I've been a little at odds with blogging recently. It always comes in ebbs and flows for me; I most certainly don't fancy myself much of a dedicated blogger. None the less my wee little blog has always been very important to me. I've managed to stick with it now for 2 years; and that somewhat of a feat for me!
By the end of 2012 I had lost much of my sewing inspiration. I moved houses and said goodbye to my enormous sewing space. My fabric got packed up in boxes and put out of arms reach, my machine was put in one room, while my sewing box, patterns and haberdashery in another. It all just became too hard. That wasn't the only thing that changed. I'm just going to say it folks, I got bored. Bored with my blog, bored with its look and yes, a little bored with vintage.
I honestly don't even remember the last time I wore my petticoat (Gasp!)
So I sat back and had a good hard think about what I wanted to do with my sewing, and with myself in 2013 and nothing came.
Call it Serendipity but just then, I stumbled upon Fleur's Post over at Diary of a Vintage girl. Did you read it?
Fleur's words resonated with me, so I left a comment. Initially intended as a few supportive words; Instead my feelings towards my own blog just started pouring out.
This is what I said -
Thanks so much for sharing Fleur, I always enjoy your musings. I have been feeling much the same; though I've just sat back and watched as my own blogging becomes sparser and sparser. Christmas time almost saw me give it up for ever! But then 2013 came, and like you I felt a little bit of new hope. I often feel that a blog brands us with an identity, one that we have created for ourselves, but when we want to steer away from that Identity we feel as if we're betraying our readers; for you I can imagine this is even more so. In the end though, we blog about our lives for ourselves, as an outlet - so we can write, photograph, communicate and entertain. Do what makes you happy; and if that means word heavy posts and less dresses, so be it, even if it means temporarily "re-branding". I will read them, and happily so. After all, we all grow and change, both in our lives and in our interests and styles; its only natural that our blogs should reflect this.
Much Love and support,
I had realized that the reason I was bored with my blog and with vintage was because that it had become unchallenging to me.
Now keep in mind, this is ME talking, and everything I say must be taken with a grain of salt. I love vintage, I always will. Its the glamour and the femininity that will never lose my favour; but when it comes to sewing vintage, my interest has wandered. I want to branch out, to go a little wacky, to try bold, tailored modern, gypsy bohemian - Who knows. I DO know certain vintage silhouettes will always influence me - but I just don't think I want to dedicate my life to them anymore.
I have always been afraid of being pigeonholed. I almost stopped wearing vintage when everyone around me started calling it "my style". While I was pleased that my style was noticeable, I was so afraid that I had become predictable. This behaviour may have a bit to do with why I find it so hard to choose a career path.
In the end I think its time for a little change. Change is good; exciting. I'm not entirely sure what that entails just yet. But I can smell it on the horizon. Its January 2013 now. I have very high hopes for this year. Not just for this blog, but for my career and for the creative challenges I plan to set myself.
Do you have any plans for change this year? I would love to hear about them!