Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I've Lost The Will To Blog*

*but not my sense of humour

 Despite the title of this post, I did feel inspired to go out in the backyard after work today and shoot this photo of my outfit,  a three-tiered confection in black and grey, which seems to be my favourite colour combo for the summer.   And according to Instagram, it's Tongue-Out Tuesday.  So there we are.  You're welcome.

 

On to the Meaningful Stuff:  


I started this blog 8 years ago, and I don't want to think about how many hours I've spent taking photos, editing photos, and writing posts.  I didn't create the blog in order to make money, or to make a name for myself, but as a creative outlet for my writing and photography, and I think that in that way, it has been a success.  My blog persona of Forest City Fashionista has become known in the city where I live, and in a few others I've visited, and I am still delighted when someone approaches me on the street or in the grocery store to tell me that they enjoy my blog.  However, as the months pass, I find fewer and fewer things to write about.  The same lovely people comment on every post, but overall, the traffic to my blog has slowed considerably, as has the traffic to the Facebook page for my blog.  With FB, it's a catch 22; if you don't post often, no one sees your posts.  I have jumped ship to Instagram (@fcfashionista), where I do post regularly.   Fortunately, many of my blogging friends also hang out in IG land, so we are able to catch up there. An Instagram post is more of a "wave and hello" instead of the "let's sit down and have a chat" feeling of a blog post, but it's all I'm inspired to do right now.  

My friend Suzanne recently wrote an interesting post about the lure of Social Media for her blog, and I admire her for having kept at it for 11 years and is still producing well-written, entertaining posts.  

This summer has been pretty quiet - I've been more interested in spending time with friends, reading loads of books, and trying my hand at some crafting instead of thinking about what to post on my blog.  I'm enjoying the freedom that comes with not having to photograph everything I do (aside from a photo for my Instagram) and try to shape it into an entertaining or meaningful story.  I want to do, make, and see more things, and maybe I'll still write about them, but I don't want to feel I have to for the sake of keeping my blog going.   There will still be some outfit posts for those of you who enjoy seeing what I put together, and as I have a collaborative relationship with Talize Thrift Stores,  I will continue to feature some of the cool things I've found there.

All that being said, here are some photos of what I've been up to..... 

Sylvester Update:


I have grown so attached to this guy over the summer.  He has proven to be an all-round wonderful companion - affectionate, chatty, non-destructive, and he loves weekend naps and belly rubs.

Apparently I suck at remembering to take "before" photos, so you'll have to believe me when I tell you that this plaster and metal thingy was all white when I found it in a neighbourhood thrift store, and it only took me two years to finally buy some paint and brushes, and turn it into the now-brightly -coloured thingy that is hanging on my front door.  This is what happens when you take a week off work and don't go away (as is my habit).  You find yourself doing things like listening to podcasts, sewing on buttons, and painting decorative thingies for your front door.   I was so proud of myself when I finally finished this!

I found this short-sleeved hooded sweatshirt at Talize, and although I really like the shirt, I wasn't crazy about the raised letters on the front that spelled out "Some Day".  At my age, I want to do more things today, or tomorrow, or next week, or even next year, but not "Some Day".  So I had to fix it with some fabric paint.  I'm not sure how I feel about the result, as the words are no longer centered on the shirt, but that may be the perfectionist in me rearing her ugly head.

And Speaking of my Head...


I discovered that I like the look of a subtle teal blue in my hair, which apparently is now officially a Mohawk (albeit a soft one),  according to a number of guys who have recently commented on it.

Yes, that is a tiny photo of actor Steve Buscemi on my ear.  They are earrings made by the Foxy Hipster (check out her Etsy site here) that I found at a cool shop in Stratford called Meet Your Maker.   I also have a pair with David Bowie's face.

 

I Wore Stuff... 

 

There is that black and grey again:  sweatshirt and black skirt - retail; grey apron skirt from The Sentimentalist; scarf from Talize and Fly sandals from From Mars.

Oh look - Colour!   The top with the attached pieces of silk and the big linen pants are two retail pieces that I treated myself to from Cora Couture in Stratford on one of my visits to see my mother (her move to Stratford is costing me a lot of money).  I found the sparkly "winking eye" shoes at Winners and I'll be wearing them a lot when the weather is cooler.  Apparently no one else thought they were cool as the store closest to me now has at least 4 pairs in the clearance section.

Seriously, how are these not the coolest shoes?  And they are now marked down to $25

I'm pretty sure the neighbours weren't home from work when I was shooting this.  They already think I'm weird.

28 comments:

  1. Guess I will just have to do more Instagram. . It seems to be more popular than blogging. Love your writing, though

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, Instagram seems to be the way to go for many bloggers these days. It's much easier and less time consuming and I'm able to be more spontaneous with my posts. I will still write a blog post now and then, just to keep my hand in.

      Delete
  2. Aw, well, I don't IG and I don't FB, so hopefully you will still do a blog post here and there. Traffic overall has gone down in the past 3-4 years (as have comments, for sure) for blogs, but I keep on chugging along!

    Look at that lovely flop-butt boy, there. Sylvester is a sweetheart! I love the soft blue in your hair - very nice! And I am also a fan of all these wonderful outfits!

    Keep on rockin', Shelley! When/if you decide to blog, I'll find you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will still post now and then, and I will certainly continue to visit your blog and comment.

      Delete
  3. I don't do anything with social media--have never managed even to start a blog, though 3 or 4 years ago I was excited to try this avenue of creative expression. But I have enjoyed reading what others have to say and seeing the pictures. I've enjoyed your blog so much--I love your point of view. I hope you will still pop in and share periodically!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will definitely still post occasionally when I have something I feel is worth sharing. I'm glad you've enjoyed my blog (and my point of view).

      Delete
  4. You look great in all the greys! And the shoes, hmmmmm might have to make a trip to Winners Vancouver and see if they have them in my size. I enjoy your IG posts and hope you will still occasionally post on your blog. Sylvester is adorable – you don't have allergies? Love your Fly sandals. Like the new message on your T-shirt. Just finished reading "The 5-Second Rule" – your shirt speaks to that. Yes, do it NOW!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do have allergies, but with cats it depends on the particular cat; some bother me and some don't. I do have some congestion since I've had him, but it's not enough to cause problems. He is definitely worth a bit of occasional discomfort.

      Delete
  5. Like Barbara, I may have to check out my local Winners to see if those awesome shoes made their way out west.

    I think your hoodie is pretty dope. {Did I say that right, LOL?} Okay, I'm not cool enough to say dope, but I really like your sweatshirt and I'm tempted to stop in at Value Village to find my own wordy tee...after I go to Winners, of course.

    I get the blogger fatigue. Do what's right for you and it's all good!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't know if any of us over 40 are "cool" enough to get away with saying "dope" ;) Let me know if you see any of the winky shoes out there.

      Delete
  6. I've been feeling the same way about my blog. I'm stuck in a rut. Those winky shoes are tres cool.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love-love-love every one of your outfits, Shelley! BTW you could add one more exclamation mark on your shirt and it might balance better to your eye.

    After 12 years of blogging I don't think I can stop, though I have definitely cut down mostly because I've been so busy this summer. At least that's my excuse! I do post some on Instagram but not as much as I probably could. I keep second guessing myself on whether something is interesting enough or not! There's just so much out there competing for our attention these days, isn't there?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I thought about adding another exclamation mark, but decided against it. I may reconsider though. I didn't realize you had been at it for 12 years - that is worth a round of applause!

      Delete
  8. Sylvester is such a gorgeous boy, I love him!
    Your hair looks fantastic, I adore the eye shoes and you always manage to make black look fresh and exciting. Steve Buscemi earrings? Hell, yes!
    I've looked at Instagram but it would involve buying an expensive mobile phone and taking out a contract - blogging is free and I'm staying put. xxx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will always find time to read your blog posts, and comment! Sylvester is such an adorable cat; we are very lucky we found each other.

      Delete
  9. I hear you, Shelley. But three cheers for the crafting and other projects going on there. You'll have to amass a pile of finished pieces and then write a doozy of a post and blow us all away. Your posts are always worth a visit for style, writing, and reportage. Your hair is fantastic with that touch of blue, and your yard shots, heh, you know how I love them. I'm glad that you and Sylvester are so compatible! I seem to be a constant state of feeling behind, which is wasted energy, but I can't help it. And there's nothing better than Steve Buscemi in one's ears. Too good! Too Good!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I forgot to mention - I LOVE your farking!! That's excellent. And I like the asymmetry. And those shoes are amazing!

      Delete
    2. I'll see what I can come up with on the crafting/sewing/farking front. I find that the picture in my head is not what I end up with (exactly how it was when I was a kid) and I have to learn to be ok with that.

      Delete
  10. I think that there's something different in the air these days, as many bloggers that I love have quitted blogging. Instagram is looking more and more appealing to me too, but I'm going to keep on blogging at the moment. I'm not a good blogger, sometimes my Real Life takes my time away from anything else, and I don't feel guilty when that happens.
    You always can post a recap of your Instagram pics here and there!
    Sylvester looks like a handsome boy and very friendly!
    I like your hair and I think you're my actual hairstyle favorite inspiration, because I quitted dying my hair some months ago and I miss some color now!
    I love your style, the layering, the cool shaped pieces and genuine attitude, and I love those shiny sneakers, don't know why aren't they more popular!, they rock!
    So fab that you revamped that sweatshirt into something more You. Now it looks so much better!
    besos

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Monica, you are an excellent blogger! I think real life should take your time away from Social Media. Thank you for your lovely compliments. I'm missing the coloured hair as the blue has faded, but my neighbour is a hair stylist and has offered to colour it for me so we'll see what happens.

      Delete
  11. Like you, IG works for me in general. I was a verrrrry slow blogger, like sometimes taking a full day to get it right. I do miss some of my friends though (like Vix and Pao!!) and try to stop by their blogs to get my dose of wonderfulness.

    I'm enjoying this extra bit of time with you, too! Sylvester is utterly charming. I'd love to have a chat and a cuddle with him sometime! Black and gray are always good, and I love your iterations. When are you going back to NY? Maybe I'll try to coordinate. :-) I'm heading to Denver next week and you know what that means, YAY!!! Sending love to you!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I still read and comment on friend's blogs who are not on IG (Vix, Pao and Sheila). Sylvester is a great conversationalist and cuddler so he would enjoy meeting you ;) Please give Judith a hug for me.

      Delete
  12. Yeah, I saw the move to IG esp. with all my fashion friends, that platform only makes sense.
    I do enjoy your about-town posts featuring art, fashion, etc.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I enjoy writing the posts about my travels and I will most likely continue with those, but I have no trips planned in the immediate future.

      Delete
  13. This was a very thoughtful post. It certainly hit home with me, as I seem to be so busy that I barely have time to visit my favorite blogs. I'm so happy that I see you frequently on Instagram, which allows me to keep up with your adventures.

    I will miss your less frequent posts, which are always artistic, witty, well written and accessorized with incredible photography. But I get what you are expressing about having the time to focus on other intriguing pursuits. I am in a continual state of ambivalence about the very same thing!

    By the way, I have been wearing Sleevey Wonders, in answer to your question on my most recent post. They offer so many possibilities.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There seems to be a number of us over 50 bloggers who have been blogging for years and are struggling to find the time and desire to post. I can't imagine giving it up entirely because I have no other forum for my writing at this point.

      Delete
  14. Also, you look fantastic in black, grey and layers. Sounds like you've had a wonderful summer!!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Ha! I love that last photo of you jumping. I'm thankful that I have a fence that conceals most of my photo taking actives. Like you, I think my neighbours already think I'm weird.

    I'm so happy you have a furry friend to share your days. Without my pug I'd be lost.

    As you know I totally understand your diminished desire to blog. I think when the stats and comments were higher we felt more connection and it made the process feel worthwhile. When we start to feel like we're writing to a handful of people it is hard to remain motivated.

    I've been busy lately with my husband being home for a visit for the past couple of weeks so I've really dropped the ball. I'm glad I caught this post though! It is helpful to know I'm not alone in my feelings. Thanks for the shout-out.

    Like you when the summer comes around it is nice to get outside and simply enjoy the good weather and not worry about taking photos. Also getting back to some crafting is always good for the soul. I love your new tee and your hair is always fabulous.

    My nieces and sister are coming out for a visit and the only thing on the agenda other than Canada's Wonderland is crafting and art. They are both very skilled artists and I fear the teacher may become the student soon enough.

    I keep up the blogging because I am scared of losing the connections I've made with people such as yourself. No matter where we both end up I hope we are able to maintain that on some level.

    Let me know if there are any cool art shows or fun things happening out your way in the next few months. Maybe I can make a day trip out to London : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

    ReplyDelete