Motivation Level Equals Low

Casual Clothes · Casual Friday

A few weeks ago I went to Femme du Coupe’s mixology fundraiser with a friend and ended up chatting all things blogging at a late night Shake Shack run with Kit from The Kittchen.

Side note: it was my first visit to Shake Shack and I have to say it’s the closet thing I’ve found to my hometown love of Steak n Shake.

Anyway, Kit is probably my role model. She not only hustles harder than anyone I know, she’s truly genuine and wants to see people succeed. If I could only figure out how to channel a third of her…skill? Drive? Hustle?


Jacket – Le Tote (same) | Shirt – Target (same) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same) | Shoes – Tretorn c/o Shopbop (similar

By the way, if you want to try Le Tote for free, just leave me a comment with your email addresses and you can get one free Tote to try! 

Anyway, I’ve been feeling pretty blah about a lot of things lately. Not sure if it’s the weather, some stupid stuff going on at work, or what, but my motivation is super low right now. One of the things I talked to Kit about was that my blog feels stagnant. My readership hasn’t grown in awhile (not to mention my social media following) and, while I try not to base my self-worth on that, it’s just so hard to be such a small fish in a big pond and still keep up the motivation. Especially when I’m trying to balance a full-time job, a husband, a dog, working out, volunteering, and trying to come up with photos to take and things to say.

So, friends, if you’re reading, can you leave me a comment? A tweet? Say something nice on Facebook? I just need to know I’m not putting words out into the ether for no reason. Thanks!

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47 replies on “Motivation Level Equals Low

  1. Chris

    I hear ya, Erin. I got a promotion a couple of months ago and my old spot hasn’t been filled yet so I’ve been doing extra work for several months. I moved my cube around to get a different perspective on things and that has helped and having a good friend here makes me eager to get to work every day. But being teased by the change in the weather while knowing that we’re still going to get some winter is tough to deal with.

    btw, love those dotted shoes!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thanks, Chris!

      We’re moving offices in the next two weeks so I’m hoping that a change of scenery gives me some pep in my step, as it were. At least then I won’t have to see the people at work who annoy me quite as much 🙂

  2. Mike

    Hey Erin, I know that I’m still pretty much a newbie here and have only known you for a short time, but I want to say that you are doing a great job! With all that you do, you still manage to maintain a blog on a regular basis? That’s HUGE! One of the reasons I don’t get a blog of my own (believe me, I’ve been thinking about starting one) is because 1) I fear that I won’t have the time to maintain it regularly. 2) I don’t know if I could come up with interesting things to write about (well, I’d think my ideas are interesting but fear that no one else would think the same thing. And 3) I don’t know if anyone would even write anything on it. I know that those are pretty lame reasons, but I kind of get what you’re saying about needing that motivation to keep something going. You want people to see what you have worked hard on and feel like it’s not all for nothing. I totally get that. That’s why I do my best to regularly post on yours, Salazar’s and Jen’s blogs. You’re all my blogging buddies, as I like to call all of you. You accepted me into your blogging circle and allowed me to participate in SIA (which is awesome!). In fact, I first found Salazar’s blog, which sort of started my whole “education” if you will, on blogging. I had found a few blogs before hers, but the people weren’t very nice and I didn’t like their attitudes.
    But I saw that we had a common interest in art (this was before I even learned about SIA) and thought it would be cool to stick around.
    And of course, the more that I got into it, I eventually came to know Jen, Jess and later you. And as shy as I am, I asked if I could participate in an SIA challenge and they were happy to have me! And now I’m all into it and I look forward to everyone’s daily posts!
    So the least that I can do is maintain a regular presence here; to let you know that at least one person is reading your blog. And while I may not be able to reply to every post, I do read all of them. And when I can post, I try to incorporate encouraging words (along with a little humor) in my posts on your blogs. I enjoy it.
    So stay encouraged Erin! Keep up the great work!

      1. Mike

        You’re welcome, Erin! So glad that I can be a part of this great community and offer my support whenever I can. And look at all the replies that you have here. I think everyone else here will agree with me that you’re doing a fantastic job! Be encouraged!

  3. Casey

    Hi Erin! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, and I love it! I promise, it doesn’t have to be the most new and exciting blog out there, and I’ll still love it. I appreciate your outfit ideas and the rationale behind them, your workouts (though I’m not anywhere on your level), and just hearing about cool things in Chicago (I live in DC, but your posts give me motivation to try new restaurants and get out more). It’s fun to be able to share in your trials and triumphs (congrats on the half marathon PR!) and especially your failures, because, it’s nice to know that you’re a regular person and not every outfit choice or decision works out. I hope you shake off your funk soon, because you have a lot of neat stuff to share!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thank you so much, Casey! It means a lot to hear that what I write resonates with you and encourages you to try new things. And, yes, I like to show the “failures” because we all have them and what’s the fun in reading someone whose perfect all the time?

  4. Salazar

    I totally feel ya on the whole “stagnating” thing. My blog has pretty much stopped growing after the first two years. It took me a while, but I’m OK with it now because I reminded myself I never set out to be a serious or “big” blogger, I’m just doing this for me and I’m enjoying it, so I’ll just keep doing it even if just one or two people read it (besides, I think the heyday of blogging is over anyway.) So just keep doing what you love, no matter what!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I think the heyday of blogging like you’re a real person is definitely over! Definitely agree, there. At least, it’s over if you want to expand your readership. I wonder if there will eventually be a backlash of some kind?

  5. Sarah @ Windy City Wanderlust

    I feel ya on being a small fish in a big pond – I’ve been doing this for a year now (and juggling my “real life” along the way) and just when I think I’ve gotten the hang of things, someone else comes along and makes everything look so easy. You should know, though, that you’re one of my favorite Chicago bloggers because you keep it real and are up front about things like this. I’ve always admired your ability to have diverse content, while staying true to your “brand” and who you are. Blogging while having a life isn’t easy, but you sure inspire me to keep going!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Argh! I could not agree more on the people coming from nowhere and getting deals with big brands and having amazing photos and going on crazy trips. I mean, I know we have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes but it can still be frustrating!

      And I’m glad you like my blog because I’m a real person 🙂 We should really meet up for drinks/dinner in the West Loop some time!

  6. valerie

    I totally hear ya. I feel the same way sometimes…it is a lot of effort to blog when you think about it, and I need to be aware when it takes too much time and reel it in. Between balancing full-time work and other commitments, it’s so tough. But I really appreciate your blog– it’s relatable, fun and honest– and you really get to see your personality come through. I feel like a large majority of Chicago style bloggers aren’t those things…you’ve got an advantage on that for sure!

  7. Kandi

    I’m still reading! I just don’t get a chance to comment too often anymore. Does the free le tote count towards their maternity option? If so, I’d like to try it if it’s free!

  8. Shelley

    I think we are all just small fish in a big pond. You have to do what makes you happy and not compare yourself to others. I’ve read your blog for at least a couple years and I love the simplicity of it. Stick to using the pieces you have and do what you love.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thanks, Shelley! I suppose, yes, when you think about it we are all small fish in one way or another. I try not to compare but sometimes I fall into that trap. Getting comments like this, though, helps me snap out of it!

  9. Dee

    Erin, Don’t give up!! I love seeing what our young people are wearing and the reasons behind it and the new colors and pattern mixes.
    You have shown some really amazing accessories and a few necklaces that I am looking for here on the East Coast. You want to feel like a nobody, try teaching art in a public school. LOL
    Teach Chewie to get his own meals and make sure Jason takes you out for dinners.

  10. Judy

    Erin –
    I don’t know about you, but I’m motivated just reading the first 10 comments posted here! First and foremost, you reached out and that is such an admirable thing to do. There’s a verse in a popular song which says, “If you want more love, why don’t you just say so?” And you did – good for you. BALLS OUT, as they say. I look forward each day to your posts and have seen up-close and personal how much effort you put into each one. And even at my age I use your advice when putting outfits together. To stay motivated, I’d put the following excerpts from your fellow bloggers in front of me to read each day – all are so true.

    “And while I may not be able to reply to every post, I do read all of them…..;So just keep doing what you love, no matter what!……;You keep it real and are up front about things like this…..;I really appreciate your blog– it’s relatable, fun and honest…..;I think we are all just small fish in a big pond. You have to do what makes you happy and not compare yourself to others….”

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thank you 🙂 I also get a little happy boost whenever you tell me you shared my blog or that you loved a post. When I’m having a down day I think about how much you loved my Chicago Auto Show post and it makes me smile 🙂

  11. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Well, you know that I love your blog and think that you do an awesome job at maintaining this while keeping up with the rest of your life as well. It’s not really fair of me to compare my blog to yours, since readership doesn’t really make any tangible difference to me because I don’t earn any money at all from my blog, but I do feel you on the frustration of not getting feedback. Knowing people are reading by seeing your site stats is one thing, but getting them to engage with you (or increase your reach) is an entirely different situation – and a much more difficult one! I lurk on blogs all the time because I don’t feel like I have anything worthwhile contributing in the comments section, so it’d be hypocritical of me to be all, “HOW DARE PEOPLE READ MY BLOG AND NOT RESPOND!!!!” but…I still kinda feel that way. It’s tough. But I love what you do!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I try my hardest to leave comments but, yeah, sometimes I just don’t have the time or feel like I have anything to say. So I can’t be too needy. Still, like you said, seeing the stats is one thing. Hearing that someone actually read your words and didn’t just click, glance around, and leave is better.

  12. TMS

    Hi! I generally never comment on blogs, but felt compelled to write to you! I hope you find inspiration and continue to write. I love seeing examples of style that are realistic and achievable by an everyday person, and I also like your fitness posts. It’s great to find a blog that combines both!

  13. Lauren

    I read your blog through Feedly and follow you on Twitter and I think Instagram. I’m in Chicago too.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      That’s what I go back and forth on: if I had the time, would I take it to grow my blog or would I do something else with it?? I’m still not sure, honestly.

  14. Linda

    Lots of credit to you. I looked at my record of blogs and nothing lasted more than a couple of months. It takes courage and stamina to keep writing. Lots of people may not reply or say it but ” You are very important in my life and I read each and every word that you’ve written”. I’m just not capable now of replying or feel good enough about myself to respond.

    You’re A1 in my life. Just keep going for the gusto through the ebb and flow of life.

  15. Maggie

    I’m right there with on feeling very meh about blogging which is why I barely post in my blog anymore. I’m starting to debate putting my blog and CRB on hiatus. I just have zero interest in either anymore. Maybe because I’m not running as much? Blogging just feels like work. I have enough stuff in my life that is ACTUAL work and I want to focus my free time on things I still enjoy.

    Also I would love to try Le Tote!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Sent you an invite!

      My blog doesn’t feel like work, per se. It’s more that I have a vision in my head that I can’t seem to find the time or skill to implement.

  16. Alyssa

    I’m still here and still reading! I don’t always comment but I still like to use your posts as style inspiration! Though I haven’t been shopping as much lately, I’ve been putting together some different outfits with the stuff in my closet.

    Blogging is a lot of work with little reward if you aren’t one of the big fish! But we still love hearing from you!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      “Blogging is a lot of work with little reward if you aren’t one of the big fish!”

      Yes! That’s so true!

      I mean, I do write for myself but with a smaller readership that necessarily means a smaller engagement from those that do read. Which sometimes makes me question the ROI. But all these comments are making me happy 🙂

  17. Kaci

    I appreciate that you post outfits you wear in real life – that’s become so rare in the blogging world these days!

  18. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

    I’ve been a reader from the beginning, and I’m still here, enjoying your journey and outfits and humor! Anything that takes your time, it’s got to be for you at the end of the day, right? I love your relatable style, and I’m so glad that we’re blogger pals 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I’m always in awe of your blog, too. I need to learn your time management skills! You put together such great posts and have such an eye for layout and photography.

  19. Lauren @ Lauren Runs

    I love your blog! It inspires me to think about what I’m wearing on a daily basis, even if I’d prefer to just have a uniform. I’d love to try LeTote… I’ve kept meaning to but haven’t quite yet!

  20. Margaret

    Hey E!! I hear you on the motivation level and am feeling that, too! Last week I blamed it on the time change but this is a new week and still in a bit of a funk. Thank goodness for Spring!

    I rarely comment and that’s partly due to the fact that i binge read a lot of your blog in bursts. Anyway just NEED to say that I completely admire the fact that you blog *consistenly and stick to your literal and figurative guns.

    It takes so much discipline, time, effort and especially putting together all your outfits…and then writing?!? I love the fact that you’re able to organically bring you and your everyday life into your look/outfits and agree with the other comments on that’s a part of what makes you more relatable! And btw, i love your Fit Fridays!!

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