My Battle With the Blog
I feel like over the course of the last year or so I’ve been in a constant state of flux with the blog. It’s the backbone of everything I do now; without this humble little website, I wouldn’t have had half the opportunities I’ve had to date. Writing is still a great love of mine and it gives me a much-loved outlet for my styling and photography. Travel, beauty, clothes and chit chat about everything else all have their place on here which is so damn cool, as the reason I wanted to blog full time was having the ability to write about just about anything I wanted. After I first quit my regular job almost four years ago (how has it been that long?!), I was posting on my blog three times a week without fail, working really hard to hone what I did. But slowly, as things got busier and busier offline and on social media – so weird to think instagram didn’t exist when I first started blogging- the amount I’m able to write and shoot jumbo posts has dwindled. I still try and post at least once a week but it’s a weird source of guilt for me even though it’s been this way for a long time now. It’s ironic that often it’s when I’m busiest professionally that my output online and on social media is at its quietest.
Guilt seems to be such a by-product of success sometimes. When you start doing better in one segment of work or life, you start feeling guilty about neglecting another or just developing and moving on. Working on different design projects and collaborative partnerships, while also trying to reclaim my weekends and evenings occasionally for a personal life (hallelujah), often means that there’s little time to just sit, get inspired, take pictures and write about something I love. It’s sad but true and it really sucks because it was doing just that that got me into blogging in the first place. One thing I find harder than ever especially in mid-winter is writing about clothes strangely. All my brain wants to say sometimes is ‘I LIKE THESE JEANS’, hence why I thought I’d turn this post into something more of a musing if you will. It sometimes feels like I get to that point when I’ve worn every jumper and coat a hundred times which feels kind of uninspiring and unrelenting. I’ve been trying lately to round outfits up into more themes and ideas than just singular entities, more for me than anything else as it makes writing that bit easier when it’s thematic.
Anyway, I’m deliberately trying to get back to basics this year and into the swing of blogging and video-ing above all else. Would be great to hear what have been your favourite posts lately or the kind of content you like on here the most… Always good to have positive feedback to keep the momentum going if you will and push through the winter rut.
What do you guys do to stay motivated and inspired when it’s cold and bleak outside?
Ph. by Frances Davison