It has been exactly 163 days since Wavy Alabaster launched. There have been 22 posts, 320 photos and countless hours of scribbling in my leather-bond journal, typing frantically on my old laptop, and printing messily on restaurant napkins. Though the time period is not a standard milestone, it is significant to me. I recently enjoyed a nice stay-cation that gifted me time to reflect. I was re-reading various posts, taking detailed notes on where I could improve and pinpointing what posts were well-received. It led me to numerous discoveries and lessons. Below are the top three reminders for my blog self.
Drawing inspiration and motivation from various bloggers, writers, artists, and brands is crucial fuel to this vehicle. Blogging is a community of creativity that constantly lights a fire to my soul. Side note, I am beyond proud and happy that I cannonball jumped into this world. Talent just runs rampant on social media platforms, and Pittsburgh in particular has some pretty talented folks out there. I just love sifting through it all. However, I cannot let that motivation turn down a negative path toward comparison. We are all different. We all have different definitions of beauty. The moment I compare my work to others is the moment I can devalue my originality. Commend and congratulate when you find an image, an outfit, a blog, a sentence that you admire, but be careful of comparing your images or progress to it.
Creativity, especially when it comes to my blog, is not something I can just turn on. I have learned my writing seems to flow the best in the early hours, as daylight takes its first breath, or in the late night, when the moon is at its strongest. There are times, however, when it's time to simply walk away, take a break. It could be because the right words are not coming to mind. It could be because the original shoot location and outfit are not blending as I had hoped. It could be because I've spent hours perfecting a post, but my mother reveals it's time to get off the computer and be present (true story.) Whether it is writer's block or it's just time to leave the digital world and take action in the real world, I need to recognize when it is time to step away.
I was ready to share when I created Wavy Alabaster. I must remind myself of this with each and every post. Being personal is tough. Putting myself in front of the camera and words on the internet, which are written in ink not in pencil, can be scary. There could be judgement looming in the background; judgement from others that I fear I cannot handle from time to time. I find, however, the more personal I am, the more a post or photos are well-received. And, more importantly, the prouder I am of my work. My readers long to connect. I long to connect with them. The only way I can achieve this is if I am an open book and willing to share completely.
I am have not been blogging long. I am still in my rookie season. But, I am so looking forward to the next 163 days and the lessons to be discovered within them.