January 17, 2013

Listen.



When I started this blog, I was about to start my last semester of college. I had no real plan in mind, no intentions really. I followed so many fashion and beauty blogs and that had always been a huge interest of mine, so naturally I knew that would be what I gravitated to. I posted whenever I felt like it, when something caught my eye or attention. 
In 2010 when it was becoming obvious a full time job wasn't going to happen as I was getting my health under control, I decided to treat this like a "job". I'd post 5 days a week, I'd read and comment on as many blogs as I could, I'd interact with the blogging community as a substitute for having a job and co-workers in my day to day life. I can't stress how much of a positive impact this had on my life. For most of 2010 my life was filled with doctors, specialists, blood tests, spinal taps, and eventually IV's as I was diagnosed with MS and struggled to also keep my Crohn's in check. 2011 wasn't any smoother between hospitalizations, 2 surgeries, and ER visits. I know blogging gets it's share of criticism for being trivial, petty, narcissistic, fluff... I could go on. But I loved having that as a distraction. It was the best thing to get my mind off of the depressing things I was facing on what seemed like a daily basis. 
The point of this isn't to ramble about my personal ups and downs. While my personal life certainly does infiltrate my blog, Twitter, Instagram, etc, I try to use all the various social media to focus on the things I'm enjoying. Fashion, makeup, beauty - all of it. In the past few years as I've gotten my health and life under control and began to feel a little more comfortable and a little less panicked, I've decided to start doing things different. 
I love blogging. I love this community. I love what it's given to me. But while at one point I needed the structure of daily blogging to help keep me afloat, I don't feel like I need that right now. Instead I'm going back, in part, to how I used to blog. What I want, when I want, no set schedule. I have a couple of other ideas brewing but I'm not pressuring myself to figure all of that out right now. I'll figure it out when the time comes. Like the picture and the necklace I received with it have been reminding me, I just need to listen

17 comments:

Courtney Erin said...

I think that makes perfectly solid sense -- and I'll be around reading and interacting regardless of the frequency of posts!

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

Closet Fashionista said...

I agree, you should post when you feel like posting, and if you don't feel like it, don't! It makes the blog less fun for you if you think you haaave to post. :)
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

So true..blogging is supposed to be fun and inspirational...no pressure!

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

I love that your blogging in a way that feels best for you. We can't say anything interesting if we spend all of our time blogging, reading, commenting–you have to go out in the world and enjoy the things you love so you've got something to share.

(and now I get to squeal happily when you post!)

Taj Acosta said...

Agree, and I look forward to your posts dear!

Josie said...

Katie, I think this is great. Even if you take blogging seriously, it should still be fun and you should still love doing it -- if scaling back a bit helps you keep it fun, I say do it!
xo Josie

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Do what is right for you! I used to hold myself to a regular schedule, but found it to be tiring if I wasn't feeling inspired. I still post regularly, but am organized and post what I want to post. I also don't fret if I miss a post or two.

You are also one brave lady. I can only imagine all the crazy health stuff you went through, but am glad you are better. Keep on living it up and soaking in the beautiful things. You are one of the ladies I look to for beauty reviews. Do what makes you happy and puts you in a better mood.
Happy weekend dear!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Elle Sees said...

"slow blogging" is making a comeback and i'm glad you're doing what works for you. you and your health (and life!) need to come first. don't be a stranger 'round these parts! ;)
xo

kirstyb said...

ah lovely post hun - you really have been in the wars! and you are right it is a great distraction - i had a kidney infection the year before last which had me in bed for 3 months - nothing on your scale - but blogging really kept me going xxxx

kirstyb said...

ah lovely post hun - you really have been in the wars! and you are right it is a great distraction - i had a kidney infection the year before last which had me in bed for 3 months - nothing on your scale - but blogging really kept me going xxxx

kirstyb said...

ah lovely post hun - you really have been in the wars! and you are right it is a great distraction - i had a kidney infection the year before last which had me in bed for 3 months - nothing on your scale - but blogging really kept me going xxxx

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

We are so on the same page Katie! I'm finding it's really important to have that balance. A happy and healthy you is the most important thing and you know we're all here when you have something to say. :)

xoxo

{The Perfect Palette} said...

I completely understand :) My blogging regularity has often changed based on life events - it happens and it's best to do what feels right.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Do what's right for you, Katie. I can earnestly say that I have greatly enjoyed our interactions for years now (truly years- how weird is that?). I hope you forever do what makes your life easier. And I'm so glad to hear your health is on the upswing. xo.

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Your happiness is numero uno! I hope you're doing well lady!

GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

I'm not sure how I missed many of the details you revealed in this post, but I'm thankful you mentioned them, and that you are doing what is right for YOU! You know I coasted through all of 2012 on my blog, and it's because of that that I didn't quit entirely.

Sometimes we have to take a step back, and it's for the better. Blogging is supposed to be fun...a release! I know that taking it easy last year and investing in new technology this year has invigorated me. I hope the same for you, not necessarily for your blog, but for your life!

xo

Carla Schwartz said...

Blog whenever you can and we will listen-- www.motownsavvy.com