Episode 98: Pressing Pause: An announcement about Fashion Unearthed


Hello and welcome to episode 98 of the Fashion Unearthed podcast. 

If you've been listening for a while, thank you so much, and if this happens to be your first episode you've stumbled across, there is a large back catalogue for you to still discover, so I invite you to scroll back through some of those past episodes Episode 72, Why the Quiet Luxury Trend is Going to be Hard to Imitate, and episode 57, How Respecting People and Planet Leads to a Profitable Business, with Eleanor McInnes of Joslin are two of the most popular ones, and they'd probably be a great starting point for you.

Before I get started, I want to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which I work and record this podcast on the Boonwurrung people of the Kulin Nation, and pay my respects to elders, past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. 

Today it's a bit of a different episode in that I wanted to make a quick announcement that I'll be pausing the podcast. For a bit of context, I start most things as an experiment and always like trying something new and challenging myself, and this podcast was definitely all of that. When I started, I wanted a space where I could share my thoughts and ideas and address issues. As someone who has, and still does, actually work in the fashion industry, I felt like I had more control over the platform when I compared it to Instagram, and it was still a fairly casual medium which works with my style. I'm not a confident writer, so, rather than doing a blog, the thought of having to listen to the sound of my own voice was less of a mental barrier than writing 800 words each fortnight. Don't get me wrong, that was still a major barrier and I still cringe at listening to my own voice. But, to put it into context, I would still rather that uncomfortable experience than having to write 800 words and I think, add to that I know I'm not the only one that has felt that business has been extra tough this year and, to be honest, I feel like I'm putting a lot of pressure on myself at the moment to be consistent and make the episodes relevant. And while it has been successful on some of my metrics it hasn't hit the mark on others, and I really wanted to get to 100 episodes. I really just wanted to tick that box. But again, this was just a number in my mind and with the start to 2024, I just don't have it in me. 

So, while I'm not certain that it's definitely goodbye and the end of the podcast, I certainly need to get some distance from it and figure out how it works in the business now and what the goals are. So I'll be sitting with it for a while and I'll probably reassess at the end of the year and who knows, maybe I'll be back next year talking about how powerful a pause can be. 

I am still working as a freelance designer for men's and women's wear and coaching and consulting. So I'll still be around on LinkedIn, Instagram and my fortnightly emails. So if you want to keep connected, you can still find me there. 

And again, thank you to everyone who's listened, shared the podcasts, all the guests that I've connected with over the years and, of course, my podcast editor, Scott, who has been more than patient with squeezing in editing at the last minute and on more occasions than I would like to admit. Like I said, I'll keep all the episodes up. If you are fairly new here or want to revisit some, there's a great back catalogue for you to explore and you can still email me info@belindahumphrey.com. Thanks so much for listening. Bye for now.


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