Ups & Downs Is Coming to An End. And... // BIG ANNOUNCEMENT



Hello, friends.

I can't begin to fathom the reality of this announcement, which has been in the making since the beginning of senior year. But as May approaches and the future grows tangible, I feel like this is the only way to break down the news, towards the end. To first answer your questions, then address each individually:

Yes, this blog is coming to an end, but no, I am NOT ceasing blogging.


Ups and Downs espoused as the brainchild of my love of writing and the need to express myself as a young seventh grader inspired by her NaNoWriMo friends to begin to embark on this journey, and over the five years I've grown to know this blog I learned so much-- about myself, about my writing, and most importantly, the world. I wrote of my love for books, recalled frustration over romance portrayals in books (why, YA dystopia birthed in the 2013 era) and espoused all the times sneaking off and exploring old abandoned theaters and church sites, because that's the person I was as I grew from elementary to high school. And I still am this person.

I do want to recognize that yes, a major chapter of my life is beginning to close.

A lot of reflecting and the art group I've been a part of this past year has made me realize what I want to go with blogging. I want to stop hiding away my online persona, while also refining what it is that I do and why I wanted to do it. Blank spaces are the most exciting places, holding opportunities which only the mind can see, and from all of this plus many more decisions—

Births the emergence of a self-hosted blog known as Story-Eyed.


This blog is going to be similar to what I post now—you will hear some of my adventures and thoughts, but there's going to be a shift towards more writing and college advice centered posts. Some new series and snippets into my writing, as well as many collaboratives I cannot wait to share.
And you will see this launch on May 16th! For now, though, I'll be posting on this blog until graduation.

Until then, I'm planning on doing a potential blog tour (if you want to take part, please leave a comment below) but until then!

32 comments:

  1. Abby! This is so exciting! Not that Ups and Downs is ending, but that there is a new beginning! I will always enjoy this blog, but Story-Eyed will be amazing!!!! You are incredible. <3

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! I'm really terrified to begin this journey. Of course, this blog will still be up. Endings are always sad, so it's good to focus on beginnings, isn't it? And hey, you are, too. <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  2. What an exciting step! I'm sad to say goodbye to Ups and Downs, but I'm sure God will bless you in this next chapter. Can't wait to see what He has in store!

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    1. Abby, thank you so much! I'm really excited to see what He has in store, too. <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  3. Oh wow! I've loved Ups and Downs and will be sorry to see it go, but I can't wait to see what your new blog will be like!

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm pretty sad to see it go, too-- but not to worry, it will still be around for some time! I may end up closing comments, but at least it's still here. I'm super stoked to see how it will be like, too. I haven't started assembling the actual site into its whole, partially because these next nine days offline are going to be incredibly eventful, but when it's up, it's up, and it'll be fun.

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  4. As much as this post makes me want to cry, I am so happy for you, Abby. <3 You know what you have to do and you are doing it. It would be a lie if I said you didn't inspire me. I am super excited for Story-Eyed and I would LOVE to help bring it into the world!

    Love you girly! <3

    xx Kenzie | www.paperpizzablog.com

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    1. There's a ton of projects I want to bring to the table when it comes to the blogging world, and with this new stage, I definitely think it's best to step forward. However, this blog will always be special to me because I've met so many people and encountered so many things, recording them here (some things which I actually forgot until I read old posts, whoa!!!).

      Love you too, Kenzie!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  5. You scared me so much when I thought you were going to stop blogging but I am glad you're not. I can't wait to see what is on your new blog.
    Róisín
    totallyro.blogspot.ie

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    1. Don't freak out, Ró! I don't think I'm going to stop blogging any time soon. I'm going to try to continue blogging as frequently as possible despite the schedule I have this next year currently unknown (college and all of that) but I'm going to be staying. :)

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  6. That sounds so neat, Abigail! I wish ya the best with your new blog and adventures.
    I'd be interested in a blog tour too - just let me know when/how.

    all the best to you,
    k.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Keira. <3 As for the blog tour, I need to see (feasibly) when it's a good time to start setting it up because these next nine days will be filled with finals, saying goodbye to some friends and teachers, and graduation parties... keep your eyes peeled for an email, though!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  7. Oh my goodness, this is so exciting!! Congrats on taking the bold step to enter into a new chapter.

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    1. I thought name changes were hard, but stepping into a new territory-- a new interface, everything-- is so much harder. >.<

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  8. How exciting! I wish you the very best. <33

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    1. Thank you, Gray. <333 Also, I hope things will work out on your end-- I saw your post about needing to take a blogging break. We're going to miss you terribly!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  9. Oh wow this is so exciting!! And a little sad, yes :') It's always sad to see a chapter of life coming to a close, but the best is yet to come, ay? I'm so stoked to see where your blogging career takes you in the future!

    I'd love to take part of a blog tour if you end up doing it :)

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    1. I hope the best is yet to come. It's strange because of how "clean" the severance is between the two different blogs and the time periods-- for all we know, the change could have happened around last year or my freshman year of college which would have made the transition awkward. There's a ton of things planned for my new blog, but they're going to be kept TIGHTLY under wraps in the mean time...

      Ooh, yay! As I said in a previous comment, keep your eyes peeled-- I'm not entirely sure when I'm going to start sending things to plan a blog tour because of how busy these next several days will be, but it's going to happen soon!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  10. Wow... I'm feeling super nostalgic right now. I've been reading Ups & Downs since the beginning of MY blogging days (which was years ago!!) and I've been a big fan of your work ever since. I'm incredibly proud of you and so excited for Story-Eyed! I'm definitely down for a blog tour. Wishing you the best! <3

    anna | annaish

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    1. It's insane to think that we've known each other for such a long time and seeing so much changes to the blogging community and our own journeys on this creative sphere. O.O It still boggles my mind... I'm looking forward to the tour, though. Thank you!!! <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  11. Oh my god I'm so glad you're not quitting blogging altogether! You're one of those people who've always been around and I'd hate to lose touch! Can't wait to see the new blog go online! Am I overdoing it on the exclamation marks?!

    x Envy
    Lost in Translation

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    1. It's super strange to think I've been around for a long time because on one hand it feels like I haven't been on for some time, but in reality it's been five years (and I very much remember 2014 as the year of making blog designs, including one of yours!!!). And no, you're not overdoing it with exclamation marks, Envy-- they're always welcome!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  12. AGH ABBY you nearly gave me a heartache because I thought you were leaving for good! Thank goodness you will still be around; I think you and Rosie have probably been the only bloggers that I've known since the beginnings of my own blog, and I'd hate to see either of you leave the community.

    Looking forward to this new launch, and I wish you the best of luck in your new endeavors.

    Aliah | Indigo Ink

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    1. ALIAH HI I'M SO HAPPY YOU'RE ALIVE!!! No, I am not leaving for good (the thought hasn't occurred to me in my mind-- I can't imagine myself not blogging in the future?). Also, Rosie is definitely one of the true old timers on the blogosphere, that's for sure. O.O Ah, old timers...

      Thank you, Aliah. Also, welcome back to the blogging community! I've missed your words and perspective. <3

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  13. SO EXCITED FOR THIS!! a blog tour would be SUPER neat. good luck with starting up your new blog!!! rlly stoked to see it :') xx

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    1. ELISABETH HI YOU'RE ALIVE IN THE BLOGOSPHERE WHOO!!! Thanks, girlie. I'm stoked too. xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  14. Ahhhh, I haven't stopped by here in so long and I was nearly heart-broken when I started reading this. Now I'm just excited!!! What a great name as well. Good luck with your new blog, Abi!

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  15. Well, shoot! I barely read this blog. However, I'm glad that you're making a decision that you're more comfortable with. That's pretty cool.

    I can't wait to see the new changes your blog will have! <3

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  16. First that's amazing! Second I would love to be in a blog tour for it!!

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  17. OH MY goodness. I, like many of the above, was like "WHAAAAAA?" when I saw the announcement but I then read the rest and felt a wave of relief. I am *so* interested in a blog tour, and I wish you all the best in this new direction! Always a fun time doing new things! <3
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    steph
    strictlystephanie.wordpress.com

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  18. Aw, it'll be a little sad to see this wonderful blog move (nostalgia and all that) but YAY FOR NEW BLOG!!! I'm very excited to see what it will look like. :)

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  19. Why did I just see this now? Super excited to see what the future holds for you and blogging! (Also yes, I'd love to be a part of a blog tour!)

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Hi, friend! Just remember to keep comments clean and kind, or I will have to delete them. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog-- I cherish every kind word sent my way.

Stay strong and wonderful!
xoxo Abigail Lennah