Goodbye, My Friends….
Let’s see if I can get through this post without crying… But I don’t really think that will happen…
Before I go on, I want you all to know that this is not a joke. This isn’t some late April Fools Day prank. This is real.
I know I have always said that I’ll never leave. That I’ll always be posting on LHOAG. That I planned to be buying dolls and posting on here till I was an old lady. But time has changed things.
My passion for dolls and doll blogging has faded. At the beginning of the year I had written down goals for this blog and I was super excited about it. I hoped that this would be a big year for LHOAG, but as I’m sure you all can tell, I’ve hardly been posting here the past few months.
I’ve felt lazy to post. I’ve preferred doing other things instead of posting. And all the while I’ve felt super guilty about not posting here.
Each month I’ve been saying – okay, this month I’m gonna post more! And then I just don’t.
I’ve come to the realization after a long heart to heart talk with my mom that my passions have changed. Dolls are no longer my passion in life, though I still love them very much, they just aren’t my passion anymore. Writing is my new passion. I’d rather spend my time brainstorming, reading writing posts, writing, etc. than dressing up my dolls and taking pictures of them.
And I can’t tell you how much it pains me to say that. My dolls and this blog have been literally a part of me these past 4 years. I’ve learned, gained, and given so much through this blog and I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without it. In fact – my passion for writing really came because of this blog. So through an old passion, a new one emerged.
That’s okay, though. We can’t hold onto everything in life, no matter how much we may want to. People grow up, times change, and with that comes new passions, new adventures, and a new chapter in life.
So my friends, it is time for me to say it – I’m not going to be posting anymore on this blog. At least… not regularly.
I don’t believe that my days of photographing dolls and making photostories are completely over, so I believe that I will still come back here and post things, I just don’t know how often. It could be weeks, months, or even a year apart, but I know I’m not 100% out of the game just yet. So please don’t unfollow me – I’m certain I will still have more things posted on here, I just don’t know when. I’m only going to post if I feel the urge to do so.
Letting go is so hard. I feel like I’m saying goodbye to the last piece of my childhood. Like I’m ending one chapter and beginning a new one. This is really hard for me, guys. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve loved this blog and the journey it’s taken me on.
And I love you all so much. I know that sounds like a lie, but I mean it. You all have made me so happy and have been such a huge part of my life. Because you mean so much to me, I feel so terrible to do this, but I know you’ll understand. <3
Thank you all for the love you’ve expressed to me and my blog. For your words of encouragement, advice, and support. Thank you for every like, every comment, and every follow. Thank you for being there for me through the good and the bad. <3
I’m not leaving the blogosphere. I’m still gonna be around, reading, commenting, and liking your posts. And I’ll still be posting over on Little Miss Fluffet, so please go follow me there so we can stay in touch. I don’t wanna lose you guys. <3 I post about my writing on LMF, fandom things, and will also be posting my monthly recaps there, so you can stay pretty much up to date on my life on that blog 😉 And rest assured this blog will always remain open and running!
I feel like I can’t end this post, cause it just feels so final and it’s breaking me. But I’ll be back. I will. Someday. :’)
With Much Love from Your Friend,
Aw, it’s okay, Jaclynn! <3 I completely understand, and I'm SO glad you'll still be posting on LMF. I'll really miss your posts on here, but I'm glad you're not forcing yourself to do something you don't want to do. 🙂 I'll be sure to read and comment on LMF! 😀
Thank you for being so understanding, Clara! <3
Awww, I will really REALLY miss Little House of American Girl, but at least you will still be on Little Miss Fluffet! Will you still be making your amazing costumes for dolls?
Thank you, Chloe – I will, too. 🙁
Oh, yes, definitely! 🙂
Awww…sorry to hear this! 🙁
Thanks – I’m sorry to do this.. 🙁
I’m very sad to see you go, Jaclynn, but I completely understand and support you. Hobbies and interests change, and there’s nothing really wrong with that. I do hope you will come back here someday, though, and I will definitely not unfollow your blog.
One last thing-I just wanted you to know that you were one of my inspirations for starting a blog of my own(and I know you were an inspiration to many others). So I thank you for that. 🙂
P.S. Those photos of Felicity might be my favorite photos on this blog-they’re such good quality and Felicity looks so pretty. I also really like the backdrop. 🙂
Thank you so much! <3
Oh my goodness. You just made me all teary eyed. You’re welcome and thank you for saying that. <3
P.S. Awww, wow! Thank you so much! 🙂
I gotta say this post surprised me. It touched me too. I know from my daily life that it’s hard letting go. You have a beautiful heart and I’m really happy for you. Chase your dreams- I mean run after them. And when they start to get out of your sight, let your Father pick you up and take you for a ride. God bless you girl!!!
Would you check out my YouTube channel?
Oh my goodness, Julia. Thank you so SO much for your comment. This meant so much to me. <3
Oh, I’m sorry, I don’t actually do YouTube… :/
Jacklyn, you will be missed. I completely understand though. I follow LMF so I will still be able to read your lovely writing 😀
God has an awesome plan and this might not be part of it anymore but that is ok.
Thank you so much, Rebekah 🙂
I will miss this blog a lot! I understand though. 🙂 You are an amazing writer. Will you still have your Etsy shop?
Thank you so much! Yes, I’ll still be crocheting! 🙂
Wow, I’m going to miss all of your awesome post and stuff. Thanks so much for sharing your joy with us for the 4 years, we will all miss you greatly. <3 <3
Thank you so much! 🙂
You’ll be sorely missed, but I am so happy that you have found a new passion that brings you so much joy. I can’t wait to follow your continuing journey on LMF!
Awe, thank you, Kathryn! 🙂
That’s okay Jaclynn! I’m sad you’re stopping regular posts, but glad you’re not leaving “for good”. This blog is exceptional, and made me want to make one!
<3 , IrishAG
Awww! Thank you so much! I’m glad I was an inspiration to you 🙂
My dolls thank you, I think I was being a bit neglectful… 🙂
<3 , IrishAG
Hey, I just had an idea! Maybe, since you’re more into writing now, you could make costumes for your dolls from characters in your book! No pressure, though. 🙂
<3 , IrishAG
*has never thought of that before*
*loves the idea*
That’s a great idea!! I’ll have to start doing that! 😀
Aw, Jaclynn! I totally understand. It’s really hard to let go of something (even if not completely), but sometimes it’s for the best. Your blog was the one that compelled me to start mine. You’re amazing, Jaclynn, and never forget it.
Awww, thank you so much, Miri. It’s amazing to see just how many people I inspired to start their own blog. <3
I am very sorry to hear this, but I do understand the feelings you expressed. I am glad you are not giving up entirely and if we only get an annual post, I will celebrate that post.
Perhaps you will find as you branch out in your writing career your dolls can still be helpful. Maybe a break away from the blank page. Putting everything into one focus can be exhausting. You will learn more as you expand and might find rotating passions keeps everything fresh.
Best wishes in all you do! Looking forward to hearing from you at some time in the future. Take care of you!
Thank you so much for your kind words! They mean a lot. 🙂
Oh my goodness you had me so worried! I totally understand, I still love my dolls but I don’t get the same passion photographing them that I used to. I look forward to more posts on LMF, and am so grateful I’ve gotten to know you more. ?
Thank you, Amelia! I’m glad I’ve gotten to know you more, too 🙂
Aww, Jaclynn! I’m so sad that you won’t be blogging on here anymore! I barely got to know you and your blog, but I’m glad that you’ll still be posting on LMF! This was so sad to read, because I know that it’s hard to say goodbye to things you love. You will be missed on this blog, dearie! <3
Aww, thank you so much, May! <3
*cries* *sobs* *wails at the moon* *hides in a hole of misery with chocolate*
*does exactly the same with you* 🙁
Your posts on here will be greatly missed but I’m glad you will still be posting on Little Miss Fluffet.
Thank you for saying so, Anna 🙂
I almost cried when I read this.
I’m so sad you’re going, Jaclynn. This has been my favorite blog, and it makes me sad that I won’t be seeing your doll posts in my reader. I am always so happy and smile when I look at your pictures. You have inspired me so much and been a great friend to me. I always have loved going back in your posts to read your series again and again.
I am glad you will still have your writing blog, though. And i understand your interests have changed. But that doesn’t make it hurt any less.
Goodbye, Little House of American Girl. I will miss you.
This comment made me teary! 🙁 Thank you so much, Mya <3
I completely understand, Jaclynn. The whole point of blogging about something is because it’s fun, you like it, and you want to share it with others. When it stops being fun, it’s good to take a break… or stop altogether. *sniff* You will be VERY missed on LHOAG, but at least we’re not losing you forever, ’cause you’ll still be posting on LMF! 😀 You have been so dedicated to this AG doll blog for so long – if there’s anyone who deserves the opportunity to “retire”, so to speak, from their blog, it’s you. 😉 That last picture of you and Felicity nearly had me in tears, though…
Anyway, thank you so much for all your posts, your stories, replying to all our comments… EVERYTHING. See you on LMF!
Your words mean so much, Lizzy. Thank you so very much, and you are so welcome. It was a pleasure. <3
Aw, I’m so sorry to hear that Jaclynn, but I definitely understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been struggling a bit with this too. But it’s great that you’re identifying what you still are passionate about and hone in your focus on that. 🙂
Good luck, my friend! I will miss your doll posts, but I can’t wait to see what LMF will be adding to the blogosphere. <333
Thank you so much, Grace <3
Aww! I’ll miss your blog, but I understand. 🙂
I’ve LOVED your blog though!
Awe, thank you, Jane! 🙂
Awww, I know how you feel Jaclynn, because I did the same thing. But like you, I probably never would have gotten into writing or started Send the Light if it hadn’t been for HODD. I know this must be hard for you, because I’m still some what pained myself when I look back on how much I loved American Girl. I’ve also discovered, however, that change can be SO good if you give it time to work. The old chapters are hard to leave but the new ones can be even better! <3 Love ya, girly!
That is all so true. Thank you, Lainey! <3
Saw the title, and was pretty sure it must be international prank day.
It’s okay that you’re grown up, granny doughnut!
Okay, Granny Doughnut had me laughing. I’M NOT THAT OLD YET! LOLOL! XD
We all totally understand! Time changes things and sometimes we just have to move on from things a little. I’m so glad you’re not leaving for good and that you’ll still be blogging at LMF! I want to let you know I’ve absolutely loved this blog — it’s one of the best out there. Thank you for being one of the most amazing bloggers ever! We love you and are here for you no matter what, Jaclynn! ❤️
Awwww, thank you SO much, Madi! <3
Oh, Jaclynn, while this makes me sad, I understand how you feel. You were one of the people who inspired me to start AmazinGly Adollabe. But being the same age as you, I’ve also kind of felt the same way. I still love my dolls, but life is busy and I don’t have as much time for them. I hardly ever post on my blog. I just do it when I feel like it and it’s convenient for me. I love you and your blog and hope to still occasionally get the happy surprise of a post on here in my inbox. And I’m glad you have your other blogs, too. 🙂
God bless you in the next chapter of your life.
Thanks so much, Morgan. <3
Will you still be doing Bitty Beanies?
Oh, yes, absolutely! 🙂
We all will miss you, but I see that you still do post from time to time, which makes me happy. And who knows? I got away from dolls around the age of 20, and didn’t get back into them until I was 31 years old. Now, at 33, I love them again. Passions change… and passions also come back when you least expect them! Maybe you’ll have a daughter, and she’ll love dolls, and that will ignite your spark for them again. Or maybe your passion will wax and wane for them, depending on what else is going on in your life. Whatever you choose to do, you have a whole group of people here who will be happy for you.
Awww, thank you so much for your kind words! <3