Long time, no post! I'd apologize for being absent, but in all honesty it was refreshing to take a break and do some behind-the-scenes thinking. A few weeks ago, blogging wasn't fulfilling me in the way that it used to, so I needed to step back and figure out why. A new platform was only part of the solution.
When I first started this blog and had no readership, I wrote to help me discover the kind of life I wanted to lead. It was half-journal, half-commonplace book, and at its heart, it was a lifestyle blog because it was concerned with varied aspects of life. There's no definitive way to characterize "living well," but for me, it involves being kind, humble, honest, and openminded. It has very little to do with external appearances, and much more to do with how you treat others, where you seek inspiration, and what ideas you negotiate. More recently, I took a good look at my blog and realized that not much of it was aligned with what I originally, and still, wanted this space to accomplish. Shouldn't your lifestyle blog cultivate the qualities you believe in? I might be breaking the rules of branding + marketing 101, but my one big philosophy regarding blogging comes down to this: if you don't find your content is aligned with your values, change it. Forget "what sells." A blog is a very filtered way of presenting oneself, but I still want mine to be genuine and substantial.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with taking pride in appearances. With topics like minimalist wardrobing, I hope to combine my love for aesthetics with a simpler, more sustainable way of life. But I find myself itching to write about things that don't necessarily fit within the boundaries that I've imposed overtime on this blog. Moving forward, I'm drawing some new lines to make sure this space remains, truly, an extension of myself.