I started this blog almost 7 years ago when I was newly engaged and living in a small town. Missing the creative energy that had surrounded me in Los Angeles, I took to the internet. One day I stumbled across Flickr, and more importantly, its online community.
After posting my own personal and collected images people started asking me if I had a blog. I only knew of blogs at that time as online personal journals, so I thought that was an odd question. Then I realized they were now being used as platforms to write about design and style from a more personal viewpoint.
The writing was something I was missing from Flickr. It seems people are wanting to read less and less, but that is what attracts me to a blog. The ability to expand on an idea or image, to give background on why they chose to wear something or put it in their house.
I started my blog as a way to join this community, which lacked the polished fantasy of magazines, but had the realism of chatting with your stylish sister, just one that lived far away.
When the blogging world exploded the intimacy of that community went away. We were introduced to a lot of great new blogs, but also bloggers was exposed to a bigger audience (and critics). Blogs started looking smarter in design, but also more homogeneous.
For me the online world got boring and weird fast, and I didn't want to be part of the way things were at the moment. Combined with a difficult pregnancy, I decided to take a step back from the blog.
Instead of writing I started an Instagram account to post more immediate things and a Pinterest account which is the easiest way to remember where I found an image. I avoided Pinterest for a long time, but I finally broke down and now I'm a pinning (a lot of secret boards) fool.
I've thought about quitting the blog completely, but that's what I miss the most. Writing out the Why. So I'll continue to write for myself, as the whole point of this blog was to talk about what I was marveling over at the moment. I guess it's a personal journal after all.
Image: The gorgeous Freja/UK Vogue January 2014/Photographer: Cass Bird