Notes on life changes and selling out

December 10, 2014 in Philosophy

Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared a posts from a few brands that I genuinely love: a really good pair of boots that I wear just about every day, and a leather tote that I also use every day. And I received a few negative comments, stating that I’m “giving a sell-out vibe” and that they “used to love this blog.”

Here’s the thing: I’m no longer traveling full-time and I’m no longer living in another country. I no longer truly identify as a travel blogger. I still love to travel: traveling is still a big part of my lifestyle and airplane tickets still eat up a large part of my budget. But. BUT. I’ve developed different interests, pursued new passions and settled into a very different life at 26 working in brand partnerships in New York City than when I was 21, freshly out of college and about to move to the French Riviera to bartend.

I still blog because I love it. I write because I genuinely love to write. I share things and products and brands that I love ONLY if I really, truly love and use the products. I make and meet my own deadlines, and spend late nights in bed with my laptop, and answer every email that comes through my inbox. And yes, I sometimes accept free products and free nights in hotels–because no one is giving me benefits or an hourly rate for those late nights in bed with my laptop. I accept that blogging isn’t going to pay my bills, but I’m not opposed to getting a few perks. And as someone who worked in marketing for a start-up–I understand the value that exposure on blogs can bring for small brands.

And I still think that travel is such an insanely important thing for people to do, and I still think that it’s all about making it a priority. I still believe that you don’t have to cross an ocean to find yourself, and that happiness is a choice. But I also love fashion, style, the confidence that comes from looking good in New York City and owning a really good red lipstick.

Maybe I’m not a full-on travel blogger, and maybe I’m not a full-on fashion blogger. I’ve always felt lucky that back when I was 21, I put my name in the title of this blog–because that gave me a lot of freedom to write about what was important to me, regardless of where I was living or what I was doing.

So that’s what I’m going to keep doing. I’m going to keep writing, and keep sharing the products I’m passionate about and the places that I adore. I want every post I write to be inspiring and/or helpful and/or enriching to everyone who reads it, or at least, SOMEONE who reads it.

I hear the concerns on selling out, and I hope that you understand some of those items are the compensation for those late nights with my laptop. And if you don’t like the products, or it’s not in your budget, or if you absolutely would never want to go to Nicaragua or Puerto Rico or Paris: I’m totally fine with you deleting the post or clicking the x box on the your browser tab. But I hope you don’t close the tab and never come back, because I really do hope that in the mix of things that click with me and I find worth writing about–travel and fashion and yoga and meditation–you find something that resonates with you.

Thanks for reading–truly.

 

 

 

 

  • camorose

    Haha I feel like this whole debacle has taught me that the vast majority of my readers are the BEST! Thanks for sticking around, Gillian :)

  • Briel79

    It has been said by everyone else but I just wanted to say keep doing what you are doing! It is your blog and I for one love reading it. Doesn’t matter if it is a sponsored post, something about travel, your of the moment posts…they are all well written and interesting to read! If I were a blogger and companies I loved were offering me some nice things I’d take them too! I can’t imagine how much time you put into the blog and it’s nice that you can get a little something back as well.

  • I’ve enjoyed watching your blog shift from all about to travel to your adventures in your daily life! There are several habits you have that at times I wish I had, like getting up early and exploring on a daily basis. You’re right when you say if people don’t want to read, they don’t have to. And don’t worry, I know there will always be people out there who are interested in what you have to say!

  • Lindsay Rogers

    Christine, I’ve been following your blog since the beginning (we were middle school friends/teammates and one of our college professors mentioned your blog), and I ended up following a similar path of living and traveling abroad and then coming home and experiencing a “fixed life” in a city. Maybe it’s that in a way, my own experience has paralleled yours, but I think you’ve been so open and relatable throughout all of your experiences over the last few years. I personally think you’ve made smart choices with brand partnerships compared to many other bloggers I follow, and I genuinely like every brand you’ve endorsed. So I say keep doing what you’ve been doing. I’ll keep following along, and it’s pretty clear from the comments that I’m not the only one.

  • camorose

    Thanks, Briel! I’m always so grateful that I have readers like you who take the time to not only read and like, but also to comment. It reminds that I’m writing this stuff for REAL people and I always want to give them content that is useful or inspiring or at least they leave with a smile!

  • camorose

    Oh yay! I’m so glad that you’re still enjoying it. For better or worse, I always feel like my day is wasted if I am not up SO early and out the door and adventuring! I feel like I could get a little better about sleeping in and being lazy and letting myself relax :)

  • camorose

    Of course I recognize your name Lindsay! I’m so glad that you’ve been reading–it’s funny how the internet makes everything seem like such small world–and I really appreciate the support. Thanks for the kind words :)

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