It's been a while since my last post (months! eeeps!) and I figured I owed everyone a
few words quite a few words on what's up.
For now I've decided to take a little break from blogging. I've been doing this for over four years now, and quite honestly, blogging isn't what it used to be. I feel lost in a world I no longer recognize. I get the sense that attitudes within the 'fashion blogging' world have shifted more towards monetizing and sponsors, selling an unattainable lifestyle and look, shilling a product with no regards to personal integrity, attempting to gain as many followers as possible for the click$. That's not me. I don't want to even attempt to keep up in that world.
I always intended my blog as a hobby, as a way to connect to other like-minded people, to take a break from real life and real work. I was just another small voice doing basic stuff like fit reviews and ootd's, and was cool with that. As a reader, those smaller ootd/review blogs were what I was drawn to and what I read daily anyway so it was like being part of club. But feel like all those smaller voices out there are being drowned/snuffed/driven out by huge mega-bloggers, Rstylers, career bloggers. It feels impossible to compete with the professional, glossy, curated lives of those blogs. I've seen many other blogs that I religiously followed drop out in the past 2 years, so I doubt I'm alone here.
I think other forms of social media like snapchat and instagram have taken over in some ways. That's fine. I like instagram for some things. But I miss the connections that were made in the earlier years of blogging. Interacting with readers. I think it's trend impacting others as well. Example: I love the JCA blog and still read it daily, but even that has declined in participation in the past few years. I miss that too (and the old J Crew, while we're at it!).
I don't ever want this space to become a forced chore or something that's not true to who I am (which it's felt like lately......) and sometimes it's just better to bow out gracefully.
I can't say this break is a forever thing, because I just don't know. I don't want to do an epic flounce here just to come back later. After a few months, I might decide I miss it. Or I might not.
So for now, we're doing a "conscious un-coupling."
Of course, I'll still be in instagram, because I'm not about to give up on the ootd's entirely :)