6.28.2014

Goodbye

Today is the day I say goodbye to The Secret Life Of Bee. This has been a long time coming and honestly I should have done it way sooner. It's unfortunate when you fall in love with a blog and find yourself really connecting with the author and then one day you realize it's lost that original charm that made you fall in love with it. Whatever drew you to the content in the past isn't there anymore and it feels forced. It's important for me to recognize that this blog has become forced. I have continued to post because I felt like I had to: "People are following along so I should give them SOMETHING." 

I'm not a fashion blogger... have you noticed? I never really was. I attempted it because I knew that was what people wanted. I am a photographer. And as a photographer I can't say I am proud of the work I am putting out. Majority of the time I pick up my camera it's to create something to satisfy others. I haven't been inspired by this site in awhile. I have created content to say the things I think you want to hear, not to say the things I have to say. Because I do have things to say. 

It is time for me to move on from this site and challenge myself and my work. It's time to create for me and not for others. I am starting fresh on a completely new site. It will be different from Secret Life. I would love if you came with me but I mostly want to say thank you. Thank you for supporting this site and every kind word. I have made some wonderful connections over the years. It has been a wonderful outlet for a long time and I will miss it. But ready to create content I am proud of. Find me at...
(There will most likely be updates about music with my sisters on the new blog. You can also check my youtube for that)

13 comments:

  1. I'll be glad to follow your new blog. :) Be proud of what you post :)

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  2. I can't wait to see what you do with your new corner of the internet. Your "Late" post is already so powerful. I've already analyzed each component in a hundred ways, and, honestly, I felt like I got to a point of understanding with one of frames, and it drove me to cry. I think that's closer to the kind of relationship you want to have -- and hope others can have -- with your art. I'm really proud of you for closing the door on something that, despite your feelings toward it now, you did invest a good amount of time and creativity into over the years. Because honesty, and the grace to move forward, is always better. I love you, and I love this.

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  3. I must say that when I read the first sentence of this post, I was heartbroken! Its a strange thing, developing "relationships" with bloggers that you've never actually met. But I thought this was going to be like a bad breakup and the last that I saw of you. Anyway, I don't want to get too sappy or dramatic. But I was so relieved to see that you're just moving to another location! Even though I've only just launched my own blog, I understand the struggle of posting just to post versus posting because its something that you're proud of. At the end of the day I think that blogging is such a personal thing, no matter the amount of people watching, and am happy to see you move on for the better! I can't wait to follow along and see what you create for you, not for all of us crazy kids. ;)

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  4. *whew* when i started reading the first few sentaces scared the crap outta me cause i thought you were leaving forever. i'm so excited for your new blog and can't wait to see where it takes you!

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  5. The thing is I was sort of late to this bandwagon and the things that you did say, resonated within me, not to mention your photography was and is still brilliant. I'll definitely be following you on your new blog :) -A xx

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  6. This is a bittersweet post. I find myself in the same situations sometimes. I want to change myself and the content I put out there. I want to post content out there that moves people and makes them feel emotions. Having a blog can become confusing and clouded. How much of ourselves do we really put out there? How much of ourselves are we faking it to gain followers? I mostly fear that the content I post looses that "this is my true self" factor or looses creativity. But one thing I've come to accept is the fact that some days, some weeks- some months even- I don't feel the creative juices running through and I feel rather sluggish. It is okay to post at that time, even if it's not your best self. Because everyone experiences that funk, and it's okay to let your true self be out there. The beautiful thing about people is that they evolve, change, grow and you can see that in their posts. I think a clean slate is really nice. I really hope you find what you're looking for.

    xo.

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  7. Lady, I, and I'm sure many others, were drawn to your blog because of your stunning photography. You could probably photograph nothing but bricks and manage to make them look like works of art. You need to do what you need to do to make sure you're making art you feel excited about. Best of luck in your new projects!

    Cat
    http://oddlylovely.com

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  8. I'm excited to see what you have in store! your photography is so gorgeous, so I'll definitely follow along with your new blog!

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  9. SO glad you're still blogging. I just adore you.

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    1. I was just thinking the other day I hadn't seen you around the inter webs in awhile. Hope you'll come back!

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  10. Oh my, I'm going to miss your beautiful posts here, but I'll definitely be following you on your new blog adventure. :) Thank you for being so honest, and this is really inspiring for me. It's easy to want to give readers what they want rather then what you really want. To me, what you're doing is really brave. Leaving a blog that you've grown attached to is harder than people think.

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  11. Oh beautiful Bri.

    This post is providing me with an oxymoron of feelings. I don't know whether I am feeling sadly happy or happily sad but one thing for sure is that I'm proud of you and people like you who can find the strength to say no to a good thing and yes to something that may turn into something greater.

    This blog has been a wonderful place for me and I am sure it was wonderful for you too but your creativity and your feels towards this place are the most important thing and so its wonderful to see you closing this door and opening the next.

    Cant wait to follow along your journey and watch you grow and grow and grow!

    xx

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  12. Such a shame you have moved! I only just discovered your blog and loved it. I will have to follow you on your new one. Best of luck. ---Stephanie

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