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.
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).
Photos :: Kim Thomas
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?