If blogging and I were friends on Facebook, our relationship status would read: “It’s Complicated.”
I haven’t posted on this blog in weeks now and once the guilt of not posting regularly went away (which was pretty quick), I felt relief. I have been feeling a certain way about blogging for several months now and shortly after I decided to stop posting, I read the posts by Josi Denise and Hey Natalie Jean calling it quits. A lot of what they said really resonated with me.
I’ve been updating this blog 3-5 times a week for almost four years now. It started as a hobby when I was 23 living in a really small town and needed a creative outlet, but lately it’s started to feel more like a job… and I already have a full-time, 40-hours-a-week job.
Growing up and living in small towns for most of life made it easy for me to escape on the Internet and live out my life online. I was already doing most everything online (buying clothes and makeup, connecting with friends who moved away after college, etc.) so keeping an online blog and all the accompanying social media just made sense.
But now that I’m 27, in a committed relationship, and living in my dream city, I want to stop living my life online and enjoy things in real-time.
I want to savory a meal without getting the perfect Instagram first. I want to spend the weekend exploring with Ryan without spending hours planning the perfect hair, makeup and wardrobe and then later interrupting our outing to get the perfect shot. I want to go home to visit my parents later this month and unplug completely to enjoy their company since I haven’t seen them in seven months.
That’s not to say I don’t enjoy blogging, because I did, and think I still do. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing brands from my first partnership with Meesh & Mia to H&M to Crest, and also attended some amazing events in NYC and Baltimore. But I feel like most things have a shelf life and I’m coming to the end of it for this blog.
I haven’t decided yet what I’ll do with this space. I may still post, but I certainly won’t be keeping an editorial calendar anymore or posting 3-5 times a week or whatnot. I’ll still be active on all my social channels, but I may unplug for a weekend.
Last but certainly not least, I’d be remiss if I didn’t say a huge THANK YOU to every single person who has ever visited, commented, liked, pinned, retweeted, or thumbs-uped a post. I’ve greatly enjoyed sharing a little of my life with each of you and getting to know you through your comments and own blogs. All of your kind words have brightened my days and made me smile.
So, just so we’re clear… it’s not you, it’s me. But I really do appreciate each and every one of you for reading here!
Thanks for following along on this journey and hopefully we’ll cross paths online again!