Hey ITC Readers,
It’s been a while. I mean, a long while. I can’t wait to share with you what is going on with me and to get back into the swing of things with my blog.
The last time I posted was December of 2016. Right after that post, I went on vacation, then was traveling a lot for the Christmas holidays, then needed to prepare for the coming semester, and through each of these things I kept putting off creating new content for my blog. I hit a slump.
I got super busy with my semester, working on research and teaching and coursework. I taught a Introduction to Psychology course for the first time this semester, and it was so much work! Every once in a while I would think about creating a post, but I knew I didn’t really have the time to dedicate to consistency and I felt like if I couldn’t be doing this blog 100%, I couldn’t be doing it at all. And that simply isn’t true. So, a couple of weeks ago I knew that it was time to get back on the train and give this another go.
There’s a few lessons here, though, for bloggers and for anyone with a hobby or side gig. I learned a lot through taking time off from my blog, and through coming back (I’ve been posting on Instagram again already for a week or so!). And they are as follows:
It isn’t a contest. It isn’t a race. I saw so many other bloggers who I have connected with on social media who were producing high quality content at a much faster rate than me. I’m really happy for these women because many have the goal of full-time blogging, and some have even achieved that already! I felt like I was behind them, and wouldn’t be able to compete, but it isn’t a competition at all.
While I enjoy blogging as a side hobby, for me that is always what it will be. I love my job and what I do, and would never give that up. At some point I had to realize that I can’t have it all. Success for me in the blogging world will look much different than success for all the amazing ladies that are working full time on their blog.
I missed blogging! There were so many days that I put on a new outfit I loved and thought “I want to share this with other people”, but didn’t do it. I think that was the most amazing and unexpected thing from when I started my blog was finding out what an amazing community of women I would network with. There are so many great people in the fashion blogosphere! Connecting with the women I follow on Instagram has been the highlight of blogging, and I’m so happy to be back with them.
As I move forward, I am trying to set some goals and boundaries for myself to ensure my continued enjoyment of this blog:
- I’m not putting pressure on myself to get content out on a schedule. For some people that works, but I’ve discovered that for me, I need to start posting on my own terms according to what works in my schedule.
- I’m going to remain very active on Instagram, but probably not be able to produce as many full blog posts. I will try to do Instagram round up posts more frequently. My husband’s work schedule right now does not allow much time for us to do full photo shoots, and so quick snapshots will be more my speed for the near future.
- My day job comes first! When things get very busy at work, the posts will slow down. But, rather than feel guilty about that, I’m going to celebrate it! I get to do what I love all day, and at nights enjoy connecting with others with a passion for fashion like I have. There’s no sense in beating myself up over not having more hours in the day!
If you’ve read this far, thanks for sticking with me!
I look forward to reconnecting with everyone, and thank you to those of you who have already been so sweet and supportive of my comeback!