I first discovered blogs at the end of 2008. I had just finished high school and was preparing to move away for university. As I do with any big change or decision in life I panicked for a little while and then got super organised. The first part of getting organised was to google “what to pack for college” and “how to decorate a dorm room” etc. In this search, I stumbled across Lauren Felix’s blog, La Petite Fashionista.
Around the same time, I read a feature in Cosmopolitan on bloggers. The feature was on an Australian blogger – who I read for some time but now can’t remember the name of – and Keiko Lynn. It was then I remembered I’d heard of blogs before – Gala Darling, a Kiwi expat had been blogging for a few years. I remember reading about her and thinking how fabulous she was and how inspiring it was to see her creating a life that she loved. Last year I actually met Gala when I attended Blogcademy. Later that summer before university, I discovered Emily Schuman’s blog, Cupcakes and Cashmere. I then had four blogs in my Google Reader – lapetitefashionista.com, keikolynn.com, galadarling.com and cupcakesandcashmere.com.
A few months later, in March 2009, I started my first blog. Now six years (and four blogs) later when I look back on this I credit these four amazing women for inspiring me to become a blogger. Their blogs are all really different but they share some important qualities; they’re positive, uplifting, honest and genuine. I remember after I’d been blogging for a few months, Lauren commented on one of my blog posts – I was so ecstatic – this genuine interaction further enforced that the blogging community was one I wanted to be part of.
I will always be thankful to these women for not only introducing me to the blogging world as a reader but also for inspiring me to pursue blogging myself. Blogging is one of the best things that has happened to me. I truly believe it’s the perfect career, hobby, passion and lifestyle for me – I know it’s what I’m meant to do. Over my life I’ve had a number of interests and blogging encompasses all of them and satisfies the passions of my past selves – the preschooler who loved writing stories, the primary schooler who loved arts and crafts, the math geek high schooler, the law student, the makeup artist, the university student who developed a love for social media and public relations and the adult with a newfound passion for life, positivity and following dreams.