Why I Still Blog (and Why I Want You to Still Read)

Over the last few months, I’ve been contemplating whether or not I really want to keep pursuing this thing called blogging. Some of us make it look good, but in real life, blogging is very time-consuming and requires a great deal of focus, consistency, dedication, and a certain level of savvy.  Sure it comes with a ton of perks, but a great deal of work goes into the entire process.  Especially if, like me, the goal is to build the blog to a point where brands can put some respeck on what I have to say in the form of a check.  Okurrrr.

Shall we start at the beginning? I initially started blogging at the coercing of a friend.  She loved my style voice and felt it needed to be heard. I agreed and According To Q was born. The journey and growth have been amazing, but I still have a long way to go. The blogging community in Memphis is starting to flourish, and local brands are beginning to catch on and connect with us.  It’s really great, but here’s my dilemma: I have a great full-time career that I love + my luvbug and ladybug are growing at lightning speed, and time with them is quite precious.  So, at times, it has been extremely difficult to keep up, and this 40+ mama just gets plain ole tired. I want to create good, relatable content and not post something just to post something.  I have a busy life and I do a decent job of managing things, but sometimes I don’t have it all together.  My plans don’t always pan out (ask Kim Thomas) and it can be quite frustrating.

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On top of all of this, social media and the influence of platforms like Instagram with people scheming their way to the proverbial top (buying followers, loop giveaways, etc.) has been discouraging at times.  I have felt that blogging had become too much and thinking about my social media footprint ALL THE TIME became exhausting.  So, I stopped.  Almost.  But then I thought, I’m making this way too hard! Maybe it should be the other way around! I’ve been overthinking this whole time!  <insert thinking emoji>   I love writing in this digital space, and while most people think blogs are passé and obsolete, I disagree.  I actually still like reading blogs.  Yes, social media has changed the game some, but social media only gives us a glimpse of a story.  When I see an image that strikes my fancy, I want more.  I’m interested in reading the dialogue behind it, not just the caption.  I love seeing the additional pictures. Or heck, I like getting outfit deets with direct links without having to “like to know it”.  Sidenote: That’s probably going to get some backlash.  Whatevs.  It’s great to get the glimpse, but the blog is where the whole story unfolds.  When I write something, I most definitely want you to read it.  Not to mention, I don’t own IG/FB/etc., and at any point, my social media content can be gone in a flash (RIP to The Original Fashion Bomb & many others).

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I guess my point is, blogging CAN fit into my life.  Without all of the complications.  Without me overthinking.  On my own terms.  I still have a lot to say about style and life in general (and it helps to have followers like you who are super encouraging), and I want to continue sharing it on this platform.  And that, my friends, is why I’ll still blog.  I still have a story to tell and I’d love for you to be around to READ it, ENGAGE with me (like/comment/share), and watch this journey unfold into something magical.  Catch my snapshots on social, but know that the full story will always be HERE.

Who’s with me?

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26 Comments

  1. Kimberly
    March 4, 2019 / 1:30 pm

    I’m here for your blog! I love your content 🙂

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 1:44 pm

      Thank you so much!!!! I really appreciate it!

  2. Erica goodrich
    March 4, 2019 / 1:53 pm

    I read your blog! And i don’t even read lol that says a lot
    Keep striving!

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 1:59 pm

      Thanks boo!!! 😘😘😘😘 it does say a lot & I truly appreciate it!

  3. Tiambé Kuykendall
    March 4, 2019 / 2:06 pm

    Thank you for purposefully carving out the time to keep blogging. I’m here for all of your fabulousness.

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks so much Tiambe!! I appreciate you reading!!

  4. Candace Chatman Sims
    March 4, 2019 / 2:27 pm

    Love your Blogs I don’t always well actually never comment but I do read them if comments help I will start!

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 3:09 pm

      All of the above is appreciated!! Thank you so much for following and reading!

  5. Tamekia Thompson
    March 4, 2019 / 3:29 pm

    I personally LOVE your blog!!

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much for following and reading!! I truly appreciate you!!

  6. March 4, 2019 / 4:39 pm

    Absolutely agree, juggling life and being present with people around you is so important. Give is what you can, don’t make is stressful keep it coming though, do what you can, your insight will always be appreciated!
    XOXO!

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much for the encouragement!

  7. Lekisha Crutchfield
    March 4, 2019 / 5:02 pm

    So glad you’re back!!!!! I’ve read every blog & love following all the fashion deets you let us in on!!! I’m hear for it all…..the balance of your motherhood, your fab career, & your adventures of the talls & smalls are all FAB!!!!! Keep it up!!!!

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks love!! And thank you so much for being an OG follower! I truly appreciate it! 😘😘😘

  8. Meagan
    March 4, 2019 / 8:12 pm

    I’m happy you back! I love your style and content you share!

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much Meagan!!!

  9. Ivette
    March 4, 2019 / 11:14 pm

    You are so real and that’s why you can always count on my support!! It’s great to have you back!

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 4, 2019 / 11:30 pm

      Thank you so much for following. Your support means everything!!

  10. March 5, 2019 / 12:10 am

    I still like blogs too but maybe bc I’m the same demo as you. Not sure if younger generations are into blogs as much sadly. Keep it up! Use Pinterest to promote your posts more instead of IG. Also build an email subscriber list for your blog, good way to keep your readers informed of new posts. Go where the love is! xx, Maria
    http://savvynista.com

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 5, 2019 / 5:48 am

      Good point about the younger generations! I do need to use Pinterest better. My email list is growing too. Thank you so much for the tips!

  11. Lisa Beckley-Roberts
    March 5, 2019 / 9:22 am

    Happy you’re back and the things that you are struggling with (time, balance, frustration over social media, etc) make what you have to say even more real! Thank you for getting back to it and know that you’re supported and appreciated!

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 5, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks LS! I appreciate you!!!

  12. Glenda Phillips
    March 5, 2019 / 10:31 pm

    I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say…

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 5, 2019 / 11:38 pm

      Thank you so much!!

  13. Tracee
    March 7, 2019 / 10:59 am

    Yeeeeaaahhh! I was just thinking I needed to touch base with you because I haven’t heard anything According to Q lately! I appreciate your honesty, as I have been contemplating blogging/vlogging too. The world needs your voice, story, and style so I’m glad you’re pushing forward on your OWN terms! Looking forward to watching the magic unfold!

    • Quaneshia
      Author
      March 7, 2019 / 11:08 am

      You are the greatest LS! Thanks for the encouragement!! 😘😘😘

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