What's Next - Blogging and Beyond | Seersucker Sass

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What's Next - Blogging and Beyond

As I prepare to rebrand my blog, I've been doing a lot of thinking about what I want it to be like.  I was really fortunate to become friends with Annie of Annie Belle blog through the Millennial Blogger Network, and she immediately helped me with the aesthetic part of rebranding.  (I can't wait to share the new logo with y'all!)  


A beautiful blog is wonderful, but the content is just as important.  When I talked to Jordyn of Fairy Princess Diaries about my personal brand, I explained that my favorite college memory was just laying out in the hallway in the sorority hall my senior year.  I was one of the few seniors living on the hall, and I really felt like the "hall mom" - always giving advice, helping my sisters pick out outfits, drying tears, and being ridiculous and silly.  When I "talk" to y'all on here, I talk like I'm laying out in that hallway with my sisters again.

One of my personal goals is to rid my life of negativity.  Negative energy will absolutely suck the life right out of you, so I knew I wanted my blog to be a space of positivity.  Monday morning, I went so far as to delete all of my Twitter data.  I was ready to make this positive change!  ...But then Monday sucked.  Monday sucked so bad.  Everywhere I turned, it was one thing after another just completely sucking.  The final straw was when I locked myself out of my apartment.  I started the 30 minute trek to my mom's house to get the spare key she keeps for me.  And on the way home, I kept thinking about my friend Katelyn's blog post that I had read the night before.  

Katelyn's post was about her trip to Hawaii, and how she had been a Christian her whole life, but she hadn't been fully trusting God with her future.  (Seriously, read the post.  It changed my life.)  And I'm meditating on this, and at the same time I'm having this major struggle with the air conditioner in my car because I can't get comfortable.  Air on - too cold.  Windows down - not cool enough.  No matter what I adjusted the air on or how much I played with it, I couldn't get comfortable.  I was annoyed, and I didn't feel well, and then I had this revelation - As Christians, we're not called to be comfortable.  

My life is comfortable.  I make enough to pay for the necessities, pay off some of my medical debt, and go out for the occasional fancy dinner date or buy myself a little something.  I have a car that runs (most of the time), a cozy little apartment, and a support system that is irreplaceable and still cheers for me on the days that I am a complete and utter mess.  I have an amazing boss and former bosses that are amazing mentors.  I have health issues, but I've figured out how to handle them down to a science.  I'm blessed, and I'm comfortable... too comfortable.  Because even when I've been pushing myself out of my comfort zone like I wrote about last week, the circumstances have been completely controlled.  When I cut my hair off, I knew it was just hair.  When I wore a crop top (gag me), I knew it was just one night.  When I climbed that ladder, I was on a harness.

So Monday night I said - okay God, here it is.  Wherever you want me, I want to be there.  And if that means living in Northeast Tennessee forever, that's cool.  And if that means living in Chattanooga or Nashville, cities I would love to live in, that's cool too.  And if it means living far, far away like out west or even in a different country, I'll be there, you just tell me when.  Whatever career you see me in?  Awesome.  Let me do Your will.

When I started blogging, I used to write about my faith a lot.  I would feel God laying something on my heart, and I would write about it.  Lately, I've felt those things, and I've penciled them on to the content calendar for three weeks into the future, and by the time I was going to write about them, I felt disconnected from the topics.  With the rebranding of my blog, I hope to share more about my faith like I used to.  It may not be as "cool" as a fashion post, and I definitely don't feel as comfortable writing about it, but I feel like it's what I should be doing.   (And when I write something that has been laid on my heart, it's amazing.  It just flows, and I'm not used to that!)

So I want to say thank you for joining me on this journey!  And stay tuned for my new branding... I'm hoping to switch over to a self-hosted Wordpress site in the next few days when my schedule allows it.  I can't wait for y'all to see it, and I especially can't wait to continue sharing with y'all the way that God is moving in my life.

Happy Wednesday!

XX,

SS

27 comments:

  1. I myself have been struggling with the faith aspect of what my blog is. I used to write so much about my feelings and what God was teaching me- that now it seems to be I'm struggling on what outfit is "good enough" to blog over what truly needs to be said. I'm finding my voice on LookBrooke as well and I can't wait to see what your rebranding brings you!! <3
    xoxo
    Brooke|LookBrooke

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  2. You are amazing. I cannot wait to see where your blog goes and how you develop and grow. You're really an inspiration to many. I aspire to be as lovely, graceful, smart, and kind as you. Can't wait to see what's next!!!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

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  3. Congratulations on taking this next big step!! I love how you are returning to your roots and what you started blogging about in the first place. It's so easy to fall out of it... Goodness knows I have. I can't wait to see where you go from here!

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  4. I really felt this post if that makes any sense. I am 100% supportive and very excited for what's to come to your blog. I'm still trying to find myself through Christianity and it's hard. It's hard living my life not being comfortable, and still not comfortable completely giving it to God and letting him be in control. I'm excited to learn from you and more about you! I know you're doing this for you, but I know it's going to help me too, and I want to thank you for that!

    Also changing to wordpress self-hosted is a challenge and a half. If you want help/a Google hangout walkthrough, I'm your girl!

    xx. Brittany

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  5. So glad you are returning to your roots. I'm loving that you're going to be more open about your faith as well!

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  6. Congrats Dana! It is awesome to see you approach your brand in such a way...can't way to see where you take this blog next

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  7. Really excited to see what this rebrand brings. I hope you always write what's on your heart, I think those posts are so important both for yourself and for us! Like you said, you read a personal post from someone that completely changed your life. I feel like many people underestimate the power of a personal post.

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

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  8. I can't wait to see where you go when you rebrand! Congrats!
    www.kayleighskloset.com

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  9. Yay!!!! I'm so excited to see what the rebranding looks like. I'm that weird person that loves change so here's to new beginnings.

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  10. What an amazing journey you have had and I'm so excited to see where it takes you!

    XO
    The Post Grad Gal
    http://thepostgradgal.wordpress.com

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  11. I'm so excited for you girl! I can't wait to see your redesign and what's in store for your site in the near future. Happy to be along to witness!

    xo.

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  12. Can't wait to see where your blog goes! I agree that negativity should be taken out of our lives because it has no purpose. You seem like you're on the right track and I hope everything goes well through the rebranding process!

    -Ruya
    sweetshortandstylish.com

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  13. Britt & I switched over to WP last Friday and man that was a crazy ride. We definitely video chatted throughout the whole process. I'm so excited for your rebrand and your switch to self-hosted!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  14. I am getting really excited to see your new blog! I really enjoy reading your blog because of your positivity and would love to read more posts about your faith! I feel like reading posts and sharing thoughts via comments is a great way to build fellowship, even if it is via the internet!

    xo Ashley

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  15. So excited to see the new blog! Self hosted wordpress is awesome, congrats on your switch! And I know He has an amazing plan for your journey- just keep listening!

    Courtney//As We Stumble Along

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  16. Good luck with the rebranding, Dana! I'm so excited to see how it turns out. Sounds like you're really taking initiative with your content, even though it's pushing you out of your comfort zone. Cheering you on!

    Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing such an intimate post. I think it is beautiful that you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone in life and on your blog. It can be scary to write about your faith or even more scary praying and asking God to take control of your life. This sounds so weird but I am proud of you for being so brave! Bravery is really difficult.

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  18. Loved this post! I'm in a similar boat where I got comfortable and God shook things up for me--I lost my job. Talk about a shake up. Now I'm trusting Him as I look for a new direction.

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  19. I will be here for you every step of the way on this journey! xo

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  20. I totally get what you are saying. I'm struggling on accounts of what my focus area of the blog post should be and this will add character to the blog in run.

    New Post - Hats and Yoga

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  21. Love these kinds of posts! I go back and forth with my professional and personal missions, but I'm always led back to my blog. It's therapy, and the friends and relationships you develop make all the craziness and uncertainty worth it. Keep doing your thing, lady!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.thediaryofadebutante.com

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  22. I am really excited to see where this new journey takes you! Your blog is only going to get better from here! My blog is my therapy and I absolutely love it!
    Lauren
    The Fashionista's Diary

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  23. Love that you collaborated with other bloggers so recreate your plan for your blog! Can't wait to see what is to come!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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  24. I can't wait to see the future of your blog! Changes are always so intimidating and exciting, and I know anything you do will be great!

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  25. Beautifully written! I think sometimes we get so lost in the minutiae of our every day lives, that we do so often forget to listen to our hearts or whatever higher power we believe in. Can't wait to see the rebrand!

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  26. I'm really looking forward to your rebrand and reading more about faith!!

    Pop over to my blog!

    Sarah
    https://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com

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  27. You go girl! I would love to read more about your faith :) I love reading your posts, and knowing more about my sister in Christ would be even more wonderful!!
    -Maddy
    ncsweetheart.blogspot.com

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