January 12, 2013
YHL's second book is now available for pre-order on Amazon, called Lovable Livable Home: How to Add Beauty, Get Organized, and Make Your House Work for You.
Do you think this is going to be a success? What do you think the content is going to include? How much of it will be blatantly ripped off Pinterest? Will they do a book tour? Will they go back to blogging? Speculate here!
Personally, I think that the biggest fail is going to be 'add beauty'. In the last few years, I haven't really found that they've managed to beautify anything.
October 25, 2012
I think it's going to be a huge flop. They aren't relevant anymore and their blog is defunct, and none of the topics aren't anything new or different from the last book. Think it would have been cool if they did a kids craft/decorating book, because their style and color palette lend to that. it still wouldn't interest me, because I don't have kids, but it would have been a well-fitting niche thing for them to do and they wasted the opportunity.
June 5, 2013
It's gonna be a terrific flop. The ridiculous fan girls who post "Miss you and love you guys!!!" on the random Instagram pics they post will be the only ones to buy it. Their previous book only sold well because of the blog following at the time. They lost the bulk of that when they closed up shop. Most of the readers were casual readers who went on with their lives when they stopped blogging.
I bought their first book but definitely won't buy this one. I think their publisher is probably shitting their pants right about now because sales are going to be baaaaad.
All that said…I would not be surprised AT ALL if they made a return to blogging right before the book launches to try and drum up sales.
June 6, 2011
I bought the first book because I was a fangirl at the time, but even then, while still fangirling, I was underwhelmed by the book. It was basically just the blog. Which I already read, for free. I gave the book to my sister as a gift and that was the end of the it. I would not buy the second book.
June 27, 2012
They had a book tour that went to so many places last time. I think interest in meeting them got drummed up as people posted about meeting them.
I can see their diehard fans driving distances to see them after not seeing them for so long, but a good portion of their old audience has probably stopped checking the blog for updatess.
September 8, 2014
I still can't believe their publisher/or agreement allowed J&S to totally shut down the blog. The blog is what MADE them and what made their first book and SOLD IT. Suddenly quitting their job not only reflects poorly on their work ethic in the eyes of publishers, but it has/and will without a doubt decrease book sales.
They probably will come back–but as late as possible, in order to do the least amount of work possible–in true J&S style. I think they are foolishly putting far too much confidence in themselves–thinking that they can hold out till the very last minute to come back to blogging and still crank out book sales in the nick of time. Not to mention the short memory of the internet, plus all the fangirls who have turned against them and now hold a personal gruge because they 'feel betrayed' by their ex-bestie blahgers. Gag.
Anyway, to me it just seems so risky for everyone involved -doing a book without THE blog. The whole thing is really bizarre and seems poorly planned, which will most likely show in a poor execution.
March 13, 2014
How can they have a book that includes 'get organised' in the title. Remember their dining room and there spare room of squalor? I agree with the others above, they have taken themselves out of the game for too long.
May 2, 2012
My completely unfounded prediction is that they've continued "improving" their house since they shut down the blog and are planning to entice fangirls with "See what our house looks like NOW! Here's what we've been up to lately!" They'll bring the blog back shortly before (and maybe post some small projects but mostly keep up the ominious ~secret book shit~ excuse to hold back on posting the major work they've done and possibly reveal it after the book is published, then fade away again.
May 31, 2014
Look, if they were going to come back, they already would have. Their book is officially up for pre-order: now is the time for publicity.
June 6, 2011
The book doesn't come out until September, why would now be the time for publicity? Come back in the month or so before it comes out. They could be writing the content now even (do you hear me, YHL? Start working on your comeback projects now). The internet fangirls will throw a freakin' ticker-tape parade. THEY'RE BACK, THEY'RE BACK! Let's buy their book to celebrate!
January 10, 2013
I really want to know why they shut that blog down with a book coming out. It doesn't make any sense, unless there's a missing piece to this story.
October 18, 2012
Another completely unfounded prediction that is somewhat like the other completely unfounded prediction above:
The blog was getting very stale and way past its expiration date. They were truly sucking at what they were doing, they couldn't make anything work. The makeovers got more horrible as time went on. Each room worse than the one before it.
They may have taken some time to readjust their style (this has been speculated before) and they may come back with new makeovers of their house. It never made sense to me that they just couldn't do something, anything with the dining room before closing down.
The also said they had some projects/lines they were working on. Since 3 knobs at Home Depot, which are repeats of the Target knobs is all we see, with a few more to come, it looks like the lines or whatever they were talking about may not have materialized.
We thought they may be designing model homes for the builder and they probably wanted to, but someone noted there is a designer on staff there already.
They probably thought they were going to branch out into all this other stuff and the blog is really the only thing they have. They may be counting on "absence makes the heart grow fonder" and might try to come back, thinking everyone has missed them, but most people have probably moved on and design and DYI blogs seem sort of "over".
There was an article I read, not sure I got it from here or not, but it said the small house and DIY house trend is over, and younger home buyers are trending toward the McMansion type houses again, and its tied to the recovering economy.
I think also, we have discussed here that DIY is cyclical and becomes popular when the economy is bad (and we briefly talked about that book The Tightwad Gazette).
I think they have gone from posting one pic a month to two. They may just increase that as a warming up to re-opening the blog. Its been about 6 mos now, in September it will be about a year.
I wouldn't be surprised if they gave the blog another try, and maybe this absence was calculated, but I tend to think there was more behind it than we know.
If they re-open the blog, I don't know what they would bring to the table, unless it's "phase 2" of the makeovers, kitchen reno, etc.
It is sort of hard to believe that they closed it down when they have a book coming out, but it might be some of their stealthy, really important ad professionals type of strategy
January 1, 2013
I'll piggyback with a conspiracy theory that maybe they got some professional help/guidance on their current home's renovations (and sure-to-be book content) since, as SCC pointed out, everything they touched was a shitshow lately. Maybe that would have been too hard to try to pull off – blogging while having designer help behind-the-scenes. So shutter the blog for a while, get some pro's in to actually design something that won't be a huge flop/let-down/embarrassment.
I'm sad that I've actually thought about it this much. (But I'll admit, yhl was my first daily blog read, so I was hooked. But after time, I found myself hugely wtf-ing them more and more. And like it or not, everyone remembers their first.) However, I don't need yhl-closure enough to spend money on this book, which is what they might be banking on.
But what do I know- the "rabids" might come out in droves, and they might be accidental-set-the-record-for-preordered-book-sales authors!