02 Oct 2016

hey there | it’s booksandbighair!

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If you have been following me since I started blogging in 2010, you’ll know I’ve changed my blog name and/or layout at least 10 times. It started out as The Reddlipstick Blog, and it was entertainment focused with a black and red theme. From there, it briefly changed into xoxo India, then TheReddBlogger (that layout is still one of my all-time favorites!) and then IndiaHillWrites (another one of my favorite layouts) and now we are here at BooksandBigHair.

BooksandBigHair is the name of my BookTube channel. I love it so much and it’s definitely one of my favorite passion projects to date! The bookish community is so kind and I love how excited about books we all get together. When I started that channel, I wanted my blog to have the same name, but I didn’t want people to think that I would ONLY talk about books and hair things here, so I stuck with IndiaHillWrites. It sounded practical, and it worked because I’m a writer (duh).

I had two separate snapchat accounts, but I didn’t think that my book followers would want to see snaps of my everyday life, and the people in my everyday life wouldn’t want to always see snaps about books. But switching between two snapchat accounts has proven to be VERY annoying, and I decided to ask the followers on my bookish snapchat what they thought about me merging the two accounts and would they be interested in my life outside of booktube?

While the majority said yes, one response actually stuck out to me: Be Authentically You. It made me think; being me is being a book nerd and loving rap and a million other things and I don’t need to separate it. I decided to not only merge my snapchat, but have a more cohesive brand with everything having the same name. So, here we are! Also, BooksandBigHair will also still fit when I become a published author. 🙂

Honestly, since I’ve moved to New York, I wanted a fresh start to the blog, anyway. I like this because it’s bright and me, and it has something of a southern flair that I can always look at when I get homesick (plus the anchor– Hebrews 6:19).

I’ll go into details about my first week at the job and in New York soon, but in the meantime, for all you book lovers, I have some prerecorded videos coming to my BookTube channel, and you can follow along in real time on either instagram (1 and 2) and snapchat (booksandbighair)!

So, I can’t promise that this change will be permanent. I would have actually kept the old layout if I could have made a new logo as pretty as Whitney Blake did, but since she is no longer freelancing and I’m no designer, I downloaded a template and tried to do a little something myself. I’m already thinking about what I want an actual logo to look like, so that will definitely change before I’m happy with it. But, I hope you enjoy the content. Let me know what you think!unknown-2

2 Comments

  1. Kari wrote:

    Yay, you’re here! I hope your first week in the city (and on the job) was great and I can’t wait to hear all about it.
    I know the struggle with website names and handles, let me tell you! I’ve changed my blog name like 4 times (most recently from ‘oh for the love of stories’ to ‘kari like ferrari’). That advice to “be authentically you” was such wonderful advice, because it’s something we tend to lose touch with. Sometimes we get so caught up in what’s expected that we just gotta do us and damn the consequences, ya know?
    Also, I’m no big designer, but I might be able to help you out with a few design elements if you want. I like tinkering with photoshop and would love to help you out.

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