A few weeks ago I took a break from the online world and wrote an article about it that got a lot of heart-warming responses. Even though you sort of know what happened next (Hello new blog!), I thought it might be good to post a little update.
In case you’re just tuning in (welcome!), let me give you a little recap:
In June I left my home in The Netherlands to travel the world with the love of my life. An amazing adventure, yet I noticed I wasn’t enjoying it. As I haven’t been enjoying things for months, maybe even years. Always so focused on creating content, taking the perfect picture. I’m not truly experiencing what’s happening around me. During my online break I even realized I was making decisions based on what would be best for my blog, vlog or Instagram. If something could become an Instagram-hit, then that’s what I’d do, where I’d go or what I’d buy. Not good.
I realized I don’t want to create great moments to capture, I want to capture great moments that happen. I don’t want to blog according to what’s expected from the typical fashion blogger, I want to blog about my life. It’s the reason I redesigned my blog, the reason I publish more colorful photos, the reason I changed my blogname to my own name and the reason I publish columns. Cause one thing I also realized is that through the years, writing has always given me positive energy. More energy than putting a perfect flatlay together, for example.
Here come the personal thank-you‘s
As I said before, hitting the ‘publish’ or ‘share’ button means so much more when you put something online that you truly stand for. And it means even more when you get great responses to that something you’re passionate about. That’s exactly what happened when I publish the article about my online break, and it warmed my heart. From people I’ve never met, bloggers I’ve seen once or twice, old friends on Facebook to close friends.. The support was and is amazing.
For example Kim, who I spoke to once or twice through e-mail. She send me a long Facebook message about how she took a digital break, started blogging about her real life and how it made her blog and vlog grow harder than when she tried to create the perfect-cactus-instagram-page (as she calls it herself haha). You go girl! She was one of many bloggers that told me they also struggle or have struggled with this.
Than there’s another Kim, a blogger from my hometown I spoke to a few times, who actually started to feel sorry for me, because she saw me posting vlog after blog after insta-post, and so on and so on…
People reacted so supportively about my idea to post more real things, instead of perfect pictures. Like Denise, Cristel, Nora and Denise van Dalen. Also a big thank you to Sabine, Romy, Génesis, Amanda, the girls from Tales of Silk, Milou, Maria, Nicky, Saranda, Francine, Cindy and everyone I’m forgetting, for taking the time to comment and share your experiences!
I am a perfectionist that will always love fashion next to writing and traveling. I like to put together cool outfits, capture it in front of a cool background and share it with whoever’s inspired by it. Therefore some might not see a big change, but in the background (read: my mind) there has been a change. Choosing my own name as my blog name is a reminder to myself that every post should always be something that I, Lian Galliard, stand for.
Guys, your comments truly made the choice to create Liangalliard.com less hard and more logical. Thank you for that!