I haven’t blogged in about a year and a few things have happened — most notably, Nick and I got married in December in a quick little courthouse ceremony we planned in four weeks. (I’m not pregnant and will tell you about the wedding later.)
Lately, I’ve really missed this space but the world of personal blogging as I knew it at my start no longer exists. Attention and, consequently, ad money have shifted to smart, fast, sexy platforms like Instagram and Snapchat and a lot of the bloggers I knew and loved have gone those directions or shut their sites down completely. It’s all about social influence now.
But I never blogged for attention and ad money and social influence. I blogged because I process the world in words and writing has a way of helping me figure my shit out. It makes me really analyze myself and I miss taking time for that for no reason other than that it made me better.
I think I got lost trying to professionalize the blog when all I ever really needed and wanted out of it was a diary. I miss the cathartic release of introspective writing for me (and whoever still stops by here, heeeey).
I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve built in Charlotte Agenda these last two years. It’s a space where I get to go write every single day and pay all my bills doing so. But it’s also a space where I write to be consumed. I write for impact and feedback and validation and metrics and sometimes I just miss writing for me.
Don’t get me wrong, CA is challenging and fast and thrilling and fun and has flipped my world upside down in the best possible way. But what I’m feeling now as we get bigger and the stakes get higher is that I still need a space for myself. I still need something that’s just me figuring my shit out.
So here I am heading backwards into lifestyle blog land, a year later and a world away from where I was when Sweet Tater started way back when.
I’m hoping that doing more personal writing this year will fire me back up and help sharpen my creativity that’s losing edge on the daily publication grind. I hope, quite simply, that it makes me better across the board — as a wife and friend and sibling and business partner and writer and human.
[If you’re on Instagram, I also spend most of my time there now too — under a new last name: @katie_loveluck.]