Thursday, January 9, 2014

Blogging Voice

Any of my fellow bloggers ever feel lost in the shuffle sometimes?

Over the holidays I took a look over some of my older post from when I first started blogging to recent posts. I’ve seen a lot of growth over the past 2 years and a lot of changes.

I finally have a blog layout/design that I love! I’ve come to terms with the fact that I am not a M-F blogger, that I need to make time for my family and myself. So I blog when I can. This doesn’t mean blogging isn’t important but I was having really bad anxiety trying to keep up with the “status quo” before instead of doing what I can, when I can.

One thing I am not satisfied with though is my content. I feel as though I haven’t really found my blogging ‘voice’. I like fashion, make up, and shopping; but that’s not all I love and I want this blog to be a reflection of who I really am. I just don't feel like I share all of my true self on here. 

I’ve been thinking really hard about who that person is and how I want to represented on my little corner of the World Wide Web. So please be patient with me as I find my footing. There will be some changes on here in regards to content and posts. I will still do some outfit posts and share some of my shopping wants but I want to include other aspects of my life as well. Recipes, family life, hobbies, etc…there is so much more to me than what I wore today :) [This is not to say that there is ANYTHING wrong with just blogging outfits! I lurve reading outfit posts and getting new styling ideas!]

When I look back on my blog in the future I want it to be like an album of memories. Special moments in my life that I don’t want to forget, all while wearing fabulous shoes! *wink* =)

I’m so excited about a book I ordered, Blog Inc!
Have any of you read it before?  I think reading it will help me to figure out what direction I want to take Shabby, Chic, and Cheap and how to get there. I'm so excited about finding my blogging voice! 

Thank you all for reading my thoughts and supporting me thus far! I’m hoping that 2014 will be a year of positive changes and experiences! 


  1. I agree blogging is just really special and relieving. I want to read Blog Inc. I wish you luck in 2014


  2. I feel the same way! I've been blogging in 2002 and back then, blogs were like online journals. Blogs now are completely different and I feel like I haven't found my voice either. I have that book on my wish list so it will be purchased soon! I hope that it helps you out and that you can find your "voice"! :)

  3. I really believe you should blog about whatever your heart desires! There's nothing wrong with taking time to figure out exactly what direction your blog will go in.


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  4. I understand. I eased my way into blogging and actually read a lot of other blogs before anything. I really started writing what I think is good content after about 6 or 7 months at it. I think I found my voice last year and part of that was blogging when I really felt the need/want to.... No pressure, few deadlines.

  5. You should definitely blog about whatever you want! Can't wait to see the direction your blog goes!


  6. oooh marissa! i'm loving this. sounds like you're going to be a life+style blog like me. i also add (well a lot) a dash of beauty. hahaha what you're doing now is what i did last year. i started talking about different things and felt much better. most of it was beauty, but i don't want to talk about beauty every single post. you notice i put a lot on instagram. why make a post for it when i can just do a snapshot of those items on instagram! write about what YOU love and an audience will follow you that loves those same things. fashion gets a lot of hits, so i wouldn't cut that out plus it's refreshing to see an african-american's style (so little of that around here). you will be just fine! i'm behind you 100%! haven't forgotten about your macarons. going Monday. we had a cold snap here and things just shut down. hahaha we're not use to that. want them to be fresh when i mail them. will send you an email or note when i do.

  7. You are so wonderful Marissa. "I finally have a blog layout/design that I love!" <-- nearly brought tears to my eyes.

    "I was having really bad anxiety trying to keep up with the “status quo”" <-- YES! I just read another one of my friend-blogger's post where she said basically the same thing, and that is how I feel too! I've come to accept that I may never be one of the big, popular blogs, and that's okay. I'm happy just being a big fan of them, and I like that my blog documents my memories and that I don't have to be huge to make wonderful friends like you and Lindsay! Go girl!

  8. I've totally been thinking about the same thing recently (must be the new year!). I think I used to blog with more personality and I'd love to incorporate that again into my posts. The whole blogging world has changed so much since I started and I think I'd like to try and incorporate some of the genuineness I had in the beginning back into my posting. Please let us know what you think of Blog, Inc. I'd be really interested to read a good, motivating book on blogging!

  9. I know I took a long time to figure out what I wanted my blog to be, and just as importantly, where I hope my blog will take me. Change and improvements and growth are constant and all wonderful things. I'm sure you will find your voice and where you want to be this year!

  10. I know exactly what you mean! Some weeks, I feel like I have a blog voice and some weeks I don't. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the Blog, Inc. book!