Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Farewell Tattoo Tuesday

New Jersey Shore, Summer 2011
When I stopped Tattoo Tuesday in May after doing it for over two years (123 of them, never skipping a week!), I fully intended to bring it back once fall came around. At the time though it had grown stale, my enthusiasm for it totally gone. And I think it showed. All summer I thought about when I would want to bring it back, and I realized as more time passed that this feature was done. It had run its course. It was an amazing 2+ years and I feel so happy with its outcome; I love that I was able to feature so many amazing people and their beautiful artwork, start a dialogue about tattoos, and maybe even smash one or two preconceived notions about "tattooed people." I featured mothers, fathers, doctors, lawyers, dancers, teachers, artists, bloggers, a police woman, hair stylists and even an archaeologist. It was awesome.

And now a few months after stopping the feature, I realize that it just needs to be what it is and was, a wonderful thing I did, but not something I will continue. I never want to do anything half-assed here, or do something I don't enjoy. And to be honest, I stopped enjoying it a long time ago. I get emails, messages and tweets almost every single day about Tattoo Tuesday (where is it? when am I bringing it back?) so I thought it was time to finally address it.

Thank you so much to all of you who participated, for those I featured and for those I never got a chance to post. I appreciate all of you taking the time to share little bits of your world with me and the audience here. And thank you to all of you who made this feature such a success.

I'm waxing a bit poetic in this post I know (I tend to be a little over dramatic at times anyway), but it is kind of a big deal to me to just stop because it was such a large part of this blog for so long.

The archives will always be up, of course. Farewell Tattoo Tuesday, it's been a good run!

24 comments:

  1. I loved Tattoo Tuesday, only because I was introduced to a bunch of wonderful bloggers that I now consider good friends who I dont think I would have known about if it wasn't for your series. But I my paths will cross again with more wonderful bloggers via future posts
    xo

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  2. Aw, so sad! Tattoo Tuesday is how I found you! ♥

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  3. awww. I dont have any tattoos but I really enjoyed reading this part of your blog. excited for the future of your blog!

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  4. Sad to see it go, but... being honest and yourself is the best thing you can do on a blog. I look forward to other things that you have for this blog in the future!

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  5. I was just thinking about your Tattoo Tuesday posts the other day because I recently just got my first tattoo. :) I know there are a ton of posts I probably missed, so I can't wait to go back through the archives. I'm sad to see it go, but I always love reading your blog.

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  6. Tattoo Tuesday is how I got my boyfriend to be okay with me considering a tattoo!! I'm sad to see it gone permanently, but I am excited to look through the archives!! Thank you for the fun series!!

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  7. Tattoo Tuesday was a great feature - but now you have the chance to explore a new idea, which I'm certain will be just as fabulous - onward and upward!

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  8. I love when people blog about things they truly love, and when you get tired of posting certain features, which happens, it makes sense to stop. I love when bloggers please their readers, but I also love when bloggers are honest. It is much more enjoyable to read a blog when you know they enjoyed writing about that particular topic.

    Theresa
    http://bomamma.blogspot.com

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  9. I will miss it, it was always a great read and I love nosing at other people's tattoos. Looking forward to seeing if something new comes in its place.
    x

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  10. You know what? If Tattoo Tuesday was a book, I would buy it. You should so pitch this to a publisher!!

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  11. I'm sad to see it go. I hope another person, tattoo shop, or ??? picks up the idea and continues to run with it.

    I agree with Miss Tallulah Porkchop, it would be nice to see it in book format too.

    Blessed be - Cyn

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  12. I'm not gonna lie, I'm going to miss it. Hopefully another amazing series will replace it!?
    Louise xo

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  13. I'll miss it, but I'm loving the new Stylish & Literate feature! Way to stick to your convictions and never want to post anything half-assed. Thanks for always providing great content, Danielle!

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  14. That's how I found you too and I'm really sad to see it go. It helped me feel so much more confident about my sleeve when I would get weird looks or comments about it in my smallish town. I'm a fairly shy person so all the extra attention was starting to really bother me until I found your blog. Just knowing that there were all those awesome people who had the same experiences as me made me feel so much better. So thank you for helping me even though you had no idea you were doing it.

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  15. I loved the Tattoo Tuesday part and it's too bad there will be no posts in the future. But, I think that the most important things is that you have to feel comfortable with the content on your blog and enjoy writing it. And that happiness is what makes your blog so amazing to read. I'll still follow you every single step of the way :)

    x Sari

    www.alittlehummingbird.com

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  16. Oh boo. I'm definitely going to miss it. But if the passion isn't there anymore, then this was the right decision.

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  17. awww i'm going to miss it, such a good feature, but i simply love your blog so i'm happy to read what you are happy to share :)

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  18. Total bummer. It was my fave feature. But since it's been gone I've been loving your 'Currently' posts. =]

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  19. I'm glad I got to be a part of it :) thank you! Can't wait to see what's next.

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  20. Its such a bummer that it won't be happening anymore but I have to thank you for creating this!
    I really didn't give much thought to tattoos and or the people with them, but thanks to this I realized how beautiful they can be and what they can mean to people.
    Its wonderful that you had this idea and ran with it for so long! It was even more awesome that I got to enjoy it and I'm sure I will be going through the archives soon!

    Keep up the amazing blog!

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  21. I totally understand. As a heavily tattooed mom myself its hard to keep up the enthusiasm for tattoos. Obviously they are permanent but moods and interests still change, especially after having kids.

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  22. I think every week for two years is quite commendable! Not everyone wants to talk about their tattoos, or the meaning behind them. It was enjoyable and enlightening to read what was said every week.

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  23. Aw, bummer. The main reason I read your blog was because of Tattoo Tuesday. I would get really excited for Tuesdays and I spent a lot of time stalking through the archives. Knowing this isn't going to come back is making me sad...

    Of course, you've got to do what you've got to do, and I respect that.

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  24. I'm loving going through your archives for Tattoo Tuesday. So many interesting stories, so much beautiful artwork. It's too bad it ended, but you posted a heckovalot of content, thanks for that!

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