Hi friends! So I managed to take another unplanned blogging hiatus, and I wanted to tell you all about it. About a month ago, I got an email from my website host saying that my hosting plan was scheduled to renew in a few weeks. It was going to be a good chunk of change and I found myself reevaluating whether or not I even wanted to keep blogging, let alone spend too much money on hosting.
For the past few months, I haven’t felt much like blogging. I guess it started to feel too much like work? Work that I wasn’t getting paid for, which is the worst kind of work. I started blogging for fun, to find like-minded people and write about whatever I wanted. I definitely succeeded in finding my online tribe; the geeky lady blogging community is filled with amazing gals. But the more I got into trying to monetize my blog, the more I found myself crafting posts centered around affiliate links and sponsors. I was still writing about things I cared about, but my heart wasn’t really in it anymore.
So I took a step back. I know I don’t have to apologize for that. Life happens, and I had some decisions to make. Did I want to keep devoting my time to something I wasn’t really into anymore? Turns out that no, I certainly did not. For the past month or so, I’ve been playing more video games, reading, and trying out other hobbies, like writing the story that’s been stuck in my head for years.
I’ve been having a lot of fun, but of course, I started missing my good ol’ blog. I switched my content back to a free hosting site (Blogger), had to update like, a bajillion images, and had a panic attack when I thought I had lost all of my comments (turns out I didn’t). It’s been a pain in my neck, but I’m happy with the results and I have SO MANY ideas for blog posts. I’m definitely hoping that this newfound excitement for blogging lasts a while, because I missed being a part of the community, even for just a couple months.
Speaking of the community, I’ve been wanting to write another Boss Babes post for ages now. There are so many incredibly talented ladies that I’ve met through blogging, and they’re some of my favorite people to talk about=P So without further ado, let’s chat about Jess Holt and Leah Chiasson!
Jess is an artist based in Berlin who creates gorgeous, macabre oil paintings. I remember first learning of her work with her partner Jonas on their website Corgi Corn Core a few years ago. I fell in love with her work pretty much instantly, and I quickly found out that she’s a sweetheart of a gal to boot!
Her art always makes me feel so many different things. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, I really appreciate that she touches on self-love and acceptance in so many of her pieces. She paints about gender roles, mental health, feminism, politics…all in her darkly beautiful, horror/macabre style. I’m not going to pretend that I know a damn thing about art, but I’ve never seen anything like what she does and I know I love it.