Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Confession Time...

There's something I've been thinking about for a very long time and I think it's time to come clean with all of you. I have decided that I will stop posting on FGB at the end of February, and will slow down posting until then- probably down to about 2-3 posts per week (if you'd like to receive updates of new posts, I encourage you to subscribe to the FGB RSS feed or to receive new posts via email). The impetus for this decision came from a combination of things. I no longer derive the same pleasure and satisfaction from writing and managing the blog that I once did. A year and a half of waking up early every morning to write for an hour, then putting in many more hours into answering e-mails, responding to comments and dealing with advertisers and other site issues has made blogging feel more like a burden than a hobby. I made a resolution a few weeks back that I wanted to make the most of my senior year of college, and I'd love to have the freedom to just live my life without always worrying that I'll fall behind on my work for the blog.

This certainly doesn't diminish the fun, fulfillment and personal growth I experienced because of Faking Good Breeding. It's been the most important, life changing activity I participated in during my college career, and I've gained so much from my involvement with the site. The support I've gotten from readers is a constant source of joy in my life, and I feel so lucky to be part of a community of such intelligent, interesting women. Thank you for your kindness, and I appreciate your understanding of my decision.

35 comments:

nadarine said...

I'll miss the daily blogs (I've always been amazed that they're up in the a.m. before I leave for work/school without fail!), and hope that having more free time for yourself will lead to good things.

Thanks for the dedication to FGB- you'll be missed!

Anonymous said...

completely understandable meg. you only live once so enjoy your life away from the computer. you can always come back if you decide to!

Anonymous said...

you will be missed!

Sarah said...

The one major regret about my senior year of college is that I didn't say "no" to things that I wasn't fully enjoying. It IS your senior year. ROCK OUT. HAVE FUN. IGNORE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES. It's probably one of the last times you'll be able to do whatever the heck you want. So do it!

SaraGold86 said...

Meghan, while I will see you (hopefully) everyday this coming semester, I will miss waking up each day and reading your blog. You had great and entertaining blog postings. Congrats on all you've accomplished!

Anonymous said...

You will be missed, but if there's one thing I've learned it's you gotta do what's right for you. For what it's worth, your reviews were always so open and honest, not full of BS, that's the reason I checked every morning. Enjoy yourself and your senior year.

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge fan (coming from a blog snob such as myself- kuddos!) You've done an amazing job here and I look forward to what your future entails...hopefully more writing of some sort. You have a gift girlie. Have fun and make the very most of your senior year! Good Luck!

Tayloropolis said...

Oh no! I understand, totally, as I get tired of blogging, too. I've really enjoyed this blog, and I'll keep you on my feed reader just in case you ever decided to come back. Enjoy your senior year!

Katherine said...

Ditto everyone else's comments, Meg. I'll miss your blog a lot; it's definitely one of the most well-written and thoughtful ones that I read. If you have time, though, I'd still love to hang out with you in Boston sometime! :)

Hello said...

It's too bad I found this blog so late. I've been sincerely impressed by the intelligent, often thought-provoking posts about interesting topics and issues regarding women that could have otherwise been written in a superficial way. Senior year of college... wow. You've got so much ahead of you, enjoy and have fun!!!

Ale said...

I understand your decision, and will miss your posts.

Best wishes!

Kai Jones said...

Thanks for the fun reading!

QuiteLight said...

LOL! Yet again, I have found an excellent blog on the day the author announces it's demise.

Thanks for the hot roller tips. I have fine, straight blonde "Marsha" hair too. But mine frizzes when it's humid, so I can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Enjoy your senior year! You're doing the right thing.

Tsipa said...

Le sigh. We will miss you very much, but go have fun! Boogie the night away! I echo the sentiment that, if you choose to come back, we'll be happy to see you again.

Best of luck!

lisa said...

I'll miss my daily dose of FGB every day as I sit here at my desk at work and eat lunch. Good luck with whatever you choose to pursue and enjoy the rest of your senior year!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. I have really enjoyed your perspective and thoughtful insights into certain issues. I will miss FGB! come visit my blog sometime. It's new, but I've got lots to say. It's mostly about current events/issues, etc.

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vicki said...

thanks for the interesting articles i enjoyed your blog

Meg from The Bargain Queens & All About Appearances said...

I'll definitely miss your posts, but I understand completely. I started a sax site in '97. After four years, I was ready to be done with it, though I have recently started blogging again on that topic at SaxAppeal.us (but not frequently).

As you know, your blog was a major inspiration for my first blog, All About Appearances, which is fortunately still going strong after 8 months (8 months today, in fact). That led me to my job at The Bargain Queens and what may turn into a career in writing.

So, a big thank you for the inspiration and for the many posts that I've enjoyed reading! I hope we'll still see you around occasionally and I especially hope that you enjoy your senior year.

Meredith said...

You will definitely be missed...yours is one of the few that I check almost daily. You have been a huge joy to read, and I hope you have a fantastic senior year!

Enjoy your time!

amanda said...

You will definitely be missed! FGB is one of my favourite blogs of all time.
I completely understand why you're leaving, and wish you all the best!

jamie aka socialite shops too much said...

Sad for me but good luck with your senior year!

Christina H. said...

Oh my! Totally understandable, trust me. It does start to feel more like a job than a fun thing to do. Glad you'll still be keeping up somewhat though. :)

Anonymous said...

I went through a similar burn out- return to the basics- do it for your love of writing, screw the revenue and post whenever you can on topics that truly move you.

It shouldn't lead to stress.

After 2 years of posting every day, I scaled it back to a 2-3 posts a wk (and some wks with just 1) and have found a good balance.

Good luck to you on your senior yr!

Becks said...

Meg!
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us, and for teaching us how to fake good breeding!

I'm going to leave FGB in my Google Reader in the hopes that you will one day return to posting. If you are anything like me, you'll find that the 9-5 life isn't as spontaneous as college, but it brings with it a whole new source of inspiration.

Best wishes always,
Becks.

merry said...

I just found FGB, but I'll miss you.

But I understand the reasons. It's your life. You're the one who has to decide how to live it.

Alexandra said...

You will be missed!

Katie said...

I love this blog. I check it every day, I actually have hot rollers in my hair right now (Figured it was time to give them a try, now that somebody had illustrated how best to do it.)

Thank you for all of your hard work and knowledge and wit. I appreciate it!

holly said...

WELL!

I'll miss you.

I know things will turn out well for you, though...you're a smart cookie.

addicted said...

loving your blog but i get it!

knoxwhirled said...

How I wish fashion magazines published as much practical info as your blog does. Your bra and hot roller advice are examples of great fashion/beauty writing *of substance,* and I would love to come across that sort of honest advice more often.

I personally think you touched on a very marketable niche here. (Any fashion publishers out there reading???) As everyone before me has said, you'll be missed. Have a blast and good luck with your post-college career.

Luxemix said...

It always amazed me that you were a college student. With your thoughtful posts and unique writing voice.. very impressive! I can certainly identify with your dilemma in trying to choose between blogging and more sleep/fun. Have fun and enjoy your youth. Blogging will always be here for you!

Anonymous said...

I'm a New Zealand reader and randomly stumbled across FGB a few months ago. I have been pleasantly surprised at how relevant I've found so many of your posts, thank you for writing. Enjoy your last year of university, it will go fast, believe me!

DMendz said...

I am devastated by this news.

I've only been reading your blog since May (I wasn't really into blogs before then), and I have to say it's one of my favorites RSS feeds.

As a university student in my fourth year I'm facing many of the same challenges you do (job interviews, what to wear to them, thank you cards, hostess gifts, reading smart fashion magazines) and you describe them in such elegant prose.

I'm scanning your links right now to find someone as good as you. Congratulate yourself on a job well done (blog-wise). Enjoy your job and please keep posting.
Your voice will truly be missed.

Erika said...

Meg! I'm sorry to see you go. I must admit that I don't stop by as often as I should, but you have a fabulous writing style and a great mind. You'll find success in whatever you choose to do. Good luck to you, my dear :)
xo,
Erika
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Ambie said...

Ah, that's a pity. I've enjoyed this blog and all it represents; seems to me there are a great many lifestyle blogs on the net these days, but only a few serve a higher need of exploring etiquette in daily life.

Best of luck for your studies; I hope it brings you as much, and much more, success as your blog does! I hope that, perhaps, you will post one or two entries in the future; meanwhile I'll continue to comb through the archives. There's a lot to learn in there :)