It has been a while since I’ve posted on here. Almost two months to be exact. I’ve also been silent on social media throughout the last two months as well. Why? Well, It’s tough to say. Nothing tragic or horrible happened to get me to take a blogging pause, but rather a shift in perspective.
I started this blog in an effort to tap into my creative side and to challenge myself by being vulnerable on the internet. I’ve always been the kind of person who prefers being behind-the-scenes instead of in the spotlight. I can give a killer speech if I’m passionate about something, but otherwise I generally don’t like people to focus on me. But I wanted to push myself by sharing my thoughts on fashion and hoped that it would resonate with someone, anyone. I’ve always loved fashion and have always been drawn to it, and I wanted to create a place on the internet where I could share my tips for affordable fashion with other girls who didn’t have lots of money for designer pieces. And that’s still something that interests me and I hope to continue writing about some of that stuff in the future. However, after the holidays, I started to feel less inspired by outfit photos and clothing sales. My thoughts on the fashion blogging industry began to change, and I wasn’t quite sure what to do about it. So I just sat on it for a bit.
To give some context, I spoke with some of my blogger friends and attended a blogger webinar at the beginning of the new year where it was brought to my attention that a lot (most) of the bloggers I looked up to and respected bought their followers. I know that this is just a part of the industry and that there certainly are bloggers with true follower numbers, but it kind of made me cynical for a while. I never went into blogging in hopes of becoming super famous or anything, but I also didn’t realize that it’s really really tough to genuinely build a following these days. It’s a lot of social media marketers and giveaways and bots and professional photographers, something that just took away a bit of the sparkle of blogging for me. I get that this is an industry and these are people’s livelihoods, but I felt really discouraged nonetheless.
At the same time, I started to re-evaluate what my blog was about and what I felt like writing about. I no longer got excited about taking outfit photos and writing weekly content – it became more of chore, one where I dragged my boyfriend around from place to place, shot after shot all Sunday until I was satisfied and then would spend all evening editing. I just became so competitive and hard on myself that it wasn’t fun anymore. So I took a break and sat the blog on a shelf for a while and focused on other things instead of writing. And that’s where I’m currently at.
Lately I’ve been playing with the idea of writing about something else on this blog that I’m more passionate about instead of just fashion tips. I’ve always been really interested in money and saving, so I was thinking that perhaps I could turn this into a general money tips/saving blog and include affordable fashion and beauty posts in there sometimes. On the other hand, I’ve always been really interested in self-improvement and putting good out into the world, so maybe I could change the direction of the blog and do something in that area instead. I’m really not sure yet, but I do know that I miss writing and putting my thoughts down somewhere (my boyfriend says that I have a lot of them – haha)
I guess what I’m getting at is that somewhere along the way my blog stopped feeling authentic to me. I stopped writing for the love of writing and sharing, instead trying to crank out two posts a week to maintain consistency and attract sponsors. And that’s not what I wanted this to be, and definitely not the version of myself that I want to put out there.
So this is me saying that going forward, I’m going to be more authentic. I’ll post about what I want and we’ll see what my little corner of the internet becomes. I won’t make promises about social media and content schedules, instead posting and writing when I feel inspired to do so.
Thank you so so much for everyone who’s stuck around and read my all of my posts and chatted with me on social media since I started this journey. I truly appreciate every single person who stumbles on to this blog and I’d love for you to stick around to see where it goes 🙂
Onwards and upwards…