I've been writing for a lot of people for a long time. Just as someone that lives in city full of tourist attractions doesn't visit the sites themselves, it's been hard for me to write for myself for a few years. I've always been wearing someone else's hat -- which can exhaust my urge to write from a personal perspective. Does "your perspective" mean you're no longer wearing a hat? Definitely not, just still trying to figure out what that hat looks like.
A brief history
The last few years of my life have completely revolved around the craft community in Atlanta. I love craft. I love making things, but more importantly I love interacting with people that are eager to create something by hand. There's something so empowering when you have that type of control over your own wishes, and I've been lucky enough to participate in a lot of incredible events and teach others to sew, embroider, craft their hearts out.
Teaching led to writing about craft with Handmade Charlotte, my words hitting the blogs of some sewing giants including Bernina (heart swells) and Coats & Clark. I blogged for my own business, Stitches & Crafts, but that never quite remained consistent because of my other professional duties. I'm always quick to immerse myself in the brand's voice at hand, but always struggled when it was so close to home. So, I stuck to a Tumblr "blog" that turned into an inventory of skull & design related photos. It was easier to point to what I was thinking, spamming the world with reblogged photos that a billion other people were using to represent themselves.
All the new things
A few months ago I made a complete professional pivot. I joined an incredible company that aligns perfectly with my eternal passion for education, The Iron Yard. Craft as a professional field no longer felt necessary, as I had fallen into the classic case of don't turn your hobby into a profession.
Save the fun stuff for when you need it, right? It's a refreshing shift, and I feel mentally challenged for the first time in years.
Making a professional shift that's so perfectly aligned with my passions but not necessarily my hobbies means it's become easier to separate who I am from who my business is. This means re-structuring my own brand as an individual, and finding out what that voice is when it comes to writing. Still sorting out the details, but I'll keep you posted.