As someone with an extremely expressive face I’ve learned how to mask or “tone-down” my reactions and emotions. I have a mask of calm understanding that I slip on when I want to fly off the handle but can’t. I have a mask that projects an almost aloof level of nonchalant-ness that is perfect for public transit, and of course there’s my charming smile mask best worn during forced/required social interactions when people who get under your skin and make it crawl are unavoidable.
The only flaw with my emotional masks is that they don’t work on anyone who really knows me. This is especially true in regards to my sisters and D. Not only can they tell when I’m being genuine but they don’t hesitate to point it out when I’m not; and there’s no point trying to fake or force something only to be called out on it.
With that sentiment in mind I’m going to tell you something you probably already know, I’m forcing it in this picture and doing a horrible job of hiding it. I took four pictures of this outfit and when I reviewed them it became startlingly clear that no mask could hide how much I wasn’t feeling it. I had a whole list of irrational and ridiculous reasons why I felt it was necessary to force myself to take outfit pictures and in the end they were exactly that, irrational and ridiculous. The photos sucked and I felt worse after taking them.
When I started Wore Out I jumped right in, posting 5 -6 times a week and I kept up that pace for my first full year of blogging. When D asked me why I felt the need to post so often I cited my desire to “keep up with the Jones’s,” to stay relevant. Then I started to think about the blogs/bloggers I follow and look up to, and it dawned on me that I didn’t like them because they posted everyday. I like them becuase they were real, authentic, and genuinely excited to share their voice, and their content reflected this!
It was truly a light bulb moment for me, so after a year of almost daily blogging I’m taking a step back to avoid blogger burnout (and more terrible outfit photos). I’m giving myself the opportunity to review/reassess what I want to post and how often. I want Wore Out and my content to genuinely reflect who I am and what I’m passionate about. So while I may be posting less, I’ll actually be sharing more.
How often do you post? What tips/tricks have you learned to avoid blogger burnout? How do you keep your content real and relevant?