Tuesday, March 13, 2012

One Year Later...

 Top: Ruche / Dress: Old Navy clearance / Skinnies: F21 / Shoes: Blowfish / Belt: J Crew final sale / Necklace: Secondhand Brighton / Bracelets: J Crew final sale / Watch: Fossil / Earrings: DC Street Market

My one year blogiversary came and went and I didn't even notice.

I guess that's about on par with how my first year of blogging panned out. Sometimes my life is just too busy to keep up with consistent blogging.

I've got mixed feelings about this little landmark. While blogging is certainly fun, and I still stand by my initial reasons for starting a style blog, there are a few downsides.

Like, I need a budget. Shh...Let's keep that from the Husband, shall we? Do you see that Ruche top and those Blowfish shoes up there? I didn't even know those shops existed till I got sucked into the fashion blog world. Though I'm sure glad I know them now...

And thrifting. Boy, is it fun. But it's not an excuse to buy everything fab item you see just because it's a ridiculously good deal. That's a tough lesson to master. So saith she who just returned from a trip to Portland where she hit up Value Village, both Buffalo Exchanges, and 2 Goodwills...

And I've pulled far too many late-nighters for this blog than I really ought to have done. For example, it's 1:49 a.m. and I'm desperately trying to fit in this post after a long weekend in Portland and before EBEW tomorrow morning. Oh yea, and before going to work, too. Those pesky "real jobs"-- mustn't forget about them...

Also, pretty much everything Jentine says here. She states it all so well.

Sometimes I feel just a little bit like the last kid left on the playground, waiting to be picked or labeled "cool." I don't know why I let blogging do that to me. It's a blog, and I'm an adult now. But every once in awhile, I'll see other bloggers who've just reached their year mark, and they've got over a THOUSAND followers and are celebrating with a fab giveaway {or ten} from one of multiple sponsors. Or maybe they're like Jentine and got 68 comments on their one-year post. Then I look at my stats and feel like slinking into some dark corner, hiding my face, and pretending like I never tried to be a real style blogger, after-all. Denial is so much easier to accept than failure...

But then I remember that I didn't do this for stats. And I don't advertise my blog, like, at all. I don't ask people to follow me, and I don't follow people so that they'll follow me back. I've no time for that. Besides, I didn't do this to be a business. I did this for me. Because it's fun. And I certainly didn't fail at having fun. Non, pas du tout.*

Isn't it fitting/ironic that this post would fall on the day that Everybody, Everywear does a "Green with Envy" theme. Oh, little green monster. I officially karate chop you out of my life.

Hi-Yah!

Green: Everybody, Everywear
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*Non, pas du tout = No, not at all -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

12 comments:

Kate said...

I may have just squealed a little "hallelujah, sister!" I'm always impressed by your style, but I'm glad the root of your passion is that it's for YOU. Keep the goodies coming.

Beth Kondrick said...

I know exactly what you are talking about, blogging has made me feel that way from time to time too - but like you, I try to remember that I set out to do this for me.

Congrats on the one year! And I love your green paired with the orange!

RubysNPurls said...

Happy 1 year anniversary!! I really like your mint blouse too, great outfit!

Katy Rose said...

Happy blog anniversary. I totally understand what you are saying about comparing your blog to others and feeling less than adequate. I've found the better idea is to compare your blog today to where it was 6 months ago. Change and growth are slow but you'll see it happening. Keep being authentic to you and your blog and you'll see growth. It just takes time. - Katy
PS LOVE this dress. The color is perfect on you.

Amber Lena Bonasera Boomars said...

Totally get what you're saying!! Ugh, last night I was thinking/dreaming about closing my blog. But you have to blog because YOU like it, not for popularity. I, for one, very much enjoy your outfits and pictures.

P.S. I removed Google Friend Connect and I find that I obsess much less about it! Readers can always choose to follow from your Navbar (at the top)

Fashion By Alicia said...

Happy Anniversary! I get what you are saying about blogging. Glad you are doing it for the right reason. Love the look.

Siouxzy said...

Happy One Year!! I love the dress with the skinnies!

Tinfoil Tiaras said...

Congrats on your 1 year- such a great milestone! I would like a shopping budget too- photographing my outfits makes me want more and more clothes, it's pretty bad actually! I am loving your green and orange combo-so adorable!

Mrs. Dork said...

I can also relate to this. Sometimes I wonder why I keep on when my stats never change, and I have to remind myself it's not about numbers. It's about being able to share my personal style with others, and having fun while doing so.

I love the colors in this outfit, and your hair is so pretty!

Cathy said...

I am sooo happy to see this post. I have missed you---since oscar night. So glad you are back! I am not an official follower....but I will be!

Jaime said...

Oh sweet amazing Cassi!! I am so, so glad you and your fab fashion came into my life. I LOVE your stinkin' guts. Congratulations on your one year mark!!
I love that this blog is so you. Such a great creative outlet for your style and your love of all things French.
I adore your blog, you inspire me to get out of my comfort zone and have fun with my closet.
xoxox, Jaime

Cassi said...

Oh my goodness, you are all so amazing and lovely and sweet and kind. Thank you, thank you, for such thoughtful comments. Interacting and hearing from others is my very favorite part of blogging!

And Jaime- I never would have done this without you! Thank you, too :)

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