I’ve been kind of unsure how I should start this post. Should I just drop in unannounced and be like, “Hey guys, what’s up!” as if three months haven’t passed? Hm. Probably not, right? In the end, I’ve decided that my absence from this space deserves a bit more of an explanation—one that I hope gives insight into both where I’ve been and where The Glossy Life is going.
Back in March, after finally securing the URL theglossylife.com (some of you may remember that up until now I’ve been on glossymusings.com—a URL I actually hated, but the only one I could secure at the time. Don’t worry—all your links should forward to the new URL now, except for Bloglovin’, which I’m working on getting straightened out!), I decided I was going to take a quick week-long break to freshen up the new URL with a new theme and way to organize and present content. Plus, I wanted to challenge myself to figure it all out on my own—not an easy task for someone who considers themselves code-illiterate at best. Long story short, that week turned into several weeks of struggling to reinstall my content (I had to manually re-upload every photo to every post—something I’m still working in doing, in case you click to an old post and notice the photos aren’t appearing), actually implementing the vision I had in my head (again, still a work in progress) and narrowing in on the kind of content I wanted to fill this space with going forward.
As the weeks passed, I found myself more and more reluctant to just sit back down and write—I think truthfully, I was using the site refresh as a way to escape the responsibility of running a blog for a while. Sure, it’s fun to dream up content for an online space, but actually producing that content—testing the recipes, pulling together the DIYs, shooting the posts—takes a lot of time and effort. Time and effort that I didn’t know if I was willing to continue to give.
The Glossy Life has always been an incredible creative outlet for me—and the community I’ve met through blogging has just been the cherry on top. However, with a very demanding (and equally creative) full-time (plus some) job, I felt tapped out. I found myself unable to really get excited about creating for this site and, in response, found myself pulling together posts that were what I consider the worst type of posts to create: white noise.
To me, it’s very easy to become a blog that’s filled with white noise—sponsored posts that have nothing to do with the heart of content on the blog, inauthentic posts that seem disingenuous and careless—and that’s a pattern that I really, really feared falling into. Instead of creating content that I was proud of and could stand behind—even if it was less frequent—I found myself brainstorming content that I knew would be quick to post and click-worthy. And ick. I mean that’s not the point of this whole thing, right? At least, I don’t want it to be.
So I decided to take a real big step back and reevaluate everything. What I will and won’t post, how frequently I’ll make myself available to the site, what kind of space I want this to become and, perhaps most importantly, how I can best serve readers that I hope to attract. Will you notice a difference in this space? Possibly—but that depends on what you come here for. Aesthetically, things will be changing a bit—I’m working on refining the layout still and I am deliriously (seriously DELIRIOUSLY) happy to be working with my incredibly talented friend Jessica from Poppy and Scooter Calligraphy on a little beautification for this space. More over, I am striving for authenticity in every sense of the word—posts that are genuine and thought-out, primarily images shot specifically for this site and an open dialogue with you guys to determine what’s working, what’s not and what you want to see more of. I’m excited and sort of feel like I’m getting the chance to start a whole new blog.
If you’ve made it to the end of this digital speech, thank you. For listening, but also for sticking around and coming back and, likely, being one of the people inspiring me to create better every day. I hope to do you proud!