It took me frankly over 8 years to finally start my blog. Just wanted to share this with all of you who are thinking of taking the plunge! By all means, this is not a post on how to start a blog in 2018 – Judging on the 8 years, I am certainly not the best example to follow when it comes to planning on starting up, bloggingbasics101 does a much better job!
I’ve always loved Fashion (most of us do!) Highschool and college were years spent dressing up and discovering my style. Selfies, Snapchats, Instagram, etc. were not yet “a thing” (Although this is no excuse for me waiting all this time). The early bird internet fashionistas started their bloglovin spaces, and it was quite cool. So I of course after doing some thorough research (clicks through other people’s pretty pages) I decided to give it a go.
The 1st attempt (1st year of my journey to extrachilliplease): It was brief and I was naive. I learned quickly that it was quick and easy to set up a blog, but I haven’t given that much thought to personal branding and content. This was no Myspace (for those of you who can relate). I had a very nice teal blue background with some artsy fonts, but that was pretty much it.
I figure that I needed to produce some pretty amazing picture content, so I went out to get a good camera and looked into taking some online photography tutorials. After some hours spent practicing, and some serious thoughts on the blog theme, I gave it a second attempt. This time I decided to focus on street fashion and travel. I was traveling quite a bit with my family and leveraged a holiday in Hawaii to start. I learned very fast that it was very time consuming, and somewhat not so easy to capture Vogue style street fashion moments. I did take quite an impressive number of mediocre pictures.
Sometimes after sinking quite a good sum of money in a good camera, I learned that a mutual friend was making websites on the side. So naturally, I approached him. He thought me how I could use design tools to produce images and use online picture banks, so I can focus on writing. This 3rd attempt was frankly quite fun, but we had conflicting schedules, and I found myself procrastinating without him. Eventually, this project faded away.
A good friend of my in uni – the kind who is super creative, always have 10 projects going on at the same time – showed me how he started his own gig selling jewelry online, and he was using Instagram as a marketing tool. I shared with him my interest in starting a fashion blog and he offered to help. This 4th attempt was truly fun, and armed me with one pretty good Instagram portfolio! Senior truly became busy with parties, recoveries and final. The number of Instagram likes was pretty flattering, but still nowhere close to a blog.
Sharing my potential future fashion blogging hobby with a boyfriend who had a web + marketing solutions company turned out to generate a lot more interest than I expected. We started together somethingcharlie.com (long gone). Once again I was naive and we both quickly found out that keeping up with the by then full-time online bloggers was a real challenge. This collaboration and my 5th attempt went on for a decent period of time but didn’t last.
Over a cocktail night at a friends place, I met Lara, she was just a ton of energy and I’ve learned she studied journalism and was working for an online fashion brand. She showed me this blog she was hosting and some articles she wrote about traveling and life in general. It didn’t take long before we started meeting regularly and started building hypebunny.com – hence the shoot with the bunny mask. We were really good, but we were also 2 young career women who thought of this project as a hobby.
Two years went by, after 6 attempts, I knew by then a blog was pretty time consuming, and time was always a luxury.
Until a few months back. Something happened in my personal life and it really made me rethink myself. The kind of life-changing event that makes you take a step back (it sounds cheesy, but you know). Since I’ve made some pretty drastic changes and have finally decided to make the time for things that make me happy in life. That’s right blogging was one of them 🙂 Although I am still learning every day to juggle a busy job, family, friends, working out and still finding time for the right now “still very in need of content” “Fashion” section of extrachilliplease, I can honestly say this has been fulfilling a part of me that was always missing.
If like me you always wanted to start something (what passionates you? leave your comment below), please please do not follow my “over 8 years” + 6 failed attempts footsteps! Do it now and you’ll find a way to make it work. It won’t always be easy, but it will be fulfilling I can guarantee you that!
– xoxo –