I've been blogging for four (!) years now. In some ways, I can't believe it's been that long, and in other ways, it feels like I've been doing this forever. It is a major part of my life now. I started blogging when I was in my second year of grad school. When I wasn't at school, I was blogging. It saw me through the end of my Master's, through my my PhD, and to the start of my first "real" job. Now, when I'm not at work, I'm blogging. Probably about a third to half of my free time is spent on this site, which is a lot when you consider that I make next to nothing in income. I have and probably always will be a hobby blogger. I'm not disappointed about that; I've come to terms with my mediocrity in the blogging world. ;)
It's important as a blogger to blog first and foremost for yourself. I blog because it encourages me to put more thought into what I wear and what items I add to my closet. I blog because it's good for me to keep track of my clothing spending so things don't get out of control (just wait until you see this month's budget update; it's not what you may be thinking, haha!). I blog because it serves as kind of a personal diary. I started as the wannabe-ModCloth-twee grad student with no real grasp of my personal style and have since evolved into a wish-I-could-be-a-Madewell-model working woman that has a fairly cohesive closet. I'm proud of how my posts and photography have progressed and how consistently I've been keeping at it all these years.
I would be lying if I said I only blogged for myself; obviously, a large part of the reason why I still do this four years later is because of you! I think I'd get bored of talking to myself all of the time if I didn't have any readers. It's so important for me to put out content that not only I like but that I think you will like, too. I want to be inspirational and authentic and relatable. I only follow bloggers that are all of those things, so I know how important it is to be those things.
Lately I've been feeling disillusioned with blogging, and I'm not the only one feeling that way. It seems like almost every day I hear of or see someone else talk about being in a rut or wanting to quit (or actually taking the leap and leaving their blog). I definitely don't want to quit, but I'm having a hard time sticking to my self-imposed schedule of posting every other day now that I'm employed. I also want to do things other than work and blog. (Remember all that unpacking I still had to do? Ha.) I want to post worthwhile content and that might mean I need to force myself onto a new posting schedule so that I don't run out of ideas or lose the love I have for blogging. I'm saying all this to talk myself into the idea because I know you won't notice if my schedule changes, haha. I'm such a perfectionist that it's so hard for me to admit that something isn't working!
Anyway, this has gotten long enough. ;) All that to say, THANK YOU for reading and commenting and sharing and being my internet friend for however long you've been here. I appreciate every single one of you! <3
Quick note about the outfit: I wore this to work a couple of days ago. I've been hesitant to wear these pants because they look like leggings, so I will only wear them now with tops that are long enough to cover my tush like this olive green shirt. I'm hoping to pick up some more long top/tunic/sweater options so I can keep wearing them! The Kipling backpack is a new addition; I had been using my Longchamp 'Le Pliage Neo' tote as my work tote, but it's quite large and I tend to lose stuff in it since I don't carry a whole lot to work. This little bag is great to carry all of my essentials (which is mostly snacks, let's be honest).
Who What Wear for Target shirt / similar by Charlotte Russe or French Connection
J.Crew pants / exact (limited sizes) or similar by Old Navy
Sam Edelman boots / exact (on sale!)
Gorjana necklace / exact
Kipling backpack / exact
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by American Eagle Outfitters