Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow [SIA Post]

Style Imitating Art

This post is both simultaneously difficult to write and a relief to write.

You see, I need to take a blogging break.

I didn’t want to be someone who did a big dramatic “my blog is ending” post, but it feels disingenuous to just….stop. Especially as one of the Style Imitating Art hosts!

So, instead, I decided to host one last time before I walk away for a bit. Therefore, I chose a piece that appropriately has the word “farewell” in the title.

This Ming Dynasty era scroll, titled “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow” comes with an interesting story and a translation of the inscription.

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The inscription reads as:

The willow crackles now, its earlier
green bitten by the frost;
Like a rainbow on the water, the
reflected bridge hangs down.
Drinking deeply we feel the sorrow of our
parting;
Tomorrow our paths will part—yours to the
west, mine to the east.
Your laughter will be gone, and we,
reminded, ungrateful for full moons;
Sticking to fair winds, your journey
will be safe and sound.
Back home you will talk of how you passed the time,
Until the candle on the stand has burned its wick away.

Why am I parting ways from blogging? Lots of reasons. None of them are dire, though, so don’t worry about me! To be honest, I started blogging when I needed a creative outlet. When I didn’t feel useful at work. But, over the years my job and career have changed and currently I actually feel useful, productive, and even creative at work.

Blogging feels like something I HAVE to do now, instead of something I WANT to do. I don’t make money off this little blog. I don’t even make enough to cover the hosting costs, if we’re honest. Sure, I could hustle harder, invest more, hire a photographer, learn Photoshop, keep up with every technology and trend advance, spend my free time commenting on other blogs and trying to drum up engagement, but I don’t want to do that.

What I want to do is write and share my life….when I feel like it. But, I’m not sure what that looks like right now. I have ideas for posts but I don’t have the desire right now to turn them into something. I need to walk away so that I don’t feel this pressure that every posts needs to fit some mold. That every post needs to have perfect pictures and search engine optimization words and monetization links. Basically, I need to figure out how to write for ME and not for this “someone else” who lives in the back of my head and encourages me to play the comparison game.

So, for now, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating my last time hosting the Style Imitating Art challenge by using the artwork above to inspire an outfit, taking a picture, and sending it to me at looplooks@gmail.com by Tuesday, April 3rd. I will post the round-up on Wednesday, April 4th and we’ll have a little party. Sound good?

6 replies on “Farewell at the Bridge of the Hanging Rainbow [SIA Post]

  1. Linda Paradis

    Congratulations! I’m so proud of you. I understand that this started as a passion for you. This decision must be one of the most difficult that you’ve ever made. Leaving something that you have loved for a long time is difficult. Now you are being true to yourself-your authentic self. Be kind to yourself. I love you and your amazing strength and courage.

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  2. Mike

    Aww, I’m sorry to hear that you will be leaving us, Erin. But I understand what you’re saying here. I feel that way too at times; like every postcard post I make has to have that “perfect look” or that I have to write that “awesome book review” or whatever. But the truth is, I can’t always do that. You, Salazar and Jen have been a great inspiration for my blog and I hope to make it better, like yours, and theirs. But some days, I just don’t have that “creative energy” to write a good blog post, which is why I post pretty sparingly.

    Anyway, not to go on and on about this, but I will say that you will be missed. I hope that you will return to the world of blogging one day once you get everything together.
    Good luck, Erin!

    P.S. I will do my best to be a part in this last SIA round-up that you will be hosting!

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  3. Judy

    I LOVED watching your blogging journey and how it evolved. Will miss your posts but confident you’ll return in some capacity – like the next season of a great Netflix series – when you are ready. Hugs!!

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  4. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

    Lovely post, especially how you framed it as a party and celebration. I will miss your creativity in choosing SIA inspirations, and you were one of the first style blogs I ever started following years ago. But I totally support you in whatever you choose to spend your time on — you gotta do what’s best for you!

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  5. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I am a very big proponent of not maintaining hobbies as an adult if you don’t want to maintain them anymore. Years ago, there was someone in my dance class who would complain all the time about how they “had” to be at class, and it drove me crazy! No one is forcing you to have this hobby! If you don’t want to be here, save your money and do something else with your free time! And if that’s how you feel about blogging, then I think you are absolutely entitled to a break for as much time as you need, even if that amount of time is forever. It’s silly to force yourself to do something like this just for the sake of saying you’re doing it. I really think the only reason I’ve been able to keep up blogging for as long as I have is because it’s always, at its core, been something I do for me. Sure, I enjoy the connections I’ve made and people I’ve met as a result, but I’m not in it for the money (the whole $0 I make per year off of it – good thing I’m not in it for the money! 😛 ), I’m not in it to become an ~influencer~, I’m not in it to get ALL OF TEH FREE THINGZ. I’m in it because I like having a space for me to document things I do and share things I think with an audience beyond my diary. No, my content will probably never garner a big following or any brand partnerships, but none of that is important to me anyway. If I were trying to fit a mold, I think I would’ve thrown in the towel a long time ago. Anyway, I appreciate you not just falling off the face of the blog world, and I’ll look forward to reading your posts again if you ever decide to come back 🙂

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  6. Dee

    Erin,
    The choice of your last post is AMAZING. There is nothing better than Oriental art when it comes to speaking through the visual arts.
    I have enjoyed seeing and reading your ideas, keeping me younger than I actually am. LOL I have gotten some really great ideas and different views from you and your posts. Our best to you and Jason! The future is yours!
    Take care,
    Dee!

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