The End of The Newlywed Notebook | A Blogger's GoodbyeThe Newlywed Notebook

The Newlywed Notebook



July 2015

The End of The Newlywed Notebook

Written by Lindsay Ropella

Yes, you read that right.

Unfortunately, I have made the heart-wrenching decision to stop blogging here at TNN.

Let me tell you this has certainly not been an easy decision by any stretch of the imagination. As I’ve said over and over again I LOVE blogging. I’ve learned so many life skills by blogging in everything from all that it takes to have and run your own business, to financial and social skills, to even some advanced technological skills. I’ve made so many amazing friends through blogging too, and for all of those things I will be forever grateful.

I’ve really been thinking hard about this for the past few weeks, but if I’m really honest with myself I’ve probably been toying around with the idea for much longer than that. I’ve been a “blogger” for over 3 years now…it’s what I know how to do and a big part of who I am. But I need to do what’s right at this point for me and for my family. I need to actually spend time with my husband again. I need to focus more on my health, especially as we gear up for my big surgery in a few weeks. I need to look forward to the weekends and spend them being lazy with my husband or doing things we love like working on the house, instead of feverishly trying to burn through all the list of things I either have to do for my blog or things I’ve been neglecting because of it.
It is with a heavy heart and a tearful smile that I let you know that this will be the last post for this blog, and the end of The Newlywed Notebook.
I certainly don’t want to say that this is the end of my relationship with blogging for forever, but I know that either way The Newlywed Notebook will be done.

Gosh it’s even so hard for me to type that…but it’s time.

For the past six months or so I really haven’t felt very creative in this space, and lately I feel like it’s boxing me in by everything having to be “newlywed” related more than it’s allowing my creative juices to flow. I’ve so enjoyed TNN, but it’s time to move on. I’ve actually always had big ideas for a family blog where I could just write about whatever the heck I wanted to and would use it as more of an online journal rather than a cohesive blog (if there even is such a thing). I even have a name picked out for it (and no, I’m not sharing it right now ;) ). So who knows, maybe The Newlywed Notebook will turn into that down the road and you will see me again. But for right now, I just need some time for me.

So I guess it’s time for me to stop writing my final post and bid you all farewell…

But I’m not quite ready to do that so give me two more minutes. ;)

I also just want to say that there are so many of you out there that I don’t just consider readers, but friends. So for those of you who are still interested in keeping tabs on me, especially with all the fertility stuff, know that I will be posting LOTS of stuff on my social media channels, so PLEASE stay connected with me over on Instagram and Facebook – those are the two I use the most. I will make sure to periodically post life updates, DIY projects, and impromptu trips and photos there.

And for those of you who may be wondering, this actual blog won’t be going anywhere. I won’t be shutting it down completely, but no new posts will be published. So if there’s a certain post on here that you’ve really enjoyed or a recipe you use (my Chipotle Taco Layered Casserole is a big hit) don’t worry, they won’t be going anywhere. You will still be able to access all the content on The Newlywed Notebook.

So I guess this is it friends. Don’t mind me as I just cry all over my keyboard. Thank you all SO much for the great ride these past three years, and thank you for your support and your friendship. I love you all so much, stay in touch!

Liked This? Share it:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestGoogle+
  • Amanda

    Aww sad!! But, good for you for doing what you know you need to. Kudos. I’ll miss you though, and you better let me know if you get a new blog going. I felt boxed in with the newlywed name too and rebranding to a general name where I could write whatever was really freeing. Stay in touch, friend:)

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Thanks Amanda. It’s such a hard thing to do and sometimes I feel like I’m making the wrong decision, but I know it’s the right thing to do right now in my heart. I feel like I will be back at it eventually, so if I do I will definitely let you know! Excited to catch up on all your blog posts I’ve been missing, and follow the blogging world from the outside for a bit! xo

  • Amberly

    Sad to see you go!!! But I’ll for sure still follow on social media and hope to see you around my blog every once and a while :)

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Thanks, Amberly!! I’m excited to take a break and have some time for myself and for my family, but I’m so so sad to leave blogging for a while. Hoping I will return eventually, but in the meantime I will finally have time to keep up with my blog reading and check in on that beautiful little boy of yours! :)

  • Katelyn Fish

    Love your openness and yes- it is ALWAYS something you can come back to girl :) Don’t feel bad about spending time and focusing on yourself.

    • Lindsay Ropella

      Thanks, Katelyn. It’s been a really tough choice but it feels like the right thing to do. It will be good to have time time to spend with my family, get some things done, and actually have some time to breathe. :)

  • Paige Gunter

    Lindsay, I’m sorry to hear it, but I am really happy for you too. You have worked so hard on this blog and keeping your readers happy. I think you have earned a break. You and Eric have a lot on your plates right now. Y’all need some time for yourselves. Starting a family is emotional enough- your journey through it especially. Your readers will surely be praying for you and keeping an eye out for you on other social media (and your next blog if you decide to come back)!

  • Crazy Beautiful Weddings

    Wow! So sorry to hear this- you know you’ve been the greatest help to me with my blogging and so I wish you nothing but the best. Take care of yourself Lindsay, my thoughts and prayers are with you my dear. You are the sweetest!! :-)