From Faye

A couple of days ago David said, “I want to make some changes to your blog.”

(He’s talking about server speed and responsive design and mobile-friendly templates and stuff.)

At first I was in the middle of tying a quilt and trying to channel my inner Sewing Susie, so technology stuff sounded uber boring and I said something like,

“Mmm. Yeah. I don’t care about my blog right now.”

But then five seconds later I was like, woah, SEWING SUSIE, THIS WONDERFUL MAN IS OFFERING YOU HIS HEART AND SOUL…AKA, HIS INTERNET HACKING SKILLS. What are you, a BLOGGER, or a PBS show?

So then I said, “WAAAAAAIT…JUST KIDDING!”

And by that, I mean “YAAAAYYYY! Let’s change EVERYTHING on the Internet…AND REARRANGE THE LIVING ROOM!”

Oh, I jest. It’s actually physically impossible to rearrange my living room.

I am just posting to tell you that I’m considering tweaking the name of this blog to better represent my writing.

First, things first.

I need to justify myself for a few paragraphs and then of course, get your opinion before I do any such thing.

(Which is mostly a lie because I got all charged up and changed my Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter accounts and bought the domain name already. Soooooo…I’m kind of asking, but I’m really just hoping everyone affirms me and stuff.)

So here it is:

I’m planning to change the name of my blog from “Frugal Faye” to simply:

“From Faye.”

OKAY. It’s time for honesty.

This whole “frugal” word…it’s boxing me in, man.

First and FOREMOST, I detest the word “frugal.” I think it’s one of the ugliest and most awkward words in the dictionary. (Next to “eager.” Someone please start an Eager Frugal blog. It would make my year.) Other awkward words come to mind, but I’ll save those for eighth grade health class.

Secondmost, I just don’t really like being known as “frugal” Faye, you know? Just Faye would be great.

Thirdmost, I want to express my artistic side. I’d like to learn how to tell an engaging story with my photos. I’d like to have more space to muse, opinionate and confess.

The reality is that two years ago, I totally planned to write specifically about budgeting, saving money and living debt-free. That has changed. Over the last few years I’ve adopted a holistic mindset about finances. If you were to ask me for my best advice on saving money or getting out of debt, it wouldn’t be about grocery budgets or light bills.

I’d tell you to go counter-culture and choose a simple, sustainable lifestyle far below your means. I’d tell you to major on the majors: Plan ahead, live in a smaller house, be proactive with your health, delay gratification. Think in terms of being a creator, not a consumer.

The beauty of a blog is that it’s interactive. It can evolve based on what my readers tell me to write. And it’s because of you guys that I have found a voice writing about subjects that inspire me, like homemaking and natural living. My best expressions revolve around these broader values of simplicity, authenticity and home. And that’s where I’d like to run with this thing.

Basically, what I’m asking is, can we rip the label off and see what happens?

Oh, I’ll still be here writing how-to’s about homemade cleaners and cloth diapers…and my hair (duh), but there is more I’d like to share with all of you wonderful friends out there in Internet Land, if you will have me.

What do you guys think? Can pull off this new name thing? And oooooo, who is in favor of a new blog design? (ME! ME!)

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