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Today I thought I would mix it up a bit just thought and tell you a little bit about my blog and how I got started, essentially why I started blogging…
I started this blog in November 2010 right before I had a breast reduction. I had been reading blogs for a while and knew I was going to get really bored really fast during my six weeks off work post-surgery so I decided to start a blog!
I started out on the Blogger platform because that’s what everyone else was using at the time. I have been through several different blog names, designs, logos, color schemes, etc.
At the beginning I joined a lot of linkups and I just started commenting on other blogs that I found interesting or that were in a similar niche as me (single, late 20’s, lifestyle, beauty lovers, etc). I made some blogging friends and then joined Twitter and Instagram and started following and talking to my fellow bloggers on there too.
My old blog posts were written much like a journal or diary. It was mostly just stuff for me and things I was doing at the time. I documented vacations I went on, daily life stuff, the building process of my house, my dog, just about everything! Those posts are really fun to look back on, even if the photography is absolutely terrible, and bring back some really good memories.
A few years in I decided to go to a my first blog conference for the sole purpose to meet my new bloggy friends and found out that I really wanted to learn more about blogging and get serious about it. It was during that trip that I decided to go back to school and get another bachelor’s degree, this one in E-Commerce.
I have since completed my degree (this past May!) and I learned a LOT about blogging, WordPress, website building, website design, marketing and so much more!!
I have also been to a few more blog conferences, upgraded my point and shoot to a DSLR, taken a photography course, upgraded my computer and have really just worked my butt off trying to get where I am today.
Now I realize that my numbers may not be as big as the “big bloggers” and I used to really care about that and think that I wasn’t enough or that I didn’t have it (whatever it is). But now that I am looking back to where I started I am really proud of myself and I realize that I have a lot to offer someone who is just starting out in this huge blogging community.
This past year I have tripled my previous year’s blog income, I have gotten the opportunity to work with some pretty big brands, I have seen huge leaps in my readers and social media followings and I really feel like I am finding my stride as a blogger. Now I can’t guarantee that I will post 5 days a week, hello life, but I will be here at least three days a week and I will gladly answer any questions you have for me blogging or whatever!!
Why did you start your blog??