Outfit: Hazy Shade of Winter

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Hello!  Even though it’s only been about a week and a half since I last posted, I feel as if I’d been gone a good deal longer.  So much has changed–you can like comments on Instagram! It’s white and snowy in Chicago! And I’ve given up my dreams of being a famous blogger someday!

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Let’s talk about that last point in a little more detail, okay?  I’ve mentioned time and again that blogging stresses me out, and a couple weeks ago, I laid out some of the things that really bother me about the whole process–the biggest are the time commitment and blogger backstabbing. I got to the point where I started to question what I was even doing with this blog.  Did I really want to turn it into a career one day?  Or would I be better off dialing it down to a hobby?

I knew I needed some time to think about it, so I took a week off.  Really off.  This was the first time I completely disconnected from the whole operation.  No posts or likes or comments, nada.  And you know what?  It felt great!  I binge-watched Gilmore Girls, hung out with friends, and slept in on the weekend.  I didn’t think about how I needed to document everything so I could turn it into an Insta story.  I simply enjoyed myself.

And I gave up my dream of turning Mox in Socks into a career.  Far from being sad about it, I’m really very relieved.  I did a lot of reflecting on what it takes to become a popular blogger, and I don’t have it in me. I’d rather spend my time doing other things and maybe picking up some new hobbies.  Maybe I’ll really get into sewing like I said I would, or I’ll develop a passion for dance or I’ll just move to Korea and teach English.  Who knows?

So what does that mean for the future of Mox and Socks?  Well, not much is going to change on the outside.  I love photography and fashion, and you can count on me to always have a couple of outfit posts a week.  But you might not hear from me all that often.  No, if you want me, I’ll be lounging around my studio, reading a book and scratching Moxie’s ears.

 

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10 thoughts on “Outfit: Hazy Shade of Winter

  1. I totally hear you on how much work it is to maintain a blog! When I started over the summer, I had no idea the amount of work it takes to actually turn it in to a career! I think its awesome that you were able to reflect and realize that sometimes things are just more important.

    I’ll still look forward to posts from you when you put them out though!

    -Mackenzie
    http://www.kenzywho.com

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    1. I never would have imagined how hard it would be! You see pics on Insta of bloggers just hanging out in their apartments, and until you try to do the same thing, you never realize how hard it is!

      And thank you very much for the kind words. I really appreciate it!

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  2. Sweetheart! I LOVE this — power to you for doing what makes you happy and not stressing out about it! I think I’m in the same boat — I started this for fun, and want to keep having fun with it. No stress, no harsh self criticism — just love for others and for myself. I hope this change in your raison d’blogging will bring you brighter days ahead. ❤

    Dax
    http://daretodax.com

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    1. Thank you for the sweet words!! I’m really feeling much better about blogging now, and I’m happy that you’re already at that point! Keep being you!

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  3. I totally understand. When I started my blog in April, I had exactly the same thoughts about turning it into a career someday. And then I came to realize that I’m just not a professional blogger either. I don’t always remember to take pictures. I don’t dress up every day and plan the perfect outfit. I can’t stay in a “niche” to save my life as I end up posting about any and everything. But, like you, that’s OK. Because I actually really like my blog, and I look forward to posting. But, it’s a creative outlet, not a job.
    Good for you, for discovering this for yourself too. You are one of my favourite bloggers to follow, so keep up the good work, but make sure to take time for yourself and do the other stuff you enjoy too!
    -Nicole
    The Artyologist

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    1. Thank you so, so much, Nicole. That means a lot coming from you. As you say, it’s hard to keep up with professional blog, and I’m finding that it’s much more rewarding to do it as a creative outlet, not a job.
      I love that you have a more eclectic approach to blogging–it’s refreshing, interesting, and genuine, and I’m very happy for you that you’ve already gotten to the point where you truly enjoy your blog. Keep at it!

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  4. Oh, I just realized that I forgot to comment on your outfit- I love the wool coziness you have here. That skirt is so nice! Winter is all about the wool 🙂
    -Nicole

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  5. I really enjoyed reading this article and I couldn’t agree more with you on keeping up with the social media trends. It becomes stressful in the end and not to mention managing the blog and instagram on top of your full time work.You have such amazing photography skills and I really admire what you have done so far. You are one special lady!

    I was burnt out from work and have learnt to take things easy now and enjoy little things such as spending time with my family and friends. The blog is a side hobby and it helps me get my creative juices flowing but I’ve learnt not to let it control my life. It also helps to have positive comments and support from positive bloggers like yourself.

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