Blogging during a world-wide pandemic is beginning to be a wee bit problematic for me, it seems. Not that I’m thinking of throwing in the towel, or mothballing my keyboard, or anything drastic like that. Far from it. I have tons of ideas for blog posts. But I have reached the end of my outfit tether, as it were. Maybe it’s time to mothball the outfit posts for the moment. And change direction somewhat. At least when I write about fashion.
The other day when I was struggling to plan my fashion post for this week, I was NOT feeling the outfit love. I tried on a bunch of outfits and hated all of them. I tried to take some pictures, hated them, deleted every single one, and gave up. “I’ll try again tomorrow,” I told myself. And then overnight it snowed.
How many expletives can you imagine were hurled around our house when we got out of bed and saw an inch of snow on the ground? And more falling. I’d sort of half planned to do something with my white jeans and take blog photos. Again. And although he’d covered everything up for the night, Hubby was afraid for his garden, his peas, and his radishes, and his carrots. Yep. Lots of emoting at our house that morning. So I made us both a latté as a treat, and we sat in the sunroom sipping and simmering with angst.
As I said in the video, fashion blogging during a pandemic, is beginning to feel artificial to me. I’m not feeling the love for trying on outfits that I will never wear. Nor for finding chic ways to wear my sweats when I know that I’ll be changing back into the non-chic version immediately. Wearing my good clothes when I’m not leaving the house goes against my philosophy of keeping my good clothes good for as long as I can. In reality, I’m not going to wear them to sit and read a book, or to go for walks, or worse, go help Hubby in the garden. So, I’m going to move away from outfit posts for the time being.
I won’t stop writing about fashion. I still love clothes. But I want to keep my blog real. And in a different way from what I’ve been doing, at least when it comes to fashion. When I was still teaching I was always casting about for ways to teach content that I’d sometimes covered for years. If I could make it fun and fresh for me, I knew I’d be a better teacher, and the kids would have more fun. It’s the same with blogging.
I don’t know exactly what form this new blog direction will take. I’ll just have to roll with whatever ideas come my way. But I think I will be a bit relieved to not have to come up with outfits each week. For one thing my hair is a disaster. In fact, I was glad that the change in the weather forced me to haul out my woolly hat again.
As the pandemic situation unfolds, I’m feeling quite mercurial, as I imagine you are too. I know that some of you have said you’re not really into fashion at the moment, and some others want to dive in as a distraction. I get that. And I agree with both views, depending on the day. Ha.
So I’m in the mood for change. Because I’m sick to death of hearing about Covid-19. Even though I still want to know what is going on in the world, and here at home. I’m sick of seeing fetching little WFH outfits on social media. Even the acronym gets up my nose. I secretly change it to WTF when I see it now. I know, that’s harsh, eh? I’m tired of hearing about the pandemic, and which politician said what stupid thing today. Or reading what I should buy to make my stay at home more fun, more chic, or more whatever. And I imagine you are too. To misquote Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles, “I’m just tired… okay?”
And yet. And yet. I’m not. I’m quite willing to keep this whole thing going for as long as it needs to keep going. Some things are opening up in some places. I guess that’s good. But please, please, let’s not be hasty. Or impatient. And as a result do something stupid. Or dangerous to ourselves or to others.
And so to keep myself from getting impatient, I need to take a step back from what I’ve been doing. And try something completely different. Or maybe only somewhat different. Or even a little bit different. Blogging about fashion during a world-wide pandemic calls for a bit more creativity on my part, I think.
I guess we’ll just have to see where this goes. Hope you’ll stick around to see what happens.
P.S. For those of you who ARE still shopping, I noticed that the Vince cashmere sweater and Vince tee shirts I featured in previous posts are all on sale at Nordstrom. And by the way those are affiliate links. If you buy something after clicking my link I will earn a commission.