With Elizabeth Suzann Clyde trench (small)
In April, 2019, I will have been writing Grechen’s Closet for 15 years. But in my head, I’ve been tossing around the idea of a life without it. What if I wasn’t a “blogger”? What if I just worked on slowre and that was it? What if??
The truth is, my life and Grechen’s Closet are inseparable; I don’t know how to NOT write here. This is my outlet for talking about clothes and thinking about the impact of our wardrobes on our own lives and the lives of the people who make and design the things we wear. And the things I wear here are actually what I wear, so that wouldn’t change (I get dressed for me, not for the “photo”).
For a long time I earned enough money here via advertising and affiliate income to make a nice living (I wrote about that last year). But in the last few years I’ve stopped featuring so many affiliate links in favor of smaller designers from whose links I earn nothing. I haven’t taken advertising in years. And I’ve never done sponsored posts. It’s all just part of the “growth” or decline, as it were, of this blog.
Starting slowre diverted a lot of my time and energy, and now I make more money doing that than this. It’s not as much as I was making in Grechen’s Closet’s heyday, but it is enough. I don’t need much, thankfully.
All this navel-gazing is to say that I am not quitting Grechen’s Closet. I still enjoy it, even though I don’t post as often as I used to. I write when I have something to say, or something to share. I am not so self-important to think that my being here matters at all, in the scheme of things, though. To anyone but me anyway.
I have always done this for me, and for you, never for the money. I worked for free in the beginning and continued to over the years in a lot of circumstances, because I believed in a certain designer and wanted to promote them. It’s different now; bloggers are “influencers” and would NEVER work for “free”, not even starting out. And everything is moving towards Instagram. Instagram….I have peeked here and there lately, but am definitely not spending as much time on it as I used to – I find the instagram influencers un-interesting, and the discussion fraught with negativity most of the time.
What can I say. I have never fit into a box, and now, I definitely don’t. My photos are mediocre, I still do some reviews for free, and I can’t be bothered with social media. What am I still doing here?
Haha…I feel like a beetle on her back, legs flailing in the air, sometimes. Then I get a nudge and I’m up on my feet, going at it again.
Here I go 🙂