I usually take off the last two weeks of the year from blogging, so this is my last blog post of 2016.
I did a portrait session with my friend, Kelsey, who lives in the most adorable neighborhood in San Francisco: Outer Sunset. Outer Sunset is the outermost part of the city heading west, which is really not convenient to get to at all, but that just means it’s really quiet because it gets less foot traffic. The homes are all cinderblock and pastel and look like they belong in Puerto Rico, but they’re in (mostly foggy) San Francisco, which makes it so special and magical.
2016 was a VERY memorable year for me. I ran my first ever a Kickstarter campaign and launched my own business with my mom. My mom and I also wrote an 100+ page ebook about natural beauty, which we’re going to self-publish on our Drifter Organics website next month. We’ve been working on it for a year and it’s almost almost done.
My mom also started a new part-time job, which helps pay the bills, but it’s making our time together extremely limited. We really are the busiest we’ve ever been in our entire lives. And with these new endeavors, I’ve found it harder than ever to keep up with this blog, which used to be my primary focus. In 2016, I dropped my blog posting days from Monday-Friday to just Tuesday and Thursday, to sometimes just once a week. Quality > quantity. I will never ever quit blogging—it’s an online diary for me, a place to keep track of my thoughts and document my outfits and my life and what I’ve been working on and share things that inspire me.
With starting my own small business, I’ve become more aware of other small businesses, makers, designers, artists, and supporting the whole slow fashion movement. Although my style is the same—still colorful, fun, off-beat, and feminine—my lifestyle is changing. I’m putting more thought into what I buy to clothe myself and decorate my living space. I’m getting rid of a lot of things I have—not because I don’t like them, but because I don’t need them and I’m trying to pare down to keeping only the things I really love. Again, quality > quantity.
In a similar vein, I’ve done a lot of thinking, and in 2017, I’m going to blog less. I’ll regularly post to Instagram (which is, in a way, microblogging), and at times, I may blog a few times a week when I’m feeling inspired, but I’ll also probably take a week or two off here and there. I want this blog to serve as a platform where you can be inspired and I hold myself accountable to providing the highest quality content I possibly can. I don’t think I could do that if I kept a more rigid editorial schedule.
I know so-called “blogging experts” say it’s important to maintain a regular posting schedule so your readers will know what days to expect new content from you, but I’d rather blog less and provide content I’m proud of than spew out subpar, mediocre blog posts, just for the sake of posting. I’ll let you know when there’s a new blog post via Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, so be sure to follow me there! Next year, I’m going to try to incorporate more creative photo shoot-y type blog posts as this one, as well as the typical street style outfit posts. I’m going to focus on pouring my creativity into creating work I’m truly proud of, even if it means less of it. Quality > quantity.
See you in 2017!