Last year at this time, I was writing about the things I learned in my 5 years of operating http://www.apyoungblog.com. I wanted to be able to do the same thing this year, but the honest truth is that I’ve learned more of the same.
Nothing has changed, and in all honesty that’s not a bad thing; but I’m still going to share anyways. So indulge me ok?
Authenticity is Still My Thing
I blogged through a pandemic this year. I took the angst, the fear and the uncertainty and poured it in to writing and creating digital content that I could be proud of. Instead of running from my feelings, I found a way to safely talk about the things I was experiencing.
I’ve been sharing my journey with weight loss and it hasn’t been picture perfect. Despite that, I’m still showing up for myself and being honest about the experience. I love that I can look back at my blog and have transcripts of one of the toughest parts of my life. I want to believe that hopefully when I’m looking back I’ll be in a different space.
Resisting the Urge to Do What’s Trendy
There’s constantly a slew of workshops and social media advertisements that swear to have the answers to being a successful blogger. I won’t lie, I’ve glanced through some of the suggestions from the free downloads these folks offer. It’s all about algorithms, curated photos, and blah blah blah.
Would I love to make thousands blogging? Of course! Writing is my passion and my blog is something I love to invest in. But do I want to make money at the risk of having to become something I have no desire to be? Not really.
The one thing that keeps me grounded is remembering that I started this blog to help me organize my thoughts, and also to create a safe space for people in similar situations to know that they’re not alone. I also chat with my husband about my thoughts and use him as a sounding board to help me redirect my thought process to where it needs to be.
This is My Space
And ultimately I decide what does and doesn’t come to this blog. In a world where bodies like mine are dismissed, overlooked, mistreated and our voices ignored; here I don’t have to worry about that. I love that I can come some place to share not only my own experiences, but the experiences of others too. I love that people can come here and learn something they didn’t know and sometimes even challenge their perspectives.
I totally look forward to seeing what another year brings to AP Young Blog! Now, lets get into the fashion because I know that’s what you really came for!
Until Next Time,