One year ago (and a bit, because January was tough), after two years of talking about doing it, I finally went live with beccablu.com. With a little courage, and a lot of pasta, I put myself out there for the world to see. What I’ve put forth on the blog is one corner of my life, the corner that likes clothing, self-expression, creativity, and the smize that I’ve been practicing since ANTM season one. It is perhaps also demonstrative of my attention seeking inner-voice, but hey, at least I can admit it.
Though it may appear otherwise, I am in a true love-hate relationship with social media. On one hand I love the power it has, and the conversation and engagement it sparks; on the other hand I am frustrated by its dominance, neediness, and too often the negativity it fosters among young women. The inconsistency of my thoughts surrounding these issues is honestly confusing, but alas, I digress.
Blogging is scary because it leaves one susceptible to scrutiny and judgment. I love Instagram, but I hate feeling obliged to check it every day in order to keep up. I am not a competitive person, and too often I feel like I’m in a race to stay current.
This process has allowed the public to view a picture, but not the whole picture. I’ve definitely wondered about putting up content aside from fashion, but does it take away from “my brand”? *Let me know in the comments.* ; ).
Some things I’ve learned over the past year (about blogging):
1. Blogging takes more time than I have to give it. Work, and school, and placement are a lot.
2. Pinterest is important in order to gain followers, but I still can’t figure out how to use it. If you know please help me.
3. Keep your friends close, but your Instagram supporters closer. The most random people have consistently liked my posts. Shout out @eggcanvas
4. It takes a certain type of person to believe in you, and those people are essential.
5. I’m still trying to find my voice, and navigate this (blogging) world.
6. Good people appreciate a good pun.
7. Though I sometimes think it isn’t worth it, I am truly proud of myself for persevering.
8. I am not technologically inclined. (Seriously, who knows stuff about building websites? Asking for a friend.) (I’m the friend).
9. I truly want to inspire creativity when getting dressed in the morning.
10. I didn’t learn 10 things, but 9 seemed incomplete.