This post was written as part of the Design to Grow Monthly Link-Up from White Oak Creative. This month’s topic: Why & How You Started Your Blog.
Becoming a Blogger
To think that I’ve actually been blogging since 2009 is kind of crazy. It’s been a long time. (Seriously, where does the time go?!) Now, if you had told me back then that I’d still be blogging today, I wouldn’t be surprised. In fact, I know I’d be thrilled because I was filled with so much passion for my blog. However, I would be surprised that blogging has taken me on a completely different path than what I had originally planned.
You see, I started out as a fashion blogger. I figured it would be the perfect creative outlet for me. I was a full-time college student and also working full-time for my stepdad’s business, but was craving a fun project I could dive into. Back in 2009, the top fashion bloggers were only really just starting to get noticed. They were being featured in magazines and sitting front row at Fashion Week. I thought to myself, “I can do that!” And so I did.
I wrote about trends, celebrity fashion, and occasionally shared my outfit photos. I made so many connections with other bloggers (some of which I still talk to today). I received gifts from brands, which I couldn’t have been more grateful for. But most importantly, I had fun even though I never sat front row at any Fashion Week. It sounds pretty great, right? However, around late 2012, I realized I wanted more.
I didn’t want to be the face of my brand anymore. (And someone stealing my photo for a fake Facebook profile didn’t help. After all, I didn’t need to see my face on an episode of Catfish.) I wanted to do more writing, but I still wanted to cover fashion and beauty, along with any other “girly” topic you could think of. And that, my friends, is actually how The Haute Notes was born.
Creating The Haute Notes
The Haute Notes launched on February 1st, 2013. To keep this story short, things were great for that first year. I enjoyed working on The Haute Notes. But after some time passed, I started losing my passion for blogging again. Something just wasn’t right. I thought combining my love for writing with my love of fashion and beauty would be the perfect creative outlet for me. I was wrong. Blogging started to feel like a chore, instead of being enjoyable.
Eventually, I realized I wanted to do something else. I knew I wanted to work with other creatives and share my blogging knowledge. After all, I had been blogging a long time and I had learned a lot about what it takes to build a successful website. Why not share that and help others? Well, my original intention was to create a whole new website for this and hopefully reignite my passion for the original idea for The Haute Notes so I could pursue both interests. Unfortunately, it just never worked out that way. I realized that running a lifestyle website just wasn’t for me. It didn’t fit my long-term goals anymore. I wanted to monetize what I was doing online and I felt pursuing coaching and e-courses as a way to help others would be much more fulfilling. So, instead of starting a new site, The Haute Notes become my new home for what I do now. (And that’s why the site has a “fashiony” name that I often contemplate changing.)
My Goals for The Haute Notes
Obviously, my goals for The Haute Notes were much different when the site first launched in 2013. Nowadays, my goal is to, first and foremost, make sure that I’m enjoying the work I do. After all, if my work isn’t fulfilling, I’d start dreading it. (And I don’t want to go back there again!) It’s important to me that I enjoy my work and pursue my creative passions. I also aim to help other creatives grow their blogs and build successful businesses. I want to help them achieve great things and motivate them along the way. We’re all capable of pursuing our dreams and making amazing things happen. And I want to help other women make their dreams a reality through one-on-one coaching and e-courses. That’s what feels good to me!
What I’ve Learned
The truth is, discovering your passion and your calling in life won’t always be easy. Some people may have a clear vision for their career from day one. I never did. And what I thought I wanted to do wasn’t the right fit. And that’s okay! It’s okay to change your mind and pursue something else. The key thing to remember is that you should always go with your heart. Figure out what fulfills you and go for it. You’ll regret it forever if you don’t get started now.