If you have been a reader of Stylish+Geek blog, you will notice that from time to time, in the 10-year blog history, that Stylish+Geek stops writing for weeks, even months. There’s no explanation. No peep whatsoever. And then all of a sudden it’s back on writing again as if that brief silent respite was just a blip.
Why is that?
The short answer is detox. Nothing more, nothing less.
I have learned that detox from blogging is a healthy practice. It allows me to do a moment of reflection. Do I still want to do this? Do my lifestyle topics still interest me? Or are they relevant at this point in my life?
And if I continue to blog, what can I offer (bedsides the ‘unique voice’) that can continually help channel my creativity? Or have I saturated myself already? Can I still keep up with the influx of social media tools? Would I want to?
And the questions just keep coming. And I encourage that. The self-doubt. The feeling of exhaustion. The questioning of why even do this when I am already busy as it is balancing family and career. What is the point? There are way too many outlets of social information already out there. And video blogging has definitely taken over the traditional written blogging. Why? Why? Why?
I will then try other creative things. In the past months I have started sketching on my iPad Pro. I took my interest in the Hallyu Wave (i.e. KPOP, K-Dramas, et al) to the next level. I tended to my garden again creating mini-succulent arrangements. I binge-watched on Fixer Upper and tried to hone in on what kind of home-style reflects my taste (it is ‘country-eclectic’ but that epiphany deserves a post all its own). And I used up my PTO and traveled to different places in the U.S. with my family. I started observing again – people, places, and things.
And it is in one of those moments, specifically, a hotel lounge in Bend, Oregon that overlooks the Deschutes River, that I decided I am back online. And to kick it off I am typing away this post.
So Stylish+Geek is back. Will anything change? Yes, but not a whole lot. I realized I still enjoy most of the topics I write about. Even after 10 years of blogging I am still a stylish geek at heart. I still love technology, gadgets, and the continuous influx of software apps. And I still care about personal style, whether it is projecting it in my home, in my wardrobe, or in my beauty regimen.
Now will I try video? Hmmm…that is still in consideration. It is a conundrum that despite my News Anchor, TV Host, TVCs, and various video experience that I would just dive comfortably in this medium. But I still hesitate. One of the perks of writing a blog is having my readers get to know me through my written voice, void of any appearances or video exposure. There is a strange, vague, yet very joyful appreciation that I found my audience without using my background in media.
But I cannot ignore that video blogging or even podcasting is definitely taking over. So in the future you will see me try this as well. I am still convincing myself, you see. But I am sure I will be swayed.
And so, I hope dear reader you have not completely left. I hope you are still interested in what I have to share. Just as you have put up with my months of silence in the past, I hope you will continue to forgive and forget. Here’s looking forward to another chapter in Stylish+Geek.
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