Saturday, June 30, 2018

Why I've Been Absent on Instagram

If you follow my blog and social media platforms closely, you probably have noticed I've been pretty absent for more than a month. Today I sat down and realized I not only hadn't posted on Instagram in a month and a half, but I hadn't posted a single post to my blog – something that I normally really focus on, posting five separate blogs a month. I really hope I never let the things I love slip through the cracks like this again, and while I frantically finish the five posts for this month in one day, here's why these last two months have left me feeling swamped and uninspired.

Where do I start? I've mentioned a few times I started a new job, and while this is low on the list of reasons as to why I've been absent, I have been more busy than normal. On top of starting this job, I am looking for a new apartment (literally a full-time job in itself), and have been trying to make time to focus on friends that are in town this summer.

I'm sure some of you are sitting here, rolling your eyes asking, "but Maddie, how long does it take you to just post a picture on Instagram?" Okay – so here's where we get into it. While blogging may seem simple, it's a lot more involved than you think. Not only does it cost money to have outfits to post on Instagram, but then I have blogs that coincide with my Instagram content and try to maintain a presence on Twitter. More importantly, it's a lot of putting yourself out there. Don't get me wrong, this is what I love to do. I love fashion, and I love writing even more. I started this because of a lack of opportunities in my field, and this blog is an incredible outlet, but always being in social media and trying to look my best is hard. 

You've probably heard it before, but with always being on social platforms, I've found myself comparing myself to others more than ever before. There's always someone who has better style, is thinner and prettier, or has a better feed and better pictures that leave me wondering how I can even get on that level. It's a nagging, constant feeling. But what eventually made me lose enthusiasm and take a step back was when I started obsessing over my follower count. I did not start this blog for followers, I started it for myself. The second I lost sight of that, I felt myself losing my love for it. And that needs to change.

So, as you can tell, I'm back and in being back, I'm trying to refocus on why I am doing this in the first place, followers aside. Follow or unfollow, it's fine by me. I will continue to share my fashion favorites, my beauty obsessions, and just try to add a little brightness to my corner of the internet. Whether one person follows, or a bunch catch on, I hope to continue to bring a little inspiration to my life and yours, continuing to do what I love for no other reason than because I love it.


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