02 February 2014

Why I am not blogging

Someone asked me why I am not blogging as much anymore these days so I thought I'd just explain it in a post. 

When I started blogging 5 years ago I did not wear the hijab and there were very few hijabi bloggers out there. I started it as a way to encourage myself to put it on more than anything else. When I saw comments and visits on my posts I thought it was pretty cool and I just carried on for a couple of years, during which time I finally put on the hijab. 

The main point of this blog was about hijab fashion and I feel I have covered a lot of ground over 5 years that there isn't much left for me to blog about. In addition there are now so many hijabi bloggers and YouTubers and Instagramers out there that the market has changed and become saturated and my interest in it all has plummeted. As well as growing in number, what people want from fashion sites these days are selfies and OOTDs and food pictures - there is nothing wrong with this but they are things that don't interest me. I actually tried setting up an Instagram and posted a few things on there but I felt like it's not me. 

I thought about making the blog more personal and just posting about random things that happen to me but I wasn't sure if anyone would actually find this interesting. I also considered making it just about Islamic subjects but was also unsure. I'm in a bit of a predicament about which direction I should steer this blog and as a result have just abandoned it all together. 

I will try to blog more often, but I'm just not sure what about :S

34 comments:

roseofreality said...

I'd love to read more personal blog posts or Islamic blog posts! I've really enjoyed your blog these past few years and in fact the posts I've enjoyed the most haven't been about style lol!

StylishMuslimah said...

Rose: Aw I'm glad you have :) I'll try and post more regularly! Xx

Salwa Muslimah said...

In Sha Allah you do what is best.

Personally dislike Fashion blogs and not interested I prefer personal blogs and Islamic ones. I follow one ChineseMuslimah and Masha Allah she is a strong Muslimah who covers important issues. We need more sisters to cover the important issues we are facing and we need more Dawah to Muslims. As the sisters are all but following the kaffirs with OOTDs, and Selfies and duck faces. It is rather alarming.
I would appreciate more Islamic based blog, but that's what I am interested in. Perhaps others do not feel the same.....

As-salaam alaikum said...

U have a very neutral and pleasant way of presenting information (most of the time), and I think that's why ur blog is so well-liked.

Keep doing what ur doing, and you'll be fine regardless of the topics u post.

Salaam.

Jenna said...

I agree with roseofreality, I'd looove to read more personal blog posts...it makes your blog more relatable (plus I love reading stories xD)!

StylishMuslimah said...

Salwa Muslimah: Thanks for your comment, I agree with some of the things you said. The blogger you mentioned does indeed cover important issues but she has left some rude comments on this blog and made references to me in one her posts. I think her intentions are probably good but she shouldn't be so harsh.

Salaam: Thank you, I'm glad you think it's pleasant most of the time haha :)

Jenna: Aww that's sweet! I didn't think anyone would be interested :D

Salam everyone x

beingFab said...

Your sense of style is actually quite wearable, unlike other hijabi fashion blogs which seem OTT with spikes and elaborate turbans and things. A little bit of everything would be nice actually :).

HijabRevival.. said...

I think you should definitely continue! Like you I also started a while ago and feel the same. I just plod along doing what I do but in all honesty I also struggle to keep up. About a year ago I was thinking of quitting but am grateful I didn't. I think a personal blog sounds fab!

StylishMuslimah said...

beingFab: Thanks I'm so glad you like it! :)

HijabRevival: Dude you're blog is awesooome, you can't stop blogging! I know exactly what you mean though :/

Salam xx

Umm Ahmad said...

Salam alaikum sis, I hope you continue blogging. I would love to read more about you and your life. :) I too have been stuck in my blog, well I can't honestly say stuck, but more like, too busy. LOL I am preparing for our new addition to our family plus tending to our toddler. Doesn't leave me much time to update the old blog.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your realistic, down-to-earth blogging style. Quite frankly I can't stand the blogs-galore that are around these days, I much prefer actual brain substance that I can read! I miss the old hijabi bloggers.

Go on making sensible hijab posts if you like, and commenting on Islamic issues would be nice. Commenting on personal life - like, discussions - would be nice as well, if it doesn't devolve into 'this is what I ate today, look at a picture'.

StylishMuslimah said...

Umm Ahmed: Your blog is adorable, you should definitely carry on! Your story is really interesting, congratulations on your conversion, marriage and pregnancy :)

Anonymous: That last sentence cracked me up xD

Salam x

nahostwind said...

Assalamu'aleyykum sis! To be quite honest, I started blogging only yesterday and I was looking for other personal and lifestyle sister's blogs but my search wasn't really successful. Either the sister's weren't posting anymore since ages or the content which was merely about how to combine hijab with fashion didn't interest me. So when I came across your post I was thinking to myself GO GIRL! DO POST MORE PERSONAL STUFF! lol :-) I would love to follow your blog and I think it is quite frustrating how there are so many fashion blogs out there because it seems like a lot of sister's conception of the hijab became a fashion statement.. anyways, that's another topic. Greetings from Germany

Aaliyah Green said...

Salaam Alaikum everyone. I am a hijabi living in the english countryside, which is a really crazy concept. I've decided to share my experiences with you all ina blog I just made. I'd appreciate it if you had a look. JazakAllah! raincoatandheadscarf.wordpress.com

Aaliyah Green said...

I will not be posting any selfies or OOTD.

Anonymous said...

I think you can blog about anything that interests you - fashion, beauty, literature, politics..anything :D and definitely personal posts, I love them!

I think your blog is a nice 'break' from the hijabi fashion jungle out there, it's really become A LOT over the past years with youtube, instagram etc, and like anon I miss the old hijabi bloggers. There's much surface and little substance there.. I def don't think you have to post OOTD and things like that if you don't want to, there's too much of that outside this blog already lol. I've read your blog since the beginning and still visit it pretty often. I hope you don't stop blogging, I think your personal posts are relatable and I really enjoy reading your blog!

StylishMuslimah said...

nahostwind: Thank you I'm really glad you like the blog :)

Aaliyah: Aww good luck with your blog :) Your profile picture made me laugh!

Anon: Thanks for your lovely comment, you're so sweet!

Salam everyone! xx

Anonymous said...

Please carry on blogging!!

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy reading your posts. And if you make the blog more personal/ islamic that is even better!!
Keep up the good work!
Btw are you a pre reg pharmacist?

StylishMuslimah said...

Anon: Yeh I am :( if you're considering pharmacy, don't do it!!

Anonymous said...

Hahah too late. I'm already Pharmacist! Alhamdulillah.
I love it! Where you thinking of going ? Hosp or community?

StylishMuslimah said...

I was hoping you'd reply, I had a feeling you were already a pharmacist haha. I can't believe you love it, I am really not enjoying my pre-reg. I'm doing it in hospital.. what about you?

Anonymous said...

Im in Hosp too! Why aren't you enjoying it. I have to admit pre Reg is intense! I struggled with my pre reg too.

StylishMuslimah said...

Really? Where are you in the country? It's so intense and there's so much politics and bitchiness and then there's keeping on top of evidences and trying to impress everyone. I used to love pharmacy but I just don't know anymore.

Anonymous said...

I'm up north! That's because pharmacy is usuallydominated by women! Hence the politics
You will get used to it eventually. It takes time. Don't let the ppl hate your job!
Just remember it's your training year, learn as much as you can. Make the most of it. Ask a lotta questions no matter how dumb to you they sound. There's no such thing as dumb question. Start revision now. Familiarise yourself with the bnf start tagging it too. Start exam papers! Calcs too.
And I'm here to help too! Don't be afraid to ask! I have been in exact same situation n it's a stressful time!

StylishMuslimah said...

Thanks so much that's really nice of you. I'm doing my audit project ATM, just want to finish writing it up then hopefully I can start revising. I know women are soo bitchy it kills me. And senior pharmacist aren't very supportive IMO.

What's your name btw, do you have a blog?

Anonymous said...

I'm in process of setting one up with friend. It's very slow at moment lol due to busy lifestyle (she's pharmacist too).
What I can do is email you using the one on your blog??

StylishMuslimah said...

That sounds great, is it about pharmacy? Do email me if you can!

Anonymous said...

I've emailed you

Yukirat said...

I actually really love the "explanatory" aspects of your blog, the regional differences, the designers, the different styles of hijab etc. As a non-Muslim who got interested in hijab fashion due to its classy non-emphasis of the female body, I happen to find this blog endlessly interesting. Also the cultural aspect: it is intensely annoying to hear people generalize about Muslim women (I'm not one but know enough that they are not one big stereotype), and feel your blog is a kind of representation that people can turn to when confronting people who haven't been exposed to very much outside their own culture. Sure there are tons of blogs but only one with your voice.

StylishMuslimah said...

Yukirat: Wow all this time I didn't realise you're not Muslim! Glad you like the blog, I always like reading your comments :D xx

Anonymous said...

stylish muslimah…. i liked your blogging style, it was interesting and down to earth (unlike some of the others you mentioned in this post which i can totally agree with)…. good luck with all u do!!

Haute Muslimah said...

I'm with Hijab Revival on this one. I really enjoy reading your blog and all of your different thoughts!

Here I am about 4 years later and also competing with all the selfies and stuff I don't feel comfortable blogging about!

Here's to us oldies ;)

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