Saturday, November 1, 2014

I'm Back With a New Name, Design, and Giveaway!

I'M BACK, GUYS!!! Oh man, it feels so good to be blogging again. I've been in an incredible slump since the middle of October, partly thanks to the damage Kathleen Hale placed on the blogging community and partly because of how much I wanted to just change the name but hadn't started designing it yet. So, I decided to stop blogging until that happened. I ended up not publishing posts for two weeks, which was actually kind of nice, to be honest. However, I'm so happy to be back in the blogging world. And I will never let myself lose that amount of time again!

You might be wondering at this point: "But. But, wait. What happened to your blog?"

Don't worry. If you're looking for Part of that World, you're in the right place! 

Ever since July, I've had this cool idea for a new blog name. It started out when I was thinking up a new design for the blog and wondering where I wanted to go with it. Then I found out that POTW had already been used by someone. I started wondering what I should do about it, if I should keep the name and redesign it, or go for something completely different. I had a little bit of anxiety, because there was some drama going around with people stealing ideas at that time. And I started to worry that I had done that. My blog name was no longer original. It wasn't even creatively mine. When I changed my second blog name (the first was boring and had nothing to do with books, because at that point, it was just a blog for journaling my life), my bookish friend was the one who came up with POTW. I went to her and basically said, I need your help and I want it to have something to do with Beauty and the Beast (which is my favorite Disney movie, because obviously) or Disney. She came up with a bunch of names and cool descriptions. And out of those, I picked Part of that World because a) I loved it and b) It fit me so well. 

But then, it didn't. It didn't really feel like me anymore. And when I was giving myself anxiety over all of this, I had this sudden bright and amazing idea!

The Fox's Den.

Of course, I didn't keep that name. It was cute, but I didn't really like the "Den" part. So, I used my trusty thesaurus on Word and found hideaway. AND I FELL IN LOVE. <3 Before I got too excited, though, I checked Google. I had to make sure that this idea was wholly original and creatively mine. And it was! But as soon as I knew that I wanted this name change, I had to figure out what to do next.

And it led to this post in which I asked for my followers' help. I had two choices: change the name and stay on this website or create a completely new blog on wordpress. After much deliberation and advice from awesome people, I decided to go with the name change. As much as I stopped liking POTW, I still made something with this blog. I didn't want to lose any of that. I knew that changing the name after two years would be hard and would come with its own set of problems, but I was excited. And when other people got excited when I talked about it, it just made me even more excited! So much excitement, guys. But also so much procrastination and frustration!

You see, I'm not a technically gifted person. I barely managed to create an advertisement for a project last semester. It took me days and many tears of frustration before I figured out that the wonderful thing called Youtube had tutorials that could help (seriously, they saved my life). It's a good thing I had that experience, because it made creating this design infinitely better than if I was starting out with absolutely no clue where to even begin. I mean, I still didn't know where to start, but at least it was easier. I spent two days on this (because I'm a procrastinator and waited until October was practically finished to start designing), which doesn't seem like a lot of time. But it was, especially since my title was driving me crazy. It took me forever to figure out how to put the image and words together. And once that happened, things just fell into place.

However, I still got crazy worried that people wouldn't like it. I feel like I've been talking up this new design since July. I was concerned that people would find it lacking after all my talk about how awesome this idea was and how much I couldn't wait to change POTW. Like I said, I'm not very good at all of the techy stuff with Blogger. So I knew that if I was doing this all by myself, it wouldn't be too crazily creative.

But I love it! So. Much. It's BLUE and simple and so perfect for me. And this name, The Fox's Hideaway, is very personal to me, and you'll find out why tomorrow. Also on the blog this week will be a review and a post about all of the changes and new features I'm bringing to life. So, stay tuned! And I truly hope you love this new name and design. Thank you for being excited about this, for all the encouragement and support. Thanks especially to Shannon, who got a sneak peek, told me how much she loved it, and helped me make a few changes. She has also been one of my biggest cheerleaders when it came to this decision of mine. Another special thanks to Val, for being excited and telling me that it was awesome even though she hadn't seen it yet. I was feeling so worried about this, and her words helped immensely. Love you gals! 

So, yeah. Anyway, I hope y'all like the new name and design. I'll be tweaking it a bit over the course of the next month (and I really want to add a button). However, I'm so happy with how it turned out and that I did this all by myself! I'm so excited about The Fox's Hideaway, and I can't wait to start blogging with it. :)
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In honor of THE FOX'S HIDEAWAY, I'm having an international giveaway! This is the first international one I've had, and I'm so excited because I don't have to neglect the followers who aren't native to the US!

So what am I giving away? Winner's choice of a book from TBD up to $15! :)

The Fine Print:
  • You must be 15 years or older to enter!
  • You can enter so long as The Book Depository ships to your country. Here is the list if you don't know.
  • NO CHEATING! If you cheat, all of your entries will be deleted! And trust me, I check every single one of them. Make sure you verify with the correct information.
  • If you are the winner, you'll be notified via email. You must respond within 72 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. And whatever information you give me will NOT be shared with anyone.
  • I am not responsible for lost and/or damaged packages in the mail.

66 comments:

  1. The Fox Hideaway sound COOL! Fox let me thing of a cunning person ><

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  2. I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT. I love the simplicity of everything and the blue color, it is gorgeous! THIS IS THE FIRST THING I CHECKED THIS MORNING WHEN I WOKE UP and OBVIOUSLY IT IS AMAZING. And YES that name is so cute and original. You have much brain power when it comes to names, because I just keep reusing The Innocent Smiley hahahha.

    :D :D :D :D :D :D <3

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    1. Your comment just made my day. I LOVE THAT YOU LOVE IT!! And Vallll, I love yours. It's so much more personal and your design is so freaking cute. :)

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  3. Congrats on the giveaway!! I love the new layout and name :) It's so cool!! Congrats <3

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    1. Thank you so much! And yay, I'm glad you love it. :)

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  4. The name and the layout is gorgeous ;) You did a great job on it!

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    1. Thank you so much!! That's really great to hear. :)

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  5. I think it sounds like a cute name! love the combination :)

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  6. I know how much you were looking forward to this new design and it looks amazing! I love love love the new name too! So unique and interesting. :)
    Thank you so much for the Giveaway! :DD

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    1. Aw, thank you so much!! I'm so glad you love it. :)

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  7. I love it, of course :) I wanted to comment last night (and you know, be the "first"!) but I couldn't do it on my Kindle, boo. So, so pretty! I love the blue, and the fox makes me happy. You did SUCH an amazing job!!

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    1. Ha, you're adorable. And thank you for giving me feedback! It really helped to have that before putting my blog back on public view. <3

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  8. I think it is an adorable name!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm kind of in love with it. :)

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  9. Awww, congrats, hon! I love the new name! I haven't heard anything close to that around the blogosphere so points for creativity. :) I'm also loving the new design. I hope you love this one for years to come. :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! And this one will definitely never change again. The Fox's Hideaway is here to stay for many years to come. :)

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  10. I LOVE this, so clever! Clever like a fox ;)

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  11. You have such a cute blog! Love the blue background. :) Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Thank you so much!! And good luck. :)

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  12. I love the new name and look! Seriously I think this is one of the coolest looking book blogs out there!

    Thanks for the giveaway and I hope you continue to love the new look and name because it's awesome!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much!! That means a lot. :)

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  13. Love the name of your new blog! Such a cute design! Best of luck with it! I can only hope to have my own book blog someday and do my own booktube videos! I need a mentor like you and Jenny!

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    1. Thank you!! You should totally start a blog; it's so much fun. :)

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  14. CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW DESIGN. I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! I really suck at designing things and my first designs were abhorrent...then I slowly figured out how to do what I wanted. Though I'm still totally html-ish challenged. lol Simple is perfection in my book and I love your new name!! YAY! It's scary doing stuff like this but it's good. IT IS GOOD. It always pays off to follow your brain and heart for what you want to do.
    I'm really sad the Hale fiasco put you in a slump though. DON'T LET THE HATERS GET YOU DOWN.
    Happy Blog Name Change Day! *throws cake all over you*

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Also, I'm done giving KH even the slightest bit of my attention, so I'm back to blogging full force! And I wish you all the best for your blog changes. :)

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  15. Love the blog name and the layout is super cute too!!
    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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    1. You're welcome. Good luck, and thank you. :)

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  16. Congrats on the new name and design! I have only just discovered your blog, but it's good to have you back and I look forward to more posts ^^

    Check out my review: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2014/11/dnf-hilltop.html

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    1. Thank you, and I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging. :)

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  17. I love your blog! Also, thanks so much for this wonderful opportunity!

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  18. My favorite part is the cartoon fox. Is it Copper or one of the foxes from The Little Fox (which was one of my FAVORITES growing up!!!)?

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    1. Do you mean, Tod? This little fox is from The Fox and the Hound. :)

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  19. I didn't follow your old blog, because I didn't know about it, but I absolutely love this one! :) I'm glad I've found it. And very cool name :P

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    1. Aw, thank you!! And I hope you like this one. :)

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  20. Good Morning Holly! I like your site The Fox's Hideaway. Wishing you well

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  21. I love the new name Holly, it's really unique and I love how your design is colourful and simple. Welcome back, I'm glad you didn't let KH scare you off!

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  22. I'm new to your blog but I have to say I really like it here. I really liked your new name and I'm glad you came back to book blogging. :D

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  23. Hi .. I like so much the new design!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  24. The name is really adorable and I lovee the layout!! :)

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway! The new layout is soooooooo cute! :D

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  26. I think the layout is awesome. With blue backgrounds, it can sometimes be hard to balance it, but the rosy pink is perfecto. I also love foxes so anything to do with foxes in my mind is awesome. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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    1. It was hard to balance with the blue, but I LOVE how it turned out!! And I'm so glad you love it too. And yay for foxes! :)

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  27. I already told you on your other post, but I'm going to say it again, congratulations! I love your layout and name. I remember you talking about changing your blogging name but not being sure. I'm so glad you did since you like it so much. The blue in this layout is so pretty. The layout in general is really nice. Especially the fox, I like foxes. I wish I could design blogs, gah. Anyway, great blog. :)

    --Amber

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  28. Looove the new name and the design, looks and sounds fun, interesting and different from other blogs.
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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