August 24, 2016

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What I’m going to write has nothing really to do with this outfit. And this outfit isn’t quite the thing you’re going to be busting out quite yet because the weather hasn’t changed enough yet. But I will just say this real quick. These are the most comfortable and flattering faux leather leggings ever. And if you’re on the hunt for good quality booties for the fall, these taupe bring booties are the perfect thing for transitioning some of your looks to fall.

If you’ve ever wondered, “Is fashion blogging hard?”, I’ve got the answer for you. It is. But it’s not the photography and outfit planning and writing that is hard. The part that you see isn’t hard. But what is hard is putting your heart and soul and energy into something and feeling like it doesn’t really get seen.

I’m going to be honest with you. Blogging these last few month has been hard. I blog because I love it so much. I have never in the last two and a half years of fashion blogging made any steady amount of money doing it. I don’t post here a few times a week and multiple times a day on Instagram because I have to. I do it because I want to. I get excited about sharing my looks and my life and a little advice here and there, and hopefully you look forward to it too. But lately it has been hard. Even though I do it because I love it, there are little things that help you feel affirmed along the way and that make you feel like people are enjoying what you’re putting out there. This can be anything from blog traffic to comments to Instagram growth. Because you figure if you’re doing something people like, then that leads to more people coming around, and you just expect everything to increase exponentially. Well it hasn’t. For months. And in fact in some ways it seems to be decreasing. I think some of it may have to do with the new Instagram algorithm. (For bigger bloggers, it might be helping, but for smaller ones like me, it’s hurting us!) Just to give you an idea, out of the 14K people that follow me on Instagram, only 2.5K actually even SEE my photos. Just simply because Instagram has changed their formulas so that they choose what they THINK you want to see.

And when that is happening, it is very hard to stay motivated and inspired and want to keep putting content out there! I love doing my little blog, and I’m so proud of it,  and I don’t think anything would ever change that. But it’s hard to not get bummed out when you look at numbers and stats and wonder if you should be doing something different. The whole blogging world is so inundated with countless bloggers all trying to make a name for themselves. But how are you supposed to stand out? I just want to be me and stay true to myself and for that to be what people love. But it’s hard to get inspired and excited about a particular thing you want to post about, and then not have the response you were hoping for. At the end of the day, I just have to remind myself why I do this, and if nothing else, I have a fun fashion diary to show my kids in thirty years so they can laugh at what fashion used to be right?! (Or wish that I saved all of my clothes because they’re back in style again. 😛 )

I am hoping to get some fresh inspiration and do some networking when I go to New York Fashion Week in a few weeks. I just share this today because I bet there are other bloggers out there feeling the same way. And to be honest I couldn’t just sit down and write about this outfit when I was really thinking about all this instead. 😛

 To those of you that do come visit my blog, I truly thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are the reason I do this! And if you guys have any suggestions of things you would like to see here on my blog related to fashion, hair, beauty or fitness, please let me know!




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