Surprise! I’m Back Already

I know it’s only been two days since I said I was “quitting” blogging. But let me explain.

Day 1 of no blogging was great. I treated it as a vacation (translation: I sat on the couch all day watching Netflix). No Instagram engaging, no content planning, no stress. But on Day 2, I decided to take a look at my site. And I saw a comment on my last post that really made me think. Here it is:

I immediately texted Patrick a screenshot of this comment, asking for his advice. After some back and forth, we decided that 1) I love writing and 2) I love having a place to share my thoughts. So doesn’t that mean I should keep blogging?

I feel that the constant pressure of having “successful” social media channels and striving to fit the fashion blogger old has taken away so much joy from me. Because at the end of the day, I’m not a fashion blogger.

I’m deciding to give blogging another shot. But, this time will be different than any of my previous attempts.

First, I’m going to give my site a new name. My name (side note: I’m currently engaged, and who knows how long my name will even be “my name,” but who cares). Class Meets Couture served me well, but now it’s time to move on.

Second, I’m changing up my site. I already implemented a lot of changes! You can still find most of my old content under the Class Meets Couture tab, but now the main categories of my blog reflect my true passions. There’s Photography, which will soon showcase galleries of my favorite pictures that I’ve taken. There’s Travel Diaries, which will have blog posts featuring mainly photography from my day-to-day life. And then there’s Articles for whenever I want to explore a topic in depth through writing.

And finally, I have a completely new attitude about my blog. Blogging is something that is meant to inspire me, and hopefully inspire you.

No stressing about numbers/followers/sessions. I’m going to share what I want to share, when I want to share it. I’m not going to share content for the likes or because it fits into a certain mold. I’m going to share content because it inspires me.

You probably won’t be seeing as many outfit posts anymore. To be honest, I hate packing up my car and shooting 3-5 outfits on a Saturday or Sunday morning. I’m also a recent post-grad on a tight budget who has a carefully curated collection of clothes that make me feel confident. I’m not going to spend money on new clothes with the hopes of you buying it and me making commission. Plus, that feels so dishonest. But if I’m out and about and have my camera on me (which I almost always do), then you may see an outfit post every once in a while.

I also still have some collaborations in the works (and I’m still taking on collaborations). Whenever I work with a company to feature their products, you will see them here on the blog and my social channels.

Speaking of social channels, I want to talk about Instagram. Yes, that dreaded platform. Currently, I have had two handles, @classmeetscouture and @cat.galletti. I’ve changed the names of those handles to be @catgalletti and @catgallettiphotography to reflect my goals. I’m going to experiment with having a handle associated with this blog and a handle associated with my photography work. But I’m making sure to follow these rules with Instagram: no posting schedule, no excessive photo grid plan, and no hours engaging in the hopes of growing a following (or at least, that’s my plan).

There’s still some updates I’m working on, and I’m very excited to see where this new site takes me.

Please let me know your thoughts on any and all of the above! I’m very open to any opinions or advice. As you can see, my mind can be easily persuaded (proven by the comment by one of my readers). That caring, thoughtful comment on my last post has inspired me to keep on with this blogging experience.

 

5 thoughts on “Surprise! I’m Back Already

  1. Hi Kat – just wanted to tell you, this is quite an inspirational post and quite timely for me. I’m new to blogging (so new that I haven’t even officially launched my site!) and I’ve been struggling with the whole fashion / make money model as well. I have a full-time job and a side business so I second guess myself as to whether I should even bother with a blog, but I’m in a creative industry and I just wanted to explore another outlet. I also love photography and writing and inspiring others so your new perspective makes complete sense to me! I’m going to forge ahead with the blog and just make it a place to have fun and inspire and try not to worry about likes and numbers and competition! So, thank you. And I wish you all the best on your ventures!

    1. Wow, just wow! Thank you so much for the message Lisa 🙂 It makes me so happy to hear that other creatives struggle with the fashion/make money model. As for your blog, you should definitely launch it soon. Launch it now! I find that having a creative hobby outside of my creative career is what keeps me sane. Have fun with your blog, and allow the freedom to inspire you.

  2. YES I love this!! Personally, I would much rather read a blog that has all of these things- fun outfits, great writing, amazing photography, cool travels, etc. I think this is a perfect choice, and I know this is the kind of blog that I want/love to read. Keep doing your thing!

    1. Thank you so much Ashley for the love and support 🙂 It’s reading comments like yours that honestly give me the motivation to keep producing thoughtful, inspirational content.

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