Monday, 22 July 2013

three years of ruby slipper journey-ing

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Well, Ruby Slipper Journeys turned 3 last week, and as always, it´s been interesting to look back. In fact, it´s interesting to read the last two years´ annual recaps and see the changes in how I choose to express myself. I began making personal style posts in 2010, and now the blog has developed to meld style with travel and lifestyle. Mostly I want to convey the excitement of living and travelling, from my perspective and place in the world.

This past year I´ve been less active in blogland, I suppose as a result of being more settled in my real life. I have a job I like, friends I like, and other hobbies (writing). I also made a conscious decision last year to diversify away from mostly doing outfit posts and focus on documenting moments in life. I still like clothes and dressing up, but I found that having it the main focus of my blog was making it disproportionately a main focus of my life. I think wearing the clothes we want allows us to see ourselves as the heroes and heroines of our own adventures, but I didn´t want the clothes to be the adventure itself.

It´s been a year of ups and downs, dizzying in their proportions, but I´m a lot more content with life than I was this time a year ago. I have a sense of having taken some kind of control, that things no longer simply happen to me. Which is a good way to feel… hopefully I´ll avoid the existential crisis that I was brewing up for my 30th birthday later this year.

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To everyone who´s continued reading (especially in the patchy last few months of personal upheaval and computer comas) thank you so much as always, and see you for another year!

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19 comments:

TheHeadlessMannequin said...

Happy third birthday! I'm always delighted to see a post from you regardless of the gaps. And I love your comment about not wanting your clothes to be the adventure itself - it's a balance I'd like to achieve on my own blog and one I look for in the other blogs I've come to love. I hope you'll be around for many more blogging anniversaries to come :)

Frannie Pantz said...

Aw happy three years to you and here's to many more! Pretty striped dress!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Cheers ladies! Headless: it CAN be a balance, but it's so much better to have amazing adventures wearing amazing clothes, rather than just wearing amazing clothes. ;)

CodeOverdressed said...

It's been lovely to see you on this blog journey! Here's to many more years of great pics, lovely outfits and wonderful places!

Cee. ♥
Code Overdressed

Franca said...

happy blogiversary. I really like the travel posts!

Gordianus the Finder said...

Many happy returns! Your topics are always interesting, but what makes it really special are your personal sweetness and savoir-faire. I'll read as long as posting stays fun for you.

Penny said...

i now realise i must be following your blog since almost the beginning :) are you working in barcelona now?

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Thanks everyone!
Penny: yes, I'm an editor/translator at a publishing house here. :)

Terri said...

WE must have started blogging about the same time. In spite of your concerns about blogging less or the focus changing, you have been more regular about it than I have been in the past year. Happy blogiversary.

Bekka said...

Happy third birthday to your blog, what a lovely achievement. I've just found your little internet space, so I hope you keep on blogging!

bruixilda said...

Makes me happy that I'm part of this last year of happiness. Thanks to that blog I met you (and a bar, of course). I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, but emotional

Kezzie said...

Happy blog birthday! I love your blog and it's always lovely when you do post!!!x

Ashley said...

You really have been a trooper this year and I'm really proud of you, lady!!

A Certain Vintage said...

happy blog birthday! I look forward to see what comes in the next year on the blog. I am going through a bit of a blogging rut following a 6 year relationship ending and it has helped to see how you have kept blogging this year through different things. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us xox

Carrie said...

Happy 3rd blogging birthday... continue to enjoy life! And for the record, my 30's have been the best years yet - CELEBRATE! :)

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Annie: Baby, it was the bar, (and the alcohol). Love you back!

Ashley: Thank you! You were there for part of it!

A Certain Vintage: Yeah, the blog definitely had to take a backseat for a while, but I'm feeling more enthused about it again now.

Carrie: I'm extremely hopeful and optimistic that this will be the case for me too! I actually can't wait!

his_girl_friday said...

I love your blog!

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Happy 3 years of blogging! I have always loved visiting your blog, Em. There is always something smart and insightful to read, a good dose of humor, and a heartfelt honesty in everything you share here. I am glad to hear you are content and in a good place. You look that looming 30th birthday in the eye and tackle it with all you've got! :D

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

Thanks Emily! You're one of my favourite people I've met through blogging, I still hold out hope that we'll get to do a reunion with tea and books in person one day!