I remember the day very well. It was July 2011. I woke one day and decided I would start a blog because many of my natural friends had been asking about my hair and how I maintained it. I figured it might be a good idea to document it all in one place so I could easily share it with them.
Petrified would be a good word to describe how I felt. After all, I was putting myself “out there”. I had no idea what I was doing when it came to blogging. I literally googled “How To Create A Blog” and followed the link for Blogger(dot)com. When I was done, I told my husband “I started a blog”, to which he replied “well alright, go ahead then”. At least I had one supporter 🙂
For the first year or so, I was a “closet” blogger. I didn’t want anyone to know that I had a blog. I’ve always been pretty reserved and private (I still am to some extent). My mom, sisters, sister in law and a few friends were the only people who knew my *secret*. Every time I had a new post, I would hound my Mom and sisters to “read it and leave a comment”. HA! True story! 🙂
You’re probably thinking, “Well, why blog if you don’t want anyone to know about it?”
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For me starting a blog was a personal challenge to push myself to do something out of my comfort zone.
If I’m being honest, I also think a little piece of me also didn’t want to feel judged. I know I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone, but I also wanted to do it on my own terms.
I also decided to start a YouTube channel in August 2011.
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I have grown and learnt a lot about blogging since then. My blog has also undergone a few changes as well. I’m no longer the girl who was hesitant to speak in public. Well….I still get nervous but I’ve come a loooong way 🙂
I love the community I’ve been able to build, and be part of through my blog. It is very humbling and it brings me a lot of joy when someone sends me an email or inbox message, or stops me in public (*welp*) to let me know how one of my posts or videos has helped them. The ladies in our local (Dallas) meetup group are pretty awesome too! I love the sisterhood we’ve built.
Let me be real, it’s not all cupcakes and rainbows. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort, but I love creating content and sharing posts/stories that will inspire, enhance and add value to the lives of the members of my community. Whether that falls under natural hair care/style/tutorials, hosting/speaking, giving back, or just sharing experiences with you, I honestly do enjoy it.
Blogging has also allowed me to make some amazing friends, and it has also given me a great platform to branch off into other things. For that, I’m SUPER grateful.
YOUR TURN: If you’re a blogger, why do you blog? If you’re not a blogger, have you ever stepped out of your comfort zone and down something you were scared to do?