This post is being written on the assumption that some of you are still out there and haven't completely given up hope on me. :)
I know this blog has gradually become less and less frequent over the past several months and, to be honest, it's been a source of frustration for me. I started writing it years ago as something to supplement my Etsy store, but I quickly found that I wanted it to be more than that; to be, in essence, what blogs were originally intended to be: an outlet for sharing tidbits of my life (in particular my love of vintage) with anyone who might want to read about it.
It sounds so simple, right? Just a natural outpouring of things you love, writing about them like you're sharing them with your best friends. But in the past year or so, I have to say I've become a bit disenchanted with the world of blogging, and I've wanted to write this post so many times, but have struggled with how to word it. So here goes...
I used to have a long list of blogs I read on a daily basis because I found inspiration from them. It was fun being exposed to new images, creative DIY projects and the curated collections of other thrifters. Then I started noticing a pattern: posts about sponsorships, product reviews, media kits...and it felt like I was back in the world of publishing! And I guess blogs have become the new source of information (essentially living e-zines), so it makes sense that companies have zeroed in on this as an advertising platform.
But because some blogs have "made it big," have partnerships with coveted companies and are able to make a living from blogging, it's created this culture where it seems that's the reason people most people are starting to write them now. And it just makes me sad, especially after having conversations with people who either write or read blogs and say (and I quote) "I feel bad about myself after reading them," either because they feel they're not stylish enough, creative enough or whatever ways they compare themselves to these online personas who seem to have it all.
And that just makes me go from sad to kind of mad, you know? Mostly because I've been there. I've had my moments of wishing my blog would become known around the world; of coveting the seemingly seamless lives of other bloggers; of wishing I could just get the attention of that trendy company and show them I could be a valuable contributor; and on and on and on.
And that's when I started taking a step back.
For the past several months I've taken some time to rethink why I was keeping a blog, and how I could just strip it down to what I wanted it to be. No planning posts a week (or more) in advance; no feeling like I have to write a post every single day and sacrifice quality for quantity. Just back to the basics: Sharing things from my life as they happen, what's happening on the online and mobile Parsimonia business fronts, recipes the hubs and I are scarfing down, and other bits of randomness as they come up.
So, from here on out, that's what you can expect from me — and I'm really excited about it! I hope that we've connected enough to keep you coming around, even if it's not every day, but if not, that I appreciate the time you have spent reading these posts. :)
To start things off in this new chapter, I thought I'd let you know that I'm going to be fairly absent in the next 11 days (ha!). Some of you might remember I'm organizing an event called Spring Fling in the City on May 11, showcasing local vintage sellers and some handmade sellers that use vintage materials in their creations.
And since this is my first time taking on such an endeavor, I am throwing all of my time in that direction. So if you're local to St. Louis (or nearby) and aren't doing anything that weekend, I would love to meet you and see your smiling faces! If you're busy but know people in the area, please do invite them via the Facebook event page to help spread the word!
And if you've read this whole post, pretend I've just put a smiley face sticker on your shirt. ;-)