Spring 2017 Update – Where Y’At?

Katharine Hepburn

Me over the past few weeks: *insert numerous expletives*

Also me: I’m still here.

If you’ve stopped by EauMG recently, you probably received a weird message instead of my usual frivolous fragrant content. For those that don’t follow my ramblings on social media, here’s a quick overview: the server that EauMG was on was hacked. This caused my host to ban the site for violating terms and services, blah, blah. It has taken me weeks to get my content back, migrate everything, get a new host and basically take this thing to the carwash to clean all the bird droppings off of it. Blogging is so much fun *eye roll*.

As you can tell, the site needs some major detailing. After all of this, I’m just happy to have it up and running again! (This entire ordeal really tested my patience). I was actually planning on a “relaunch” in June with a new look and everything once school wrapped up. Things have been majorly stale. Now I’m being forced to relaunch, which is a positive, I guess. I just wish all of this did not happen during finals. It’s not like there’s ever a good time to be hacked, but it did come at an awful time. Oh, and during my 9th year of blogging anniversary! Yay!

Anyway, I really missed you guys. Other than learning a lot about what hacking does to sites and how to recover, I have learned other important lessons. With everything going on over the past few years, I’ve flirted with the idea of retiring EauMG. It often feels like there is more put into it than what comes out. It’s time consuming and I thought there could be something more productive to do with my time. But, I realize I do this because I want to do it. I always said that once I didn’t feel like it anymore, I won’t blog anymore. That simple. But, without the site up, I missed talking about perfumes and things that I genuinely like. It’s nice to take a break from the world, from my life (gah, so sick of biostats right now) and from my boring routines and talk about pretty things. It’s not a job; it’s a hobby. It’s a weird hobby but I still really enjoy discussing smells. It does take a lot of time (which does make it feel like a job at times). Yet, I don’t mind. Perfumes and blogging are a great distraction.

Thank you for reading. I’ve been feeling real emo lately (birthdays, Mother’s Day, finals) which is usually sort of counterproductive but not now. All my old friends, new friends and (hopefully) future friends, thanks for stopping by and making my crazy daily life a brighter place. Thanks for sharing this weird hobby with me. Thanks for making EauMG a wothwhile place to hang out.

*Katharine Hepburn from

29 thoughts on “Spring 2017 Update – Where Y’At?

  1. Yuck. Sorry you got hacked but I’m really glad you aren’t retiring the blog. Quite a few of my long-time favorites have packed it in over the past couple of years and I would miss your voice.

    1. I totally get why people do it. I hope they’re happy and have more time to enjoy life 🙂

      This was really a pain but there were some positives. I realize I don’t have to do things I don’t want to do. I can post when I want, no pressure. I think that is important to remember for anyone with any type of blog. It’s easy to get stuck in the “job” part of it and not enjoy it anymore.

  2. So glad you are up and running again, and survived everything – illnesses included! I missed reading your blog and getting the email notifications 🙂

    1. Yay! Thank you so much for reading and commenting 🙂

      It was weird to not be able to write when I felt like it. What’s funny is that I’ve actually smelled some new things that I love. Great time for my blog to implode, lol.

  3. I was so worried you and EauMG were gone forever. I would’ve been so sad without my favorite perfume blog!

    1. It feels good to be back!

      I’m just happy I didn’t lose it all like that and really be left without a choice (or start wayyy over). So glad that’s over.

  4. I was wondering what happened to the site!! Really glad you’re back, and that you’ve decided to continue blogging 🙂

    1. I spent a few days wondering too 🙂

      Me too. I think it’s important to remember I do this because I like it. I still really enjoy talking about fragrances 🙂 Thank you for reading!

  5. What a drag! Sorry this happened to you at the worst possible time. Happy ninth anniversary! Just wanted to pop by and say hello, I’m really glad to see you back. Good luck with your finals 🙂

    1. There’s never a good time to be hacked and lose access to your content, I guess.

      I can’t believe it’s been 9 years! Time really flies.

      Thank you! I only have one more week to go and I have a pretty relaxed summer 🙂

  6. Wow so proud of you doing all this during finals. Even though I rarely comment it always makes me happy reading your blog (i’ve probably been following for about five years now). Glad youre not stopping any time soon 😀

    1. I can’t believe I have a year in! Only 1 more to go!

      Thank you so much for putting up with me for this long 🙂

  7. I think that there is something healing about scents. When I was in the dark days of my dissertation, I read almost nothing for pleasure other than books about perfume.

    I am really glad that you are still here, and I really appreciate all of the work that you put into this blog.

    1. There is. For me, it realigns me. I have to focus right on that moment, of sniffing. This is good for someone like me that has tendencies to worry constantly. I need more books about perfume in my life.

      I can’t even imagine a dissertation right now. Thesis is killing me right now and I have a year to dedicate to it.

  8. So glad eaumg is back up! And what a pain to be hacked, sorry it happened especially with lots going on. Just reading about fragrances brings some sanity to my days (avoiding the news is not an option) and your site is a great treasure trove of information and ideas!

    1. I guess there’s never a good time! But, seriously, if this happened a few weeks later, I really could have dedicated more time to fixing this issue.

      Yes, absolutely can’t avoid it. And that’s why it’s also important to take time to indulge in things we like 🙂

  9. I’m so happy you’re not retiring the blog, although I understand the inclination, especially when swamped with grad school and with life happening! I’ve blogged off and on over the years, because of that cycle of overwhelm/annoyance and then missing it. I’m “off” right now. But I love reading your blog!! Even if I mostly lurk. 🙂

    I do feel like so many people have pushed the “jobification” of blogging over the years, even for hobbyists, and I feel like it’s gotten more insistent. But…why can we just have fun things we do when we like? I think we can, dammit.

    Welcome back!

    1. EXACTLY!

      Your approach is perfectly healthy and really a great model. You can take a break and come back refreshed. You speak about what you want to when you want to. I know for me, I still read blogs like that and ones that post infrequently. I’m always happy to get those alerts that they’ve posted!

      But, seriously. Can’t we just have fun? I hate how all hobbies are turned into jobs these days (I mean, unless someone wants that, but most of us just want to blog).

  10. Welcome back!

    What a huge pain to have your server hacked. Ugh. I’m glad you were able to recover your content. For what it’s worth, this is definitely my favorite perfume blog and I love your takes on everything. Your review of Pink Sugar is one I link people to regularly, ahem, totally not to vindicate my love of that perfume, not at all. Heh.

    I hope you get a break from everything soon, and I hope you enjoy finishing your finals!

    1. It feels good to be back!

      It was such a pain. Luckily I had some other bloggers that were generous with info (Sadly, they’ve been through the same thing in the past). Anyway, I’m so happy that is over.

      Thank you 🙂 *blushing*

      I have 2 more days! I can’t believe it’s one academic year down. I’m doing a summer institute that isn’t long (never done one of those before) and then I don’t have any classes until August.

  11. Glad you’re still around. Hope your new server has got some heavy-duty anti-hackage gear. 🙂

    Oh hey… my sample of Arielle Shoshana edp showed up yesterday. Not to be spoilery, but it is a happy little thing that was gone in a flash. Worth trying when you can.
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  12. Just wanted to say that I’m so glad you decided to keep blogging. Although I don’t often comment, I read all your posts, and always enjoy them. I love your voice, your style, and your sensibility. And I have ended up becoming converted to Paula’s Choice because of you (forever grateful), and have been inspired by your style, which has resulted in a few actual purchases. Although our taste in perfume isn’t very similar, it’s always fun reading about your take on various fragrances.

    1. Thank you for reading 🙂

      I stray from Paula’s Choice but I keep coming back! I’m in the Cult of Paula.

  13. Glad your back! I don’t comment as much as I used to, but I always love reading your reviews. I can’t handle the overblown hype from the other perfume blogs, but you have just enough ironic spirit to give me a chuckle. I also enjoy the reviews on beauty products, and if I’m correct you have some interesting musical tastes. I’d love to hear some music reviews thrown in!

    1. Thank you for reading! I really appreciate it. I don’t really comment on blogs that much, but I always enjoy the content.


  14. Hey look at your new mobile experience! I like it! Much easier to read. I rarely read anything (besides work) on an actual desktop browser anymore, so I really appreciate the new look and feel. Sorry about the forced cutover and timing. When it rains, it pours, eh?

    Thanks for sticking with it despite the painful bits. It does take a lot of dedication and passion! I thought about creating a blog just for friends and family to just communicate the daily life. I wrote one post and was exhausted.

    Without this space and a few others online, I really wouldn’t have a way to chat about these perfume experiences and objects that bring beauty into my everyday life. I can’t talk to my IRL friends about Mainstream Mondays!!
    So, thanks. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the feedback. I haven’t started to “optimize” this yet. But, my goal is to have a layout that is better for mobile devices and tablets. I realize that’s how I read so much now (usually during commutes, etc.) that I should prioritize for my own blog to be easier to read on those platforms.

      It is exhausting, even if it something you like. I honestly do not know bloggers that have all the gorgeous pictures and post like every day do it.

      I’m glad we can have a space for our weird little hobby 🙂

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