Hi, everyone!! If you are following my Instagram or the official Lex in the City Facebook page, you will have seen that I reached 100 follows on my blog on Monday!! It’s not ground-breaking per se, but that’s not going to stop me from celebrating this win. 🙂
Last week, I wrote a post about how I have felt stuck creatively and more specifically on the blog. It has of course prompted me to confront the ever-looming question of “Should I keep doing this,” or “Am I wasting my time? Who even reads blogs anymore?” But seeing that there are at least 100 of you with WordPress accounts that officially follow me, and at least a couple more that take the time to visit my page to read my new posts, these are reminders that I DO have an audience and I SHOULD keep posting.
Since getting back on a regular posting schedule in July of one to two posts per week, I have gained roughly 30 followers, so that shows me consistency definitely makes a difference. I would love to maintain the biweekly (twice per week) posts which is why I am so eager to claw my way out of this creative rut. My insights also show that the majority of my readers come from Facebook and Internet searches. Since recently learning a little more about SEO, I have definitely been trying to optimize my posts, and now I have my sights set on reaching even more people. I figure, “Why limit myself?”
I really just want to reiterate that you all have no idea how much it means to me when I receive messages or comments complimenting my writing. When I say, “thank you,” I mean it with every fiber of my being. Though I have been doing this for nearly six years, it really doesn’t feel like it has been that long. I still feel strange accepting these compliments as though I don’t consider myself a real writer. As if I am a fraud. But if I learned anything from my own video about overcoming impostor syndrome, I am a writer. Accolades, degree, portfolio or not, I have had a pen to paper (or cursor to document) since I was eight years old and I don’t intend on stopping. So, this one is for all of you. Thank you, thank you, and if I haven’t said it enough, thank you! ♥️ xx, AE
Serious question for my readers: what do you all do when you hit a wall? More specifically, a wall with creativity.
I feel I have hit a bit of a plateau on the writing front. I can’t tell if it’s because I have genuinely run out of things to write about or if there’s a voice telling me not to waste time because people don’t read blogs anymore. My gut reaction is that I am just struggling to find compelling things to write about during this time. Although, it certainly doesn’t help that blogging isn’t that *hot* anymore. It is obviously a stagnant time, but even the content I am filming on my YouTube channel–ideas which seem to be continuously flowing–don’t seem to translate here. While before I was struggling with finding travel-related content, I am now at a stand-still with all content! I guess considering I have had this blog for over five and a half years, this lull is a natural state. So I turn to you: as readers of my blog, what do you want to read?
This isn’t the first time I have prompted this question to my audience, but I am asking for a genuine response. As much as I write for my own enjoyment, the momentum comes from what you enjoy as well. Please, please let me know what you would like me to write about! It doesn’t have to be travel-related necessarily, just topics that you think are relevant and are reflective of the person you have come to know on this site for the last five and a half years. If you don’t have specific topic suggestions, I’m open to suggestions on how to rekindle creativity when you feel stuck. You can also DM me on my Instagram or my Facebook page. I look forward to reading your comments! xx, AE
It’s about that time that a new Netflix original series takes the Internet by storm, and it is no coincidence that a story about an American girl in her 20s who becomes an influencer while already working for a luxurious Parisian marketing firm reached the top of the list. And did I mention it was created by the same creator of Sex and the City, Darren Star? Now, I had my apprehensions because Darren Star also created Younger and I did not like it. I hadn’t watched any trailers for Emily in Paris, but my friend and trusted TV source, Ana, told me to give this show a go and I did. Twice.
If you read my post this summer about TV shows, you already know what kind of show instantly draws my attention: dramatic, unrealistic, witty/shady leading women, and, of course, anything set in a different country. Quite frankly, I will really watch anything, so I am definitely not someone to look to for recommendations of a certain ‘caliber,’ but what you will always get is an in-depth, unfiltered review from me that is solely influenced by my feelings. So, let me share mine about Emily in Paris. I will repeat, this post includes spoilers.
If you have been keeping up with my YouTube channel, you may have seen my vlog of how I spent my August. It was during this month that I started to think more about how I can make the most out of my time since we will be in this for the long haul. I recently wrote a post reflecting on quarantine as one does after realizing it’s been six full months, and I talked about the weird tug-of-war of wanting to live life to the fullest but not knowing what that looks like during a pandemic. Even though there are certain things I am not interested in or don’t feel safe doing, I know it is impossible to find 100% enjoyment from being in the house 24/7. So, I have researched some socially-distanced and mostly free things to do here in Dallas that I think will be even more enjoyable as we settle into fall.
Dallas Museum of Art (Downtown) I am a museum person through and through and I think it has been amazing that so many of the most coveted museums around the world have managed to make their exhibitions virtual. Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is one of my favorite art museums and it re-opened in August to limited capacity, hours, and days of operation. Knowing how easy it is to socially distance yourself in a museum, I decided to check it out and see how this experience has been updated. Masks are required, there is only one entrance and exit out of the museum, and the check-in process for ticketing is completely contactless as tickets have to be reserved online in advance for a specific time slot. General admission is free, but you have to pay for special exhibitions.