An Ironic Post on Why I’ve Stepped Back from Blogging
Personal October 14, 2017
You probably didn’t notice, but I’ve more-or-less stopped blogging.
Well. Obviously, this isn’t completely true, as I’m writing this very post on my blog. I’m going to pretend this is ironic, rather than obnoxious. It’s definitely more obnoxious than anything.
But here are some reasons why I’ve taken a step (or two, or ten) back from Anthologie these last few months.
My big bursts in blogging can most often be attributed to having some sort of inspiration or muse. This is usually in the form of a blog I simply love. Not just a blog I enjoy reading, but one that I completely anticipate every post on, salivate over the aesthetic of the site design, photography, and post style, and one where I feel like I’d love nothing more than to be the author’s best friend.
Lately, I haven’t had much of this feeling. I have a little list of blog crushes (the people who have filled the top spot in the past who still are close to my heart), but for me I am most inspired to create when I am inspired by something else. This isn’t limited to blogging, even. I’ve definitely had moments where I need to pry the camera out of my hands because YouTube isn’t a good idea for me, no matter how much I want to emulate YouTube Crush (I don’t even have one of those at the moment, so this is more in retrospect).
I’m working on other things
Things with Pretty Content are going okay. I mean, I’m not about to quit my day job because my freelance income is surpassing my salary, but that’s never been the goal (at least not for the near future). It’s just nice to work on something a bit different, that I enjoy, and I even blog a little bit over there. In blogging, I’ve never been one to stick to a niche, but the Pretty Content blog basically has its niche picked out for it, and that’s made coming up with new content a lot easier. Which reminds me of another reason…
It felt like a lot of pressure
Carrying on from the above, one of the things I’ve enjoyed about my blog over on Pretty Content is the complete lack of pressure to do any of it. Lifestyle blogging (and fashion, beauty, etc) is a completely different beast to a casual web design/dev blog. There’s so much pressure from the “blogging community” (I don’t believe in one singular community per se, but you know what I mean) to churn out content, promote it to death and maintain every social media platform. Even if you’re a casual blogger, as I’ve always been, it’s easy to get caught up in it all and, frankly, feel wildly left out if you’re not striving to attend every event and get every click.
My last brand collab post was in May, and I don’t really miss it. I’ve long since left the Facebook groups for blog opportunities, where people fall over themselves for the opportunity to post a follow link about ecigs or a gambling site in exchange for a tenner. Blergh.
Because of these three reasons, I haven’t actually felt the urge to even look at this blog, until today. And sometimes I think that it’s not even about the blog, but that I just get the urge to type a long form piece of text because I like how my fingers feel stretched and the keyboard sound is kind of soothing.
And this is how it will be for now. I think I will just be posting sporadically at best, and that posts will be pretty personal. We’re off to Amsterdam next month (first time for Katy, and the first time in 4 years for me) so there might be some photos and stories about that. And Christmas can sometimes be a bit interesting, so there might be a post or two. I don’t think things will be consistent or even necessarily interesting until I find a spark of inspiration from somewhere. It will probably become a website of life updates.
I don’t even link to this site on my social media profiles anymore.
So, we will see what happens, but there’s a little update on why and where I’ve gone!
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