Yup, one year ago today I announced to the world the launch of Power Moves and Pumps. One year ago today I set out on a mission to not only learn and grow professionally but to also share that knowledge and growth with other women like myself. I didn’t know that by sharing and making a commitment to share that I would in turn learn so much. What emerged from an idea I had for sharing my passion for fashion blossomed into so much more. If I was going to talk about what I was learning, I had to make sure I was actually learning. If I was going to talk about looking your best, then I had to look my best. My commitment to you, the reader has certainly kept me on my toes. So what you have done for me by following my musings has been invaluable and I can’t thank you enough.
Why I started
If you’ve read the about me section, then you already have a solid understanding of why I started this blog to begin with. I was inspired by other bloggers and encouraged by colleagues who appreciated my fashion sense but it extends far beyond that. This blog has allowed me to showcase my ideas, hold myself accountable and at times be an inspiration to others. Navigating through a career journey is unnecessarily hard for women but I’m a determined individual and I’m remarkably stubborn when it comes to success. I won’t give up until I have it. I’ve certainly had plenty of reason to throw in the towel and settle for the status quo but as tempting as that is, I could never bring myself to do it. In my mind, if I’m this determined when it comes to making it through the obstacles, there’s no reason why I wouldn’t ultimately succeed. I have the utmost confidence that I will eventually arrive at my destination. Knowing that, it would be selfish of me to hold on to the knowledge that will eventually help me reach my career destination. Hopefully, I can make the journey a smidge easier for someone else.
What I Learned
Blogging is hard work. This ain’t your momma’s weekend scrapbook project. Power Moves and Pumps has a purpose. This blog has become my baby, a time consuming, sleep depriving, attention stealing baby. Like all babies right? I never thought about what really goes into producing a post while I was scrolling through all of those other blogs. I think the idea of a post taking four hours to create would have thrown me for a loop. Had I known, I might have run away screaming. Being on the other side now, I can appreciate all that goes into creating stimulating graphics, writing captivating copy or finding links to the resources you want your reader to have. Fellow bloggers, cheers to you. You are awesome.
I’ve also picked up several valuable skills just by jumping into the trenches like how to create and manage a Word Press site, influencing through social media, managing an editorial calendar, creating a budget, hiring help, and even my copywriting has improved. I’ve learned so much through trial and error. I’ve had technical difficulties that almost caused me to pull all of my hair out. I’ve gotten a better idea of what my followers like to see and what I should post more of. It’s been a great learning journey and I’m looking forward to growing and making the experience even better this year.
Favorite part of blogging
There’s so much that I appreciate about blogging but knowing that I actually possess the power to motivate or inspire someone is an amazing feeling. It’s incredible to think you could have possibly affected a change in someone’s life. I’m a creative type and when I blog, I’m constantly creating. You always hope that someone will like what you created. Therefore, when someone acknowledges something I’ve put a lot of hard work into it’s a beautiful feeling. It helps to validate your works purpose.
Least Favorite Part of Blogging
Blogging this past year has been a blast. There honestly hasn’t been much that I’ve dealt with that I would not be willing to deal with again for the grater good of the blog. My biggest issues were dealing with technical difficulties and the large amount of time it takes to run the blog at just the moderate pace at which I’m it running now. Other than that, it’s really been all love.
What I’m Looking Forward To
I’m looking forward to ramping things up this year and stepping up the pace a bit. I’m looking forward to the continued knowledge shares, more interaction with my readers and followers, more fashion, more fun, and more power moves. I hope you’ll stick around to be part of the continued journey.
Surprise, Surprise…Because I Have to Thank You!
Like I said before, I have to thank my readers for making this past year so amazing. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t have an audience to speak to. In honor of your readership and support, I’m launching my first social media contest (and it’s a gonna be a good one!) I will announce it later on today so stay tuned.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for reading. Now… “Let the power moves continue.”