A few housekeeping notes for my lovely devoted readers out there:
first, I have not abandoned you, nor given up on plus size fashion, nor suddenly joined the ranks of the body hating. I still love Fat Chic, especially as it absolutely validates the time I spend combing over every aspect of fashion I can. I’ve just dialed it down for awhile.
As many of you know, I am NOT a career blogger. Right now, my real career- as a freelance writer – is demanding lots of attention. Please do not construe this to mean I do not think blogging is a career. It damn well is, and one that takes a lot of hard work. Glen at FullFigure Plus and Marie Denee at the Curvy Fashionista are the strongest examples I can think of for what’s really involved in making plus blogging a career (a LOT of work, mostly self-funded travel, and eatsleepbreathe fashion, brands, relationships), not to mention folks like Moe at BellaOnline, or Meilieli about About.com, and full service lifestyle outfits like MadisonPlus and VenusDiva.
What I am saying is that blogging at this point in my life is still not my career, although I’m beyond delighted to see that Fat Chic is considered up there with the best of the best. I love to write. It’s much closer to my truest voice than anything I speak is.
Fashion is one of about two billion interests I have (only a slight exaggeration.) This summer alone I’ve tried my hand at crochet with plastic bags, learning origami, a jewelery making project and art journalling. I’m no dilettante – Fat Chic’s been around since 2007, so this isn’t just a flash in the pan – I simply work hard to make sure I am constantly learning, so I have more to learn as a whole person.
While this temporarily gets you only minimal Fat Chic, it also means that when I come back, I continue to think expansively with new ideas and angles as a result of the strange things I do to my own brain when folding squares of paper to make them into little owls. The more I do this now, the more I can continue to make Fat Chic a bit different from the other plus size blogs out there, making your experience reading those blogs and Fat Chic that much richer.
Which leads me to the other news that may interest some of you: in September, I’m going to Paris for a week. While the only two things officially on my schedule are the Louvre and Versailles (which I personally call the Temple of Micromanagement) I am open to any tips of plus size friendly places you can point me to. I’m taking French classes now with my spouse, and I’m also spending 4-5 days a week at the gym so my body can sustain all that walking. I’m hoping the habit continues when I get back. I have some entries for the plus size exercise diary, but mostly it’s about trying not to pass gas when my legs are up in the air during Pilates.
I am still here, darlings. The news roundups will continue, and once I’m done doing what I need to do, you will once again find me putting up “oooh, pretty!” posts with the occasional rant.
If you’d just like to hang out and read my writing in general, you can head over to my writer’s blog. For those who might not know from just Googling me, I’m feminist, Wiccan, and prone to writing “Crackpot theories” posts that posit things like whether the Loch Ness monster enjoys Cambodian food.
Not one of these attributes makes up the whole of who I am, just as my being fat does not define the whole of who I am. Part of that is feeding my need for variety.
So no, you are not abandoned. I am simply working on other things right now. In the meantime, I’m also working out an automated system for maintaining the Catalog, and you’ve always got Fat Chic Clothing Search, best used with Google-fu.