and changing me into a person I always wanted to be. Last year, I began a brand new blog Needlwork Kits.
It has been three years since that first post and the blog has went through lots of changes along the way. BritishPandaChick evolved into The Original BritishPandaChick. New series have been added to the blog including the popular series My Coding Journey. Lately I've been focused on revisiting previous posts and updating all the content I've written.
2018 has been a defining year in my life.There have been many personal and professional changes that have happened this year. These changes have caused me to just stop and just reevaluate where I am now and what I'm doing. I've done lots of soul searching throughout this year and I realize this is a sign to reinvent myself once again. I have been looking at each area of my life and learned I was trying to do way too much at the same time.
It didn't matter if it was writing blog posts, coding websites, or just moving forward on my own goals. I was putting way too much on my plate. This wasn't just leaving me stressed. I was becoming unhappy especially about the content I was creating. I found myself getting writer's block even more and would rush each week to get brand new posts published each week. It quickly got to a point that I was seriously considering quitting blogging at this point.
Although I've got several series on this blog already, I found myself struggling to write these posts in the way that fit my style and vision I wanted for this blog. As I kept creating more content, I was actually distancing myself from what I originally wanted to do with this blog. When I was updating blog posts this summer, I realized how far my posts were moving away from my original vision I had when I started BritishPandaChick.
I've been thinking about the best direction for The Original BritishPandaChick for quite awhile. I've often played with the idea of moving to a different platform, coding my very own blog.or just stop blogging completely. After doing some soul searching, I decided I will keep blogging. Despite the struggles I've had with blogging, it is still important to me and something that gives me joy. But after writing my post for Chef last week, I realized what I needed to do is go back to basics just like Favreau did when he was making the movie.
What does this mean?It means a brand new blog! Starting today, I set up a brand new blog called BritishPandaChick Codes. This blog is going to have a completely different set up than The Original BritishPandaChick. There will be no set schedule and I'll be limiting the topics I'll be talking about on this blog. The only topics I'll be talking about on BritishPandaChick Codes are tech, careers, and books. If you are interested in learning more about any of these topics, you can subscribe below to know when I published a new post.
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I've been going back and forth on what I should do with The Original BritishPandaChick for quite awhile. After giving this a great deal of thought, I feel that the best thing to do is close this blog. This wasn't an easy decision to make. The Original BritishPandaChick has been an important part of helping me get to where I am today. I've dedicated lots time and energy into growing this blog, but I feel that the best way to reinvent the BritishPandaChick blog is getting a fresh start with a brand new blog for a brand new chapter of my life.
Today's post will be my last post here on The Original BritishPandaChick. For the rest of 2018, I'll be transferring posts from the My Coding Journey series to BritishPandaChick Codes. Once all the content I want is on the new blog, I will be deleting this blog permanently. Needlework Kits will remain the same and will still feature posts on different needlecraft kits.
I just want to take a minute to say thank you to all the readers who have visited, commented, and followed along with The Original BritishPandaChick over the past three years. The support each of you has given to this blog didn't just help grow this blog. It has helped transform my life and allowed me to grow in the best version I can possibly be. Thank you for all the support and feedback over the years!
If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to answer them.