Dear Alexandria Lifestyle Readers,
You might have noticed that you haven’t received any updates in a while. That’s because after a lot of agonizing I’ve decided that it’s time to write the next chapter.
I began Alexandria Lifestyle in 2011 with the mission of sharing everything that I thought made Alexandria such a fun and unique place to live. At the time the world wide web was completely devoid of contagious enthusiasm for this city. But over the past 5 years we’ve seen the emergence of a number of creative, new and interesting blogs reflecting the same passion for Alexandria.
For a while now, I’ve felt like it was time to move on from this blog but I just didn’t know how. For anyone unfamiliar with blogging, it’s a big commitment of time and energy – two things that a full-time Realtor with 2 children doesn’t necessarily have a plethora of. To do something like this and do it well, it has to be in your heart and for me it just wasn’t there anymore.
The big question I really struggled with was “what do I do with the blog now?” If I kept the site live but stopped posting, I’d have an outdated social media presence which is worse than no social media presence. But deleting it meant throwing away 5 years of creative writing and content – and that was hard to stomach. I also hated the thought of not having a vehicle for sharing fun and useful information with people.
At the same time back in August, I was working like crazy to ramp up my new real estate website jessicarichardson.com (that’s the one you’re reading right now) . I was trying to complete a domain name transfer and I inadvertently deleted Alexandria Lifestyle.
Poof ….and just like that it was gone.
At that moment I stared at my computer and rather than feeling panic I felt a wave of relief. I knew that it could most likely be recovered but I chose not to pick up the phone and call tech support. The more it sank in, the better I felt.
It was the perfect opportunity to incorporate a new blog into my new website. And do you know what happened? I felt inspired and excited about blogging again. This time I could write about so many of the things I love, like home decorating and remodeling but still cover new developments on the local scene. I could also share my tips and advice as it relates to homes and the real estate market.
My hope is to entertain you, inspire you and add value where I can. I promise never to send you spam or waste your time with bad content. As always, I love hearing your ideas so please don’t hesitate to email me.
I am thrilled to share my new blog with you and I hope you’ll continue to follow me.