Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Blogworthy

Sometimes I get so caught up in comparing my blog to others (why does so-and-so have that many followers? I'm too big of a goofball, my pictures are terrible, blah blah blah. . .) and I want to quit.


Old Navy jacket
Target top
Citizens of Humanity jeans
Missoni socks
Enzo Angliolini boots
thrifted and gifted jewelry

And then I end up purchasing things like maxi skirts, which I know I hate. Why? This is supposed to be the space where I'm getting back my style mojo, not someone elses.

So I'm starting over. Kind of. I don't know if this is going to necessitate some sort of break. You may not even notice a difference. I just know that I've started down a path that isn't good and it's time to either stop or turn around and try again.

31 comments:

rlutz said...

I have felt like that too lately...I just try to remember it is not a competition and like you said it is all about get your style mojo going!! If you go away....I will miss you!

Stephanie said...

100% understand and relate.

Tiffany said...

Aww, I hope you don't take a break, because I loovvvvee you and will miss you!! But if you do, we'll be here when you're ready to come back. Just remember that you're amazing and your style is fabulous!!

And here's a little secret for you... I actually like goofball bloggers the best. =) It makes them seem like we could be besties. =)

raspberry creative said...

I'm a new follower and hope that you don't take a break. At the same time, I know how you feel. I have attempted a style blog too many times and eventually give up because I'm too old, I'm not skinny enough, I don't have the followers like that other girl....

The problem with that is that it sounds like you are like me and this is supposed to be about you documenting your journey at getting your style going again. I guess it comes down to whether you are doing the blog for the right reasons.

I will miss you if you go but if continuing makes you feel worse then you have to do what is best for you.

Maria @ Orchard Bloom said...

aw don't quit! and try try to be anyone but yourself :)

Style Journey said...

Don't quit! You are hilarious, real, and have great style. Just be yourself and all is good. Sometimes I feel like my outfits aren't blogworthy, but I post them anyway. I try to keep it for realz, lol! Heather

Torrie said...

I have so much to say on this topic, but instead of writing a novel in your comments section, I will just say that I understand how you feel- and think that sometimes a break (even just for a few days) is absolutely necessary to re-energize/re-evaluate etc. why/what/how I'm doing this and what I need to change moving forward. Usually, it needs to come from within (not other reads- which has the opposite effect usually)... hence the *stepping back and taking a break.

(selfishly- don't take too long!)

My 2 Pesos said...

What a lovely outfit. You look amazing. :3

The Closet Shopper said...

Oh man. I struggle with that too. My big thing is that I'm not repeating things very often because I think that would be boring for anyone reading my blog. But my whole goal was to post what I wear every day. Not to be freaked out and have to plan every single night to make sure I'm wearing something new and different every day. Thanks for opening up this dialogue. Don't go away. Just turn left down your path. I really enjoy your posts and your style.

xo,
Tracy

Lonestarcasie said...

Put the blog down and walk away. But then come right back because I would miss you.

www.stylinggame.blogspot.com

two birds said...

First off, I love this outfit. I really need to try cuffing my jeans over my boots like this. Inspired!
Secondly, I totally understand. It is hard to put yourself out there for all to see. But we read your blog because we like you and your wit and your style. You don't need to change who you are or what you wear for your readers. Be yourself! That's what people want to see and read about. And, of course, take a break if you need it. But we hope you come back because we love your blog!

DaniellaBella said...

I think we all feel that way sometimes. I've just moved to Australia from Canada and I'm finding that I'm buying things that maybe aren't my style just because I want to fit in or I just want to be cool in the hot weather. I just want to make sure I'm doing things for me...
Good luck with re-visioning your blog. The world needs your perspective!

Kassi said...

I think we all get down on ourselves a bit at times! I am a huge goofball and borderline crazy, but I just think of it as my niche. You should always wear clothes that are you, and that you love! By the way I love the camo jacket, it looks fab!

http://theclosetintervention.blogspot.com/

sittie rainie limba said...

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Teal @ Expecting Chic said...

I looked at my closet this morning and threw a fit. Nothing fits. Nothing is work appropriate. I feel frumpy and I'm not taking pictures. Not great for a style blog, right? So in other words, I hear you and I'm with you. BUT, use this as an opportunity to branch out. Be creative. Be you. Whatever you write or share or take pics of is going to be of interest to me and as evidenced by the comments, of interest to many others. I look forward to anything and everything you do next!

keep in touch with fashion said...

great outfit, lovly coat!
Take a look on my blog and if you like we can follow each other?
http://keepintouchwithfashion.blogspot.com/

Julie said...

I felt like that a few months back so I deleted my GFC from my site. I decided to focus on why I like to blog and forget about the numbers. Ironically I guess Blogger must feel the same way because as of March 2012 the GFC won't even be available anymore. Go figure.

I love your blog because I think you have a very real style and post what you love. If you don't love something DON'T DO IT:) Stick to what you love and that is fabulous.

Julie

Julie said...

I felt like that a few months back so I deleted my GFC from my site. I decided to focus on why I like to blog and forget about the numbers. Ironically I guess Blogger must feel the same way because as of March 2012 the GFC won't even be available anymore. Go figure.

I love your blog because I think you have a very real style and post what you love. If you don't love something DON'T DO IT:) Stick to what you love and that is fabulous.

Julie

Tinfoil Tiaras said...

I think it's easy to get caught up in the colectin go followers hype but I love your blgo because you have great style, you take the time to write meaningul posts, your comments are personal and your photos are a helluva lot better than mine! (oops there I go comparing!) Plus this outfit is fab-I love the colours and it's you so rock it! :)

Heather said...

Please don't give up on this. I love seeing what you're wearing (I don't know why because if you didn't have this blog I most likely wouldn't be calling you daily to hear about your outfit) and I especially like to read what going on with you. When you started this blog you had a reason for it..don't forget what it was! If someone doesn't like what you're posting or wearing F 'em! They don't deserve to read/see your creativity!!! I am your biggest fan and supporter (besides A-Dog) and I'd be sad to see you take this offline.

Lindsay said...

I feel ya as many have echoed above. I agree with, Teal, too. Just be you. Be the best you you can be. Everything else will shake out and no matter what I'll enjoy reading/seeing whatever you come up with. ;)

Amber Lena said...

You have a style that is all your own, and I, for one, love to see it on your blog! And I totally relate to the way you're feeling. I mean, blogging is supposed to be fun! Not some competition. Way to keep it real, girlfriend.

Sarah said...

I have been enjoying your blog for a few months now. I think your style is relatable and yet stretches me to try new things (LOVED the post you recently did where you were wearing tiered layers with the fur shrug!). Please keep posting! I'd love to see how your style sense continues to grow! From one Seattle girl to another... ~Sarah

dimi said...

Oh I get that constantly! It's an awful and pathetic feeling to compare yourself... But can anyone escape from it? This is why it feels strange for me to start blogging again.

Ally said...

Too goofy? Never.

I appreciated this post- it was very real and you obviously touched on something that many bloggers can relate to. Even after only a few months of blogging, I felt like I was kind of falling into the "playing the game" part of this- i.e. commenting on people's blogs that I didn't really care for only to get new readers, etc. I'm trying really hard now to be more real/true to MY style (blogging?) mojo - to quote you :)

MONKEYFACE said...

Yep. Well, except for the part about calling yourself a goofball, I always think of you as somebody with a super dry sense of humor, which I luuuuuuv. Listen if you end up overdosing on mojo feel free to send some my way.

kristina@beancakes ★ said...

jenn ~ you'd better not quit!! i love your style and your blog!! but i understand the feeling, i think everyone feels this way at some point, it's easy to compare ourselves to others... but i have to say that i just love your outfit here, those jeans, boots, military jacket = so so awesome!! p.s. it's okay to feel this way at times, but like you were saying, always try and get back to the place of where you are having fun with it! if you're not having fun anymore, than try and get it back so you are!!
xx ~ k

Gracey at Fashion for Giants said...

Sorry I missed this - I was getting over myself last week too. It's time-consuming. I want to tell you not to quit blogging but I know you need to do what's best for you.

Blogging can be hard on you, I know this, but I love your blog and you seem like an awesome person that I'd love to hang with IRL. And I'd miss you if you were gone.

BeesKnees said...

I just stumbled upon your blog recently and I love it. I love reading fashion blogs but so many are unrelatable - it's nice to have different perspectives. I think, especially with fashion blogs that there is this real competitiveness to have lots of followers and it's easy to get caught up in that, but you have to decide what you're doing it for. If that's what you want I think you can really get there but it's a lot of hard work you really have to put yourself out there. Hopefully you can stick it out there is most definitely a place for you.

oomph. said...

this outfit is perfection! love it head to toe.

i think we all go down this road at some point. don't judge success by numbers..the numbers will kill you, so to speak. there are days when i gain a follower, and days when i lose five. it hurts a little, but i realized i can't make everyone happy. your photos are excellent, your outfits amazing, and your content is fun. that's successful to me. keep up the good work :)

[oomph.]
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Jenava said...

First, I love your blog JUST THE WAY IT IS. I read your blog because it is simple and real and yet you so CLEARLY love dressing that it really, honest-to-god inspires me!

Second, I can totally relate. I started my blog posting pictures from my (crappy, 1st gen) iphone because it was the only way I had time (was in grad school and working) but I wanted to be able to look back and see what worked and what didn't from a perspective other than that fleeting glimpse in the mirror. And I got that. But it IS nice to have better pics than the iphone ones, and it IS tough to see some of the glamorous (and young, with lots of time and no other responsibilities) blogs out there. I think "why would anyone give a crap about my boring outfits" but then again I started the blog for me; for a place to share and record my outfits and thoughts. Why do I care what other bloggers are doing outside of just being inspired?...sometimes when I ride my bike I don't take pics because they have to be done with the iphone (4, thankfully) in the bathroom at work. But the other day I wore this adorable outfit and was sad that I didn't record it for myself to remember. So, yeah, sometimes I let the vanity thing obscure the real reason I keep a blog in the first place. Which is dumb.