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Where I’ve Been & Where I’m Going

Hello? Is this thing on?

It’s been a while since I’ve shown my face around here. I’m here to tell you why, and also to share my vision for this blog moving forward.

I’ve been blogging on and off for the past 4 years. It started as a way of documenting my life. I wrote “Weekend Recaps” and “Race Training Updates,” as well as some wishlists and makeup posts. It was all so simple back then. After a while, I stopped blogging, but I continued to read my favorite blogs. Then, slowly but surely, most of my favorite bloggers stopped writing, too. S0, my love of blogs slowly faded.

I decided to revive my blog as Em Writes in 2016 after I started to miss having a creative outlet. I quickly realized that blogging was no longer a way of documenting daily life. Instead, I saw “How-To” and “Tips & Tricks” posts. Blogging was more of a business venture than anything.

“If you wanted to gain followers,” they said, “you need to position yourself as an expert in your niche.” So, I tried to take that advice. However, the resulted in me writing the same old posts as everyone else on the internet.

Sound familiar? Well, I tried to take that advice. I started trying to be a self-care advocate and a beauty guru. However, this resulted in me writing the same old posts as everyone else on the internet. (When people say the blog world is oversaturated, they’re not kidding.)

What I was doing wasn’t genuine. It wasn’t coming from a place of love. Instead, it was coming from a place of “I want to make money from my blog and this is how you do it.” As you can probably guess, this method brought me neither success nor joy. So, one day in March, after staring mindlessly at an empty document for a good portion of my morning, I logged out of my WordPress account and shut my laptop. I removed my blog URL from all of my social media accounts and I disassociated myself from my blog entirely. My heart wasn’t in it anymore. Though my decision to quit my blog was rash, I reserved a spot in the back of my mind for this trusted creative outlet.

At the end of March, my husband and I took a trip to California to visit our best friends. We had the absolute best time! I’m still daydreaming about biking the Strand in the sunshine and salty sea air.

Being away allowed me to disconnect from everything and, instead, connect with what truly matters most. I connected with my creativity through photography. I connected with my friends through quality time spent lounging in the backyard. I connected with my love for adventure through constant exploration and spontaneity. And, you know what? I felt so alive.

When I returned home, I felt like I came back to reality with a whole new perspective about what I truly value. I realized that I don’t think it’s important to achieve “blog fame,” especially not by writing about things I don’t care about. However, what I do value is sharing my story.

I believe that our lives are like stories. With every season, we’re writing a new chapter. With every experience, we’re discovering a new theme.

I want to document my story. I want to share about my days, what I’m learning, what I’m loving, and everything in between. It’s as simple as that.

I’m telling you my story because I want you to hear it. I want you to relate to it or enjoy it or learn from it or maybe none of the above. I simply want to tell it because I believe it’s worth being told.

If you find the lives of ordinary people as extraordinary as I do, I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

xx,

Emily