But it’s true, I do.
Sometimes, I do get tired of fashion blogging. Not because I’m not passionate about it. I am. Obviously. But, on occasion, I find it can be discouraging and somewhat limiting to be a “fashion blogger.” (note: I don’t mean any disrespect by saying all this; it’s just a personal experience based off my own feelings. I have tremendous respect for bloggers of all kinds, and as somebody who studies fashion and writes about fashion, I am not trying to insult something I truly love).
I’ve decided for the next week or so I’m going to try and remove myself from the blogging world as best as I can.
Because I feel like I often get caught up in the fashion blogging world and forget about the “real” world. I forget that what goes on a blog is usually a “glammed up” version of real life. This doesn’t mean that blogs are inauthentic. It just means that many fashion bloggers work hard to provide the highest quality content. As they should! And their hard work should be appreciated for all the beauty that it inspires, but I think we can all agree that this can be exhausting to keep up with at times.
I don’t say this because I think blogging should be easy, or that hard work shouldn’t be rewarded. But there are times where I just want to write for the sake of writing. As somebody who loves both the written word and fashion, I often struggle with knowing how to provide content that people want to read just because I’ve shared something that truly interests them.
As bloggers, I’m sure we all feel like this sometimes: that we put ourselves out there to get “followers,” but question whether people are only following us because we follow them. Are people only commenting because we’re commenting on their blog? Are people even reading the words we’re writing?
Maybe they are.
But maybe they’re not.
That’s why I’ve made the choice to go on a blogging detox, as I like to call it. I want to fully and authentically focus on my blog, without outside influence. I of course love the fashion blogging community, and I think everyone in it is wonderful and lovely. I appreciate every single comment and page view that I get, but just for a week or so I want to create content in the most authentic way that I can. I want to share, write, and make my images look pretty just because it’s what I like and not because I saw another blog that made me think “that’s so cool! I want to do that.”
I’ll keep you updated on how this little blogging detox goes, but even just the idea seems really refreshing for me right now. Maybe try it out for yourself? Even if it’s just for a couple days. See how it feels.
Does anyone else understand what I mean by all this? Or ever feel that they’d like to try something like a blogging detox? I’d love to hear your thoughts.