Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fashionable teacher?

Quick question for you bloggers: How do you choose blog post titles?  


I had a few ideas for this post: Devil in a blue dress, In the navy, Loving blue.  In the end, I went with neither.  And, I'm not sold on the one I picked.  Some bloggers have cute and catchy post titles.  Others use song lyrics.  Still others with a good rotation of regular posts each week have a core set of titles.   I just don't know that I'm like that.


Does that mean I'm uninspired?  I don't think so, but then I wonder.  I mean, what do I have to talk about?  Yes, primarily what I comment on are my clothes.  But I like to think that I write about other things as well.  I hope that this blog is still about the other aspects of my life, too.  Kids, life in Hong Kong, my thoughts on the world around me, etc.  


I had the amazing good fortune to meet JJ Acuna the writer of the The Wanderlister+ blog last Friday at the Chai Wan TGIF gallery opening event.  He was instantly recognizable to me and I was thrilled to actually meet him and chat with him about his work.  Imagine how tickled I was when he asked if he could take my pictures.  Totally honored, right?  He took some lovely photos of the evening, have a look.  But then he asked me to tell him about myself and I kind of balked.  I didn't have a straight out answer. I told him what I am used to telling people, I'm a mother of three and a teacher.  But I'm also a blogger on the side. 


 I guess now that I've started going to more fashion related events and I'm surrounded by all these creative people, it's okay to consider being the blogger on the side part more seriously.  I do have a passion for it, there's no doubt.  And, a connection with fellow bloggers who know this side of me.  On the same night, in a different conversation, I found myself clarifying this idea as a woman commented about how she thought surely I was more passionate about the fashion blogging (making me feel like I needed to be).  To this I simply responded that I love teaching.  I love being around my students and I can imagine no better profession for me.  It allows me to be around people (colleagues and students) who are also creative, who really are at the most exciting time in their lives as they get ready to make their own future and those people who are encouraging them to get there.  It also allows me to be myself, dress how I like and explore this other side of me.  I guess it's just about finding the balance between the two.

So while I don't have a chance to reintroduce myself to The Wanderlister, I think if there's a next time, I'll hopefully have a good response when asked to say a little about myself.

Outfit details: Stanley Market necklace and belt, vintage dress from vicandlily (on Etsy), Sam Edelman boots, earrings from Salvation Army (the now closed Stanley location)

13 comments:

Karen Abella said...

it's so nice to read something that doesn't scream "I'm a professional blogger" :) I totally get that when blogging doesn't/can't take up your whole life it's hard to actually speak about it (I still cringe most of the time), and I myself find it really hard to keep a balance or decide how much commitment is right.

but yes I agree that meeting people at events at first is sooo scary when they're so good at what they do but they're all really nice and we all start somewhere!

sorry this was so long haha. :)

Kate said...

Amazing post ! Would you like to follow each other?
http://kate-fashionschtick-kate.blogspot.com/

emily said...

one of my favorite imanorbyah posts.
one of my favorite outfits.
one of my favorite people.
i love you.

wizaz21 said...

lovely outfit!
I'm following you. I really hope you to the same!

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