Hi! Honestly, I don't really know how I should start writing this entry after such a long break from blogging. Well, as you can see, I've made some changes to my blog. Some of them are bigger, some of them are a bit smaller.
The first thing you probably noticed, is the new name. That is actually the main reason why I decided to have the break from blogging in the first place. I had been thinking about changing the name for about a year, before I finally decided to do it. Why? Because the name, Cupcake Couture, which most of you know me by, had started to feel like it didn't really reflect who I am. I've had this blog for a bit over 5 years now and Cupcake Couture was the name of it for most of the time (in case somebody didn't know, this blog was called 'Repeated Countless Error' when I first started it, but that's not important now). It didn't feel motivating anymore to blog under a name, that was so different from what I felt. I don't really like cupcakes, nothing about me says couture and it was too sweet and sugary name in general.
Why it took such a long time for me to change name, was that I was afraid if I'd change the name, nobody would recognize me by the new name anymore. And ofcourse at first I didn't even know what the new name would even be. You might wonder why this name then, why Black Saliva? Well, my main goal was to come up with a name that wouldn't get associated with anything else. If you googled Cupcake Couture, you would get tons of different bakeries with the same name as my blog. I've actually gotten an email from somebody who wanted to order cupcakes from me! And one of the bakeries even wanted to cooperate with me because we shared the same name, which I thought was weird because it wasn't even a Finnish one, haha, how would've that even worked out!
Anyway, I started thinking about different words that sounded nice to me, and then I would combine some of them and come up with the new blog name. I liked words like noir, iridescent, saliva, fluorescent etc. But as I had experienced before, the name had to be something simple, so it would be easy to remember and write. Blogger allows me to see the keywords that people use when googling my blog, and surprisingly many had problems writing even the word 'couture', so I knew atleast iridescent and fluorescent would be out of question. As I'm not a big fan of french language (noir is pretty much the only word I like), I decided to use the word 'black' instead. I started to think that Black Saliva would be a good name. You can't really find anything else with the same name and I like the sound of it. It's a bit grotesque, like me, haha.
Previously I've considered my blog as a lifestyle blog, but the kind of blogs I enjoy reading the most, are style blogs, meaning the bloggers mostly post about their outfits and new gets etc. They're great for inspiration. It's nice to read a little about people's lifes too, but I often find myself skipping those parts when I'm reading blogs.
I also like to keep private things private and not blog about my relationship or friendships with people, so I decided it's better if I leave that stuff out of my blog. Too many times I've read people writing very mean stuff about me and my friends on the internet that is not even true at all, and it's annoying because those people are writing certain things about us as facts, when in fact they have no clue about what happens in my circle of friends, yet they're acting like they know us personally.
Another thing I decided to change, is the language. I've been writing all my posts in two languages, finnish and english, for the past couple years, and you might not understand it if you're not blogging the same way yourself, it's really time consuming and most of the time, the jokes don't translate and work in only one of the languages, which I find lame. I decided to write my blog in english only from now on, because I have lots of foreign followers so everybody would be able to read my posts.
I know some of you finnish followers are gonna be disappointed at my decision, but I hope you'll be able to understand the reason why I'm doing this :) Many times I've taken photos for my blog, edited them and felt like I want to blog, but I've postponed the actual blogging, because I felt like everybody expected me to make these long-ass entries in two languages and it made me feel like I don't wanna do it at all.
I think if you're gonna blog, you should always feel passionate about blogging and motivated to do it, so I really hope this change will help me to blog the way I want to! So in the future, you can expect more pictures and less text from my blog :)
What most people seem to do when they start a new blog, they delete all the old entries to have a so called 'clean slate'. I personally don't understand why somebody would do that, especially when you've been blogging for years and put all the hard work to it! If I would delete all my old posts now, it would be like throwing the work of five years into trash! Most of my older entries are embarrassing as hell, but hey, that was me back then! I think everybody has something in their past they're ashamed of, but it's not like deleting the posts would make it like it never happened. And I think it's fun to see how fellow bloggers have grown during the years by reading their old posts. That's the reason why I decided to save them for you guys!
I wanted the new layout to be much more simplier than what I've had before and this is what I came up with! There's 3 different banners as the header that change when you refresh the page, but other than that, the new look of my blog is pretty simplistic. The pictures will be 640px wide instead of the previous 580px which I think is great.
The layout photos are taken by my talented friend Heikki (go follow him on Twitter, he's awesome) and I'm really happy with how they came out! Thank you so much again, Heikki.
Sooooo, that was probably all I had to say about the changes in the blog! I must say I've really missed blogging this summer and part of me feels like I wasted the summer because I didn't blog about anything, but on the other hand, having the break has felt really good and given me the time to think what I want from my blog in the future.
I've been working the whole summer except for my tiny 2-day holiday in the beginning of August because we had a little meetup thing with foreign friends. I also got a gym membership and have started working out, yay! But I'm not gonna be blogging about gym stuff because I just don't think that's an interesting subject to blog about. So yeah, that's pretty much all I've done this summer and I'm so excited to get back to blogging now and I have so many ideas for the upcoming entries!
I hope you had the time to read this post, I hope you like the renewed blog and will be following me from now on as well! Please share any thoughts you have! I would really appreciate it ♥