A few weeks ago, my little blog turned 2! I remember what it felt like when I started blogging. Freaked out. I feel like I am so random, I found it very difficult to find my niche. I shared projects, but never really felt like a craft blogger. I shared recipes and have since stopped until I get a better kitchen, I have the worst lighting known to man so I can’t take any decent photos. I chatted about my life, my kids, but I wasn’t really a “mommy’ blogger was I? It was just annoying to feel like people had to put me in a niche when I just wanted to blog and learn and find out who I was. I didn’t have the stuff in me to just stand up and say THIS IS ME AND MY STYLE, because frankly I just didn’t have one.
Now, here I am 2 years later. While the projects are much more focused on diy beauty, I wouldn’t say that I have grown into a certain type of blogger. I just know what I enjoy sharing and am good at creating and that took time. One of the greatest gifts that blogging has given me, is trial, error, and the desire to teach myself how to do just about everything. I could not stand up and call myself anything if I had tried to do nothing.
In the beginning, I was just obsessed with the art of blogging. It’s all so second nature now, but back then, I was c o n s t a n t l y working on my blog. The design, posts, getting better at photography, sponsors, getting the word out there, ect. That in itself felt like a good year before I was comfortable and ready for new challenges. I wanted them right away, but tried to pace myself…a little.
I got completely addicted to learning and wanted more and more. I started my Etsy vintage shop and taught myself to sew. I made a really nice duvet cover and some pjs and they turned out awesome. I thought maybe I would be able to teach myself to design and actually do something with that, but it just didn’t stick. It’s hard for me to put all of the effort into it when I can buy items for less than the fabric I was buying, so it just sort of fell away. I closed Paisley Blvd. Vintage after a while, because I found listing items on Etsy to be a nightmare. Putting all of the specifics of each article of clothing just wasn’t for me. I loved the hunt, I loved the shipping, just not the listing. ( I’m weird)
Then I decided that I was getting better at designing. (see previous headers from the header graveyard. oh MAN it was not cute at first) I was really understanding photoshop and even html and css started to get easier (and made me feel really smart when I could accomplish cool things with it) so I decided to give it a go for other people. I actually find that is one of the things that I have been most successful with, but I am not overly passionate about it anymore. It’s a hard business to keep up with when you get busy and my whole life is a ginormous cluster eff lately, so I haven’t been pushing it. Casual side jobs until I have more free time, but I have learned how to use my own drawings in my designs, which makes it much more custom and fun. I will definitely be returning my design biz in a way that makes it easier to maintain in the future!
Oh, and then there was the time that I wanted Vlog. Eww. I wasn’t great at it, and have since deleted them all, but I learned to do it. Not my finest hours, but it’s a nice skill to have, being able to edit video a smidgen. I think I would die of embarrassment over most of them today, I really don’t know what I was thinking. X) I just loved talking beauty products so much, but doing it to a camera just felt really unnatural. Or maybe I just didn’t have a set up I was happy with…either way they are long gone.
So I started on a different side. I loved making my own treatments so much, I am taking on the beauty biz, and that really holds my heart and drive. Again, it’s a slow build and I don’t push it much (sidebar: as a former marketing person, I genuinely am aware that I do not take the necessary steps to have a booming biz. It is truly because I have a lot going on personally right now, and I just can’t fathom what would happen if I got busy at this moment. And yes, I will share what the madness is in my life very soon! Eek. End sidebar.) Not that I have ever felt on the wrong “track” before, but I do feel that this is the most “me” thing that I have done. It feels most right.
Blogging has brought so much, not to mention the friends that I have made that are so amazing. I feel like I could go anywhere and there would be someone near by that I would love to grab a cup of coffee with. 2 years worth of getting to know so many cool ladies that all have unique talents and personalities that I would never have gotten a chance to get to know. It’s pretty rad. The one thing that has stuck, in my whole life of learning, is that I love to blog. I will probably have one until I am old and grey. I hope it is this very same one, so I can always look back and see what the journey has been like. Happy belated b-day PBLVD- here’s to the terrible 2′s!