This past Saturday, a quiet girl in a noisy city celebrated its second birthday!
Unless you’ve delved deep into my archives, you might not know that this blog began as my wedding-planning blog. That’s correct. The girl who eloped to the Orange County Courthouse once entertained the idea of a wedding.
Two years ago, I was newly engaged and had convinced myself that I wanted to plan a fun, off-beat, budget wedding. In the four months I spent as a wedding blogger, I discovered three things:
- I am not the type of person who feels comfortable or interested in planning a large event.
- A budget wedding is practically impossible to achieve for less than $20k (especially in this city).
- I would rather spend money on travel experiences with my husband than on an event that is literally going to last less than one day.
So I decided to turn this into a personal blog. After a few weeks of deliberation, I came up with the name a quiet girl in a noisy city and completely updated the design. I blogged sporadically over the next few months, posting weekly fitness updates and personal goal progress reports. By the end of 2013, I lost interest in blogging, and took a two-month hiatus. These were the dark times.
Yet I wasn’t ready to give up. In early 2014, I purchased A Beautiful Mess’ Blog Life course and found new inspiration as I went through the lessons. My blog content began to take shape as I learned which topics were most important to me. I let go of what I thought my blog was supposed to be, and let it just be a place for me to write.
As the year went on, I began to enjoy blogging more. I was writing about things that interested me. I was connecting with other bloggers. I felt good about my blog. Good enough that I finally decided to move to a self-hosted WordPress site. At the end of 2014, I built a whole new site from scratch and transferred my content over. I launched the new QGNC on January 1, 2015.
That brings us to today. I’m much happier with the state of my blog now than I’ve ever been, but I still feel like it could be so much more. I’ve spent the past few weeks brainstorming new ways that I can share the topics I love while making them more interesting and useful to all of you. I’m pretty excited about some of the changes I’ll be making here.
What does this mean for the blog?
If you’re averse to change, fear not! At first, you won’t even notice many changes here.
I’m planning to introduce many of these new features gradually. They may or may not stick around, depending on how well you all respond to them.
You will notice a decrease in the quantity of posts, which I promise to make up for with an increase in post quality. I’m planning to remove some of my less popular features, which the majority of you aren’t reading anyway.
Instead, I’m going to focus more on reviews and guides to all the things I love to do, see, and eat here in Los Angeles. I’m also going to continue my travel series (when I’m actually traveling, that is), and will be making those posts a little more useful to fellow travelers.
Finally, I want to give a gigantic thank you to all my readers – both old and new! I hope you enjoy the new changes coming to QGNC. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments or via email! What do you love about the blog? Hate? Is there anything you don’t want to see go? I love your feedback!