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.
My friend Ariel, one of the many people I’ve met on this journey, recently featured me in her “Why Do I Blog?” Series. Check it out HERE to read my full interview.
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?