Saturday, August 25, 2018

Two Year Blogiversary

On August 22, I celebrated my two year blogging anniversary! It's hard to believe that it's been two years already, but I've learned so much during this time about myself, writing, fashion and creativity.  Prior to blogging, I've pursued other interests but I haven't been nearly as passionate about anything else. Blogging opened up a new world of possibilities by giving me an individual platform to express myself and what inspires me with other likeminded people, and I couldn't be more thankful for this opportunity.

I still remember the day I started my blog one afternoon in late August of 2016. Starting a blog was something I decided to do after my interest in influencers increased. I was probably following 20+ bloggers on my personal Instagram account at the time and it was getting to be too much, so I created a new account instead. I've loved fashion for as long as I can remember so starting a blog focused on this niche was no surprise to me.

When I first started out, I didn't really know what to expect. I posted random outfit of the day selfies and portraits of my accessories. I began my website with a Lilly Pulitzer background in First Impression and had a simple Blogger theme. Fast forward to today, and you'll find my website in a much simpler theme with light pink and gold, and I finally realized the importance of using the same filter on my Instagram photos. Not to say my feed or blog posts are anywhere near perfect today, but I'd like to think I've somewhat improved in the past two years. Starting a blog was a big step for me because I've never been a huge fan of social media and never felt completely comfortable posting photos or information about myself online. Sure, it's a useful way to stay connected with people, but social media can also promote negativity and increase insecurities. I rarely ever post photos of myself on my personal Instagram account so I wasn't sure how comfortable I'd be with posting daily individual photos, but I quickly overcame my fears as I became more passionate about blogging.

Today, I don't mind as much if people I know in my personal life find my blog or view my Instagram photos because I work hard to produce content and should feel proud about what I'm sharing with the world. Blogging gave me a newfound source of confidence that I didn't know I was capable of having. While blogging can occasionally earn a bad rep for being posed and driven by sponsorships, this couldn't be further from the truth in my experience. One of the reasons I love blogging so much is that I can express my own opinions anytime I want, which is exactly what I do. Everything I share on here is 100% genuine and my true feelings about an outfit or situation, despite whether or not a sponsorship was included.

Now, I realize that fashion blogging is so much more than just an outfit of the day post. Despite what some may believe, it's not a narcissistic cry for attention or praise, it's an individualized way to share clothing that inspires. Scrolling through Instagram posts of other bloggers is often how I gain outfit inspiration and stay on top of trends. This is how I hope my blog is viewed by fellow bloggers, friends, or readers that may periodically scroll through my posts.

One of the many things I'm thankful for about blogging is the encouragement I've received from fellow bloggers. The fashion blogger niche is very supportive of one another and this has led me to feel more comfortable posting photos and written content.  I also owe a huge thank you to my friends and family that support me. I know it can get annoying to constantly take photos of me for my blog or follow my Instagram since I post a lot, so I appreciate the people that stick by me. Basically, this is a huge thank you to anyone who supports me, inspires me, or who has networked with me over the past two years. Without you all and this platform, I don't think I would be as creative or confident as I am today. I'm looking forward to another great year!

Check out some of my favorite posts from the past two years: 

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