So I’m little tardy in celebrating my blog birthday, but I just checked it out and I wrote my first post 3 years ago! (Plus two days.) When I began blogging I didn’t read other blogs. I didn’t study formats for success and I didn’t know about commenting or promoting myself. I dove in ignorantly and thought I would take over the world. Insert eye-roll here.
Nearly 600 posts later, I think its safe to say I’m not exactly the biggest, best design blogger ever. But I’m ACTUALLY really happy where I am right now. (This is coming from a perfectionist who believes that nothing she does is ever enough.) Three years ago I could only dream that my work would be featured around the world and thousands of people would drop by every day to read my thoughts. Sometimes my blog stats actually scare me. Who are all of you? Having this platform has enabled the decorating end of my business to blossom and I will be forever grateful for that.
It hasn’t all been roses and cupcakes. There have been several times I wanted to quit. Moments I felt discouraged, frustrated, jealous and alone. All over a blog. But it wasn’t just a blog, it was ME. It was my dream and I didn’t feel like people were getting it.
Instead I chose to work harder, design projects that would get me noticed and forge relationships with other like-minded bloggers. It took me nearly a year to make my first blogger friend. What’s up with that? Maybe I’m awkward, or shy, or feel easily overwhelmed by the internet. Either way, now I can count quite a few treasured friends that share my same obsessions. Some I have yet to meet, (some day!), and some live in my own city. That has been such a great gift. I’ve even encountered a few readers in person. Let me tell you, nothing makes me more delighted than learning someone reads my blog.
I think I’m reaching my word-attention capacity, so I’m just going to wrap it up by saying thanks. Thanks for reading. Thanks for enabling me to grow. Thanks to the early followers who stuck with me when I sucked. Thanks to the brave readers who gave me my first decorating jobs. Thanks to my guy and my family for listening to me vent, obsess and dream about this little venture. And thanks to myself for sticking with it. You done did good, Naomi.
Off to do what I love- Design Homes. I hope I get to do it forever.
PS- My First Post is still highly true. (But lacking in pictures, tisk tisk…. see I didn’t know anything!)
PPS- Just need to share some current musings on the showroom to reward you guys for finishing this gratuitous post.