Hey friends! I’ve been SO excited for this day to come! I have such a fun announcement and yet I’ve had to keep it to myself forEVER. Don’t you hate those secrets? But the time has finally come where I can let you in on a little project. Soon I’m going to be introducing something very near and dear to my heart. But because you are all my good friends here, I wanted you to get a little sneak peek before I officially launch it to the world!
As a blogger at The Inspired Room for the past eight years and an author of my first book, Love the Home You Have, I love to share my home and life with anyone who wants to read it. I adore blogging and that community I’ve found.
But the truth is, as much as I love telling MY stories, I really just want YOU ALL to move in next door to me, on the same block, in the same neighborhood so I can get to know YOUR stories (but by now you probably would know better than to move near me, I might just see another house I love and decide to move! I’m still a little crazy like that). Having you all as neighbors has been my dream since I first started blogging.
But since actually becoming next door neighbors is probably not going to happen, I decided I should just create my own virtual online neighborhood and invite y’all to move in! For free. It’s my gift to you and in turn, I know your friendship will become a gift to me and everyone else in the community! Welcome to Home Love Stories, a community site I dreamed up for sharing, connection and encouragement!
This site was a labor of love for my readers and new friends who would like to be a part of it. Best of all, you don’t have to have a blog to join (although if you do, that’s great, too). HOORAY! You don’t have to be a pro at social media. You don’t have to have a big following to be noticed. You can belong and be a part of this because you are among friends, kindred spirits. Fellow house-shaped heart friends who want to see beautiful things in even humble places.
For those of you who remember old school blogging, that is what I want this community to feel like. No pressure. No perfect houses or professional photo editing necessary. Y’all. Blogging has become HARD WORK. I’m telling ya. I love it and The Inspired Room is not going to change, but at Home Love Stories we are going to bring old school blogging back!
Home Love Stories. It’s FREE. It’s fun. It’s authentic.
And it is for people who want to be in community with others striving to show love to the home we have.
So, what will we share on Home Love Stories?
- Show us the little things that make your home special to you!
- Show us the dailys (whatever you are doing that day at home)
- Tell about your decorating or remodeling adventures
- Give us a peek at your favorite room or corner
- Show off your home organization projects
- ASK DESIGN QUESTIONS and get opinions or advice (let’s all help a sister out!)
- Enjoy friendship among house-shaped heart people!
And even more fun, soon we’ll be doing community events together like block parties, drive bys, Fall nesting parties, house tours and more! Stay tuned!
So, here’s the deal. Prior to the bigger launch when I will spread the news far and wide, I need your help with this testing period. I need you adventurous types to start trying out the site for me! Next week I will be explaining more details on how it will work and how we will use it as a community rallying point. It is going to be AMAZING, I can’t wait to kick things off with some fun block parties and soon I’ll announce a 31 day Love Your Home challenge in April!
But if any of you want to help me out and get things rolling now, here’s what to do to be a part of the free HLS community:
1. Go to HomeLoveStories.com
2. Join to create your profile.
3. Create your first post as a “get to know you and your home” post. Choose the “Get to know you/Housewarming” category when you post. Instructions are in the How To tab.
4. Publish your post and VOILA, you’ll be a part of the neighborhood! How fun is that going to be?
5. Follow Home Love Stories on Instagram if you are there, @homelovestories
Then check out the stories of others on the site!
You can have fun scrolling through people’s stories (don’t forget to click to click to open them if you want to read them!) and adding your own on your phone, too!
Troubles? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come on over and sign up for Home Love Stories, it’s free!