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About Tsh

Tsh is the founder of this blog and lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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So you may have noticed a few changes around here. Or, maybe not (one thing I learned from your survey results back in January was that things that I think are huge shifts here on the blog are often barely noticeable by the readers). Since November, subtle tweaks, shifts, and alterations have been happening behind the scenes. And soon, you’ll see the difference in front of the scenes (is that even a thing, front-of-the-scenes?).

You glorious readers are the ones who’ve made this blog what it is, so I thought it reasonable to finally fill you in on what’s going on around here. So pull up a chair, take a peek behind the curtains (watch out for loose tools left around; we’re still under construction), and let me explain what’s up.

Warning: This is a longer-than-I-prefer post. But I’m seriously excited to share with you all the goings-on, so I didn’t want to leave anything left out. If you need to, save this post until naptime, and come back with a cup of tea and a clear head.

Simple Mom welcomes Design and Homemade

We are quietly importing Simple Design and Simple Homemade into this blog (Design was imported a few weeks ago). A major change with our advertising network required us, as a group of editors, to ask ourselves how we wanted to proceed with our work. I’ll spare you the boring details, but in essence, some editors wanted to stay and run their own ships, and some wanted to be released to do other things.

Arianne Segerman, the editor of Simple Design, is pursuing big things in her usual creative and inspiring spirit at her new digs, Mabel and Riv. Nicole Bennett, editor of Simple Homemade, will continue to grace us here at Simple Mom with monthly sewing DIY posts (remember her Sewing School series? It’ll be here now!), but will also share her life, her creative spirit, and her idyllic beach setting at Gidget Goes Home.

So soon you’ll be able to search the archives here for almost all the content previously residing on those other sites—fashion, decor, gardening, crafts, and more.

From a network to… well, blogs.

The biggest change around here is that Simple Living Media, my company, is no longer a blog network. It’s simply a house for the different blogs I own, blogs that adhere to a crucial short list of values but otherwise run with almost total freedom. While this may not seem like a big deal on the front end, it’s a big change on the back end.

The other blogs that remain are Simple Bites, Simple Homeschool, and Simple Kids. Homeschool and Kids now run completely independently, and those amazing editors, Jamie Martin and Kara Fleck, are free to steer their ships how they see fit. They earn revenue differently now, and are already doing a fantastic job making those big decisions on their own! I’m proud of them.

Simple Bites remains somewhat connected to Mom here (although it still runs its own ship, content-wise), mainly because we still share an ad network. Aimée Wimbush-Bourque has shown herself a food blogging rock star, and I’m proud to connect her words (and the contributors’) to the goings-on here.

Changes here on this site

There’ll be a few content changes here at Simple Mom starting April 1, with an accompanying redesign soon after. Here they are:

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• A grand total of 22 whopping contributors. Yeah… a lot of new voices here on the blog. I’m excited! I wanted this because I wanted to explore new topics, and there are some stellar people out there who know their stuff. I’m happy to say they’ll be writing here several times a year—check out the line-up. I’m stoked.

• I’ll still be writing here at least once per week, sometimes three times. You’ll still hear from me plenty—no changes there, in other words.

• But if you do the math, yes, this does mean we’ll soon move to a daily posting schedule, as opposed to MWF and Sunday’s weekend links. However—posts will be a bit shorter. In fact, here’s the general posting rhythm you can expect here:

Monday: A short, encouraging benediction to start your week, usually written by me. Need motivation to care about the week ahead? I do too. I’ll whip us into shape here.

Tuesday: My main post for the week.

Wednesday: A contributor’s post.

Thursday: A rotation of three different topics (more on that below).

Friday: A contributor’s post.

Saturday: Weekend links. They’ll stay the same, just moved a day earlier.

So daily posting may sound like a lot, but it’s not once you break it down. (Mostly) short, motivating posts to help you simplify your life, encourage you in this journey, and provide a positive community to share ideas about living a bit unconventionally.

Katie Fox, my amazing assistant, also now functions here as the blog’s Managing Editor. She’s the one who keeps all the moving parts greased, and quite frankly, the site is still up and running today because of her. (Everyone needs a Katie in her life, I say.)

What’s up with Thursdays?

Thursdays will be a weekly rotation of poetry by Sarah Park (one of my favorite features here!), a book recommendation (and sometimes giveaway), a summary of my podcasts for the month, and a new series we’re starting here called The Intellectual Grownup. Do you read Mental_Floss? It’s a magazine filled with trivia about history, culture, sociology, and science—and I love it. I want to provide a monthly dose of fodder for you to learn about stuff… just because.

The Intellectual Grownup

We parents are often filled to the brim with board books, soccer games, kid music in the car, and that awful, awful child Calliou. But we’re more than parents—we’re mature members of society with brains and ideas and fascinations. Let’s explore those, and find some topics to discuss over dinner beyond the kids’ school calendars. This is The Intellectual Grownup. Sound good to you? Me too.

Who are Simple Mom readers, REALLY?

If you guessed that the majority of readers here are moms, you’d be right. But there’s actually quite a few men and non-parents, too, and I LOVE that. I want this place to be even more welcoming to these people, so while we’ll still have content about parenting (of course), it’ll branch out in to other topics as well.

We already have a non-parent contributor and a few men. Kyle, my husband, is a former contractor, and he’ll also join the ranks by writing about home fixer-upper stuff, using our own home as a backdrop. Just call him the Bob Vila of Simple Mom.

It’s always funny to me when this blog is called a “mommy blog,” because while we touch on parenting topics, this site is really about life development. If I could change the “Mom” bit to the title, I would. But alas, it’s part of the brand, and that’s okay. But that won’t stop me from branching out on topics that apply to anybody who wants to live with more intention.

So… Why all the changes? You might be asking.

Some of you are wondering why I’d mess with a good thing, especially if you’re a newer reader. The blog continues to dish out great posts from fun people (in my opinion), the design is lovely, and well—if it ain’t broke, right?

There’s a number of reasons. First, some of our ad network’s recent business decisions required a timeframe on our need to change. I knew our (former) network was in need of some shaping, but our contract date with them meant we needed to go ahead and make drastic decisions sooner than later.

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Another reason is that the blog world—and the Internet in general—changes rapidly. The online environment is pretty different than when Simple Mom started, in early 2008. When I started it, there were really no other practical blogs about simple living and managing family life well (at least, none that I could find), so that’s why I started this place. I created what I wished were already on the Internet. But now these sites are everywhere, and that’s great—nobody holds a trademark on the idea of simple living, and as many people who want to explore the same topics should. (I’m a big believer in camaraderie over competition.)

But I’ve honestly grown a bit tired with how Simple Mom has been running. I’ve been at it for five years now, and while I’m still rabidly passionate about living a simple life, I also wanted to explore new topics while still in the realm of living simply. There’s so much more to it than organizing and parenting. Travel. More DIY. Music. Books. Fishing. (Kidding about that last one. I know nothing about fishing.) You get the gist… I needed to dust off this space and give it some new life. So, I am.

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Lastly, I need Simple Mom to change a bit because I’ve changed from the person who first started this place five+ years ago. When it started, I was a 30-year-old mom of two tinies living overseas in a drastically different culture from my passport country. Now, I’m a 35-year-old mom of three kids under age eight, living back the States, passionate about living a simple—and unconventional—lifestyle.

I’ve learned a lot about the skills, gifts, and passions God has given me, and even if it didn’t look like it on the front end, I’ve been operating outside of my gifts for at least a year. With these changes, I’ll be back in business, working, living, and thriving more where I need to be—in my element.

Simple Mom will remain a haven to talk about living simpler in the day-to-day elements most of us face (see the post topics in the top navbar). The archives will always be here, for those of you who want to explore the olden-day blog.

chair on the riverfront

But Simple Mom 2.0 will be most of those things… and more. It’ll be truer to my real voice, it’ll touch on more topics most of us face, and yet it’ll remain a positive, snark-free community for those of us who want to live a little simpler, and maybe a bit differently than the culture surrounding us.

I’m happy to answer questions if you’d like more, but I also don’t want to bog you down with details that only I care about. So… Have anything to add? Curious about anything else? I’m happy to hear your thoughts!

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  1. The Intellectual Grownup sounds fun. I’m looking forward to stretching my brain!
    All the changes are very exciting. And I love that this is a positive, snark-free community. Thanks for working hard to foster that.
    Stacy @ A Delightful Home´s latest post: Your Green Resource – Week 78 – Featuring: Natural Lotion Bars

  2. Congratulations on Simple Mom 2.0! I have been excited about the changes since you mentioned them in your podcast. Can’t wait to read more about your new topics especially traveling and books. Thanks for filling us in!
    Amanda Espinoza´s latest post: Are You Master And Commander Of Your Money?

  3. As a non-mom reader (: I’m excited about the changes. I’ve been a reader for years & have loved posts that focus on living well & simply for everyone. It’s hard for us married, non-moms to really find a place like this online. Most cater to parenting (which is a lovely thing!) but it is also lovely to have a resource for my group too. So, thank you. I appreciate the changes & direction.

  4. The changes sound amazing, can’t wait. I especially like the “putting the brain back in mommy brain” .
    Victoria´s latest post: Ways To Exercise The Mind And The Body At The Same Time: Indoor Edition

  5. Exciting times ahead! Love this post, Tsh, and how you explained everything so well.
    Aimee @ Simple Bites´s latest post: Spring harvest: what we’re making with our maple syrup

  6. very excited about the changes. it will be nice to see daily posts! i’m also excited about the intellectual grown-up- sounds fantastic. i’m a long-time reader and long-time fan, and all of these changes seem natural to me.
    tacy´s latest post: {pretty, happy, funny, real} Maundy Thursday

  7. I started reading in 2009 when I was pregnant with my first son. I’m so thankful I did. This network of blogs encouraged us to live simply and intentionally as parents when everything around us was screaming “buy all the baby things!” Our lifestyle (and our wallet) hasn’t regretted living simply for one moment!

    All that to say, the “Simple” part has affected my parenting, but I love that you are branching out! I can’t wait for the intellectual grown up posts. It will be like getting to listen to NPR at nap time : ) Love! And thanks for explaining it all!
    Sarah G´s latest post: Goals for 2013: Checking In

    • NPR at nap time—love that! I can’t promise the caliber of Ira Glass, but I’ll do my best to make it fun. :)

  8. Sounds like energizing changes are coming for you, Tsh! I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.
    Robin from Frugal Family Times´s latest post: Frugal Family Trip to Florida (aka you don’t have to go to Disney to have a great time!)

  9. Love SM currently, but excited for the changes! Looking forward to the Intellectual Grown-up, as I seem to lose I.Q. points with each child I birth. I will shock my husband with my new knowledge, I’m sure…
    Jenn @ A Simple Haven´s latest post: Grain-Free Granola

  10. So excited for the plans for Simple Mom 2.0! Thanks for the peek behind the curtain today. :)
    Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy´s latest post: Sometimes You Need to Go to Counseling. Sometimes You Just Need Permission to Relax.

  11. Perfectly explained, Tsh and I’m SO excited for Simple Mom 2.0 because I know it is going to be radically wonderful! :-)

    On a personal note, thank you so much for trusting me to take Simple Kids and make it my own. That really means a lot, friend, and I know we’ve talked about it privately several times, but I just wanted to publicly say thanks, too!

    You’re a rock star and I’m excited to see what comes next!
    Kara @SimpleKids.net´s latest post: The Friday Five: 5 ways the bunny and I are keeping Easter simple

  12. I look forward to seeing what is in store for the blog! It has always been one of my favorites.

    Kate
    Kate´s latest post: Early to Rise Challenge Day 28 – Talk to No One or the One

  13. I am super excited about these changes!

  14. You are my blogging heroine, Tsh! Your blog was the first one that I followed regularly and after all these years, it is the first thing I go to when I go online. Thanks for giving us all a glimpse back stage. Looking forward to many years of reading and inspiration ahead!
    Debbie´s latest post: Does the Easter Bunny Believe in Real Food?

  15. As another non-mom (20-something, not married) reader, I’m also excited that the topics will be branching out a bit more! Can’t wait to see all the new stuff! :)

  16. I look forward to seeing the changes, but I would have also been curious to see some to the results of the survey. What did readers like, or not like? What is the demographic breakdown of readers? Where do people live? (As an expat, I am definitely interested in that one!) What would others have changed, and your reasons for accepting or rejecting changes, etc? This isn’t a “why didn’t you make the changes I suggested” comment, I’m just genuinely curious about what other readers thought about the site, in comparison to what I thought.
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  17. Very exciting stuff Tsh! Looking forward to the Intellectual Grownup! Always nice to exercise the cranium with others in a safe environment.
    Heather Gaither´s latest post: The Muppets Solve Your Breastfeeding Problems

  18. Although I’m normally one to balk at change, this makes me really excited. I’m one of the non-mom readers and your branching out sounds like it will fit me to a tee! Thanks for sharing! I’m excited to see the new “you”!

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    Emily @ Random Recycling says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Cailou is a little strange.
    Love hearing about all the exciting changes ahead. Enjoy the transition.

  20. I love the intellectual grown up idea! Also, I listened to the podcast with Miqualine yesterday and laughed so hard when y’all talked about makeup. That is me! I love all the ideas for Simple Mom 2.0!
    Stephanie´s latest post: Blessing #197 – Whole 30 (week 4)

  21. So much goodness on the way! I can’t wait to see the branching-out in action. I love the perspective and the practical stuff both, so I’m looking forward to daily Simple Mom posts!

  22. I’m thrilled and excited about the new stuff coming! You are a pioneer, Tsh, and always will be. I love your writing style…can’t wait for your book! And brain stimulation? Gimme some a that!! Love the weekly schedule. I’ll check everyday.
    Laura´s latest post: [real life] so what if I have spots?

  23. Oh.. I can’t wait!! I am SO excited for Simple Mom 2.0. .. You’ve always been my No.1 :-) LOVE the lineup of contributors and daily posts!! Yay! More good stuff in my inbox!
    Prerna@The Mom Writes´s latest post: 5 Ways to Make Spring Cleaning Work Through the Year {PLUS Goodies for YOU!}

  24. It’s like a new hair-do…we all feel better with fresh looks and motivation!
    Expecting great things as always, Tsh!
    QuatroMama´s latest post: 5 Simple Ways to Emphasize the True Meaning of Easter with Kids

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    Julie Bailey says:

    Hey. I laid my coffe cup down somewhere, and just wondering if anyone has seen it? Hmmm.. I don’t know if this is the right place for a 50 year old, married, 8 kids, blah blah blah, but I finally have a few minutes each day for enrichment. We have coined the term “brain snot”. You use it like this: why yes, I would love to read that blog, but after homeschooling, keeping house, and putting out large and small fires, I don’t have the brain snot to read anything.” younger the gist. Well, just asking.

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    Julie Bailey says:

    Please insert qoutation marks at correct place, and the last line should have read “you get the gist”. I do my best proofreading after I find my glasses.

  27. Love it. Can’t wait. Also, is there a good archives place on the blog? Maybe I just can’t find it for some reason…

    • It’s all in the categories via the navbar above! (At this point, I figured it’s best to search by topic instead of by date, you know?)

  28. Excited to see the changes you have made!! People grow and change – I’m so happy for you that you are bringing the blog along with your own personal growth. Through your writing and the writings of your contributors, my life has changed for the better and I can’t wait to see what’s next…
    So thankful you put your whole heart into what you do, Tsh.
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  29. I have loved reading this blog for the last couple of years and I’m super excited about this new direction you’re taking. I appreciated the time you took to explain everything, I’ve seen little bits of change here and there and now it all makes sense. =)

    Good on you for being bold and being more true to your voice, just reading that made me feel energized to be true to my voice and my element. =)
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  30. Sounds good to me!

    (non-parent reader)

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    Michelle says:

    So happy to see you are keeping the weekend links! While I love all the things you post, the weekend links are my favourite! Looking forward to the changes!

    (also a non-parent reader!)

  32. I was first drawn to your website because I too have lived overseas (India most recently). I love your books, LOVE your blog, would honestly stick with you no matter how you change it. I’m happy you’re making these changes though because I agree with you: the internet world is ever-evolving, and you and your family are growing and changing too. So fun to see that you’re pushing yourself, trying new things, branching out–but still staying true to who you are. It inspires me to do the same! Also I have to say I noticed a lot of people disagreed with your “paleo” post but I love when you post about all sorts of different things. It’s good for us to be exposed to and learn about what others like even if it’s not for us! Keep up the good work!
    julie´s latest post: grill night.

  33. I’m excited for you, Tsh! I found your website way back when I was looking at sites that used Thesis Theme and have been a reader ever since. I’m not a mom, but I’m from Oregon, have lived abroad, and am into simple living. Your writing resonates with me. I’m looking forward to what’s coming on your site. Thanks to you and your team for all that you do!

  34. I really love what you said about non-mom readers. I agree, this is more a life blog than a parenting blog. I’m a 21 year old (non-married, non-mom) nanny and I love listening to your podcasts and just following your blog in general because it’s so real. I feel like hearing about your family and the families of the moms you podcast with helps me to become a better nanny, and person, through the different ideas and experiences you share. Thank you for being yourself, it shines!

  35. I’m really happy for you. Just yesterday I thought about all of the blogs that I’ve followed for years that have changed radically in that time. It’s because the life and interests of the blogger have changed, and that’s just natural. You go, girl!
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  36. Oh I am so excited to read about your changes!!! I love your site and the great encouragement that you and your contributors pour out to your readers… I just can’t wait to see all your new ideas pop out onto the internet, I know it is going to be fabulous!!!
    se7en´s latest post: Edible Book Fun: The Owl and The Pussy Cat, Harold and the Purple Crayon…

  37. This is all so exciting, Tsh! I can’t wait to read all the new stuff you have planned, and I’m honored to have a little part in it. You’re so right about how things have changed… I can remember checking my *empty* google reader just waiting for a new SM post from Toblerone, back when I was just getting started in reading blogs and blogging… It will be so fun to see how things evolve and I CAN’T WAIT to see the new design. :) Love you, friend!
    Nicole @ Simple Homemade´s latest post: From Pinterest to Real Life: March 2013

    • So thankful to know you, Nicole, and can’t wait to keep working together! (And oh, you had to bring up my anonymous days, didn’t you?) ;)

  38. I only discovered you recently and have been looking you up daily to hear your sane voice, so even if I didn’t get a new post, I would read from the archives. What a bonus to now look forward to new posts every day! I am a mom and hold a US passport, but I’m one of those third-culture creations who has lived abroad practically her entire life so I can’t always relate to a lot of American lifestyle, spirituality or parenting blogs. I love that about Simple Mom, that it’s American, but I can relate to the content. Thank you and keep up the excellent work and writing.

  39. Congrats Tsh and I can’t wait to see the changes! You have been a huge blessing to me! I started reading your blog 2+ years ago shortly after I had given birth to my 6th child and was completely overwhelmed by the chaos of my life. In my heart I was striving for a different way of living but everything around me screamed of excess in every way possible. In finding your blog and reading your book Organized Simplicity, I was finally able to put a voice to what I had been feeling and begin making the changes to live life more intentionally. The Simple Mom readers are great as well and give me encouragement and a sense of community that is lacking in my personal life. God bless all of you from the bottom of my heart!

  40. I’m another non-mom reader, and I’ve been a big fan of this site since 2009-ish. I love it the way it is, but after five years, I understand the need to do things differently, especially if your not operating out of your gifts. I’m excited that Simple Design and Simple Homemade will both be here now, since they’re my other two favorite Simple Media blogs! It will be really great to have it all in one place!
    Emily´s latest post: Beauty Find Friday: Spring Fashion Trends, Fair Trade Edition

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    Sarah Westphal says:

    Eshet Chayil! I have been reading your blog since 2010 and have loved it since. So glad you are daring greatly and doing what is best for you and the blog– which will be just what us readers need to. You need, no–Must–keep that passion alive that inspires us all to keep ours!
    Keep up the wonderful work and I look forward to the new content/contributors in April. We are all growing and changing in this journey, aren’t we?
    Take care of you and yours,
    Sarah

  42. Simple growth! Simple blessings!

  43. Kudos to you for following your heart and your interests. I’m certain these changes will be positive.
    I’m especially looking forward to The Intellectual Grownup. Great concept.
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  44. Looking forward to more great things around here. :)
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  45. You’re such an inspiration, Tsh! Thanks for all the opportunities and friendship. Love your family.
    steadymom´s latest post: on comfort zones & stepping out of them

  46. Tsh,
    I’m excited about the changes coming to Simple Mom. You are one of my favorite bloggers, and your words have inspired me since 2008. Can I just say that I’m super excited about your Intellectual Grownup posts? *pushing up my nerd glasses*
    Kelly´s latest post: What I’m Into {March Edition}

  47. Can’t wait to see Simple Mom 2.0 – I love how your blog ebbs and flows so well!
    Becky – Clean Mama´s latest post: Clean + Organized 2013 – FREE April Cleaning Calendar

  48. Thanks for the update. Yours, is a blog I love to follow I look forward to the new content and contributors.
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  49. Looking forward to the new changes! I’ve been simplifying my life the past few years and love your site! :)
    Stephanie @ Mrs. Debtfighter´s latest post: Saving Money By Using Less

  50. Do you have a link to the DIY sewing school series, or is it coming soon? I had trouble finding it.

  51. Hi Tsh! I’m friends w/ Angie & cyber friends w/ Nicole, so I first heard about your exciting changes from them, and now after reading this post, I feel as if Simple Mom 2.0 is *exactly* what my heart needs right now. I can’t wait! Thank you xo

  52. I was wondering where the other channels went and why I couldn’t find them the other day. Have to admit, it does make me sad. I liked having everything all in one handy place and flipping between them depending on what I felt like that day. Will you have links to the “new” blogs on your site? (besides just in this article. you know, so I can find them again easily when the mood strikes.) I am looking forward to more frequent posts, though! Good luck to all the editors!
    Jen D´s latest post: Tag Blanket in Pink and Grey, Baby Girl Ribbon Blanky, Sensory Blanket in Dark Pink and Gray by jensgifts

    • There will be links to all the SLM-owned sites in the footer, so you can always find them there. But the best way to keep up with the content is to subscribe to them! Makes it easy-peasy, it’s free, and you can easily skim through stuff not pertinent to you (my fave subscribe service is Feedly, just FYI).

    • I agree with Jen D. I really liked the network and the banner at the top of the page. Was missing that. Really appreciate the update–I was wondering what was going on.

  53. Hi! I have been reading Simple Mom for a couple years now (subscribed through a reader). I love the theme of trying to pare down life to what’s most important – if I can paraphrase you that way! But to be honest, I’ve been considering in subscribing lately. After reading this post, I think it’s because Simple Mom can seem kind of random sometimes. Partly I suppose because mothering can (as you alluded to) cover so much territory. Not too long ago you had a guest post on adoption (if I’m remembering correctly). It would help me if at least there was some context provided for some of these posts that (to me) aren’t relevant to my day to day mothering. Something like, “Today we have a guest post on adoption. Adoption is an issue that is relevant to all of us because …” Or something. I like the rotating topics idea because then we readers know what to expect. I’m sorry if I seem critical, and if a certain amount of randomness (that sounds negative – variety?) is part of your new direction, then go for it! :) Good luck to you and thanks for your authenticity!

  54. So excited to hear about these updates to the site. I’ve always enjoyed the content, can’t wait to see what this new phase brings!
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  55. Love this post- thank you for explaining it all so well! I am excited about the new stuff- it is always good to reevaluate and change with your life and the times. I am super excited for the intellectual stuff- my brain needs a workout :).

  56. I LOVE MENTAL FLOSS!! I’ve been subscribing for years. Can’t wait to see 2.0!
    Sarah M
    Sarah M´s latest post: homeschooling across the country, and how my niche comes easier, now

  57. Very fun to read about the changes, I love that you are sharing this process with your readers. Your intentionality and focus are very inspiring–and encouraging. Now for me to pay more attention to where/when/what is my element!

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    Ulrike Coulliette says:

    Thank you for sharing all these exciting plans with us and for all the thought and honesty that goes into your work on this blog. I have been reading it pretty regularly for a couple of years now, and like you I feel that we change and grow, our horizons broaden (perhaps as the kids grow older), and I am looking forward to the “new” blog. The Intellectual Grownup feature is especially appealing to me, because that is an area that seems to have been put on the backburner during these past years of raising littles. Now they are not so little any more (seven and nine), and I can reclaim some brainspace for myself! I will be eagerly awaiting your posts!

  59. Sounds great! And what is it about Caillou that our kids love? I can’t stand him! My husband refers to him as a “wuss”.

  60. I’ve been reading Simple Mom for a couple of years and while I have loved it, I’m excited to see your new direction. The Intellectual Grownup sounds awesome! I always appreciate that you give us these glimpses “behind the curtain.” The way you run your blog and your business have been a huge inspiration in my own blogging journey. I really appreciate that you are vocal about keeping your work authentic and not continuing to do something just because it seems to be working.
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  61. Wow! I can’t believe how faithfully you reply to comments! I just noticed that as I scolled down to leave this message, well done! I enjoy reading your blog and I am sure I will enjoy the changes as well! Thanks for sharing! Laura

  62. I’m looking forward to more frequent posts!
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  63. This morning I finally got a chance to read this. I am looking forward to seeing the new blog tomorrow! I started reading after I had my daughter 2 years ago and it’s been a positive influence in my life ever since.

  64. I’m excited about this! Really looking forward to the book posts (not surprising that that’s a big attraction for me), and also the Intellectual Grownup posts – sounds fun!
    Sheila @ The Deliberate Reader´s latest post: Reading Challenge Progress – April

  65. Great work you are doing reviewing your blog
    It is always useful to ask your readers what they want, also it creates more interaction
    Which in turn grants you some authority of your chosen topic
    Good luck

  66. Love all the changes and will remain a faithful Simple Mom reader!
    Rachel´s latest post: A Chinese Perspective on Having a Second Child

  67. Exciting stuff, Tsh! I can’t wait to see what’s to come.

  68. I am excited and honored to be a part of the new Simple Mom. Seriously can’t wait!

  69. Kudos to you Tsh. I’m a new reader and I listen to your podcasts. Your posting schedule sounds really exciting. I’m looking forward to it all.

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