I think it's because a lot of you are like me. So many of the blogs I love are written by girls who remind me of me, and I think maybe we have the same problems. I could be wrong, but I have a sneaking suspicion that we're all perfectionists, that we love the feeling of a job well done, that we'd all rather stay up until 3am than leave a loose end. And putting that much effort into something that's supposed to be fun can be exhausting, right? For me, this not only encompasses the daily mechanics of running a blog, but the whole style part of it as well. Should I be shopping more? Should I be shopping less? Are stripes in? What about florals? Should I be mixing my patterns? Do I need more accessories?
On one hand, this is great. There are a lot of looks I wouldn't have been pushed to try if I hadn't had blogging as a way to guinea-pig them. I probably never would have actually worn my fur coat outside, or even experimented with something as basic as skinny belts. However, there was also a lot of self-imposed pressure I was feeling to use more accessories and make outfits crazier so they'd be more "blog-worthy." Do you guys do this? I know, for me, the key to my aesthetic is simple, simple, simple. I don't like crazy, I don't like cluttered. I would find myself putting together outfits I didn't even like and getting frustrated, or getting really down on myself when I was tired before work and I put something together that I didn't love. And where's the joy in that?
The thing is, this was all on me. This wasn't blogging, this was how I felt about me. It's not like people were leaving me comments saying, "PILE ON MORE NECKLACES OR I'M GOING TO STOP FOLLOWING YOU." I had to take a step back and realize that you guys don't want to see the same "trendy" look over and over any more than I want to dress that way. If I dress in a way that aesthetically pleases me, ultimately that's going to make for the best post, no matter what.
I had to sit myself down and think about what I really like, outfit-wise and not. What kinds of blogs do I like? What street style shots do I copy onto my desktop and file away carefully? Which blogs' updates do I get really, really excited about?
The answer's kind of obvious, but I love blogs that have a specific focus. For example, even though money is a touchy subject, I really like Kimmie and Alyson's frank posts on budgeting. I get excited for Emily and Bekah's posts because I like getting peeks of their sweet pups. Like everyone else, I love hearing what the Chics have to say about the academic side of fashion. It's not about finding a gimmick, but rather about loving and being interested both in what you're wearing and what you have to say.
So. This novel being written, I'm going to just say that my little bloggy space might be undergoing some changes soon. And also that I'm going to put up an outfit tomorrow. Not today, though, because I looked like a grandma in what I wore today.
And, also, I freakin' missed you guys.