Figuring Things Out

Let’s pretend you are a therapist. I’m sitting down on the couch now.

I’m toying with the idea of consolidating back to one blog. Freelance work is hopping, the kiddos’ activities are increasing every month, and I just feel like running both Whoorl and Hair Thursday is too much. I’d love to be able to focus all of my efforts on one blog, you know?

Plus, writing about hair on an almost DAILY basis at Hair Thursday has become, well, harried. Sure, I still want to share hair inspiration or a product review or a makeover post, but why can’t I just do that here at whoorl? Remember the good ol’ days? MEMORIEEES, LIGHT THE CORNERS OF MY MIIIIIND)

Hmmm, maybe I’m just having a moment. Who knows. Do you have any thoughts on the matter?

  • Sarah Brown

    May 16, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Bring it back over here, and make it an occasional feature for when you feel like it. In the grand scheme of things, feeling obligated to an effort you no longer care about is a waste of everything, and doubly so when it’s an online effort.

  • steph

    May 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Sounds like you already know what you need to do…

    Whatever you decide, have NO guilt about your decision! You’re fabulous no matter what. :)

  • Amy

    May 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I always say blogging shouldn’t cause you stress or guilt. I like Sarah Brown’s idea of making it an occasional feature. You should focus on whatever makes you happy, lady!

  • Luisa

    May 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I agree with Sarah! (Leave the other site up for people to browse through for inspiration.)

  • Ninabi

    May 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Could you take a long vacation from it for awhile? Maybe instead of Hair Thursday make it Hair August?

  • Melinda

    May 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I agree with Steph, it sounds like you already know what your path should be. They say to follow your bliss; so if hair isn’t your bliss anymore then you do need a new path to follow. You don’t need anyone’s permission but your own. Best of luck.

  • Martha

    May 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    The thing I miss about Hair Thursday is the reader makeovers, and it would be fun to see them happen every once in awhile here (if you want to do them). But it is important to go with your passions, and if you aren’t excited about hair right now don’t do it!

  • Ris

    May 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Hmm what if you did it once a month? Or brought other contributing writers/editors in? I love me some Hair Thursday but I also love reading Whoorl.

  • Jessica

    May 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Don’t feel any guilt if you want to move along! You always have to do what’s best for you and your family! Plus, I confess that I do not visit Hair Thursday regularly but I do love reading about things here at Whoorl.

  • Heather B.

    May 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Bring it on back, lady.


  • Sarah

    May 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Pretty sure Sarah Brown said it best.
    Make it an cccassional feature here, when the mood strikes.

    The great thing about blogging, as a business, means you have a very easy exit strategy. Simply stop. No conclusion, no farewell, no “see you soon.”

    The only thing preventing people from doing that is themselves. Odds are many won’t notice, or care enough to comment. They read so many blogs they’ll move on. The few that do miss you? They’ll seek you out and you can write to them individually. But only if you want.

    Good hair means never having to feel guilty. Or say sorry.

    just another Sarah

    p.s. If it weren’t for you, I’d have never discovered the magic of Glossing Creme and for that? There aren’t thanks enough, really.

  • bhb

    May 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    back! back! you are fabulous and have so much to offer – parenthood, exercise, design, fashion etc etc. I love whoorl.com and have for 6 years now!

  • Angella

    May 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Amalgamate! (Using my accounting lingo, there.)

    It should be FUN for YOU. :)

  • Whitney

    May 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Totally do what gives you more peace. I’d say bring the good stuff here and call it good!

  • Grete

    May 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I’m with that second Sarah commenter. Don’t feel guilty if you don’t feel like doing it anymore!

    I’m also with Martha – I thought Hair Thursday started as an overflow from the reader makeover suggestions…? I do miss seeing those, but I can imagine finding inspiration for them in photo-form would be a lot of work/time…

  • mjb

    May 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Is it crazy to think of it as a brand that could be sold? I bet there’s someone who does like to write about hair who would be happy to take it over with the attention that it’s gotten so far, and you could keep the ability to write on it occasionally. I’m thinking of what Maggie Mason did with mightygoods.com, for one. That way it’s not yours to manage, but it doesn’t take away from the value that you’ve built for that brand.

    Just throwing it out there – I don’t have a lot of business experience and haven’t ever made the effort to make anything of my own social media presence, but in my mind I’m an internet superstar.

  • sizzle

    May 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I remember the good old days. And I miss those Thursday make over posts! One thing Mr. Darcy and I recently realized is that bigger isn’t necessarily better (his gig at a very big video game company that went belly up). I say do what you love and focus on that!

  • Danielle (elleinadspir)

    May 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    All thing in life eb and flow. Thing start and end. If it’s run it’s course, let it. Don’t keep doing it past when you enjoy it. Life it too short. Do what you love to do when you can. If you don’t feel like hair anymore, ditch it. follow your gut and your heart.

  • Maggie

    May 16, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I forget to check Hair Thursday, but always remember to check here. And I always enjoyed the occasional hair moment.

  • Mrs. Wilson

    May 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I’d definitely go with the one blog. I did that and found it so freeing.

  • Reading (and chickens)

    May 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I have to chime in to missing the reader makeovers, too. Those were great. I’d love it if you brought them back here! But you get to do whatever feels least stressful. I have absolutely zero business sense either, but hey, if you don’t love it AND you could sell it, like mjb mentioned? I think that’s a great plan.

  • Elizabetty

    May 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Delurking here to say I agree with others above that I thought the best part of HT were the reader makeovers. I’ve recently stopped checking HT since those were in short supply lately.

    I can TOTALLY understand that you are busy with other things (hooray, you!), and think mjb’s suggestion of selling it as a commodity to another interested, invested person/people would be a great idea. You could also farm out some/most/all of the blog posts by taking on contributors, as others have suggested above.

    In any case, it’s yours to do with as you will! I certainly won’t stop reading here if HT goes defunct. Congrats on all your successful-busyness!

  • Abby - Bright Yellow World

    May 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I support you. Also might you consider selling it for a profit???

    I don’t know, it might make you feel funny, BUT you’ve worked hard to create that brand, and I personally think you deserve some profit from it.

    (After typing this, I just noticed that someone else has already suggested this.)

  • Mama in the City

    May 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I can see your point. Here is my advice:

    Why not try and find a protege for Hair Thursday via a blog contest? Find someone new and fresh with a passion for talking about hair to replace you. This new someone would take over your position and Hair Thursday would be theirs. It would totally rock someones socks off!

  • Tammi Marie

    May 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I prefer if you were blogging over here.

  • Katie Lee

    May 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    I say go for it. It’s your life. I sometimes can’t keep up with one blog. And once it stops being fun it stops being worth it. Just keep Hair Thursday up as a resource since you’ve done such a great job of compiling all the information. I go back all the time and search different topics. But I’d way rather read about your adorable family. :)

  • Laura in LA

    May 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Ok, since you asked, as a HT lifetime follower….I can sorta tell you are tired of it. Do as you wish, I will totally still come here to get fashion inspiration and read your comical masterpieces! Free yourself!

  • Gretchen

    May 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Do what is best for YOU. Also, you should watch The Simpsons Season 22 Episode 20 Homer Scissorhands – Therein lies your answer!

  • Tess

    May 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Do what makes you feel good, young grasshopper!

    And I think what makes you feel good is posting about whatever you want, whenever you want. And maybe more about make up.

    It’s okay if you don’t feel inspired by hair. :) I also like Mama in the City’s idea – I bet someone out there would feel very lucky to take over!

  • Cicily

    May 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    It sounds like everyone is with you, and the vote seems to be for one blog. Hugs.

  • Sonja von Franck

    May 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Sounds like you’re getting a lot of great advice. After doing my taxes this season for my Pampered Chef business and knowing that a baby was on the way – I decided to give it up. It was bitter sweet but without regret. Now I have time to comment on blogs again! Like a couple others mentioned, I like the idea of just posting ideas/experiences/makeovers here when inspiration hits.

  • Sonja von Franck

    May 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I just clicked on the “good ole days” link you inserted. HA! That was the VERY FIRST personal blog I EVER read! Funny that that’s how I “met you”. I remember thinking at the time, “Wito huh? People in California give their kids crazy names!”

  • Moriyah

    May 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I enjoy Hair Thursday, especially the product recommendations and tutorials (found Macadamia Oil and Fekkai Glossing cream through you- thanks!), but I agree with others who miss the makeovers. That was my favorite part. I would prefer to read you here if you are only going to keep up with one site. You could occasionally do a hair post here if you have something interesting you’d like to share. I say, let it go! I DO enjoy reading your writing- perhaps you’d share some of your freelance work??

  • Mama Bub

    May 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I think bringing the best of Hair Thursday over here would be great – you can include those things to whatever extent seems natural to you without doing it because you have to.

    I also kind of like the idea of handing over Hair Thursday to someone else. That wouldn’t preclude you from showcasing the things you love or hair tutorials over here, I wouldn’t think.

  • calee

    May 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I agree with Abby- sell it and do what you love. Isn’t that what Maggie did with Mighty Stuff? You’ve built a valuable brand, now someone else can run with it.

  • Ruth

    May 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Sounds like you’ve found some fabulous clarity…..

    No matter what, we’ll still be reading in one place or the other!

  • sarah

    May 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Can you take it back to just the reader makeovers? That was my favorite! I do love your tutorials & reviews, but you can do those as occasional features @ either place.

  • am'ti b

    May 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    i must say i would be pumped! i miss those good ole days of coming here and never knowing what was going to be on the page-comedy/beauty/fashion/photos……..i mean you named it hair thursday for a reason!

  • Iowamom

    May 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I say go with your gut. I really do enjoy reading about products and seeing people’s new hair styles. Maybe it’s a once a week or once every two weeks kind of thing. Your hair is very similar is color and texture to mine so I enjoy reading what you use on and do to your hair. :)

  • Roxanne

    May 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    I have always loved whoorl the most. Hair Thursday’s been fun, too. Sprinkling hair posts into your whoorl posts would just be dreamy.

    Do what makes you happy. I’ll keep reading no matter what. xo

  • Kristin

    May 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    The thing I like about Hair Thursday is learning about new products, techniques, etc. I feel like it keeps me from getting old or set in my ways. I would miss that, but either way your blogs are fun to read!

  • Siera

    May 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    If your heart isn’t in it, it isn’t in it. I taught myself how to curl my hair from that tutorial and it works well for me and doesn’t take forever! I am very glad you shared that as the idea of a curling iron scared me shitless. But bottom line you need to do what makes you happy.

  • Linette

    May 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Agree with previous comments that Hair Thursday just hasn’t been the same without the regular makeovers. Would love to see an occasional hair makeover on Whoorl, along with the other product reviews and the like. Things and people change…don’t feel bad about it…life’s too short to do things you don’t have passion for.

  • Jen

    May 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I also like Whoorl the best!

  • bethany actually

    May 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I say if you’re done with it, if it’s become more WORK and almost no fun, if your life is otherwise busy and fulfilling, then be done with it. Write about hair, if you ever feel the need, over here.

  • Jessica

    May 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I miss the good ol hair days. With makeovers and such.

  • jora

    May 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I’d personally rather see more of you here!

  • Lana

    May 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I love the idea of ‘two for the price of one” . Bring back Hair Thursday here and do it whenever you feel inspired!

  • Michelle

    May 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog last year and I have to say, you got me hooked once again on Sephora. After reading your posts I would say, “OMG I NEED THAT _______ FROM SEPHORA IMMEDIATELY!! I WILL DIE IF I DON’T HAVE THAT!” And then your tutorials on hair products – I basically pull up your site when shopping. Just wanted to put that out there so you know you’ve made a difference in my hair life. And you’ve done it a natural way that comes off so pure and genuine – you don’t give off that “I’m better than you vibe which I get from other sites. (I don’t think they do it on purpose, I just don’t think they realize).

    Anyhoo – I read from earlier comments about selling the site. Ok, maybe. Is there anyone you know that could take it over?


    How about combining it like you said. Your makeup/hair posts can be “Whoorl for Hair Thursdays” Yay/Nay?

    Don’t worry, looks like whatever you choose, you’ll have plenty supporters! Keep sharing the makeup/hair/cutethingsfromEtsyorWhateverRetailEstablishment tips!

  • Haley @ Cardigan Junkie

    May 16, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Your hobby should not stress you out. Although your hobbies do support your life, you can’t let blogging make you unhappy. Maybe take a few months off and see how it feels? You can always come back, that’s the beauty of a free website. :)

  • Steph

    May 16, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    It kinda already seems like you gave up on Hair Thursday. I wasn’t surprised at all to read this latest post of yours.

    I think Whoorl is awesome, and the reader makeovers for HT were awesome. Seems to me you know your path already.

    Whatever happens, I know it’ll be great.

  • elz

    May 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Do what’s best for you. That said, it’s because of Hair Thursday that I have my awesome hair color. You told me many moons ago to go auburn-and bam! Still love it!

  • Ashley

    May 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I say let a good thing be a good thing in the time it was. Huh? You’re better off to let it go if it doesn’t make you happy, we blog because we love it (and sometimes that means we get to make money at it) and when it doesn’t feel fun anymore then it’s time to let it go. You wouldn’t make your kids keep going with something that doesn’t feel right anymore so don’t make yourself. You always have Whoorl to let it out should the flyaway moment strike you!

  • Tracy D

    May 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I actually have bought quite a few products (Alterna – I’m a fan of everything now and never would have found it without reading about it on hair Thursday, my HAI flat iron, Mason Pearson brush to name a few… and you introduced me to Lock & Mane – love!).

    I really miss the reader makeovers, those were my favorite part of Hair Thursday. (PS – I turned in my photo like 3 years ago now. My horrid mulletesque bad haircut has grown out and is now halfway down my back.)

    I think you should just occasionally post about hair as you feel inspired over here. Why not?

  • bishOp stu tu

    May 17, 2011 at 7:51 am

    whOOrl gOOrl…
    hair is skin deep, whOOrl is all things gOOrl.

    and a bit of gOOd boy stuff.

    siP. yo dad

  • brianne

    May 17, 2011 at 8:38 am

    If closing up shop on HT means that you will blog here more, I’m all for it! I wouldn’t mind reading posts about hair on whoorl at all, but I love your other writing too. And after reading between the lines over several years, I wouldn’t mind seeing make-up/skin care posts here either. =) Do whatever feels the best for you. I’ll still be here.

  • Mary Sue

    May 17, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I think bringing it back over here is a great idea. Plus, I sort of miss actual Hair Thursdays… Maybe if you did it once a month – like Hair Second Tuesday or something?

    Regardless of what I think, you should live your blogging life the way you want! You will be a better writer because of it…

  • Jessica

    May 17, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I didn’t want to be the one to tell you this… But I stopped reading Hair Thursday when Hair Thursday became Hair Mon-Fri… I love hair, and all the fun stuff associated with it, but I love all the style advice and other tidbits of wisdom you have to offer as well. I say wrap it back up, move it on back to a Thursday piece… It was fun back then :)

  • Jenny Magic

    May 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I love Whoorl so much more than Hair Thursday (I have a pixie, and it just makes me jealous!) but I did FIND Whoorl via HT (hunting cute pixie-do’s), so I think you should keep it up and cross post, but only when you feel like it, so new people can find you :)

    and I’m guessing you’ll get more free stuff via HT than Whoorl, am I right?

  • Meegan

    May 17, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    One word: merge. We’d hear from you more often and you’d be less stressed about posting. Do it for the good of your readers (and more importantly, for yourself).

  • Vanessa

    May 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    I would be completely on board with that as I follow both of your blogs. Just make sure to notify those that only follow one that you’re merging :o) Good luck!

  • Renee

    May 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Haven’t read all the other comments, but the ones I read all seem to be trending the same way. Honestly, I love your blog, but lost interest in Hair Thursday long ago…So I guess that’s my (too honest?) answer!

  • Carrisa

    May 17, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I hear you. I have no kids and no freelance and I still find blogging such a chore. I say bring it back here as a feature category. And keep pinning those gorgeous pics on Pinterest. It’s enough.

  • regan

    May 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    heh, I was reading this and was all “Go Whoorl Go! Take back your passion!” until I got to the Memories lyrics and then I was totally sidetracked because OMG, I am an idiot and have not been singing it that way at all.

  • Lindsay

    May 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Definitely agree. Love love love Hair Thursday, but reading it every once in awhile on here will be even more convenient for me (and I’m sure for you, too). Plus, everyone ALWAYS says never write when you feel obligated. So entertain us here!

  • MichelleLG

    May 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    can i just say, i love that your dad commented. :o)

    there is just a supportive, warmfuzzy party all in these comments and i love it! we love you! we love your blog(s)! you’ll be successful and make a choice whatever you decide.

    and what great suggestions- i love the ideas to sell the brand/blog, recruit a wannabe hair blogger, or keep whoorl with the occasional hair post. you have smart readers. :o)

  • Kami

    May 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Keep it all here! So much easier, on you and us! I always say if the bad out weighs the good it’s time to let it go :))

  • erin

    May 17, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Personally, if you stay both places, I will read you both places, but I would prefer to only check one place if you don’t want to update the second blog regularly :)

  • Jill E.

    May 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I have gotten so many useful hair tips from you, I can’t thank you enough. but actually I got most of them here and not at HT. I guess thats because I dont check HT as often, as I was going for the makeovers mostly. But like others have said, do what you feel comfortable with. Consolidation can be a good, good thing.

  • Deidre

    May 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I must admit that I enjoyed hair thursday WAY more when it was just over here and you gave advice to the everyday people.

    but do whatever makes you happy!

  • Krista

    May 18, 2011 at 8:43 am

    For me, this post is not at all about merging or selling or whatever… it is the total epiphany that all these years I’ve been singing ‘The Way We Were’ incorrectly. (Picture me in my car) Memorieeeeees, like the corners of my mind…..wait, what? LIGHT the corners of my mind, you say?

    But I realize that this revelation is poignant in describing exactly why I read your blog in the first place. You enlighten me. Whether it’s a new fashion trend or motivation to get my out-of-shape butt off the couch or a heart-breaking story of a little girl’s heroic battle… I love reading it all. I never know what I might read and learn today.

    I mean, because of today’s post I’ll always know the lyrics to ‘The Way We Were’… trivial? maybe. but I love it and Babs would be so proud.

  • kat

    May 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    whatever you choose, i’ll always be a fan! i loved hair thursday (thanks for featuring me!) and i do miss the reader makeovers – they were my favorite. so if it stays two or one or whatever, i’ll be reading, regardless.

  • martymankins

    May 18, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I remember watching an ABC news special where you were featured on it with Hair Thursday and I turned to my wife and said “I read her other blog”

    So there’s your answer, but that’s coming from a guy who gets a haircut once every 3 weeks and is content.

  • Adam

    May 19, 2011 at 12:28 am

    They also sell touch up? brushes in different colors. The spray on colors are kind of cool especially when you want to experiment with color without actually using hair dye on your hair.

  • Roxanna

    May 19, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I think you’ve figured it out, but keep it here!

  • hala

    May 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Consolidate! :) Your fans will follow your posts no matter where they’re located

  • Lyndsay

    May 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Downsize. I love Hair Thursday – I’ve even benefitted from your advice, but I understand how passion for something can fizzle when forced to do it week in & out. You can still do a hair post on Whoorl. Hell, I’d like to hear you talk a bit about makeup, because you always look so damn gorgeous.
    If it is weighing you down mentally and distracting you from more important things – let it go.
    Maybe do one last fun giveaway as a “parting gift” to your readers.
    Just some thoughts – none of us has the whole picture on what’s going on in your life personally or profesionally.

  • Lyndsay

    May 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Oh, and until now, I always thought it was “Like the corners of my mind.” Thanks for the lyrics lesson!