OMG. IT’S MY BLOGAVERSARY!
The City of Sisterly Love officially turns one today (Christmas Eve) – I vividly remember sitting in our old apartment a year ago on the couch and just said, “f**k it, what do I have to lose?!” I pressed publish and immediately ran away from my laptop with a pit in my stomach and sweaty palms. I was SO excited, but SO petrified to put myself out there. Ask Billy, I was so nervous and so fixated on “what are people going to think of me?!”
I had no plan, no strategy, not even a name for the blog (at the time, it was called “emilyburgess.co” – how original, right? LOL). But I just started – just like anything in my life, I do best when I don’t overanalyze. I am definitely someone who can fall into “paralysis by analysis” – the never ending cycle of questioning and chasing perfection. But the fact of the matter is, it’s never going to be perfect! It’s always a work in progress, I’m always learning, growing, pivoting, changing. To be stuck / set in one area would lead to boredom!
So, in honor of my one year of blogging, I wanted to share some things that I’ve learned this past year! Perhaps these lessons + tips will help anyone out there who wants to start a blog / YouTube channel / Instagram.
Blogging Lesson #1: IT’S WORK.
For anyone who thinks that blogging is “easy” and that you just “post pictures”, think again (especially if you have a full-time career). The reality is that blogging is a HUGE timesuck and commitment. I have a feeling that many of you are like me. If you’re going to do something, it’s not going to be half assed. If you take that scary leap to put yourself out there, no way are you going to just let it dwindle and not give it your all.
The reality is that you’ve gotta have a CRAZY, BIG, HUGE enough goal that you keep pushing, chasing and grinding every day. Look, I’m not always inspired. Heck, I’m probably un-inspired more than I’m inspired. Blogging is a grind – it’s an everyday craft.
There’s so much that goes into it that’s so much farther beyond the final product and pretty photo our styled outfit. Content creation, collaboration outreach, networking events, photo editing, writing, ideation, strategy, engagement… The list could go on and on. My mind’s constantly spinning with new ideas or thoughts.
Blogging Lesson #2: IT’S TRANSFORMATIVE.
There is truly no greater satisfaction in the world than the high that you get once you finally do that thing that you’ve always wanted to do. Whether it be starting a blog, jumping careers, taking up and acting class. Every bone in my body just feels right with the path that I’m currently taking.
Is it scary? Heck yes. Has it been worth it? A million times over, yes! I can’t even begin to explain the ways in which this blog has changed myself and my life. I finally feel like I have something of my own – something completely separate from anyone and anything else in my life.
I’m the type of person where I’ll give my all to every person in my life in terms of support and encouragement. You see, I USED TO believe in everyone else’s dreams and passions more than my own. But there’s some huge confidence boost that you get when you finally do that thing… You know the one that’s always been lingering in the back of your mind.
Through this blogging journey, I feel like I am CREATING something that no one can take away from me. It’s something that I’m in full, total control of.
Blogging Lesson #3: IT’S EYE OPENING.
Eye opening is the best way that I can put it. I had no idea that there was this huge community over on Instagram of likeminded women who all just genuinely wanted to connect and support one another. I’ve never experienced something like this in my life.
But the craziest part? It transfers to “real life” – I’ve met some of the most genuine people and have formed some of the most amazing friendships in my life through blogging. Girls who are chasing after their own dreams, building something of their own, taking leaps of faith.
It’s inspiring to say the least. I especially wanted to give a shout out to my Philly blogger babes – the group of women here in this city are incredible. So down to earth, willing to help and ready to cheer each other on. I feel so proud saying that I’m from this city and have met these girls.
Who would have ever thought that you’d find “real friends” through the online world of blogging. I couldn’t be more grateful.
As we head into the new year, I truly want to encourage anyone out there who has a dream to take a leap of faith. Take a chance on yourself and put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard and just START.
The amount of messages that I get from you girls saying that you want to start your own blogs but you’re scared of what people will think truly breaks my heart. I wish it wasn’t that way – I wish that people were more accepting and encouraging and that there wasn’t a fear of judgement.
My best advice is to tune it out, continue chasing down your own path regardless of where it may leave. I promise that it’s going to be your favorite journey that you’ve embarked on to date.