As the title indicates, I am putting this blog to rest. My first year blogging was of course focused on not shopping for a year. Well, that year came and went and I find myself floundering in year two. Honestly, my readership also declined (while I’m still gaining followers, my views are less than half they were in the first year), so I think most of you can agree with me that I’ve had my time.
For any newbie bloggers or bloggers that want to keep or grow their readership, I have two pieces of advice–networking and consistency. The number of followers does not determine the success of your blog. It’s easy enough to click that “follow” button, but are they coming back to read? People like to receive feedback and blogging is very much a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” environment. If you want faithful readers and comments, you have to be a faithful reader and commenter. Also, bloggers see through the “great outfit” comments. Nothing is more disheartening for a blogger than writing a sad or serious post and someone responding with, “great shirt,” clearly indicating they didn’t bother reading your post and that they’re only commenting to have the favor returned. If you care about having loyal readers (and you may not, several of the blogs I follow just write to keep in touch with close friends and family), you need to be genuine and put in the time to engage. And really, that’s the part that was most overwhelming for me. I love, love reading people’s blogs (and I will continue to stalk you all), but that pressure and time commitment was really weighing on me and I’m just not comfortable with pushing out content and not reciprocating the “love.”
I was hoping to hang on through summer, because Ashley and I were excited to take pictures for each other during the slower months (we both work at the same university–and Ashley, I’m still 100% on board for taking your pictures, so don’t you worry), but this blog needs to be put down before it gets any more painful.
Not to leave you completely high and dry, it’s time for a little blog love. There are two ladies I graduated high school with who have started a blog in the last year or so, and they are both great writers. I swear we had the best high school English teacher. She was relentless and ruthless in teaching us to write (we couldn’t write papers using the “terrible twenties:” is, am, was, were, has, have, had, may, can, must, might, would, could, should, shall, will, do, be, been, are–do you know how hard that is?!). God bless Mrs. Wright.
Lacey, Kiddos and Kanines – she does the Oklahoma-tough-girl-but-still-girly proud (she’s quite the hunter) and writes about being a mom, a dog trainer, and whatever funny or passionate topic comes to mind.
Melissa,The Savvy Sister – Her tagline reads, “random thoughts and writings for the heck of it.” She’s a funny and thoughtful lady.
Molly, Deeproets – she is the sister to my dear friend and college roommate. She and her husband recently moved their family of 7 to South Africa and she writes about the joys and struggles of homeschooling and raising her family. She has an amazing gift with words.
Alison, My Closet is Full – she also started a blog with the goal of not shopping for a year. This lovely lady could use some support and encouragement to get through the year!
Melissa, The Fashion Huntress – she has been a faithful supporter and always has great tips on finding the best deals.
My two university friends and fellow bloggers. Honestly, this is hands down the best thing that came out of having this blog–meeting these two:
Ashley, The Cream to My Coffee
Kristen, Some Kind of Wonderful
My blogger inspiration came from Kendi and Kate, who have been the only two “famous” blogs that have stood the test of time for me and held my attention (I quickly grew tired of the popular blogs pushing out unattainable designer labels). They both write with humor and honesty, which is what I think draws so many people to them.
To all my readers, thank you so much for reading and for your support. Writing is my preferred form of communication, so I don’t see myself staying away from some kind of writing platform forever, but this is goodbye for DressesforJulie.
We can still keep in touch on Instagram, I’m sure I’ll post the occasional “look what I’m wearing” photo ;) Anyway, I’m really bad with goodbyes, so I’ll just leave you with a doodle when I was brainstorming the concept of this blog:
And, my favorite dress with my favorite guy:
I’ll read you all later. Love, peace and prosperity (I had to make it weird). Ciao!