Author’s Note: In case you’re new here, this post explains the juicy details behind the transition from my old blog Cubepiphany, to the current blog you’re reading, The Positivity Solution.
Believe it or not, it has been 8 months since I launched Cubepiphany on Labor Day 2012. Even saying that sounds strange, because it honestly feels like this blog has been a part of my life forever.
In a sense, it has.
The dream to make our workplaces (actually, our lives) more enjoyable and more positive has been a burning passion of mine ever since I was a teenager.
I’m currently 38 years old, so that means that I’ve had the same dream floating around in my brain for over 20 years.
That’s a long time.
Eight months ago, after years and years of just thinking about my lifelong dream, I finally decided to do something about it by launching the blog that you’re currently reading now.
Ever since I hesitantly hit the “Publish” button on Cubepiphany for the very first time 8 months ago, a lot of amazing things have happened in my life.
I’ve connected with people from all over the world.
I’ve made new and incredible friends.
I’ve gone to bed every night with a feeling that I’m making a difference.
Most of all, I confirmed to myself that this dream of mine isn’t a hobby, a passing fad, or a cool way to pass the time until I find something else interesting to do.
Without a shadow of a doubt, I have realized that this is how I plan to spend the rest of my life until the day that I die.
Because of this realization, I’ve also realized over the past few weeks that I need to do something very important.
It’s actually something that I should have done a long time ago.
It’s time for me to officially end Cubepiphany, forever.
Time For A Change
I know what you might be thinking.
Is this another April Fool’s joke, Shola?
This is 100% real, I promise.
After doing some serious soul-searching, I came to the very real conclusion that I desperately need to do some serious re-branding around here.
Again, I think I know what you might be thinking.
Wait…what?! Re-branding? Does that mean that you’re going to change everything that made me enjoy Cubepiphany in the first place?
While there will be some big changes to come around here, one thing that absolutely will not change is the content on this site.
In fact, I’m hopeful that the changes will allow me to bring you more ass-kicking goodness than ever.
So, without further ado, let’s get into the details of the re-branding. Specifically, let’s dive into these 3 key points: why I’m doing it, what will change, and what will stay the same.
Re-branding: Why I’m Doing It
A while ago, when I was frantically trying to figure out a name for my blog, I remember feverishly wearing out multiple notepads in an attempt to come up with something different. Something clever. Something that would be remembered.
Then it finally came to me.
In case you were wondering, it was created by combining two words: Cubicle and Epiphany.
It was unique, it was fun, and it was pretty clever too. In hindsight, maybe a little too clever. In order to fully understand what I mean, let’s talk about 3 specific issues with the name.
I cannot even begin to tell you how often I have had the following conversation with people in the past 8 months:
Me: Did you know that I write a blog about making work and life a more positive experience?
Other Person: You do? That sounds cool! What’s the name of it?
Other Person: Uh…what?
Me (trying to say the name more deliberately): Cube-pip-han-ee. It’s combination of two words: Cubicle and Epiphany.
Other Person (slightly confused): Okay…how do you spell it?
Me: C-u-b-e-p-i-p-h-a-n-y. Just put “c-u-b” in front of epiphany, and you’re good to go.
Other Person: I’ll never remember that. Do you have a pen so I can write it down?
Me (sheepishly): Um…no.
Other Person (very unconvincingly): That’s cool, I’m sure that I’ll remember it.
I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve had a variation of that conversation literally hundreds of times in the past eight months. I’m sure that there’s someone reading these words right now who has tried to introduce this blog to a friend, family member, or coworker and has had a similar experience.
The fact that you’re even reading these words right now says a lot about your dedication to this blog because I sure as hell didn’t make it easy for you, your friends, or anyone else to find this place.
After a few months of having the same conversations with people over and over again (and trying to ignore the reality), I started to realize that having a name for my blog that’s hard to pronounce and even harder to spell is probably not a good thing.
Honestly, I still have no idea how this painfully obvious realization slipped past the goalie for as long as it did. Apparently, some lessons (even the obvious ones) need to be learned the hard way.
Unfortunately, the name Cubepiphany doesn’t even slightly explain what this blog is about, or what I’m trying to do.
If you can, try to pretend that you heard the word “Cubepiphany” for the first time.
Would you think that it’s the name for which of the following:
- A ladies perfume?
- An architecture firm?
- A new XBox game?
- A musical instrument?
- A medieval torture device?
Truthfully, all of the above are probably more likely than a blog about making work and life a more positive experience–and that’s also not a good thing.
This one isn’t as big of a deal as the previous two, but it’s still an issue. Well, at least it is for me.
There are a lot of people out there who actually think that my given name is “Cubepiphany.”
I get emails from people all the time from people who start off by saying, “Hey Cubepiphany!”
I even had multiple, very well-meaning people, email me to compliment my parents for giving me a name like Cubepiphany, because it’s “so unique.”
You cannot make stuff like this up.
So, as an added bonus to this re-branding, I’ll get to officially end the confusion and be called Shola again. Believe me, that’s pretty exciting.
Most importantly though, the main reason why I need to move away from Cubepiphany is because I need to have a brand that represents my laser-like focus to make our lives as positive as they can be.
I want someone to see the name of my blog and my tagline and know within seconds what it is that I’m trying to do here.
At the top of the list, I need to ruthlessly eliminate any confusion that could prevent people from understanding what my blog and my dream are all about.
Thankfully, I think that I’ve found the solution.
Re-branding: What Will Change
So, let’s talk about the changes.
There will be a brand new blog design that is currently being worked on as you’re reading this. It’s shaping up very nicely, and I’m very excited about it, to say the least.
Additionally, one change that will definitely happen is that I will be doing some video posts in the future, in addition to just writing blog posts. It’s crazy to me that I speak for a living as a corporate trainer, and 95% of the people reading these words have never heard me utter a word. That definitely has to change. I really want all of you to really get to know me going forward.
Also, on a fun note–I’m going to jump into Pinterest and Twitter too. So, for you Twitter and Pinterest fans, look for me there in a couple of weeks too.
Okay, enough stalling.
While the above points are changes that I’m very excited about, let’s get to the good stuff–I’ve kept you in suspense for long enough.
The biggest change of all is the blog’s new name.
So, as of Monday, May 20, 2013 the new name of my blog will be The Positivity Solution.
For those of you who have been here since the very beginning, you’ve probably noticed that my blog has gradually shifted from strictly workplace topics to both work and life-related topics.
As you already know, I am incredibly passionate about improving workplaces all over the world, but I am equally as passionate about bringing more happiness and positivity to the world as well.
Simply put, The Positivity Solution is all about creating a more positive world for all of us–not just at work.
I know that some people might read the previous sentence and think that I’m going to start blogging about unicorns, rainbows, and Care Bears while relentlessly spamming your inbox with adorable kitten photos all day long.
Like I said before, absolutely nothing is going to change with my content. If you like Cubepiphany, then you’ll love The Positivity Solution.
The main difference is that the name of this place will now make much more sense.
In addition to the name change, the tagline has changed too. The tagline for The Positivity Solution is: Making Positivity the New Reality.
Also, the smiley guy at the top of this post is the new official logo for The Positivity Solution. You can even check me out rockin’ one of my brand-spankin’ new logo shirts in the picture below.
My goal is to do so much more than make positivity “cool” again. I want to make positivity a mainstream way of living. I want to make positivity the new reality.
I want it to be common for people to stand up against workplace bullying.
I want it to be common for people to treat each other with kindness, dignity, and respect–always.
I want it to be common for people to sincerely love themselves and be proud of the fact that they do.
I want it to be common for people to give a damn about making the world a better place.
I want it to be common for people to fight for their hopes and dreams as if their lives depended on it.
I want it to be common for people to be happy and to help others to find their happiness too.
To me, all of these things are examples of positivity in action.
Most of all, I believe that positivity could be the solution to creating a better world for all of us.
That’s the dream that I’ll spend the rest of my life fighting for.
Re-branding: What Will Stay the Same
Basically, besides what I mentioned above, everything else will stay the same.
I’ll still be publishing new blog posts every Monday morning. Most of all, I will still continue to pour every ounce of passion in my heart and soul into every blog post that I write for you.
Also, what will remain the same is my complete and undying appreciation for all of you.
Without your support, your encouragement, and your belief in Cubepiphany, none of this would even be possible.
In September 2012, when the only people reading this blog were my family members and a few close friends, I never thought that it would reach this level.
If you have ever commented on my blog posts, shared my blog posts, read my posts without doing either, followed me on Facebook or Twitter, I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You have allowed me to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine, and I don’t know if a “thank you” even scratches the surface about how I feel about all of you. This has truly been an amazing 8 months.
Now, it’s time for this chapter to close.
As of now, you’re reading the final post on Cubepiphany.
The next post that I’ll be writing will be for The Positivity Solution, and I’m excited about where the journey will take us from here.
We’ll be officially live on Monday, May 20th at www(dot)thepositivitysolution(dot)com. In the meantime, if you visit Cubepiphany between now and then, don’t be alarmed if the site is temporarily down while we’re working on some behind the scenes maintenance.
Most importantly, thank you so much for being a part of this growing community. I’m excited about the challenge to do everything I can to bring you content that’s better than anything that you’ve read here so far.
Now it’s time for me to get to work.
Feel free to spread the news, and I hope to see you on the other side!