Happy New to you, my dear readers! I've been meaning to share with you some things so here I am writing a letter to you all.
So my life as a blogger has been this amazing cycle of change from the very first moment I got online in July 2011. I had many lows and challenges thrust upon me but I also had a lot of unexpected amazingness happen as well. I got published a few times in Vintage Life Magazine, I worked with some fantastic photographers, I interviewed Karolyn Grimes who played Zuzu in "It's A Wonderful Life" which you can read HERE, and I even interviewed a NY Best Selling author which you can read about HERE. The fact that I am still here and blogging is awesome unto itself. At least for me.
If you haven't noticed the blogging world has changed a lot lately. With the wonder of Instagram and all sorts of new social media outlets more and more bloggers have either stopped blogging altogether or are attempting to reinvent their blog into something else.
I'm here to say that I am definitely not going anywhere as a blogger. I will be keeping my blog as a traditional blog and use my social media outlets as an extension of what I do as a blogger. I will confess to you that the last few months have been a struggle in balancing my fatigue (comes hand in hand with my disability) and juggling the demands of motherhood but just because I struggle doesn't mean I don't want to be on here doing what I love to do-writing, sharing, learning, teaching, inspiring.
I want you to know that you can still be creative or express yourself or be a blogger even if you have a tight schedule, children to tend to, or long hours at work to deal with. You can. I'm doing it but I am doing it on my own pace and not being a slave to my blog. I think its important to keep a balance.
Recently I have gained a fresh new perspective and understanding about my creative process. First thing is, I NEED to be creative. I NEED my blog. I LOVE my blog. I LOVE being a vintage nerd. I LOVE challenging myself. And I LOVE connecting with all of you.
In order to grow as a creative person you need to keep things flowing in a way that adds to your life and not take away. My blog has never made me feel that way thank goodness but trying to keep up with the blog and vintage community has. So I decided no more of that. No more trying to keep up with the Joneses. What was I thinking? I simply cannot compare myself to those who have no children or who have more of a creative support system than I do. Doing that to yourself only hurts you. I feel like it poisons your way of thinking and creating and I no longer want to do that to myself. Funny thing is I didn't realize I was doing it until I asked myself why I felt frustrated all the time (about my blog etc). Be kind to yourself. It's what I am doing and its freeing me of all the silliness out there.
So here are the things I am working on and in the process of working on:
What is new at A Vintage Nerd blog
- More outfit posts and fashion inspiration: Vintage, Vintage Inspired, and Pop Culture Inspired
- A Vintage Nerd Supplementary Reading Section: On every type of post that I can, I will add websites, article and video links for further reading and learning
- My You Tube channel will be on hiatus for a bit
- I will be sharing my everyday and vintage nerd fun stuff on my Snapchat as often as I can. Drop by and say hi! Find me @ avintagenerd
- Confidence building posts: You may have seen a bit of my AVN Confidence Challenge on my Instagram, Its my way to focus on the positive and it has helped, I don't do it everyday but I have done it a bit and I will do more confidence building posts
What you will get from reading A Vintage Nerd blog
- How to incorporate vintage into your daily modern life
- Reviews on classic film/tv shows as well as period films/tv shows
- Insight into the Golden Age of Hollywood
- Reviews on books steeped in the past
- A dash of history and historical information
- Finding joy in looking back on Pop Culture on Pop Culture Tuesdays posts
- Celebrating body positivism as I continue to embrace my size 12 bod, my fabulous plastic leg braces, and better still, being a newly turned 40 year old woman
I do hope you tune in when you can here at A Vintage Nerd blog and feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram. I am always happy to chat and exchange ideas or even collaborate.
Here's to a new year for us all to do the things we dared to dream and face our challenges head on!
With My Warmest Affection,