I haven’t published a post since February 20th.
It’s not for a lack of having something to say. I have several posts sitting in draft mode ready to be published. In early February I was working with an amazing designer on branding for the blog, which resulted in an update of the overall design of my site. I love the way it looks; bright, colorful, and easy to navigate. I also had designs made for shirts, cards, and mugs that fit with the brand. I was inspired to add product to the site after visiting several pop-up shops (The Boho Market, Magnolia Silos, and Etsy). You would think all these exciting changes would inspire me to amp up my blog game, but in fact it did the opposite.
Throughout the design process, I realized how much time I was spending on social media. I was using it for research, stalking my favorite bloggers and attempting to “connect” with them. Instead of focusing on content, I was comparing my images and connections to others. I added hashtags to my posts which lead to a few extra likes and random comments like: “nice feed”, “love your page”, and some weird emojis. None of this inspired creativity or helped me connect to my audience.
I have a love hate relationship with social media.
I know the advantages of it for branding purposes, but I hate how it’s made us so image driven. It feels so dishonest to me. It’s something that I don’t really want to pursue with the blog, but they go hand in hand. If anyone has recommendations on how to connect with readers while remaining somewhat disconnected from social media, I’d love to hear from you. My goal is to keep writing, keep learning, and keep up with the blog as much as I can, without having to do a whole lot of social media promotion for it.
I love this little hobby of mine and I’m thankful for all of those who read and share my posts. Until I can learn to navigate this World a little better, I’m going to remain unplugged. I’ll be back soon!