If you had told me this time last year how far my blog would take me, I would have rolled my eyes and told you you were crazy. I know it’s cliche to say this, but I never imagined how incredible this year would be. So many things have changed in my personal and professional life and it’s amazing to have those captured in the form of my blog. In total, I received nearly 134,000 views from 120 different countries in my first year of blogging. I never imagined I could reach that many people.
I need to say thank you to all of the people who have helped me along the way. To all of the bloggers out there that I leaned on for support and guidance when I first started off – thank you for being patient with all of my questions and dedicating so much time to helping me. To my friends and family who believed in me even when they didn’t really understand what this blogging thing was, thank you. To my readers who came back every week to check up on my site and engaged so much with me in comments and social media, thank you. To all of the brands that took a chance on a young blogger like myself, thank you. I could not have done this without the support of so many different people and I am eternally grateful for each and every one of you.
Overall, my blog has just been an incredible blessing. I am so happy to have found a way to channel my adoration for fashion, passion for writing, and creative flair into a productive and cohesive format. I have had incredible opportunities to get my foot in the door with major fashion brands. I have learned what it takes to conduct myself professionally online and create a solid brand for myself. I have created relationships with other bloggers that have been invaluable sources of comfort and guidance. Finally, and most importantly in my opinion, I have learned how to handle crushing rejection with grace and incredible success with humility.
This year was the tip of the iceberg. I can’t help but feel that I’m on the cusp of something massive. I have an amazing way to channel my personality and passions while developing professional skills at the same time. This past year, blogging has brought me so much joy – I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the year to come.