I should probably begin with something like “Hi, welcome to my blog.  My name is Melissa and I am going to talk about…”

Instead I’m going to give you a glimpse into the “behind the scenes” of this blog.

Yes, already!

Because “behind the scenes” is exciting and impressive.

And also, I think you’ll understand me a whole lot better once you discover the magic behind the blog that I have just embarked upon.

edinburgh scotland

This is Scotland on a good day. Cloudy, yes, but somehow also sunny. If it wasn’t raining, it was a pretty good day.

A few years ago, I had a blog called So I Went to Scotland Searching for Dragons.  It was my travel blog about my year long sojourn to Edinburgh (and surrounding cities, towns, and countries), and it was a fun way to share my adventures as I went.

When I got home, I kept blogging off and on for a while, but it felt wrong.  My Scotland blog was my Scotland blog.  I wasn’t searching for dragons anymore (everyone knows they don’t really care much for America – not enough castles). And so, I slowly but surely stopped blogging altogether.  It just didn’t feel right.

But I missed it.  So not long ago, I decided, “I’m going to try this thing again on a fresh new blog with a fresh new name and a fresh new look.  A shiny new blog of my very own!”

I would call it “Bella, Books, and Baking” because alliteration makes everything better (don’t judge me) and those three things represent a lot of my interests rather well (read About This Blog for more information on the inspiration behind the name).

So I attempted to set it up.

I don't know why anyone would doubt my abilities to blog...

I don’t know why anyone would doubt my abilities to blog… I’m such a sensible person.

Through methods that I would challenge even the most computer-savvy individual to comprehend, I managed to thoroughly destroy the blog site before I had even written my first post.

Don’t ask me how I did it.  In fact, let’s forget this whole behind the scenes concept and leave it at this: I should not be allowed to do anything remotely complex on the computer by myself.  It is a miracle that I did it once, and I shouldn’t have expected it to work a second time.

I spent days trying to untangle the mysterious and magical website gobbledygook that I had created.

Then, by sheer dumb luck, I clicked one button that somehow – mostly – fixed it.  I spent two days gleefully building a pretty, cutesy, not-at-all-grown-up looking website with lots of pictures.  I started writing posts ahead of time, so excited was I.

Then I came to the realization that I had mangled the whole thing – again.

Well, to be fair to myself, I had simply chosen a very bad way to set it up and had to do it all over again.

Supremely heroic

Supremely heroic and much more sensible than I am

This is when my super hero of a husband comes in.  I told him that my life as a blogger was pretty much over and I should just stick to tragically knitting in a corner for the rest of my life, but he told me that he could make all my problems go away.  All he had to do was… Google the problem.

Seriously?

Seriously.

So, he worked his tech magic and fixed it.

Except it wasn’t fixed.  He did everything right, but the blog firmly refused to acknowledge its own existence.  Yes, my blog has had an existential crisis before it has even had a chance to be a blog. That is the sort of blog this is going to be…

At long last, we simply decided to let it sit and to beg the website support people for help later.

Then, the next day, it somehow started working on its own.  I don’t even understand, but I am not asking questions.

And now, here I am.  The blog is fixed… I think.  And posts are going to come out forthwith.

And that is the story of how I shouldn’t have started this blog.  If you are reading this, I hope you are as proud of me as I am (for whining until my husband fixed it, if nothing else) and I hope that you will read more as it comes out.  I’m going to be posting about pretty much anything that comes to mind.

Because it’s my blog and I get to do that.

My first post will have to do with Pinterest, decorating choices, and whatever in the world chalk paint is.

You know, the deep stuff.