I've been so busy this summer that I didn't even realize last Thursday marked my FOUR YEAR BLOGIVERSARY. Like, whaaaaaaat. I can't believe it's already been four years.
Blogging has changed a lot since I started. I remember my first time meeting other bloggers, my first times working with companies, using my cheap old camera to take self timer photos in my bedroom of my outfits... It was so fun and exciting.
Not that blogging isn't fun and exciting now, but these days it seems like "everyone is a blogger" and it is so easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond. Not everyone makes it 'big time', but I have definitely learned early on that the purpose of my blog is not to be oh so famous or make loads of money off of it. It's hard sometimes to see bloggers on Instagram or other forms of social media who come off as desperate for followers. It's not all about numbers! That is probably the #1 piece of advice I'd give anyone-- don't worry about statistics. Be yourself, have fun, and you'll attract people who are interested in your content. It can be hard some days when I put effort into a post and get no comments or whatever, but I know that doesn't mean people aren't reading ;)
I started this blog as a purely creative outlet, and while it's nice to make a buck here and there, my ultimate purpose for having this blog is to mix and match my wardrobe to create new outfits. I used to be the kind of person who only wore a certain top with a certain pair of jeans, etc. But through four years of blogging I have branched out of my style comfort zone. I've tried out new trends, I've learned to love styles I didn't before, and I've definitely become more comfortable in my own skin because of the way I've learned to dress my body.
I never want to come across as shady or fake. It's easy to get sucked into someone else's lifestyle and only see snapshots of their lives and get a tad bit envious. No, nobody has perfect hair, makeup, wardrobe, house, or life all the time. It's important to realize that! But I do make it my goal to be authentic. I hope to be authentic and never mislead anyone when it comes to my blog practices!
I have no idea where the next four years of blogging will take me. Will blogging still be around then? Who knows. But for now, I want to say THANK YOU to those of you who have stuck around since the beginning, and for you new readers who have been so supportive and kind. I appreciate each and every one of you.