I've found that in my life there is often a very fine line between completely insane and totally brilliant. This may be one of those times.
I fell in love with blogging almost nine years ago. I loved the way it gave everyone an opportunity to share their story- in their own way. That is such a beautiful thing and something I desperately needed in my life. However, when it came to making my own little place for my own little story really look like me and reflect who I am, I came up very short. I started diving into my digital scrapbooking supplies and the coding of my blog, making delicious messes of things and learning as I went. The more I was able to make my blog look like me, the more confident I felt in telling my story there. That was a gift I wanted other people to enjoy. Truthfully, I didn't really know if starting a website on that premise was completely insane or totally brilliant, but in my heart it felt right. I owed it to myself and to my fellow bloggers to just...go for it.
And so I did.
Shabby Blogs has become more than I ever dreamed. I thought I had arrived when I hit 1,000 registered followers and literally cried when I hit 10,000. Now, at nearly 20,000 and constantly snowballing, Shabby Blogs has become something that not only makes me happy, but makes thousands of people across the world happy as well. That, my dear friends, is pretty rad.
So what the heck am I selling Shabby Blogs for? Please believe me when I tell you that this is not a decision I came to lightly. For a very long time now, I have been thinking and praying and staring off into space while contemplating what should come next. Simply put, I'm a "follow your heart" kind of girl...and my heart says it is time. I saw a need, I filled it in a pretty darn cool way, and now it is someone else's turn to take this thing we all love even further. I am so excited for that!!! The truth is, I never wanted to be a "celebrity" or to make millions of dollars. I don't have the time or ability to answer all of the emails, sell all of the ad space, speak at all of the blogging conferences and events, or design lovely bits of awesomeness every waking moment of every day. Shabby Blogs has become so much bigger than one person and it deserves to continue growing like mad without me slowing things down. And, even more than that, YOU, the incredible fans of SB, deserve to have all of the things you've been asking for! You want MORE designs and MORE tutorials and MORE spotlights and MORE communication and MORE updates and MORE Shabby Blogs. For goodness sakes, far be it from me to not give the people what the people want! THAT is why I am selling Shabby Blogs. I want to do right by it and, most of all, do right by you.
So... Whether you are considering whether or not you may be a good candidate to purchase Shabby Blogs or you are a fan of SB and want to know what to expect in the future, I put together the following Q&A to help you out.
Q: Are you crazy? This is seriously unorthodox, Meg.
A: To both, yes. But all the best people are crazy...at least a little bit. :)
Q: When you say you are selling Shabby Blogs, what exactly does that mean? What does that include?
A: I am selling Shabby Blogs in its entirety- as a website, business, and brand. That includes the domain name, complete website, complete blog, and all designs currently offered on each. The SB Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts are all part of that package.
Q: Will this do anything weird to my blog background or change the Shabby Blogs designs I'm currently using?
A: Nope. While you can expect Shabby Blogs to grow like a wildflower and become even better, none of the current designs or links will change when ownership does. It'll be like magic. You won't see it, but deep down in your soul, you'll suddenly feel the urge to sing show tunes and/or hug a stranger.
Q: Will you sell Shabby Blogs to just anyone?
A: Heck no! The reason I am selling privately as opposed to using a brokerage is so that I can have complete control over who takes over Shabby Blogs. I will only sell to someone/someones who I am confident will keep up the super high SB standards and do right by Shabby Blogs and its incredible supporters. Selling to "just anyone" would defeat the purpose of selling in the first place. Remember, this is to take Shabby Blogs to an even more rad level! Awesomeness is nonnegotiable.
Q: What kind of person are you looking for?
A: I'm looking for someone with a good personality, who likes long walks on the beach and knows how to treat a lady. Kidding. (I mean, those are helpful too, but I'm just being a nerd.) First and foremost, Shabby Blogs is known for its unique style and quality of designs. That is something that must continue. Having said that, there is a lot more to Shabby Blogs than beautiful designs. Running it takes a designer, a computer nerd, a social (media) butterfly, a salesperson, a writer, and a monstrous amount of passion. It would be awesome if that was all rolled into one human being, and maybe it is, but I was personally unable to cover all of those bases myself. It will likely take more than one person to keep up with Shabby Blogs and its growth. I imagine either one person taking over and assembling their own superstar team or more than one person purchasing Shabby Blogs as partners.
Q: This is awesome! I am seriously interested in purchasing Shabby Blogs. What do I do now?
If you are serious about becoming the new owner of Shabby Blogs, you may email me for more information. Please only contact me if you are a serious candidate as I have a wicked swamped inbox already. (I know that's terrible, but I'm keeping it real.) Please put "possible owner" in the subject field and email shabby blogs at g mail dot com.
While it is a little strange to be saying goodbye to this chapter of my life, I am infinitely more excited than I am sad. I'm beyond elated to watch Shabby Blogs continue to grow the way it is meant to grow. With all of my heart, I thank you for letting me be a part of your story and for being such a beautiful and amazing part of mine.