Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Identity Crisis

I started this blog because I wanted to start a fashion blog. Around 8 pm last week, as I was scrolling through Shopbop.com and  the online site for Barney's Warehouse Sale, I realized that for the past year or so, I've been scrolling through similar online shopping sites every day at 8 pm. I go online shopping every day, but I can't remember the last time I actually made a purchase. I find it more therapeutic to look at $600 booties I can't presently afford than to buy them, or less expensive versions of them. The physical effort of getting up to go get my credit card spoils the fun of online shopping.  I had the idea that I would start a blog in which I curate outfits based on the idea that the Internet is my closet, and each outfit is inspired by someone or something different. And that's why the first post is what it is, and why this blog is called the Channeling. (I couldn't think of anything more creative.)

The key to the Channeling-as-a-fashion blog's functioning would be Adobe photoshop and my mastery of it to create outfit collages. In an autodidactic impulse, I downloaded a free trial of the Adobe Creative Cloud and tried to put together a collage. It took me too long, and I didn't walk away from the four hours spent at my laptop with photoshop skills that merited a place on my resume. I also got bored making collages and once again found myself scrolling through Shopbop for the procrastinatory sake of scrolling through Shopbop. I hadn't found a cure for my online browsing addiction. 

I ditched the fashion-channeling blog idea and decided to just start a blog. It wouldn't have a clear theme because this just in: I'm 22 years old, a month out of college, and I don't really know what I want to do with my life. And so, this blog is here to help. 

On a side note, my friend and I once co-maintained a blog which one reader (a member of my family) described as being about "really random shit." We may or may not have lost the domain and encountered a series of WordPress problems in retrieving it, but you can read it here.

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