My Thoughts, Your Thoughts

Thursday, September 29, 2011
So there have been quite a few changes around Clothed Much lately if you've noticed.. If not that's cool. Carry on! I've added Kari and Melissa to the blog; I've added more blog crushes; I've added more guest bloggers; I've had posts up M-F two times a day. There are two reasons behind these recent changes that kind of go together so maybe it's just one reason...

I'm burnt out, not from the blog but from everything. It's mostly due to stress. I need a vacation!!! So I've been trying to step away from the blog without physically stepping away from the blog. I've just been bringing more and more people into it, which you guys didn't seem to like. And it makes me sad. I know I'm not going to make my husband take pictures of my outfits forever and that I will probably stop one day (Nooo!!!!) but I also didn't want to just stop blogging forever and wanted to transform Clothed Much into more of a modest fashion community blog than a blog about MEMEME. (Hello, run-on!) In order to achieve this modest fashion community blog, I need more authors than one; otherwise it's not a community! My plan is to have modest fashion bloggers contributing to the site from one girl to another -- no experts, no professional style tips, but what we've all learned through trial-and-error and bring it all to the table. It's not going to turn into a magazine but where we can talk to each other about clothes, style, our different ideas of modesty and how we incorporate it and apply it in our lives.

This may mean less of me on CM. I started this blog when I didn't have a sense of style and now two years later, I've come to the point where I'm happy with my style and fashion sense. I've come such a long way and I don't think I need this blog any more and I think others would benefit from it more than me at this point. If you'd like to join me (and these nameless future authors) on this journey, I'd love to have you stick around and add in your two cents. If it's not of interest to you, I'm sorry to see you go! This is something I've been thinking about and working towards for a while now so it's not out of impulse or boredom on my part.

If you guys have any thoughts or suggestions on this, I'd love to read them.

E

82 comments :

  1. My comment is this: I love you.  That's all.

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  2. I'll admit, I'm bummed to see this. I read this blog not because I'm Mormon, or dress modestly, but because I like the outfits you put together! I realize the purpose behind it has always been about modest fashion but really, to me, it was about your great style. You'll be missed!

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  3. I love the variety guest bloggers bring to this blog!

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  4. Good luck with your new direction! I am right now going through the fashion development stage and bet your CM will still be essential while I discover my own way to manage modest fashion.

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  5. i'm with you! sometimes it is so much work to photograph and post and everything else, and when you aren't having fun with it anymore, it's time to give it a bit of space. i know i will be a loyal visitor for always. i love your guest posts and blog crushes--it's a wonderful way to get to know new-to-me bloggers and expand my ever-growing blog reader. of course, i will always be interested in you, what you're doing, what you're wearing, because that's why i started following in the first place. naturally that doesn't preclude me from enjoying all the other categories you're posting in. i love those too.
    many hugs to you and i look forward to being with you and seeing the new places that clothed much goes. xoxo.

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  6. I've only been following you for a few months, but I've enjoyed seeing the looks you put together.  I'm getting into my late 20's so I have no desire to dress like a 16 year old and find your take on modesty quite refreshing.  I'm definitely interested in seeing where this goes - 1. for more perspectives on how to be youthful but ladylike in my wardrobe, and 2. because I really love how you play with color and proportion and all the daring things I'm too afraid to do myself (but I'm getting there!).  It will be sad to see you go, but as I still need some inspiration, I'll be happy to read what your fellow bloggers have to say!  

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  7. Awwww, don't go!  I love the outfits you put together.

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  8. I don't mind having more author at all - in fact, I love the variety it brings to the blog. As long as the posting stays consistent and awesome (which I'm sure they will be), I'm happy :)

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  9. I'm sad to hear you say this...I started reading (okay, stalking, as I've only commented on giveaways...I suck, I know) this blog because I enjoy YOUR voice and YOUR style. Nothing against your other contributors, I just liked the Elaine-ness of Clothed Much.

    That being said, I totally understand where you're coming from. A blog, by definition, can only last so long. I think two years is a great run. You know you best, and if you need to take a step back, then go for it. Don't be a slave to your audience.

    Best wishes in all that you do, both here and in the real world :)

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  10. Lauren! I'll still be posting outfits!! Just not everyday :( It'll be like once a week.. but I understand if you go! Thanks for sticking around! :)

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  11. Thanks for commenting on a non-giveaway post! :)

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  12. Aw, I think you totally have to do what you believe - because much like life, your blog will evolve.  Here is just some evolving and I personally, love the new author and feature additions!  Just don't go away on us completely (yet, at least). :)

    Meggy from Chasing Davies

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  13. I love you, but I've loved the guest posts and other bloggers too. I really like all the changes you've made :)

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  14. No way Elaine! I'm not going anywhere. You can't get rid of us all that easily. I'm sticking around for your outfits :) What I meant was I'll just miss seeing you as often, that's all.

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  15. I LOVE this blog. I have tons of blogs in my reader, but this is one of the ones that I go to first. However, if you need to blog a little less in order to keep going, then do that! Heck, I could never blog everyday! Much less do an outfit post everyday. I'd love to be a guest on this blog someday, if you're ever looking! :)

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  16. Aw, Elaine! What to say...I stumbled across your blog over a year ago, and fell in love with it. Part of it was your style, part of it was your amazing skills at stretching a fashion budget, and a big part of it was because you MAKE ME LAUGH! You and your blog inspired me to start my own blog (before you, I thought you could only have a fashion blog if you regularly wore DVF and Prada, etc. etc.)...AND you were responsible for making my blog look as fabulous as it does today! ;)  

    I dont' know if I would have kept up with the blog for as long as I have if it weren't for you...and I am forever thankful. You are AWESOME! As much as I'll miss your daily posts, I am happy you are doing something for yourself and taking care of you. I know that if blogging is ever not a giant joy for me...or if I get burnt out...I will need to step away from it too, and I love that you are trying to still leave behind something for your followers even as you step away some. Will be looking forward to your cute outfits and continued awesomeness. <3 you! 

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  17. What a wonderful reason to bring others into it.  I've read other fashion blogs where it just feels like "MEMEME"--they just want to show off how cute they look with out trying to help the readers.  Love the new changes.

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  18. I like the changes, and I think the concept is great.  No one likes burn out, and this is your site - do what you have to do.  I will say you'll be missed, but again - I love the idea of the community behind it.  

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  19. Exactly!! It feels totally one-sided. I mean, people's styles evolve but not enough for readers to truly notice it and appreciate it. That's why I had to bring in Kari and Melissa. Kari has such a great wardrobe and has the means for it, whereas Melissa is a dental student with a relatively small wardrobe. And I fall in there somewhere too.. hahah

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  20. well i love the idea of a modest community- when i stop paying attention to my baby i promise to write something up for you...it should happen anyday now. i think people connect to you and they don't want to see you go...but you have your personal blog now, which i loooove, so i'm cool. i've been thinking about changes i want to make to my style blog too...i just don't know what they are so i've just stopped all together...luckily for me no one reads it so no one cares, yesssss. anyway, i love that you're doing this, i support you. hopefully the new girls are as cool as you...probs not but you can't win them all ;)
    p.s. and on a totally different note, i'll be in so-cal in may for a week or two and i would love to meet you...that sounds super creepy like a craigslist ad, but i think it would be fun...or could be fun...maybe, i don't know...you have a bajillion months to think of something to get out of it...maybe you have an awesome thrift shop there and we could just shop for an hour and then get some sort of awesome food that will clog some artery for a small amount of time. anyway, that is all...i will always follow cm, having modesty in mainstream is amazing, and i will always support it. <3 christa

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  21. I can totally relate to this, I love blogging but sometimes life feels like to much, I adore you blog not only cause you have a great style but because you are super sweet, but I like the guest posts too, so no worries, hope things get better for you! kisses!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  22. Elaine, I love how your blog has grown, matured, and expanded...and to me, that's the most exciting part. You aren't a full time blogger and I don't expect you to be (unless that's what you want)...so the work-blog-life balance is critical in maintaining your sanity. You've done so much with your blog already, I can see why it's necessary to take a step back. 

    At first, it felt like an abrupt change to see guest posters and other features, but I'm enjoying the new writers and it gives me more people to follow and read. Blogs solely about one person can be difficult to maintain as well as come up with new content. Even the big blogs don't write about themselves daily...they've moved on too. 

    I think that the new posts give us a better idea of who you are, not only from your perspective, but what interests you and what inspires you by selecting these guest posters. Since it's your blog, these guest writers are "Elaine-Approved!" They share a side of you that we don't see and there's a reason why you picked them...so I accept them too. Keep doing what you're doing and your loyal followers will stick around and support you no matter what changes you make! =)

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  23. I do admit that I love following your blog for your great commentary, but I can't imagine what kind of pressure it would be to feel like you have to post everyday -- you DO deserve a vacation! I love reading your posts, but I guess I'll just have to keep following your Twitter to get my fill of CM humor for the day :) 

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  24. LET'S DO IT!!! May can't come fast enough!!!!!!!!

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  25. Thanks, Jess! I always appreciate your feedback. You're my go-to blogger buddy!!! Now if only I can convince you to move back to L.A.... :)

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  26. I don't blame you, you deserve the break!  I just love your style, outfits, and sense of humor.  I'll look forward to your posts still!!    

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  27. I just started blogging due to my love of fashion and more so bargain finds!! I pride myself on living fly on a dime, and I stumbled upon your blog randomly a couple of months ago.  I appreciate the fact that you know what works for you and your outfits never break the bank.  I'm new to blogging, and although I try to post daily I know it can be overwhelming. I enjoy the feature blogger's style just as much and everyone has such great personalities so I will for sure be sticking around!!! :-)

    http://www.fashunbeesdaily.blogspot.com/

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  28. I <3 and value your blog, Elaine. Such adorable posts! And I totally get your modest-fashion community idea; I'd really like that too. I've come to enjoy your input & can't imagine all the ideas and inspirations your fans would share--the more the merrier, no?! 

    We want you to be happy and to enjoy posting--not to burn out! (But just as long as you have a dedicated "Elaine" section in this community where we can hear from you, then it's good.) :) 

    My fave part about this blog is that it builds the bridges that more popular influencers can't seem to build; it brings together seemingly different people. Case in point: I'm not LDS --or even dress modestly all the time, but I adore your outfits and your point of view and even adapting your ideas to my own style sense. 

    Thanks soo much for all your posts and I wish you the best! (I will totally keep following whatever you produce too, btw!)

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  29. i like the fact that you feature other bloggers - it's always fun to check out a new blog! however, i do miss the frequency of your outfit posts! i feel like modesty is the new black :)
    regardless of your changes, i will still be coming back on a regular basis!

    xo jeanette
    www.simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com

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  30. What a fantastic idea and a great way to turn lemons into lemonade.  I'm sorry you have received so much negative feedback. Publishing a fam post once a month is daunting, I can't imagine how much work it is to have a post everyday. You deserve a much needed vacation and clothed much has blossomed and grown and received a lot of recognition.  I think a community for modesty is a genius idea to keep the blog going.

    I would love to see some much needed feedback on the leggings as pants current trend. Sometimes fashion confuses me as to what is really modest and what isn't.

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  31. I think its a great idea!  I learned about your site earlier this year, so I am a newbie, but it inspired me to start my own blog, and I can't help but check it EVERYDAY!  It is part of my regular routine now.  I think the more perspective on modest fashions the better!  Just don't abandon us completely :)

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  32. I like the idea of it being a community blog, but how will you control the picture quality on the blog. You take great pictures (not like my blog, terrible pictures with indoor lighting & no proper photographer). Being a visual blog it's one of the things that sets you apart from all the average blogs out there.

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  33. Charmaine, that is a great point.. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! I will make sure the photo quality remains sufficient and coherent.

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  34. Hey Elaine,

    I really love your blog. I have limited money for clothing, and a small wardrobe, but seeing the outfits you put together, and seeing how you re-wear some of your clothes gives me great inspiration to mix stuff in my closet. BTW-- I do like when you add other bloggers, because I am able to check out their blogs and find new sites. I hope you continue posting.... God Bless!

    Elena

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  35. Aw, totally understandable, Elaine. I've only done this blogging thing less than a year and I'm ready to call it quits. I don't get how girls can go on years and years of taking photos and blogging, or have it as their full time job. Maybe I just don't care about fashuns enough, or I'm just tired of the whole thing. Maybe I just want to be lazy and wear sweatpants to work everyday from now on.

    I'm glad you're turning your blog into a community because you already have a great start with a built-in readership and I wish you luck! I'm sure it's going to do well :) Still hope to get peeks of your outfits every once in awhile!

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  36. Tell the guest bloggers not to take it personally if their posts aren't yet drawing as many comments as your's.  It takes time to get used to people, get to know them.  Conan O'Brien (who is crazy funny) didn't get immediate results on the Tonight Show (and they dumped him too soon).  Tell them to keep plugging away.

    Most bloggers who are MEMEME all the time fail because they aren't as interesting as you...and me.  LOL!

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  37. I like the idea of guest posts, but I also would love to see some of you as well. I know how hard it is to do a daily outfit post, especially if you work full time and have other responsibilities.

    xox

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  38. aww it is really sad to see that the blog isn't what I subscribed but I will stick around to see what it becomes and see where I will go from there.  But no matter what I'm sure I will enjoy what you have to share =]

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  39. I'll miss your posts! But the best accessory of all is peace of mind ... so if you need a blog break to achieve that, do it. :) And I think it's great that you're sharing the wealth of a well-established blog to build community. Like APaulished, I am not LDS, or would characterize myself as a modest dresser, but I'll still be following!

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  40. You do a great job with your blog. And I think that while you are creative and always trying to change it up and keep it interesting, your values shine through. It is always about modesty and such. No one has to question that, you know? 

    We're not all going to be blogging forever so I think it is fun to play with it and figure out what you want from it while we go along. There's no 100 percent perfect, locked in strategy. 

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  41. Thank you for your comment!!! and I'm not going anywhere! :)

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  42. I've actually enjoyed the guest posts, I think they are great! I also, of course, like your outfit posts but I can only imagine how hard it is to keep up with the blog while working, being a wife, and living your life!  I'll definitely still keep reading. 

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  43. I don't know if I'll stick around or not, I'd have to see what the blog ends up as. I would like to point out that you need to make sure your guest bloggers are trust worthy (Negative inappropriate content), as your basically putting your name, or stamp of approval on them. Just something to think about!
    Natasha
    A Modest Fashion Blog:
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  44. I am a different kind of blogger then most of your readers.  I do a coupon and money saving blog.  I post on average 10-15 posts a day.  I get burnt out every week, have a good stress revealing cry and jump back on the horse because my blog is out only source of income.  I am in no way saying you should do that because you have a choice.  But one thing I think is important to remember is that there are a lot of people that read this blog just because of you and your writing style.  You are the reason they came and you are the reason they stay. 

    The community isn't built by adding more peoples posts, the community is built in the comments. While guest posts are good and something we all appreciate,especially you, they need to be kept to a minimum.  Why not try to do a bunch of posts on different fashion topics once a week.  schedule them to post through the week and then do a day or 2 of the what your wearing posts.  You could also do a marathon picture session where you take tons of pics of you in different outfits and then do the posts ahead of time.  This will keep your voice on the blog without the everyday commitment. 

    BUT most of all I wanted to say that We all need breaks and there is nothing wrong with you taking one for a couple weeks and then coming back to it later.  Just be sure to warn the readers first and let them know that you will be back posting in 2 weeks (or whatever) and that you want to keep sharing great fashion so enjoy the guest posts! 

    Best of luck in all you decide to do, I am sure there is a lot of thought and prayer going into this.  You have inspired me to start posting a thrifty fashion post once a week because I am thrift store lover and am breaking out of my comfort zone.

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  45. Do you feel like past guest bloggers posted anything negative?

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  46. I think I understand where everyone is coming from about the guest bloggers but that's not essentially what I want CM to become. I introduced guest bloggers to kind of get CM visitors to get used to the idea. I think once CM is more established and finalized, I will add AUTHORS and not just guests. I don't like the idea of one person posting and never coming back!!

    I have gone through the whole "stress cry" and then wiping my tears and getting back to work on the blog but I don't think it's something I want to do for the rest of my life and like I mentioned in the post, I am happy with my fashion/style now and that was the purpose of the blog int he first place. Now that I have reached that "goal" I want to help others finding their style and fashion while maintaining their values, whatever they may be.

    SO! Hopefully, the authors I ask to join me will be able to help me achieve this new goal.

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  47. Hey! I think it's totally natural to be  thinking of ways to grow your blog in a different direction. There is always this feeling of 'what's next?'.
    I've kept up on your blog b/c of your style but also because of your life. I'm nosy. Hope to still see you around lady!

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  48. Hey, I just wanted to tell you that I can understand what you're feeling and not to feel bad.  I was planning to try to launch a big crafty mommy blog that I wanted to make money on and be a big deal, but before I even really get going, I felt burned out.  I felt super stressed out like I had no time for my kids.  If you need to step back, then do it (it's probably a prompting from the Holy Ghost!)  I stopped my blog right then, when I realized that.
    I think your idea for a modest fashion community is a great idea.

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  49. oh miss elaine, i feel ya. when it becomes a chore, that's when you know you need to step back a little. i love the idea of a community blogging site, i think its a wonderful idea and could bring some fantastic inspiration + guidance for those seeking to up their fashion sense and style. the more the merrier, as my mother would say!


    i can't wait to see how CM evolves, i've loved reading thus far! 

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  50. I have enjoyed the guest posts!  Particularly as it means posts more often :)  Its great to have many people contributing to the modest fashion world!  

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  51. I really do like this idea, having a community of modern modest fashionistas [It can be done!], featuring outfits, other bloggers, sharing tips and trends, and not just about the MEMEME and look at my swag [I get that feeling from other blogs. Not this one. I think you're coolios. And your outfits are adorbs!]. I think it'll be fun to see how things turn out on the blog, I'm looking forward to it!

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  52. Aw I'm really sorry to hear about all your stress, that can be really, really tough for sure.  I like the guest posts and don't mind at all when bloggers don't post every day or as often as they'd like.  Some of my favorite blogs only post once every 1-2 weeks! It's all about the content and you have great content, hilarious writing and really good ideas for outfits (that transcend all the different faiths that make up your readers too)!  I think that if you post every day, there's no way you can be expected to come up with 'all Elaine' content all the time.  I think your vision for the what's to come on here is a good one and I'll be sticking around for it!     

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  53. I am sticking around! Thanks for letting us know! It is important to have balance in your life. And blogging can get overwhelming! You are doing the right thing! Cheers! 

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  54. Elaine--I understand and respect your decision.  I will continue to visit from time to time, though "modesty" is not my primary criteria in dressing, I am "modest."

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  55. Don't worry, Jeff still checks your blog on the regular.  Seriously.  And in my world, that means you're good to go.

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  56. As long as you and Jeff still check this, I'll keep blogging!

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  57. I am in no way saying you should do the stress cry thing.  I hope it didn't come across that way.  That isn't something anyone should have to do.  I think the author thing is a much better idea, with a guest post here or there. 

    and for the record, I think you are wonderful!  I think you have a nack for helping people, in a very suttle way, to reach out of their comfort zone, try something new and find their fashion.  I don't think you have to change anything to do that.  you already are doing it. 

    But I think if you feel the blog should change then it should.  It is your blog afterall.

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  58. I'm loving it! Change is the only thing constant so it's all good :) I'm sticking!! All the best for your efforts!

    xoxoxo
    Ritcha
    http://ritchastyle.blogspot.com

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  59. I rarely read guest posts unless they have a really cute outfit or something and even then I don't really read them, just look at their pictures.  But I like that you added other authors - I thought they were both cute and I liked both of their styles and ideas.  I also like that different authors add different perspectives and different body types that more people can relate to.  I can totally understand where you're coming from though with putting fashion blogging on the back-burner.  I started a "fashion blog" last year and it was fun for a while, but I really didn't find it very fulfilling even though I love looking at other people's fashion blogs.  I just kept hearing talks in church or conference about how we sometimes put off the best things to do things that are good but not as important (you know, the good, better, best talk) and I always felt like fashion blogging was a good thing, since it's promoting modesty, but there are just way more important things that I could be focusing on, like my family and stuff like that.  I still love fashion blogs, and I still love if someone happens to take a picture of me while I'm wearing a cute outfit, but I'd just rather not have my own blog about that.  I don't know if that's how you've been feeling, but if so, I understand and I think adding other authors is a really good way to add more balance to your life and the blog.  Like I said before I really liked both of the other new authors and their styles and perspectives... but those are just my opinions and now I've gone on too long!

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  60. Elaine, I only found your blog a couple of days ago and I'm already hooked! I think you have a superb ability to relate to your readers and that probably comes from the fact that you always seem so genuine. I can't wait to see what else is in store for your blog and look forward to what it has to offer :)

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  61. Hi Elaine,

    I love your blog!!! It's one of my favourites for many reasons:

    1. You actually re-wear clothes!!! I see so many other fashion blogs where they wear different clothes, shoes and accessories everyday and I think how can they afford all of those new clothes or how much are they actually given from stores?!?! It's crazy and off putting!

    2. You have such a big personality and even though you may write 1-2 sentences, you can tell what kind of fun person you are - a funny, smart, kind and down to earth person that can laugh at herself! When you do a funny pose and make fun of it, I love that! Sorry to compare you with other blogs again, but so many other ones have girls doing silly poses and I think really they like how that looks? Do they notice how weird and unnatural they look?! Haha.

    Anyway, I wanted to tell you that it's your blog so you can do what you want with it. If people like it - they will follow, if they don't - they won't. And I'm sure you'll pick up more readers anyway with the new content and bloggers. So do you want to do and try not to feel bad if you're not pleasing everybody. You can never do that, so you'll just disappoint yourself!

    Oh and thanks for having an awesome blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lou :)

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  62. I have LOVED the guests posts! I love your posts, love the blog! It's yours, so do what you will guilt-free. I often send certain posts to my daughters (Hello, Belt Post!) and they love it, too. Enjoying the ride. =)

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  63. Well said! I think you're being realistic with your time and I love that you're making this bigger than just you, and people should respect that. I do!

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  64. I am excited with what will happen with the future of clothedmuch! As weird as changes can be, that is the best way to grow!

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  65. Elaine, I'm so sorry to hear you're so stressed out. This blog should be a way for you to express yourself and have fun, not to stress you out more. That's not to say that having a blog isn't challenging but it should still be fun. I think you are putting wayyyy too much pressure on yourself to post so much daily. And sometimes you post twice a day, that's a lot of work! You should just cut back to maybe two posts from you a week and one guest post a week. That would be something new on the blog every other day, not bad! Once you do that for a couple of weeks you might be renergized to post a little more or you might decide that that's a good pace for you. I think it's great to feature other bloggers, I really enjoy it but I think a feature once a week is good balance.

    Also, just go to the Korean sauna and relax! $25 is  nothing! Living in LA is stressful and you need a vacation. Until then, the Korean spa will have to do!

      Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  66. I like the guest post and I liked seeing you. I think you have a good mix right now. 

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  67. I think that it's a good idea. Although I really love your outfits and your style, it's interesting to see what other ladies do to dress modest. I admire the fact that you're not self absorbed in the whole fashion blog thing. Some of these fashion blogs seem like they are set up just so people can faun over what the blogger wore that day. This blog has purpose and good intentions. ^_^

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  68. You  go, girl. I believe in the community!

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  69. I read your blog because I love your style of writing: witty, sarcastic, honest.  But really, how long can you keep doing outfit posts with different combinations of your clothes?  I think it's only natural that you would be burnt out a bit and need a break.  Guest posts are great.  If it's a choice between Elaine once in awhile plus other bloggers, then so be it!  Better than no Elaine at all! 

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  70. While I will miss seeing so much Elaine (you're grrrrr-reat!), I've enjoyed the guest posts! If you need any contributors, I'd love to do a post on every day modesty. :)
    I think you trying to find balance is good! This blog, work and family is probably a lot to keep up with. But you have many loyal readers (myself included) who will stick with you as your blog matures and morphs into a community space.

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  71. Always evolving and changing things up a bit is a good thing.  All will be great! Look forward to still following along.

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  72. I think this is a part of your life that you created to help yourself out as a person and now that you are in the right place, it's time to walk away and start a new chapter of your life. If blogging isn't the same for you anymore and has become a chore, you should close this chapter and move on. Good luck to you in whatever you decide. Remember, this is about making yourself happy and doing what's best for you. The blogger world will move on and you can still be a part of it any way you see fit.

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  73. No! Of course not! I was reffering to in the future. So far I like the guest bloggers. I just know that sometimes adding guest bloggers, that right to post can be abused.

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  74. I've been reading your fantastic blog for years and I think it's been full of creativity and humor and inventiveness and gorgeous style. I've loved the guest posts and I think it's achieved everything you set out to do. Of course I'll always appreciate your posts but the new format has been a welcome change and I love seeing all the new faces.

    The most important thing is that you write this blog the way that feels natural to you. Don't let anyone guilt or control or criticize you - this is YOUR project, we just observe and support. :)

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  75. Practical ParalegalismOctober 1, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    Elaine, I had no idea that some readers weren't receptive to your new contributors. I think you've made great choices in collaborators, and I've enjoyed their posts very much. Of course, I still love seeing your posts, and am considering buying the same camera that you use after looking at many, many fashion bloggers photos. Yours are consistently the most fabulous (well except for the one that uses a $5k camera but that won't be happening in this household with kids :) But I adore you, and just want you to know that the changes are awesome. Keep up the good work!

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  76. while i'm sad you're not going to be on CM as much (um, what am i going to do without you're beautiful face gracing my computer screen?!) i think it takes guts to say what you've said. therefore, i'm staying...regardless of who posts :)

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  77. I'm sort of a new reader. I find your fashion inspiring. Thank you for sharing all of your ideas and adorable outfits. I love your posts. I also enjoy reading the guest posts as well. It's fun to see where you get some of your inspiration and seeing other people's styles. But I love your posts most. :)

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  78. TheCaffeinatedClosetOctober 2, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    I love the idea of adding more bloggers on this site...it simply provides people with more inspiration! 
    If you are looking for a possible guest blogger or contributor I would love to help out!

    -Melina
    http://thecaffeinatedcloset.blogspot.com

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