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March 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

Happy Friday, friend! You might have noticed that all my URLs and usernames have changed this week so I just wanted to drop in and quickly tell you all about the new changes to my blog.

I have been writing under the moniker, Happily Ever Homebody, since last spring. And at the time, my intention was to focus primarily on homebody lifestyle content. So the name made sense. But in the midst of all the COVID chaos, I found solace in books. And so my content veered down a path that was completely different to the one I set out to follow.

After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided to change my blog’s name to better reflect what my content is about. I will now be posting under the name: Hayley By The Book.

All existing content including book reviews previously found at Happily Ever Homebody can be found here. And all existing links will direct you to the same content. The only real change is the name.

During my period of reflection, I also decided that I wanted to make some small changes to how I blog. These include:

  • Blogging here roughly once or twice a week – this will include book reviews and more casual content.

  • Microblogging on Instagram more regularly – again, fairly casual but on a much larger scale than I have done in the past.

  • Sharing reviews on my Goodreads more often.

  • Working on my engagement with the book community at large.

Basically, I want to move towards blogging as something I enjoy rather than as something I do. I won’t be following “the rules” anymore. Just doing my own thing and generally winging it in the hope that I can get back to when blogging brought me joy as opposed to stress.

So there you have it – a brief blog update! I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my blogging journey and I hope that you are too. Thanks for supporting me for the last 2 years and for giving me a reason to continue doing what I do. (Even when I feel like giving up!)

I hope you have a lovely weekend!



*Featured Image: Savanevich Viktar – Canva Pro


  • Stephanie @ Bookfever March 12, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I’m loving the new blog name, Hayley! πŸ’–

    • Hayley March 17, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      Thank you, Stephanie! <3

  • Heather @ RandomRedheadedRamblings March 14, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    Yay! I love your new name!

    I felt much more relaxed when I realised that blogging was a hobby not a full time job. I stopped blogging in 2017 when I got overwhelmed trying to follow the β€œrules”, I missed the social aspect and came back to it last summer during furlough and have just been doing it my way ever since.

    Happy blogging!

    • Hayley March 17, 2021 at 2:21 pm

      Yay! Thank you so much, Heather! πŸ™‚

      Definitely better to forge your own path! I’m glad you returned to book blogging. πŸ™‚

  • Cristina Rosano March 18, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Love the new blog name and all for this new adventure! I am really glad I discovered this months ago and started following! X

    • Hayley March 19, 2021 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you so much Cristina! Your support means a lot to me. πŸ™‚

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