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I’m not a quitter. Ask anyone close to me and they’ll tell you that more often than not, I’d rather spread myself too thin than give up my commitments—it’s something I struggle with all of the time; I can never say no to an opportunity that’s too good to pass up. But I’d been contemplating ending this blog to move on to new ventures for a while now, and suddenly it just feels like the timing is right.
I started my blog under the original title, Circa Sunday Afternoon, in 2010 as an escape from everything that was stressing me out in life (I had a rough time freshman year and honestly this blog became an excellent escape from that). I’d already known a bit about web design, html, and photography so it wasn’t hard for me to pick a platform and get started. From there, you probably know how the story goes.
Lately, however, I’ve been feeling this pull to get away from this “style blogger” label that so many have been known to call themselves. I firmly believe that the niche is oversaturated and there’s way too many women doing it well (and so many more that could definitely use some help). Let me preface this by saying I’m not “giving up,” I will never “give up” until I truly feel I’ve exercised all my options, and even then I wouldn’t call it giving up.
So why am I doing this? I’ve literally been going back and forth trying to figure out if it’s the right decision. I’ve gotten a lot of great and positive feedback from people telling me how much they love my blog (and honestly if it weren’t for them, I probably would’ve stopped ages ago), but something inside of me really knows that this isn’t what I want to do. I love blogging, this I know first and foremost, but constantly posting photos of myself and my style (as selfless as I try to make it) still comes off as vain and very self-absorbed. Now this is definitely not many style blogger’s intentions, and it certainly was not mine, but now it seems like there’s a formula that all style bloggers follow: start a blog, gain a following, make it big, work with a brand, lose some integrity with your posts and lose your true self. This isn’t the case with all bloggers but it certainly is for many—and that’s why I need a change.
I started my blog to inspire, but how can I inspire those around me if I’m not inspired myself? That’s why I’ve decided to start a blog that focuses on the things that inspire me in what I see in everyday life. Photography has always been one of my true passions and finally I’ve decided to pursue it with greater intent. So this isn’t a goodbye to me and my blogging presence, but rather a farewell to the world of style blogging that I’ve become perturbed by. The Life Observed, that’s the next chapter, that’s the change that I need for myself. There will still be some personal style, yes, but the focus will be a bigger pictures—the world through my lens.
So I thank everyone who has read this blog throughout the last two and a half years and I appreciate all of the support. I hope you join me on my next adventure.