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Is Over?

Keller Hawthorne | January 21, 2010 | 24 Comments
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Is Over?

Heck no! I’ve just been sick. You could refer to my particular sickness as “morning sickness.” You know –

A “special delivery” has me feeling under the weather.
I’m “glowing” with fatigue.
I’m “with” nauseous.

Ok, enough of the run around – I’m expecting a baby!!! and couldn’t be more thrilled or nauseous!

Scott and Keller's Baby

After 10 years of building our relationship, my fiancé and I decided to add a third to the equation! That’s right – TEN YEARS. We began dating when I was 17 years old. He’s watched me fail and succeed with my businesses and waited for me as I went away to college. In 2008, we purchased our first home together. And now, in 2010, we will welcome our first child into our lives!

It’s been a rough couple months. I lost the battle against morning sickness and fatigue and ended up in bed for over month. Work has never been so distant from my daily activities. But, I’m beginning to feel better!

For the last week, I’ve been catching up on my stores and client work. Everyone has been so supportive – I couldn’t be luckier to have such understanding people in my life.

As for, I simply couldn’t get myself to sit up long enough to write a post. There were weeks where even looking at my iPhone screen made me nauseous. Not to mention the complete lack of inspiration – turns out feeling horrible doesn’t do much for the inspiration department.

What’s In Store for My Blog?

Now that I’m beginning to come out into the sunlight again, I’m excited to get underway with a few things…

1. Blog Reviews of Our Contest Winners

I owe Will of and Dana of blog reviews for their fantastic wins in our Best WordPress Design Contest 2009. They have been incredibly patient with me (these reviews were due back in October) and I’m so grateful for that. I plan to focus on getting those reviews completed – finally!

2. Fresh Journal Premium WordPress Theme

I hope to offer a premium WP theme designed by yours truly within the next couple weeks. It’s a very simple design loaded with backend options. It’s in its last stages of development, then comes testing and finally a release – stay tuned! Here’s a little sneak peak:

Attention Men: The pink will be completely customizable!

Fresh Journal Premium WordPress Theme

3. Theme Nursery – My Third Store

I had actually planned to launch Theme Nursery last spring – and then I decided to hold off and launch instead. It was totally worth putting off as my blog has been the most incredible Internet project I’ve ever worked on. However, it’s about time I get back to work on this store – especially now that I’m in the market for my own theme nursery!

I hope to launch my third store this February. I will also do my best to take notes for tips and ideas for all of my ecommerce followers!

4. Article Series Wrap Ups

I started a couple article series a few months back that I really enjoyed writing. I’ve been excited to get back to them. So, in the next couple months look out for:

  • The Greatest SEO Myths Series Wrap Up
  • Selling Advertising Space Series Wrap Up

5. Discussions Forum Reopening

My forum went down due to a server issue in November. I had planned on fixing it in December, but – well, obviously I didn’t get a chance to. So, look out for the forum reopening in the next couple months. I’m just hoping I won’t have to overhaul the thing!

When Will All This Be Happening?

I’m able to sit back at my desk longer each day, but I’m still slow and nauseous. So, I would like to ask for everyone’s patience as I get back into the groove of things.

You may notice that my average weekly post count will be low for a little while (I used to average 1 post every 1.5 days). My first goal is to write at least one post a week, but hopefully that will increase quickly as I settle back into work.

I want to thank everyone for your concern and well wishes – it means so much. I’m also eager to discuss with all of you how this hiatus has affected my traffic, PageRank and stats – definitely something to learn from.

It happens to be my 27th birthday today, so I’m off to spend the evening with friends. I’m actually going OUT tonight – I can’t believe it!

I can’t wait to talk with you all again and begin writing next week!

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