In the spring of 2009, I felt like there was a emptiness in my life. I had a stable job, and a wonderful fiancé, but it still felt like something was missing. Like many bloggers, I started because I felt like my life was lacking creativity. I needed an outlet to express myself, and share with the world my aesthetic and point of view. The blogging world was so new back then. FTC regulations didn’t exist. Anonymous blogging was more of the norm and no one even realized the potential influence bloggers had on brands, fashion and social media. It was exciting and different and it felt like the landscape of the blogging world was changing everyday. I loved blogging. It was such a fun outlet and a great way to connect with so many different people. I had an amazing community of followers and a fantastic support group of other blogging friends.
Then, my husband got into graduate school and we decided to pack our bags and move across the country to Iowa. My blog came with me. But, once we got to Iowa, something changed. Something shifted. And, all of a sudden blogging wasn’t the center of my world anymore. I was setting up a home, finding new friends, connecting to the community and succeeding in a job I really loved.
I tried to write new and exciting content. I tried to stay on top of posting, and taking pictures and everything else that goes into having a full time blog and full time job. But I wasn’t just changing. The blogging world was, too. The landscape of blogging was shifting, and I just couldn’t seem to keep up. I came to the conclusion that it was time to let go. So, in early 2011, I took my blog down and closed up my computer.
As much as I thought it would, blogging never really left my life. The people and connection I made through it have continued with me the last two years. Although I was not writing, and admittedly, not commenting, I was reading blogs everyday and keeping up with how quickly the blogging world was transforming. Despite not having my own space, I secretly felt as though I was a part of all that has happened over the last two and a half years. Watching it all change and evolve.
For a while, I felt a sense of relief not having to worry about all that comes with having a blog. I’m not sure when, but at some point I started to miss it. I started to miss having my own space and sharing it with the world. After many discussions with friends, family, coworkers and my wonderful husband, I decided to take the leap and put myself out there again. The last few months, I’ve been working on putting together this site. Making it something special and something I can be proud to share. I’m excited to be back here, and although I have no idea where this will take me, I think it’s time to be back in the blogosphere.
4 years later, I’m ready to let blogging back into my world again. So, here I am, embarking on the next grand adventure. I hope you enjoy sharing this with me.