Hey everyone. Did I entice some of you from the title? Or perhaps I intrigued those of you who felt my sense of sarcasm? Whatever the case, I’m here today to discuss my absence from my personal blog and where my head is at now.
Have you heard? Blogging is the new ‘it’ career and you can get rich just from taking five minutes a day posting pretty pictures on Instagram of you in your cute outfits!
Yeah. Right. HA! I love describing my job to people and I’m usually met with blank stares. Blogging? What the heck is that? To be honest, you can’t put blogging in a certain category as it is such a new and emerging craft. I began The Things She Sees when I was stuck in a hopelessly boring and stifling corporate career and needed a creative outlet. I loved to showcase my DIY projects, random musings, and facilitate discussions on things that interested me. All of those amazing blogs you follow, whether big or small, that have withstood the test of time? Yes, those blogs were started by go-getters who wanted a creative outlet and had a passion and didn’t care what anyone else thought. Money and fame weren’t the end-all-be-all to those folks. In fact, I can guarantee it. As my role with Wedding Sparrow has expanded and I’ve really gotten to know the amazing person that my boss is, I’ve learned so much about the heart behind an incredibly successful blog and digital company. Over the last year, I’ve been able to further confirm that authenticity comes from a place of passion and not from greed. Authenticity can come from a place of desperation or “business savvy-ness” as well, but not from boredom or vanity.
I feel offended, almost, when people ask me how they can get into blogging because they heard it is easy to do on the side for some extra cash.
Coming up with original content, that is of interest to others, that serves a business purpose requires significant effort, research, and expertise. It also requires professionalism, discretion, and creativity. What blogging doesn’t require is ‘only a few minutes a day writing about home decor or lipsticks’ just because you heard you could make a quick buck. That way of thinking devalues bloggers and their hard work!
I got into a funk, right after our wedding, with my blog. I felt a little bit of pressure to be a certain person, post certain things, or collaborate with certain companies rather than to simply post from the heart. This made me question what I wanted with The Things She Sees and what the purpose was? What am I doing in my own personal corner of the internet?
What I have done during my hiatus is narrow down what I am genuinely good at and what I love to do.
As I grew in my knowledge of the online space and as my personal style grew and morphed (as personal style ALWAYS changes and morphs for everyone as time goes on)… I became less interested in certain aspects of things that I was posting. I felt a burn out coming on and that’s sad because I was such a newbie!
I’ve discovered that I love social media. I love my full-time job with Wedding Sparrow… like, so much. I still love to help and coach others. That last point is special because right after high school, I did a personality and ‘life goals’ test and my BIGGEST takeaway was that I needed and wanted to be in a profession where I helped others with dishing out advice, coaching them on a new role, or doing something along those lines. I genuinely feel like I’ve achieved that with the myriad of actives that I do with my job!
Long story short, and I’d be shocked if I still have some of you here by the end of this long rant (ha!), I’m back. The Things She Sees will continue to be my side hustle, my side thang, and an outlet for life conversations, projects (hopefully LOTS of home improvement coming soon!), pretty musings, and recipes. Out with the structure and in with the creative passions. I tried so hard to stick to an editorial calendar, like all big successful blogs do, but it didn’t feel right to me honestly because that was never my intention for this space.
You can expect The Things She Sees to still live by this mantra:
It’s not the things you look at that matter, it’s the things you see.
PS – Photo by the lovely The Everygirl