Hello there 2018

Hello 2018!

It may sound cliche to celebrate the “new year, new me” mentality and while I can agree that it can be a bit of a scapegoat, I am so excited for this new year and what I’m working towards in it! I’m so excited to say Hello 2018!

2017 wasn’t a bad year, but it wasn’t amazing and that’s what I plan on making this year! I want to really work on myself, on making positive changes and working towards my own future.

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A little lost along the way..

I originally started my blog so I could have a creative outlet. Being a journalism student I am constantly writing and working on assignments, but it’s rare that I get to write about or focus on something that I am passionate about or that I choose completely on my own. I wanted to have a place where I could write about whatever I wanted, grow my passions and solidify my wiring skills in the process.

That was what A Fashionable Approach was supposed to be. But somewhere along the line I completely lost that. I started focusing more on what I thought other people would want to read. I started thinking solely abut what would grab the readers attention, what would impress brands, what would a publicist like to see. This was not my original goal and because I lost sight of that, my blog suffered.

I started looking at writing as a chore, as something I had to do rather than something I wanted to do. I would go weeks, sometimes months, without posting anything meaningful. I lost sight of why I started my blog and what I wanted it to be.

Don’t take my realizations as me being ungrateful. I am so blessed to have made the connections that I have and to have been able to use my blog to network and work with others, I’m not saying  plan on stopping that entirely. I’m saying that I lost my goal along the way and that instead of using my blog as something to monetize and endlessly wondering what others would like to read, I’d rather focus on what I’m passionate about.

 

 

Writing: A Lost Art?

The National Commission on Writing has described the disastrous consequences of bad writing in America – for businesses, professions, educators, consumers, and citizens.  Poorly written reports, memos, announcements, and messages cost us time and money.  They are blood clots in the body politic.  The flow of information is blocked.  Crucial problems go unsolved.  Opportunities for reform and efficiency are buried.

Throughout ones entire education, a strong emphasis is placed on writing skills. In blogelementary school we are forced to practice basic spelling, grammar and sentence structure day after day. In high school and university we are given essay after essay to complete, each with half of the focus geared toward content and the other half based on the actual writing skills. But what happens once we leave school behind? Are these skills that we worked endlessly to hone no longer of use?

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