What Do You Mean You’re a Lifestyle Blogger?

Hi there. Remember me? I’d usually apologize for the radio silence, but I won’t. This month I’ve taken a quieter role here, waiting for the moment I’d be ready to write about what’s been on my mind. It’s taken me almost 2 weeks to get this out, so I’ll just say it: I’ve lost interest in blogging.

Let me explain.

Think about who you were last decade. Depending on your age, you’ve either evolved into a different version of yourself or you’ve watched your life move into a completely different place. I’ve been writing about lifestyle topics since I was 24, with the hope I would discover who I was and what I wanted. I had no idea how self-centered and insecure that 24 year-old was, and over the years I’d come to grips with that fact. By 27, I invested in myself by enlisting a therapist and seeking out friends who supported me through thick and thin. But I didn’t speak of it here. My personal trials and triumphs weren’t beautiful or aspirational enough for my lifestyle blog. According to whom? According to me. I now realize those experiences were some of the most beautiful moments of my life so far.

So why not reconsider what it means to run a lifestyle blog? After all, lifestyle is- by definition- the way in which one chooses to live their life. As I enter the next decade of my own life with a strong understanding of who I am, lifestyle has become about the art of living well. This idea goes beyond creating a beautiful home for your family and investing in a quality wardrobe. Living well means being hospitable, being good company, contributing to your community, and becoming a person of substance and grace. If designing a life full of substance and grace isn’t aspirational, I don’t know what else is.

It’s a tall order to deliver on, so to get started, we’re introducing new topics on Wit & Delight that focus on arts, culture, and personal and professional development. We’ll inspire ways to contribute more to the lives of our friends and family, and focus a little less on how our own lives look in the eyes of others.

Moving Wit & Delight in this direction will be a challenge for me. To begin making this change, I’ve enlisted my friend Kate Smith as our resident Arts and Culture Contributor. She’s a close friend of mine, and her funny and honest voice will be incredibly refreshing for all of us! Her first post will go live tomorrow morning.

W&D will also continue to cover design, fashion, art, and oddities. When we’re living in a world as scary as this one (boy, was last week a rough one), sometimes you need an excuse to lose yourself in an art gallery, or gather friends around a table for good wine and the perfect roast chicken.

I hope you enjoy this new direction we are going and are willing to contribute to the community we’ve created. Your support allows W&D to evolve over time, and I truly feel this direction will bring something really special. Change is good, and always exciting.

Image by: Ceara McAuliffe

  • I love seeing blogs take new directions!
    My baby is just two months old and I can already see it evolving and I’m finding that I’m writing about topics I didn’t think I would just a little while ago.
    Look forward to reading the new content!!

  • I love to follow all kinds of blogs but definitely feel sometimes that there is too much focus on how we appear to others and not enough substance. So I am very excited for this new direction!

  • ” But I didn’t speak of it here. My personal trials and triumphs weren’t beautiful or aspirational enough for a my lifestyle blog. According to whom? According to me. I now realize those experiences were some of the most beautiful moments of my life so far.”

    Yes! As someone who has been blogging for a decade — and his dipped in and out of lifestyle blogging — I can so relate to this. Here’s to the next chapter of W&D and to all this beauty! (P.S. I think the song “All This Beauty” by the Weepies is really apropo)

  • I would love to hear more about the journey/transformation you’ve made in the last year or so. Even if you haven’t gotten it all figured out yet. 🙂 I too love it when (lifestyle) bloggers cover a range of topics but I think it’s also important to continue to have more personal posts as well. Congrats on the blog’s success.

  • I love this. Kudos to you for being brave enough to drive your blog in the direction you feel is truly meaningful. I agree that the best moments of our life are often the ones that are too messy or ugly to make it on a blog or share on Instagram, and I welcome a blog that accepts that and focuses on the less “pretty”–but more substantial–elements of a lifestyle. This is so inspiring to me as I continue to build my own young blog, which I likewise want to be a place of substance. Thank you for sharing!

    Love, Gigi
    Dolce and Gabriella

  • Thank you! I love this and totally get why you do this, want this and (probably even) need this. Although it’s a bit scary, I’m sure everybody will look forward to this. I know I do 🙂

  • Hi Kate – I am a long-time reader and think you have a wonderful voice. I look forward to this new direction for the blog!

  • I’m looking forward to the change as well! I get so tired of the internet’s glossy, “perfect” life projections. As I get older, I don’t want to be perfect and own expensive, nice things. I want to do exactly what you said – help my community, have substance, and be kind.

  • Kate, Absolutely looking forward to the new content! As an avid reader of many blogs, I’ve started to feel a bit of blog boredom at the sameness of almost everything I read. Can’t wait to see what comes next! XOXO, Hadley

  • Really looking forward to the new content! Part of the reason I love following blogs is the flexibility they allow for the creators — really gives a chance to get to know people and for the writers to explore.

    Congratulations on making that move!

  • Preach! At the end of the day the most intriguing and engaging blogs are so because the writers put their real selves into it, right? No person stays the same for so many years on end (hopefully), and I doubt I’m alone in saying that as a reader I’m changing right along with you. It feels refreshing to see a blog following the natural course of the lives of its writer and readers. Looking very much forward to it!

  • Love everything about this post, Kate. I totally agree with you on what the word “lifestyle” means. It completely goes beyond style and all that is glamorous.

    I also feel that I’ve grown, too, through the years. With this being my first year into the thirties, I’ve been reflecting, prioritizing, etc.; and like you, I realized how my perspective of life has evolved.

    Looking forward to the newly added posts. Happy Monday!

  • This is so fantastic Kate, I’m beyond excited to see what W+D has in store. It can be so shallow, this blog world of ours, but taking lifestyle sites in a more “life”-centric direction is definitely the key! Thanks for your bravery.

  • Just because topics and authors may change, I have faith the content of W&D will remain as exciting as its always been. You and what you have to say are important, Kate! Thanks for being you. 🙂

  • “contributing to your community, and becoming a person of substance and grace”

    Yes! Super-awesome. Excited to see what happens next; hugely supportive of this move towards real-life.

  • Amen and holla lu yah! Let’s get all authentic up in this sitch. And good for you for being brave. I think hearing more about your transition would be brilliant – just how life has been, honestly and openly, sliced in with what you’re digging right now. I’ve been using my blog lately as a way to just tie in things I’m into and want to “take notes” on, so to speak.

  • Really happy to hear this! Self-awareness/sincerity/depth is the trifecta missing from many lifestyle blogs I’ve come across.

    Sounds like a positive, relevant transition for wit and delight. I look forward to seeing how these new themes unfold.

  • Hi Kate, thank you for sharing this! Our lives are way much more complex and rewarding than anything that can ever be portrayed on instagram and I’m excited about your new direction, after all, who doesn’t end up talking philosophy and the ‘meaning of life’ after a few drinks with good friends! . Onwards and upwards! XX

  • I love this. Absolutely love this. I’m a lifestyle blogger as well and perhaps I can be a little TOO honest about life sometimes? Maybe not. Late last year, I began seeing a counselor and had a breakthrough in one of my sessions. I discovered the source of my anxiety which was constantly trying to fit a different mold for every single person I met. I actually wrote a little about this, it was a really huge moment for me. Sad and liberating at the same time. I am 27. It’s a strange age. Still in our 20’s, still feeling like a kid at times, still trying to find our place in adulthood. Still finding ourselves. All that to say, I feel you in this and I can’t wait to read more. Thank you!

  • Kate – I am so excited about this! I agree that the most beautiful content comes from an authentic heart that feels free to fully express itself, and there is no doubt that yours is one of the most creative in the biz. So glad we get to follow along on this new journey!! xo

  • This resonates with me so well. I recently began a lifestyle blog and in doing so came deciding what was appropriate for it. It’s nice to hear from a second party that although my blog is a lifestyle blog, I haven’t included much of my real lifestyle in my posts besides superficial things such as recipes. My goal going forward is to do the same and broaden my horizons, thanks for sharing!

  • I just happened upon your blog today via Google. I’m glad I found it! With the birth of our child I’ve realized that my focus has changed. I’m still figuring out how to balance my love of lipsticks, my love for community service and my desire to tackle even more topics and keep everything organized! I’ll have to come visit here more often. Thanks for posting!

  • This type of honesty is what separates the good from the best. Taking your blog in a new direction is fine because you’ve evolved and so have the people who have been reading your blog since you started at 24. I hope to one day be in a similar place. No posts are up yet, seeing as how I’m 24 and just getting started, but def check it out: trilltalknyc.wordpress.com

  • I’m a fairly new 24 year old lifestyle blogger and I started my blog for the same reasons you did: to express and find myself. I can relate to the fact that it’s a struggle to believe all experiences are worth sharing and writing about and it’s also challanging to push yourself and not quit. I appreciate you post , it was quite motivating.

  • I quite agree with the direction of your thoughts on lifestyle. I think this new development would fly. I strongly believe it would have more substance. Really have not being following your blog. But I agree with doing something of value . Putting up stories that would inspire readers

  • Hi! I stumbled upon your blog looking for some blogging inspiration, and sure enough, your blog has given me it. I’m trying to start a “lifestyle” blog as well…I haven’t quite figured out what my lifestyle niche is, but I hope I can get ideas from your blog. Please check out my blog http://www.rambling-rho.com, thanks!

  • I’m late to this post and a new reader and I must say that this is commendable. I am a new blogger and I really struggle with should my content be authentically me (which may not always be glamourous) or should I just do what everyone else is doing. It’s a constant struggle but your post has inspired me. I hope I remain in the head space I’m in now after reading this post for my own blog.

  • I’m late to this post but I’m glad I found it. This is great when you are struggling with topics and it also helps put a definition on ‘Lifestyle’ blogs!!

    Stories that are personal and inspire people are the best ones to read from my point of view because they offer relatable insight. Good luck!

  • I found your blog when I googled what being a lifestyle blogger meant (while trying to determine what style of blog my crazy idea falls under). This post is exactly what I needed to read at a time when it seems that most things I read say I need to commit to a narrow topic and build that. Honestly, I have no clue at the moment what area I want to focus my blogging. I know what I like…and what I don’t. Thank you for helping me see THAT is where I want to expend my energy. 🙂

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