I know. This is big news.
I've continued to use thecottageapartment.blogspot.com because it was my original blog name "The Cottage Apartment" back in 2009. At the time, I was moving from a house to an apartment that I was just sure would be my home for a very long time. But things change and life happens and just five months after signing the lease on the apartment, I was moving into a house with my at-the-time boyfriend (he became fiance shortly after).
I toyed around with different blog names along the way, like JandM, Your Mom's Blog and City Farmhouse. I kept changing the name, but nothing seemed to stick. Nothing fit what I was trying to do. JandM was great for when I wanted to talk about my wedding (which was few and far between), Your Mom was great for when I was feeling super snarky (there was a string of posts that are hilarious but not necessarily posts I'd let my grandma read), and City Farmhouse was great, but I felt it put pressure on me to have an interior design blog, which is really what I planned to have. But because of the wedding planning that was underway and the new chapter I was about to start, I found myself wanting to talk more about life and more than just interior design inspiration. Since I was just sharing the occasional decor or design project, putting myself in the 'interior design blog' field pushed me away because it wasn't what other design blogs were.
This is my blog, after all. And I should be able to talk about what I want without feeling cornered. So in 2010, I started mulling about a new blog name... one that would stick. I honestly googled 'how to choose a good blog name' a million times. I may have visited more than one 'name my blog' random generator. One afternoon I looked around my living room and saw my collection of CDs (yes, I still own CDs) and realized, "What do I love more than music? Couldn't my blog name come from that?"
I made a list of favorite songs and favorite lyrics. I texted my mom a final list and we both knew what the answer was:
from a song by the same name by New Found Glory. NFG was very big for me in high school and the name epitomizes what this blog is to me... this is just what I've been, where I've gone, who I am... so far. The lyrics that I love the most are, "And everything else is irrelevant/to the story so far." Love.
So my promise at the beginning of the year to make this blog legit... official... the real deal Holyfield... is slowly coming to fruition. On top of being a real domain now, I also have an actual blog design from Designer Blogs. If you follow the blog in a reader, I encourage you to come check out the new digs... and everyone (meaning my mom) needs to update their favorites now to come straight to
So tell me... have you done anything exciting lately? Made any big changes to your blog? Or just tell me how your week is going so far... I L-O-V-E comments.
Happy Leap Day!
P.S. I want to thank those that commented on my last two posts with baby advice and home help. Sadly, half of those that commented had no-reply emails :( Go here for a quickie tutorial on how to not be a no-reply... because I want to respond to you for taking the time to visit with me!
P.P.S. If you're not familiar with this song "The Story So Far" or if God forbid you don't know New Found Gory, here's a youtube video for your listening pleasure. (Warning: the images in the video are super emo... just ignore that.)