WOOHOO, this is my 100th post!!! I have had a few blogs over the years (Divinely Dressed, Eclectically Feminine, and Divinely Fabulous), but I have never remained so consistent, or loved blogging as much as I do now! In the short time that Consider Me Lovely has been up (my first post was on November 15, 2010), I have learned a lot, and these are things I now know for sure about blogging:
- Blogging is a community! I didn’t realize that when I started this blog I would meet (virtually)so many new people, and that has been the GREATEST reward! We answer each other’s questions, help with technical issues, and share obsessions like shoes, fabrics, purses, clothing, and more.
- It’s MY blog, and I can do what I want! Consider Me Lovely started off as a wedding blog, but when 2011 began, I was feeling rather confined by just being a wedding blog, so I decided to open it up to whatever I want to share (which just so happens to be things related to style).
- Comments matter. Before starting this blog, I read style and wedding blogs all of the time, but I never commented. It wasn’t until having a blog of my own (that I was actually crazy and passionate about), that I realized that though a good blogger shares because of passion, he or she doesn’t want to feel like they are talking to themselves. I TRULY appreciate those of you who take the time to not just read this blog, but let me know you are reading!
- There is space in the blogosphere for everyone! For a while, I’d been thinking of really delving into a style blog, but had been feeling like no one would be interested in the thoughts, outfits, and ramblings of an African-American, curvy (but not plus-size), dreadlocks wearing, nail polish obsessed, 25 year old gal finding her way in the world, like myself. How wrong was I?!! I LOVE that I have learned of blogs, that never crossed my radar before, by women of different races, occupations, body shapes, styles, personalities, and imperfections, of which I enjoy reading (and interacting with) on a daily basis!
- It is something I can do just for me. Though it’s great to have readers and the support of others, I created and maintain Consider Me Lovely, because it brings a smile to my face, and it’s a way for me to share my thoughts, as well as keep a digital portfolio of my looks (I’m sure someday I will look back on some of my outfits and say “What was I thinking?’ lol). Sometimes we all need to do something, solely because it brings us joy!
- It’s okay not to post everyday. I think all new bloggers (and some not so new ones) feel that they have to post everyday in order to maintain or grow readership, but sometimes a blog post everyday is just not possible! Sometimes, real life trumps virtual life, we get sick, go on vacation, or just have nothing to share. There is nothing worst than a forced, inauthentic blog post. This has probably been one of my greatest lessons so far!
I could REALLY go on and on about what I have learned in the 5.5 months since launching Consider Me Lovely, but I REALLY don’t want to bore you, lol. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog daily, weekly, or sporadically; it does not go unnoticed, and I look forward to sharing the next 100 post!