Some Likes on Instagram

Some Likes on Instagram

Y’all. There is something that I am struggling with…

Maybe I should start with this: I’ve never really considered myself a blogger. I write on a blog, that I own, yes. I also post photos of my outfit, but to make myself feel better, I also like to tell stories about what happened in said clothes. So despite the appearance that I am a fashion blogger, I do not consider myself one.

I am a writer. I write. To express myself. And the clothes help.


Wearing: Forever 21 Coat, Tinley Road Vegan Leather Shift Dress, American Apparel Over-the-Knee Socks, Etienne Aigner booties, J.Crew necklace, Michael Kors watch, Tiffany & Co charm bracelet + Random bracelet

To be honest, I may feel the need to offer up this distinction because of the connotation that the word blogger usually is accompanied by. So you can imagine, how pissed I was, when this, um, former flame mentioned that I should understand what boiled down to his need to be seen.

“But Channing, you’re a fashion blogger.”

He said those words with such disdain, I wanted to hang up on him on principle for demeaning my corner of the Internet. The fact that he would equate my site, that I write for myself, that helped me land my job, and follow my dreams, to a few likes on Instagram?!



Is this how you think of bloggers? People who just want to be seen? What about the folks like me that consider this a means to an end? I love sharing New York life with y’all. I like showing girls back home, that you can follow your dreams in a tiny town. That those thoughts you’re scared to tell someone, you can have all of that. This is for the professional dreamers out there.

As the lyricist fondly known as 2Chainz rapped “they ask me what I do and who I do it for…” And it most certainly, isn’t for some likes on Instagram or on the strength of being seen. (Really resisting the urge to end with TUH! But I’ll show some couth.)


*drops mic*

Sorry, y’all, but this never-ending thirst on the Internet is killing me. What happened to being genuine? Did it go out of style?


Or it is that at some level we all are trying to be seen? Hence this young man stopping for a photo without asking any questions or saying anything after.


Photos by @laurenkaplan 

  • Abryllya

    I like this post speaks truth!!

    • Channing in the City

      Thank you, Abryllya!

  • Arianna Davis

    “This is for the professional dreamers out there.”

    Girl. All I can say is a loud, resounding, “YYYYYYAAAASSSSSSS!!!!” 

    • Channing in the City

      … the beat to “I Wonder” comes in slow… Kanye is so perfect so saying that first. 

  • Christy

    Rest assured Channing if I’m representative of your readership we appreciate your writer self if u remember when you asked not long ago what we wanted to ‘see’ here we agreed your story-telling was your usp…I for one blog for the pure love of sharing fashion tips & inspiring if only a little but also coz I keep up my French writing skills that way…

    Christy of:

    • Channing in the City

      You are the representative of my readership, smart and stylish! I love reading your writing in French, it makes me feel like I’m learning a little something :)

      Thank you, Christy!

  • http://Website Rian Russell

    Keep following your dreams. Not everyone has the courage to do so. I’m proud of you and very happy for you. I enjoy reading your posts, they take me on a journey I might not ever get to go on, so thanks.  Keep doing you!!

    • Channing in the City

      Aw Rian! Thank you :) That means so much to me.

  • http://Website Farrah

    Chan, keep doing you Boo!!! * picks mic back up* TUH, to former flame. *drops mic*!!!!

    • Channing in the City

      Farrah. I heart you so hard right now for adding in the TUH. It had to be said, huh?

  • Eugenia Russell Hargrove

    Blogging provides an excellent platform for writers like you that inspire others to follow their dreams and we love your stories associated with your outfits Love the necklace, hair and heels.  I wore Etienne Aigner when I was in high school, maroon memories!

    • Channing in the City

      Thank you! Ha! What’s old is always new again!

  • Lucy

    Haaaaaa! This post was hilarious. You crazy for posting his pic. I hope he sees it.

    • Channing in the City


  • http://Website Melanie Smith

    You are a great writer. I love stories, along with the outfits! I remember when you first moved to NY!

    • Channing in the City

      Thank you, Melanie! I appreciate you reading :)

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