State of the Blog: Let’s Talk About Change
May 17, 2016
Several of you asked for an update on my post-law school plans for my career and this blog.
Since February, I’ve been afflicted with a crippling case of burnout. Many days, just getting out of bed was a challenge. Some days, it was a challenge I did not meet. By finals week, my only motivation was the fact that I had no other choice if I wanted to graduate.
During this time, I started to think seriously about taking a short break.
The bar exam is offered in July and February. The idea of taking it in July reduced me to tears. So I made the decision to take the winter bar. In the interim, I’ll continue to volunteer as a student-lawyer a few days per week, but I’m putting off any real job searching.
In some ways, this feels like a failure. However, I know myself. I don’t want to start a new job with nothing left in the tank. No good (professionally or psychologically) can come from that decision.
Additionally, I want to move back to D.C.. Until I met K, I intended to move back 90-seconds after I turned my tassel on graduation day. But while he’s amenable to relocating, now isn’t the right time.
For many reasons, I think it’s wise to postpone any major decisions for a few months. I’ll recuperate, spend more time with my family, and, hopefully, have the resources to finally put a stamp or two in my empty passport.
As for the blog…
I love this damn thing. I want to use this time to build and grow it.
The content on this site has remained relatively unchanged for eight years. Over the holidays, I had a burst of inspiration about alterations I wanted to make. So for the past few weeks, my designer and I have spent a lot of time brainstorming how to take the blog in a new direction that feels more relevant to where my career and my life is now.
I’m really excited about it.
We hope to launch in early June. Existing features like Three Ways, Work Wednesdays, The Workday Reading, etc. will remain largely unchanged. The new features will include more career content, interviews with accomplished women from many fields and backgrounds, and (hopefully) more original photos.
While some things are changing, the policies of this blog will remain the same. You will never see sponsored posts. A summer outing to the lake sponsored by Venus Razors is not content I’m interested in creating.
I handle brand partnerships differently. When a brand wants to send me free shoes or lipstick, I tell them that I’m happy to try their product, if they’re willing to risk an honest review. Most simply aren’t. They want to dictate everything from the number of “positive statements” to the content of social media posts. I also don’t accept money for product posts. It’s a slippery slope, and I’m not interested in taking the ride.
I recommend and promote products I love. Products that, most of the time, I bought with my own money. This is how I prefer to run things, and this is how it will stay.
So there you have it. My career is in a holding pattern for a few months. The good news is that I’ll have more time to build this blog. But whether I’m blogging full-time or as a hobby, you still won’t see any posts sponsored by Oreo, free (undisclosed) trips to exotic destinations, or $2,000+ handbags in.every.post.
Questions, suggestions, concerns? Leave them in the comments.
*image found here.