Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's time for me to hang up my hat.

goodbye
Dear friends, family, readers, lurkers, and others,

It's been a fantastic two and a half years writing this blog. When I started, I always thought this would be a six-months-to-a-year project. I never anticipated that I'd love it so much, that it would grow to the size it did, or that I'd ever mix patterns :) Most of all, I could not have imagined what an incredible community of other bloggers, grad students, cancer survivors, bibliophiles, and friends this blog would expose me to.

After much thought and some heartache, I've decided it's time for me to hang up my hat here at What Would a Nerd Wear and give myself the time and space to pursue other projects. This blog began when I was immersed in a grad school community and I needed a little creative balance. It was a moment of transition between college and graduate school when I was exploring how to dress more professionally as a graduate student and graduate instructor. This space has been pivotal in helping me explore and practice how to address the sartorial challenges of being a woman, a learner, and a teacher in graduate school. It has been a lot of fun to do things I never anticipated I would: run a website, learn html, wear heels and lipstick for the first time in my adult life, and finally pack a suitcase I can lift. However, I no longer need this blog in the way I once did--I have many creative outlets in DC, I feel more confident in front of my closet, and I am finding myself increasingly craving extra time for my intellectual passions.

I am so grateful for the inspiration so many of you provided and for the kind and encouraging feedback many of you have given along the way. I have kept blogging far longer than I originally planned because of the warmth and kindness of this community, which has been the most rewarding and wonderful part of the past few years. If you'd like, I hope you'll stay in touch via email, twitter, or instagram (whatwouldanerdwear)--a girl can't cut herself off from the internet completely, after all. During this last week, I'll post past seasonal favorites to wrap up and secretly to give my future self a set of Clif's notes for whenever I'm stuck in front of my closet in the morning.

Thank you again for being a wonderful and supportive community! It's been such a fun ride and although I am looking forward to having more time for my dissertation, my friends, and my Christopher, I suspect I will miss this hugely.

Love and many thanks,
Tania

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Betul said...

So long, Tania.
Thanks for all the fish :)

Jewel said...

I loved your blog. You have been an amazing inspiration. You Will be missed!!

Raena said...

Thanks for sharing! Beautiful picture by the way! :)

Mallory | The Storm in a Teacup said...

Tania, I can't believe it! I will miss your blog! I have really enjoyed reading it, for a long time now, at least a year and a half. It's always been great, you have such a classic style. Thank you for WWANW!
-Mallory

Anonymous said...

Wow! I'm shocked..I just started following you..I love your style. Thanks for sharing! All the best....:D

-Anita from Toronto, Canada

Anonymous said...

All the best to you. I will miss your blog. You are a beautiful person.

The Learned Lady said...

So sad to see you go! You have such a unique yet accessible style, but I can relate on needing more time for your dissertation and of course, special loved ones! *sigh* We'll miss you!

Elizabeth Lessing said...

I'm just full of tears reading about the closing of your blog. Your ability to write funny, fun, creative blurbs about your life in a way that allows us all to see our own lives differently is a real gift and often a highlight of my day. I especially loved the post where you posed on your Subaru (I'm sure sales have gone up since that post), or the outfit inspired by your plan to teach Virginia Wolf that day. I mean, really? Who else on the web talks about Virginia Wolf and their outfit? Plus, you are the loveliest person inside and out.

Anonymous said...

This was the only blog that I read regularly. I love your style- very classy, not too overdone, very natural. Best of luck for your future endeavors! :)

Kelly said...

congrats and best of luck to you on your next adventure!

Andrea said...

I'm sad to see you go, but I wish you much luck and good fortune in your career :)

Callipygian said...

Yours has been one of my favorite blogs. Best wishes as you move forward.

Anonymous said...

Noooo! I've just recently discovered your blog and you're stopping :(

There aren't any other good fashion blogs for nerds out there..

Maybe I will have to start my own.. Good luck on you coming adventures!

Silje

Katielicht said...

oh my!! i was sad to see this. yours has always been one of my favorite fashion blogs for real life inspiration. good luck to you in the future.

Gabrielle said...

Thank you so much for sharing your 2.5 year progression. It's been a true pleasure and great source of inspiration to bust out of comfortable old patterns and try new mixes (even new mixes with old patterns!). Best of luck to you in your path. Thanks for everything. I'll be following you on Twitter!

Gabrielle said...

Thanks for everything! It's been a great pleasure to share the journey with you. I'll be following you on Twitter now, for sure. Best of everything to you in DC!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

thank you jess!!

and thank you natalie, you are so kind, and i hope what you say is true! i don't feel as put together as it probably looks, ha!

Lauren said...

Totally am late to finding out this news, but just wanted to say thanks for all the years of inspiration and creativity!! I am going to miss your blog, but am glad that I can still follow you on Twitter and Instagram :)

Lauren said...

PS - If I ever make it out to DC from Warrenton, would totally love to grab a coffee sometime!

christa said...

i've been out of the blogging world for a while- you have great style tania- i've enjoyed your blog and what little communication we've had. you are a genuine great person. i am following you on instagram. have an amazing life!! ;)

C said...

poop...fashion blogs- easier to read than to write. You can have that extra cup of coffee in the morning or NOT comb your hair perfectly for those pictures. Guess I will have to find the NYT Book Review again if I want to keep up with current fiction...wonder if you will need to write this again whe you are (gasp) 35 or 45 because those outfits in the next post are too dated or girlish... whatever. Good luck.

Jasmine said...

OH NO! I'm on vacation in Australia (and trying to stay away from blogs!) and I just found out about this! I'm glad you're moving on to bigger and better things, but so sad to lose my chance to lurk on your blog! I've been reading since January 2010, and your journey has been really inspiring to me. In fact, you're probably half the reason I started my fashion blog (real, accessible fashion! from someone who *gasp* repeats items of clothing!).

Here's hoping the next leg of your journey is just as awesome.

Jill McFee said...

Thank you for your time and inspiration Tania. You were one of the first bloggers to make me believe that I could really do this and your attention to your readers has been a guide for me in my own blog. I am just coming into the part of my life where I need the creative outlet of my blog more than ever and I am so grateful for those before me, (especially you!) who paved the way.
I wish you all the best!
peace&love, Jill
Favor the Brave

Erin said...

I will miss your updates so much! They always brought a smile to my face. I read many of the books you suggested and just...ah! I adore everything about this little blog and I will sincerely miss your posts.

Take care, dear!

Liesl said...

All the best on this new journey in your lie and continued success with everything! You will be missed, but thank you for all the lovely posts you offered us all! :)

Yen said...

Oh my! I just read this and though it's a bit sad, I understand about the need to have more time to pursue your intellectual passions. I am excited for what is in store for you! God bless you!

deviBride said...

I wish you well on all your future endeavours!

L. of Academichic said...

Tania - First a big THANK YOU for all that you have brought to light, whether it be a fashionable look, a deliciously readable book, or a comment on the trials of adulthood, womanhood, grad school, or relationships. I know I wrote this in our farewell post, but I will reiterate it here: I keep wishing that I actually knew you since you are so cool! I know you will continue your awesomeness, but I'm sorry I will not be reading about it. You have rocked blogging and triumphed over grad school, and all while looking chic, appropriate, fun, and interesting. The blogosphere will be poorer for your absence.

With heartfelt thanks,

L. of Academichic

Kelly Ka-Li M said...

Best of luck to you! I just started my blog and I hope it'll one day be as successful as yours!

Thank you, and I'm sure everyone will still be lurking around in hopes for your return!

x

themoderndaygracekelly.blogspot.com

Dottie said...

Thank you for the beauty and inspiration you shared through this site! Best wishes for your other intellectual pursuits. :)

Shani said...

I'm sad that you're leaving, but you have to do you. I wish you luck.

Shani of The Girl Collected

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