Yesterday marked my second year of blogging, which is so insane (you can laugh at my first, completely random post here)! I started reading blogs religiously the summer after my freshman year of college, and I love keeping tabs on people who were some of my favorites way back in 2010 and have continued to grow their sites so much. I feel like I’m constantly reflecting on the blogging world and in honor of this little “anniversary,” I wanted to share a few thoughts with you all on different blogging-related topics…
Logistics: Writing is by far my favorite part of blogging, but there’s so much “behind the scenes” maintenance that is involved with keeping a blog up and running, too (creating drafts/shooting photos or hiring a photographer/paying for internet hosting/designing a site/everything like that!). Are there times I don’t feel like writing a post? Of course. But do I feel like I’m moving at a pace that’s too fast or not manageable for my lifestyle? No! I’m coming up on two years writing this blog and have loved (almost) every second. I obviously have less to worry about in most senses since I’m not monetizing my blog. If I ever become a super popular blogger (ha) maybe it would then be worth it, but I don’t post about a ton of online products on here, and trying to make money (and then deal with taxes, disclosures, etc) seems like too much of a hassle at the moment. (Although being able to turn a hobby that I already enjoy into an extra source of income would be awesome, don’t get me wrong!). However, I really started this blog as a passion project–it’s something that genuinely makes me happy, the same way some of my friends like rock climbing or cooking. If it turns into something profitable, that would be wonderful. But I love it enough that I don’t really care if it doesn’t. One of the most common pieces of advice I’ve heard from more accomplished bloggers is that you can’t go into blogging/Instagramming without genuinely enjoying it. Starting a site or an account just to make money isn’t the way to go. Even if that isn’t someone’s intention, the whole notion of becoming an “influencer” (paid or not) seems to run deep. I’ve seen other people start blogs and just move too quickly, and I think it can lead to burnout and frustration. I’m glad that I don’t care too much about the “algorithm” on Instagram and things like that!
Community: The blogging community is AMAZING. Maybe it’s just DC–where I’ve met most of my blogging friends–though everyone on Instagram is so friendly, too! I’ve gone to a few blogger happy hours in DC and have always had a blast–the room has always been filled with people of different ages, races, shapes, sizes, styles, interests, you name it, which I think is especially important because bloggers can easily be put into a little box and stereotyped unfairly. Additionally, the blogging Instagram community has been so friendly–and I don’t just mean in terms of likes/comments–people send the sweetest messages, compliments, and advice. I’m lucky to have connected with a few women IRL, too, which has been especially fun. If you know me, you know I love meeting new people and that most of my DC friends are people I’ve met in the strangest of ways, so it’s been exciting to connect with more people via the internet.
Highlights: I would really say the highlight of blogging has been connecting with so many fun readers, whether they’re a fellow blogger or just someone who’s a fan of design. The positive comments/emails/DMs/whatever from readers are always the best part of blogging. It means a lot to know people are reading and engaging with the things I’m sharing, and I love finding like-minded individuals who are eager to share their own design finds or ask for advice.
Goals: I would love to keep this site up and running for the next…who knows how long! Maybe a couple of years, maybe 10…who knows! A goal of mine would be to continue to “build my brand” a bit more and gain a little more exposure. I see a lot of other DC bloggers with similarly-sized followings getting invited to events and to do cool things seemingly every week when that’s rarely something that happens for me. And that’s ok–honestly, I feel like I’ve been to enough amazing press events during my two years working in magazines to last a lifetime (it’s funny, because the more senior editors would always pawn these types of things off on their assistants–not because they felt bad, but because they genuinely didn’t feel like they had time to go–and I was always like, “you’re telling me I can just go get a blowout/attend a press preview at Dylan’s Candy bar/try out new makeup? Hell yes I’m free tonight!”). However, it can be a bit disheartening when I feel like I put in a lot of work and don’t really get “recognized” for it in the way that a lot of my fellow blogger friends do. But then this is where the whole issue of hobby versus business comes back to mind…since this blog is my hobby, it shouldn’t really matter if I’m going to press events or not, right? But to have a blog in general is kind of to have a small business, and you want your business to grow and be recognized…it’s a weird situation and I’m not sure how I feel about it, entirely.