Blogging and I have a long and laborious relationship. I started this journey when I was in high school watching people a few years younger than me catapult to fame. Albeit, it was fame in a specific niche that no one in my life had any clue about, but it was fame nonetheless. I quickly figured out that my Canon point and shoot camera and penchant for Abercrombie probably wasn't going to get me any notoriety in the fashion industry, but I persisted through all of my phases to land here almost a decade later. I can't seem to quit.
Working on blogs and content driven websites combines all of the things I enjoy most. I get to be highly visual with my photography and design work, delve into topics that interest me, be entrepreneurial, and I get to share my written work. I have yet to find something else that allows me that combination in a way that still feels self directed. All this being said, I want to keep this thing going after a six month break.
I don't regret taking a step back for the last six months to evaluate my priorities and values regarding this space and my life. Working for a fashion company opened my eyes to how I really felt about the industry as a whole: not great. I stand by what I said in my farewell post, written during the worst parts of my hectic fashion photography job. The traditional concept of "fashion blogging" or even a "personal style blog" aren't representative of my truest self, just like working for a retail brand wasn't. So you won't find that here. I enjoy my clothes in context, but I'm not sure I'll ever put together outfits specifically for photoshoots outside of what I'm actually doing for the day. That's the part that always made me feel forced. However, that means I stand behind the authenticity of whatever sartorial choices you see here. Even if that means sharing pictures of me in my Carhartt overalls on the farm I work at now.
Without any personal updates, the transition from fashion employee to farmhand is perhaps a confusing one. I went from having a job in the industry I pursued since seventh grade to working outside every day and shopping for workwear items on eBay. That's a part of the story I want to tell, starting now.
Here's what you can expect to see on The Quiet Kind going forward:
- collaborative posts with Ryan, my boyfriend, about our outdoor adventures
- interviews with inspiring people
- coverage of social issues with thoughts from qualified individuals
- tee shirt and print designs featuring illustrations from yours truly
- harvest-inspired vegetarian recipes
- travel guides for weekend jaunts around the South
- reviews of my most treasured items of clothing
- farming, gardening, and outdoor gear reviews
- all natural beauty reviews and recipes
- links to the mental health podcast and website I co-founded
- environmentally sound fashion and lifestyle practices
- style posts with a spotlight on secondhand items and shopping less
There's not really a niche that I'm going for here. Is that bad for business? I don't know. But I do know that if you enjoyed the content I put out before, you will enjoy this new direction even more. There's a level of intention that I lacked, one of the biggest reasons I needed the break. But I'm back and reinvigorated by everything that happened to me and to my country over the past six months.
I'll always be quiet, but I'm done being silent. It would be an honor to have you listen again.