I have been a follower of my favorite blogs for years now, but it was not until March of this year that I threw myself into writing my own blog. One day I just had this sort of epiphany of “Why am I not blogging?” All of a sudden I was working on a blog design and brainstorming posts. I was glued to my computer and Jordan was like “What is going on?” I don’t really know what made me go “I’m going to blog!”, but I think part of me knew that I was capable of creating a blog that was enjoyable for others, just as the blogs I followed were enjoyable to me.
It’s been eight months now. And although the on-going, never-ending need to post quality content daily can get a little overwhelming at times, this blog has become the most enjoyable project I’ve ever worked on. Not only do I simply like to write and photograph, but it has already taught me more about myself and what I’m capable of.
1.) I’m a perfectionist.
Ok, so I may have known this a little bit already. But seeing Jordan’s exasperation as I have to perfect every little detail has made me realize that maybe I’m a little bit too picky about…well…everything that I post on my blog. But I mean, is that so bad? Besides the fact that it could drive me or my boyfriend crazy, it ensures that I am 100% happy with what I do. It means that I only post what I think are attractive, quality posts that my readers will enjoy. So what if I have to reshoot the same product shot 174 times?
2.) I think big.
Blogging has brought me into the biggest, best network I could’ve imagined. Before I started this blog, I had no idea how huge the blogging world was. It really blows my mind that every single day I find a new amazing blog written by a creative woman who has the same interests as me. It is so inspiring! I’ve been able to reach out to and keep in touch with these girls and it makes me think every day of what we could be capable of. My ideas and my dreams are starting to soar because I know that if we all worked together we could really DO something.
3.) I’m modest.
I guess I have been modest my whole life. I am my biggest critic and I never think what I’m doing is good enough. I really never could’ve imaged that I would be this successful at blogging. It’s still amazes me to see my follower counts rising because I still have that “Really? You like little old me?” attitude. Of course I have dreams of blogging with growth and success but I’ve always been so humble about my talents that it’s hard to accept that my dream is actually happening. I need to start accepting that maybe I am sort of cool, at least to my readers. ;]
4.) I’m still learning.
I am really happy with my blogging journey so far, but I do find myself occasionally struggling with where I want to go with this blog. I see so many bloggers really getting personal with their readers. There was a point when I felt that I should too. Then I realized that I shouldn’t be blogging like other bloggers. I should be blogging like myself. And well, I’m a shy girl. There are very few people in the world that know me really well, so to air out everything to people I have never met would be sort of impossible for me. I don’t look at this blog as a place to “vent” but as a place to inspire. As I continue to learn what works for me and who I am as a blogger, I’m also learning who I am as a person.