The other day, I was chatting with my friend, Carrie, and telling her I missed writing this blog. I started to complain about the state of blogging today (something I touched on in this post, too, back in January): the blogs that actually make money are the ones that evolve into nothing more than advertisements for the freebies sent to the bloggers (a subject causing furor in the fashion world right now, too). What I’d always loved about reading blogs, and what inspired me to start my own, was the raw and authentic nature of them; in a way, you got to expand your intimate friendship circle with total strangers, sharing the best moisturizer or latest, greatest read or your deepest, darkest feelings about sensitive topics that you might shy away from admitting for real over wine but that ironically, when shared over the Internet, felt more anonymous and safe somehow. When I was writing my blog, acquaintances and even family members seemed to approach me with greater openness and vulnerability, as if by my sharing online they felt as though I’d extended a special openness just to them. For someone who struggles with feeling like I am my most authentic when I’m actually around people (is that just me, or is that everyone?), writing this blog became a way for readers to know the real me.
Now, don’t get me wrong: I love freebies, especially of the beauty and fashion varieties. But more than that, I love the authenticity of an unsponsored blog. While Carrie and I were chatting, I realized I didn’t need to make it my goal to publish 5 days a week and acquire a list of sponsors. I wasn’t required to take pictures of my outfits regularly – if at all, because there are certainly other things to post about (don’t worry, you know I can’t resist a good outfit post – I’m just saying…). As with most things in life that are worth doing, I remembered that the most important thing about keeping a blog, or writing, or anything, is that it feeds the soul. It feeds the spirit. You do it out of love, first and foremost. So, I’ll be posting again – simply because I like it. I’ll try not to feel pressure about making it my career, or worry what my next step should be, or how I’d keep writing when I decide to go back to work, or how many followers I have, or…or… I’ll just do it. You can also follow along on my latest adventures via Instagram – click one of the pics on the right or search my handle, @lissasayerscullen. Thanks for reading!
Note the new domain address: http://chiclifeinthemountains.com. My old domain was snatched away and “the man” wanted $800 to renew! The blog title will stay the same.