I keep wondering if blogs are actually a dying breed ... with Instagram and other forms of social media just an app away, do people even bother to go to websites anymore and look at people's blogs? For me, I will visit a blog if I see something that catches my eye on Instagram. For instance, if I really like someone's outfit and want to see more pictures, I will visit their blog. I will also visit if someone has an enticing caption saying they are sharing big news or something exciting on their blog. I still have my blog roll (on the right sidebar) that I will use to keep up with a few blogs that I enjoy, but for the most part, I don't even know that I look at that many blogs anymore.
With all of that being said, I have to wonder sometimes why I even still bother with blogging. I used to think blogging was really easy and didn't really care about my pictures or content. I'd just slap some stuff up (really bad pictures and all) and call it a day. When I decided to start blogging again, I wanted to start fresh and put more time and effort into my pictures and posts. I won't lie, it's a process. Since Rob and I both work M-F we have to take my pictures on Sunday afternoons. I used to think people were crazy or somewhat shady for doing this, but now it totally makes sense if you want nice, quality pictures. We take my pictures on Sunday and I schedule my fashion-related posts typically for Monday and Wednesday. I will then go in on Monday and Wednesday and Thursday nights and try to whip up a beauty or lifestyle post. I am really trying to have better pictures and less google image results which is really how I used to blog.
Then there's Instagram, which is a whole other beast. Instagram is interesting because I think for a lot of people, it has taken the place of a traditional blog. You can be "Instagram famous" with just a few fashion pictures and a Pinterest worthy white kitchen with a farmhouse sink. I will be completely honest with you all and say that I am really working on my Instagram game as well. If you see me using stupid hashtags or tagging things, don't be alarmed. I am trying to create a more cohesive and pretty feed since that is where most people come to your blog from. It really means the world to me when people just like my pictures or leave a nice comment.
One thing that I told myself with my reignited passion to blog is that I will not try to keep up with the joneses. I am who I am and I'm not going to pretend to be something that I'm not. I hope that my authenticity and realness continues to show through on my blog and all of my social media. In an over-saturated world of blogging where literally everyone and their mom has a blog or is trying to have a famous Instagram account, it can be a tough pill to swallow constantly being in competition with others. I'm a competitive person by nature, but honestly don't really give AF who has what or who went where ... in all aspects of life. I just want to put my stuff out there and if people like it great, if not, no big deal.
I guess I'm saying all of this to say thank you to you all for sticking around. And I truly hope that you can tell I am putting more effort into my blog. In no way do I want this to be a "business" or "famous" or anything like that, I just want to have better content and meet more people. I think that's the thing that keeps me coming back - the connections and friends that I've made. I feel like I can escape real life by signing on Instagram and seeing people's pretty pictures and perfect lives. And I know most of it is not real or just a show, but it's nice to peer into the lives of thousands of people from all over the world. And don't get me started on Snapchat and Instastories ... I follow some hilarious and crazy people and I love every minute of it. I think at the root of things, I am someone who likes to watch people and figure out their lives. So being able to see even a snippet (or sometimes too much) of people's lives is just so interesting to me.
I'm not really sure what this post is even about, but I just felt compelled to write about my blog and the goals and feelings that I have about it ... feel free to share opinions or thoughts in the comments.