This isn't going to be the easiest blog post to write but from the title of this post as you may have guessed - I've decided to close Arc It Blog.
This is a decision I have been toying with for some months now and I wanted to explain to you all the circumstances of Arc It's end. When I first started this blog, I was unemployed due to health issues and wanted a project that I could put some positive time and focus into. Since there wasn't really any Arc information on the internet, I decided to fill the gap about this awesome new stationery line I had discovered.
I didn't know if it would be successful or if anyone would actually read it but over time it grew until it gained around 200+ readers. I was getting lovely comments and emails from Arc users all over the world. I sent parcels to places who couldn't get certain Arc products and in turn had awesome packages sent to me with the same. Ideas were shared, content was generated and over time with the help from all my readers, a really handy little resource was created for Arc users online. And I was really proud of what it had achieved and the many people who thanked me and the readers of Arc It for our help.
However, circumstances in my life have changed. Last year had some especially difficult moments that meant the blog had to take numerous hiatuses. But it also had some better moments, like my health recuperating enough for me to start work again and think about picking up my life where I had to leave it many years before. Content has been hard to create for this blog due to a complete lack of new Arc products in the UK in 2014 and genuinely running out of ideas for posts, hence the decision to expand into posts about other disc-bound systems and stationery.
Recently, I have found myself not really enjoying writing for this blog but feeling more obligated to do so. I thought some time off might help but sadly, I haven't gained any real drive or motivation to continue. Don't get me wrong - I still love Arc notebooks and continue to use them to this day. A lot more Arc content can now be found online via YouTube, blogs and social media so the big Arc shaped hole in the internet is now definitely filled!
I just feel the time is right - my lack of enjoyment and wanting to put time into moving my life forward has helped me come to the conclusion to finish. I will not be deleting this blog but instead, I will be leaving it online as a resource for people - it just won't be updated anymore.
I will be leaving commenting on this blog open for the next month or so but after that commenting will be closed so it doesn't became a spamfest and I don't have to moderate them. I'm still happy to offer people advice and help via email, but I'd prefer it if people contact Staples first as answering Arc emails isn't going to be my top priority.
I am sorry to those of you who will be disappointed by this blog's closure, especially those who have recently found it! Please understand my feelings and hopefully you can use what will be left online as a reference for your Arc needs! Arc It will not be changing ownership as I am a little hesitant in doing so - not that anyone has come forward.
A huge thanks to each and every single one of you for your support, emails, comments, content, ideas, photos, packages and presents - I couldn't have done it without an awesome readership so genuinely - thank you.
If you want to keep in contact with me, you can continue to using firstname.lastname@example.org. I will have emails from that account forwarded to my main email account so expect replies from a different address. I am on Twitter but honestly, I don't like using it so emailing me is going to be your best bet.
Once again, a huge heartfelt thank you to you all for being a part of Arc It and my apologies for those who are feeling disappointed. I hope you all continue to keep organised and disc-bound and my best wishes and love to you all for 2015 and beyond!