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Oh hey.

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.]

16 Comments

  1. TaMo TaMo

    Lovely!

  2. courtney courtney

    yay! so happy to see you back :]

  3. MP MP

    Welcome back! I’ve missed this voice.

    • Katie Katie

      Thank you!

  4. thats the good thing about blogging, the space is available in whatever form you would like to use it for!

  5. Marie Marie

    Yay! So glad you’re back.

    • Katie Katie

      Thanks!

  6. Katie Jeffries Katie Jeffries

    Such a funny coincidence – I haven’t checked this blog in such a long time, and just thought to myself, “I wonder if Katie Levans still blogs”, and came here to see your first post in a year was yesterday. Really glad to hear this – you were always one of my favorite bloggers. Looking forward to reading 🙂

    • Katie Katie

      Thanks, Katie!

  7. Welcome back, lady! I’m feeling the same lack from a bit across the industry pond and am enjoying the occasional jaunts I get back over here to my own little world of blogging. Hope you get to enjoy the same, too!

  8. Sandra Sandra

    I missed your writing so I subscribed to CA just to read your articles (love it by the way)and I live in California. Glad to see you back.

    • Katie Katie

      That’s so funny! Thank you for that.

  9. Jenny Jenny

    I’ve been following you since those sweet tater days! Your writing has always been insightful and humorous. Glad you’re back

    • Katie Katie

      Thank you!

  10. Glad you’re back to blogging. I’ve been reading since you were Sweet Tater and lived in SC with S; back in two-thousand-and-something-with-a single-digit, I’m certain.
    I’ve started and stopped a handful of blogs over the years; and I concur that there is something therapeutic about the process.
    Congrats on your wedding!

    • Katie Katie

      Forever ago! Thanks, Angie!

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