UncategorizedMy Promises to You and an Announcement March 21, 2014I know it’s been a little silent around here this week. I’m so sorry for that you guys! I had planned to post this on Tuesday and have been working around the clock (very literally) preparing to submit my first project for Creating with the Stars. I know this contest is taking me away from you guys a bit right now, but trust me, it’s temporary. I still have some big exciting posts planned that will go up during this time, but I will be around a little less. But as soon as it’s behind me (thought I’m really trying to have fun and enjoy it), you know I’ll be back up and running like normal. It actually fits in perfectly with what I’m talking about today! I’m going to get to the survey results, but first, I have a big announcement that I’ve been anticipating for a while. And it completely goes along with all of these lovely results. As of June, I will be a… I’m almost shaking as I type that because it’s so exciting. Before I even started White Buffalo was still at my little personal turned DIY blog, I dreamed of this. And I never knew if I’d be able to type those words! First and foremost, I have to say a huge, heartfelt, weepy thank you to you guys. You who come here each day and read and engage. You’ve made this possible for me and I am so grateful. There are so many factors behind this decision, but it basically sums up to one thing. The blog requires full-time hours now. Full-time hours and I’m still not able to tackle what I’d like! But I can no longer balance blogging and teaching. I had to choose one or the other. While I’ve loved teaching high school students and will miss them so much, we really feel this is where God is leading us. This blog has become my passion. Y’all know I’m a self-proclaimed dreamer. When I was in high school, I would take these long walks with my mom and dad talking about life and what my dream career was that week. I wish I had a complete list of all of the things I dreamed of being. Here’s a little range for you. For a while, I wanted to either be a cardiologist or a pediatrician. Then I wanted to be an editor of a fashion magazine. Then I was going to be a lawyer. Then I was going to move to California and try acting. It was a long list. But I’ll never forget to what my dad said to me on one of those walks. Great advice, right? Well, that’s what I set out to do. There were many days in my adult life when I wasn’t sure I would ever find that. Sure, I’ve liked many of my jobs. But something I would do for free? That’s a little different. And I feel so blessed that after a lot of soul searching and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, I found it. If you’ve been around here for a little bit, you know that White Buffalo started with a prayer, “Bless it or take it away.” And I’m grateful that God keeps blessing it. While it makes for a crazy spring, it’s pretty cool that God provided some huge opportunities leading up to me doing this full-time. We prayed so much about this decision and right after we prayed one time, I got the e-mail about Home Depot Style Challenge. We finally realized we had to trust and just do it. I put in my resignation last week and found out a few days later that I was a contestant on Creating with the Stars. It’s just pretty cool confirmation for us and I had to share. So. Me blogging full-time leads right into the survey results because I will actually be able to tackle some of these things now! First of all, thank you to all of you who took the survey! I can’t tell you how much your participation and words meant to me. Seriously, y’all know how to make a girl feel good! Reading these survey results was so much fun. I cried at your sweet, heartfelt words. I laughed out loud. At several points, I literally yelled, “What an awesome idea!” You guys inspired me. So, I decided the best way to sum up what I learned from the survey and what that means for us here is to make some promises to you guys. So many of you talked about one of the main reasons you come here and read is my personal voice. And that touches my heart. Several of you voiced kind concerns about me switching to a more professional styling blog format. You were afraid that it would lose my personal touch and voice. Do not worry, friends. I will never let that happen. While there are some changes to make and I want to be more professional in many areas, that doesn’t include becoming a professional site with a faceless author. Nothing wrong with sites like that, but one of my favorite parts of this is getting to have a conversation with you through the blog. One of my favorite parts of this survey was realizing that y’all had the same vision for White Buffalo as I do. I mentioned in my survey post that I would be altering the content some. My plan for that (pre-survey) was to focus strongly on two things: 1.) Home Styling – I want to bring a lot more content in the form of home styling. I’ll be talking about how to find your style, how to style certain areas, the list goes on and on. 2.) DIY – I want to do a lot more simple home DIY tutorials. And y’all overwhelmingly agreed! Almost 95% of you said that home styling and home DIY were your favorite posts and that you wanted more. That will remain my focus. Don’t misunderstand me. I can’t please everyone. But I noticed something really interesting in the survey results. Nearly all of you wanted more home styling and more DIYy. But the other categories, were all about the same. Somewhere between 30-50% of you want more party, more fashion, more soul ponderings, more family, more trend spotting, literally everything on the list. There wasn’t one area that you guys overwhelmingly don’t want. So what that confirms is that while my focus is home styling and DIY, I will continue to mix in these areas. They won’t be the focus, but I love them and many of you do too. So, they will continue. It blew me away that the majority of you asked for MORE! Y’all want more posts, more often, more content. I am so touched/flattered/excited that you guys love what we’re doing so much that you say “GIVE US MORE!” I’m not making crazy promises like I will post three times a day, but when I’m doing this full-time, I will be able to provide more content. This will be great for the types of content I mentioned above. I will bring in other sub-categories and if that isn’t your thing, check back because some home styling and DIY will be close behind! And with the new layout, it’ll be really easy for you to go to the categories you specifically love and see that type of content. I know there will be busy times like with this contest, but you will be able to count on more content usually being on the site. I just ask for flexibility and grace during those few busy times that may come 😉 Hopefully, they’re just bettering the White Buffalo! Several of you gave me some good advice in the survey. You said your opinion, but then said, “It’s your blog, so ultimately do what you want!” And I love that. That’s exactly how I feel. The survey wasn’t intended to find out what you guys want and then do it at all costs. Do I want to please you guys and have you stay around? Of course!!! Do I hope to meet your needs and wants? Yes! But ultimately, I promise to never post anything that isn’t me. I promise to never share one single thing that I’m not totally in love with. I promise that I will work hard to share my heart and home with you guys every day in an honest way. And I promise that if I feel strongly about posting something, I will post it regardless because that’s being true to myself and I believe we are given convictions and ideas for a reason. I will be me. *** I’m still sorting through some of the other results and am not ready to make any promises on them yet. But one thing that blew me away was y’all’s overwhelming response to a shop! Y’all seriously want a White Buffalo shop! That idea is second to my content here, but I am definitely open to that and will start to explore it. If anything happens on that front, y’all will be the first to know! And our World Market gift card winner is Liz. Congratulations! An e-giftcard is coming your way! *** Happy weekend, y’all!