As long as I can remember, I’ve been an optimist.
My glass is half full, my future is bright, and everything will turn out well in the end.
Even during the years I spent struggling to conceive, I never fully gave up hope that things would go the way I hoped and prayed they would.
Blogging was the first thing in my life that threatened to dull my shiny outlook to a certain extent. I started with high hopes, putting thought and time into what I’d say… the blog became a little extension of me; a project dear to my heart. I shared my vision with family and friends, and posted my links on Facebook.
And then I waited.
And I got my feelings hurt.
“Where is everybody?” I thought. I watched my home page on Facebook telling me friends were ‘liking’ everything under the sun, from Taco Bell to Taylor Swift, but not my page. “Seriously?” I thought. “Someone likes Taco Bell so much that they’ve gotta hear every latest piece of taco news, but there’s no interest in the goings on of Wild Ruffle?”
And later, as my little project grew in readership, I’d pour my heart into a particular post, and wait with bated breath after hitting that ‘publish’ button. “Surely this will connect with someone,” I’d think to myself. And the radio silence of a post with zero comments sounded incredibly loud to me.
To anyone out there operating under the assumption that starting a blog is a quick step away from quitting your day job, I assure you – it is not. It is a lot of work, and often times it comes without reward.
But lest you think that this is a total downer of a post, and I’m one step away from giving it all up – you can be sure that quite the opposite is true. Whereas it once felt personal when someone I knew hadn’t hit that ‘like’ button yet, I’m now thrilled to see that out of all of the Wild Ruffle fans, most of them aren’t my Facebook friends. It tells me that the people in that community are people who really want to be there, and aren’t just hitting like because they feel like they have to for the sake of friendship.
And though not every post here gets a ton of commentary, I know that you’re out there reading, and that makes me happy.
The success of the recent Spring Boutique was a great reminder to me of why I started this blog in the first place: to promote others, to support small businesses, and to begin to take steps toward one day owning a boutique of my own. I’m so thankful that you’re here on the journey with me! I’ve grown through this venture – and I’m looking forward to all that’s ahead of me.
jeans – Paper Denim & Cloth, shoes – Starlight, top – JCrew, bracelets – Stella & Dot and Premier Design, earrings – Premier Design, necklace – ekate designs