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On Showing the Cracks and Slow Blogging


Emily from lovely blog From China Village recently shared a great link to this thought-provoking Design for Mankind piece about ‘slow blogging’.

It’s something that’s really struck a chord with me. When I changed up this blog back in December, I was really excited about being able to share more than just photos. I loved the idea of sharing new discoveries, favourite shops and just random musings.

But in the past few weeks I’ve noticed this creeping pressure to ‘keep up’. Sure, short, snappy and sticky copy is the way to get people to hang around and build readers, but I want to try and tell more stories, scratch more than just the surface, and be comfortable enough to share the not-so-perfect moments and to be a bit more, well, me in this space.

I admire people who aren’t afraid to show their vulnerability (some of my faves do so here, here, here and here), but I find it difficult. How can I enjoy working on a creative space that’s positive and still be authentic? This is the challenge, and it was really reassuring to see that others have been experiencing it too.

So I’m hoping to take inspiration from these bloggers and work on some more in-depth storytelling, collaborate more and spend time on all those projects I haven’t gotten around to. That’s the joy of having a space that’s all my own, right? It’s scary, but exciting.

Further reading: How To Blog: My Rules on Dinner, A Lovestory

[I thought the pic above of slightly smooshed less-than-perfect macaroons was a fitting pic for this post. They were in great nick when I got them (from The Cake Stand) but were a bit worse for wear after a trip home in my bag. I decided to play around with shooting them anyway, and loved the crumbly texture of the cracks. Proof, if I needed it, that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be interesting (or tasty!).]


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  • Reply
    January 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Nathalie, i think this is something we all struggle with once we start sharing online…stay true to yourself. i’ve loved every bit of it so far.

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      February 1, 2013 at 8:29 am

      Thank you so much Rincy for the encouragement! Yep, I’ve been blogging since ’08 (old blog here: but the last couple of years I’ve expressed myself through photos. I’m looking forward to using my words more 😉

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    February 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Nathalie! It’s so cathartic! I think if you write what makes you happy or feels right to you, your readers will stick around. Can’t wait to hear more!

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      February 5, 2013 at 12:21 am

      Thanks a mill Emily! Been cooking up some ideas over the weekend, very excited 🙂

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    February 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Fret not, my dear. We all have those moments. 2012 was mine. All of it! I just couldn’t sit down to blog more than one day in a row… then felt overwhelmed with everything I wanted to share and so – i blew it off.
    Glad to see i’m not the only one who feels this way sometimes! Looking forward to your future posts 🙂

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      February 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks so much Shannon! Lovely to put it out there and hear I’m not alone back 🙂 There’s just so much amazing content out there, it can be a bit intimidating, I find.. Hope 2013 got off to a great bloggy start for you!

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