I mentioned I'm in Vegas for Pool Trade show, so I'll be sitting here from 9-6. I may be bored. I may take a nap. But if you have a free moment, would you mind posting your story of how your blog came to be? I'd love to read your stories while I'm sitting here... and I'll probably be sitting a lot, the days are super long at these trade shows :)
Ok, I'll start with my story! Summer of 2007, I was close to graduating from college and my friends, Curtis and Mayra started a blog on blogger. I wish I remembered the exact moment and conversation but I think we were in a computer lab and I pretty much ended up starting a blog because they told me to. That blog was called 'hello loveli' and it's actually still online - you can see it here if you're curious.. but no judgements, the posts are so random and the way I wrote was pretty silly ;) I actually love that it's still up, floating around in cyberspace. I didn't have many entries. But those were the days when posts were so innocent and new.. and I had only 2 readers - Curtis and Mye. I posted about design and random life-things. I think I may have thought I was cool because I didn't use capital letters at the beginning of my sentences, lol. No real direction or blog-standard to meet, I just blogged true and genuine stuff about my life and interests. I hadn't visited that blog while until I wrote this post. I went back through each entry and laughed about the way I wrote. Watched the videos I posted and thought about why I posted those at the time. I look at my designs from back then and smile - I used a lot of fonts then. I guess I still kind of use a lot of fonts. I love fonts!
There wasn't the pressure of putting out daily, consistent, original content, you know? Don't get me wrong. I love this blog. It is fun putting together new content for the blog and I'm fortunate to have met so many friends through oh, hello friend. I am honored when a reader comes to a craft show and says hi or someone sends me an email of encouragement. There's just something so innocent about those blog days so many years ago. When I posted things as if no one was reading, but just because I liked it. I posted for myself. Sometimes I feel like we may loose our blog identity along the way as we read + compare to all the other blogs out there. If that makes any sense at all :) Probably not. I think I may still be on jet lag. Going to sleep at 4am and waking up at 8am is not so good.
I'm not sure why I strayed from that blog and started up oh, hello friend. I think because I wanted to start a shop and just created a new blog to go along with it. oh, hello friend came to be while sitting at my day job at Avery Dennison, super bored and wanting to start an etsy shop up. But that's a story for another day. I am definitely here thanks to 2 friends who told me to start a blog all those years ago. I'm so glad I listened to them!
Ok. That's my blog story! If you're a blogger - time to share your blog story! How did you get started with your blog? Did a friend tell you to start one? Maybe you were inspired to start one from seeing another blog? Can't wait to hear your story...be sure to leave links too!