Sorry for the radio silence this week. It was a short one anyway, so it doesn't count, right? Every so often at work, the design and marketing teams' big huge projects all seem to happen at the same time. (Currently, I'm working on a bunch of content projects for Ralph Lauren Home wholesale online, in case you were wondering.)
Needless to say, it's been an action-packed summer with photo shoots and managing retouchers and developers and... and... and... This amounts to many busy days and some after-hours work nights. I'm tired. But while the time is well-spent and I'm masochistically enjoying the craziness, I am sorry it's not something I can really share with you. (Yet.)
But beyond the job-blog conflict, I suppose there is a more relevant discussion to be had here. There's a debate going on in my head and behind-the-scenes over drinks with other like-minded blogger friends, and it's basically: "What if I'm over this?"
I've been at blogging for so long that my life seems to have evolved out of the scope of its purpose. Note to Self started as design practice and a way to keep track of all the beautiful creative work happening online. It's not that the beauty is gone—perhaps there's more beauty than ever—but the online environment certainly has changed. For the first time ever, I'm not sure I'm all that interested in its trajectory. My life is not perfect, and my outfits rarely are. I have no intention of putting on a show for you. I'm a real person, not just a "blogger."
Furthermore, I know that I'm not done working for and with other people. I like my day job. I learn. A lot. Every single day. There's so much opportunity there. It chases me out of my comfort zone without the time to question or reflect on what is happening. Personally, I need that pressure to become better. I know other people find this motivation working for themselves, but I happen to have found it with other people. So excuse me and my Manhattan-sized ambition.
The question now is (and you had to know this was coming eventually): How can/should my blog fit in to the full-time job side of my life? What purpose does it serve now? Perhaps it's just that it becomes more personal and less random? The Print Shop, Worth Noting and Advice columns are all about that side of me. I like where they are going...
Well, on this Independence Day holiday, I finally have some down time to think and reflect. In this vein of new beginnings, I would like to ask: What do you think? What do you like reading here? Are any of you having a blog-related existential crisis? (Appropriate hashtag: #firstworldproblems.)
(original image by Rodney Smith)