Happy new year, my friends! I hope you had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve, and are ready to start 2015 off bright and happy!
I’ve been busy at work (and not just growing a family!) with some big news here on my blog. In the coming days, I’m going to be changing Let’s Eat Grandpa to its new name — Hey, Let’s Make Stuff!
Now you may be asking yourself, why change the name of your blog when it’s so memorable and you have six years of brand recognition? That’s a good question, one I’ve struggled with over the last few months. There are a few reasons why I finally decided to make the leap and rebrand.
People don’t get the joke
To be perfectly honest, I’m tired of people not getting that “Let’s Eat Grandpa” references a grammar joke. For years, I was a book blogger and an editor by trade, which meant that most of my readers were familiar with the grammar joke. But as my blog moved away from books and editing and more into crafting, sewing, and DIY — more and more people just didn’t get the joke.
Comments I’ve received recently (starting at “poor grandpa!” to “what a horrible blog name” to things so awful I can’t even type them here) have tarnished the shine of having a funny little blog name. I’m tired of seeing “you have new comments” — and then seeing they are about my blog’s name, not about the post.
The name of my blog was getting in the way of people actually interacting with my content. And if there’s anything I truly want, it’s for people to be inspired by what I’m making, and to make things themselves.
Hey, Let’s Make Stuff is representative of what I do
When people ask me what I blog about, I usually answer “I make stuff.” And I do. I sew stuff. I craft stuff. I cook stuff. I design stuff. I redecorate stuff. I DIY stuff. I remodel stuff. I have always had a creative spirit, and my blog is where I share that.
When I was considering new names for my blog, I wanted a name that more readily recognized what this blog is about — and was much easier to explain to people!
The new blog name is invitational
At Allume in October, author Emily Freeman talked about making your blog a place of invitation, instead of a platform where you shout to the world. I want to invite people to make with me, not just to see the things I make. I want us to come together and make together!
My new blog will have a shop
To help invite people to make with me, I am opening up an eCommerce portion of my blog. Here, I plan on selling Cricut cut files and printables, as well as anything else that strikes my fancy. I can’t believe how much I’ve come to enjoy graphic design, and I’d love to share that with you. My shop is still in the works, but expect great things soon!
So, what now?
All of this means that things will be a little messy in the coming days. I’m switching hosts and URLs and sometimes things can get a little troublesome. I hope it’s seamless, but wanted to give you a heads up!
Everything should redirect properly (crossing my fingers) — www.letseatgrandpa.com should always forward here. If you receive my posts in an RSS feed, hopefully it will forward properly; if not, just add www.heyletsmakestuff.com and you should still get all my posts as you did before once the site is live in the next day or two.
I am also working on changing all my social media names and making sure my new name is consistent across the web.
It’s going to take a little time to make sure everything is switched over and consistent. Give us a little grace while we make the change, and if you see any glaring problems, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Hope you enjoy the new look — and let’s make stuff together!
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