A year ago today, I publicly shared the link to my blog for the first time.
In all actuality, that day was far from the “birth” of the blog. I’d purchased the domain and started building out the site the summer before, nervously developing content, drafting posts, and organizing my thoughts behind the scenes. And even with months of preparation, I waited more than 20 days after January 1st (the launch date I’d set and chickened out on) before I mustered the courage to share what I’d been working on. Now, a full 365 days later, I’m so grateful that I started when I did.
In the months since I took a deep breath and clicked “share” on my social networks, I’ve learned so much: about coding, about blogging, about time management, about content calendars, about consistency, about social media strategies, about engagement, about accountability, about community, and the importance of being my own biggest cheerleader.
A look back
In the past year, I’ve
- Shared 29 posts on the blog
- Welcomed 2,500+ site views
- Attended 10+ blogger meet-ups
My three biggest takeaways?
1) There are no rules
Flow & Favor is my little space on the internet to share whatever it is that I want. There’s no article, influencer, trend, or audience that can tell me otherwise.
I’m learning that learning is interactive and there’s endless value in researching less and just posting more! Some posts will resonate deeply, while others will fall flat.
2) Perfection isn’t the goal
I’m not perfect and this blog ain’t finna be either. There is a lesson to be learned from every iteration, mistake, and hiccup I experience and, thanks to the blog, class is in session!
3) I’ve got to get out of my own way!
I’m not always able to stick to my post schedule, there are plenty of days when I don’t have cute Instagram pictures to post, and there are times I don’t feel super inspired. But this past year has shown me that these self-imposed limitations don’t have to hold me back. I have a story to share–it’s time to get out of my head and share them!
What’s to come
Over the next year, be on the lookout for video content designed to supplement my written posts. You can be an early subscriber to my YouTube channel by visiting this link!
To more regularly highlight my inspirations, favorite things, and general activity, be on the lookout for regular newsletters starting next week. To make sure you don’t miss anything, click here to be added to the email list!
Lastly, with all the changes these next few months are sure to bring, I’m working a bit harder to foster and grow my communities. You can expect more cross-content collaborations, guest bloggers, and out-of-my-comfort-zone style posts.
Whether this is your first time or 50th time visiting Flow & Favor, thank you for your time and attention! It means the world to me!