Three years ago today, my awkward, eighth grade graduate hands clicked “publish” on my first blog post and launched the website you’re viewing right now. Today is what some might call my “blogiversary” and I can’t believe how quickly the past three years have flown by! This post is a glance in my rearview mirror and a thank you note to you, because if you weren’t reading this my blog would be nothing more than a virtual journal. Enjoy!
After six months (more or less) of begging, convincing, and stalking successful fashion bloggers, three years ago today my parents granted me permission to launch my very own blog during the summer between the eighth and ninth grades. I spent hours in front of our family computer screen choosing a color palette, background pattern, font family, and logo (all of which I’d change within two years) that I felt fit who I was and what I’d do with my new WordPress website. I was operating under the name A Pocketful of Prep, a phrase I’d used as an Instagram username for a year leading up to the fulfillment of this dream of mine. My first post was a meager list of twenty things I loved (read it here), and the outfit posts that followed were shot on my iPhone 5s.
Flash forward to now, my blog name has been changed to A Pocketful of Faith and thankfully I’m shooting my blog posts on an actual camera, a Canon EOS Rebel T6. A plethora of incredible opportunities have been offered to me throughout the years thanks to my blog, including features in my school yearbook (before I was on the staff) and newspaper, four semesters as a Jadelynn Brooke high school ambassador (two of which I served as a mentor to new reps), countless collaborations with small businesses, and the chance to make several sweet friends in the fashion blogging community. Within this past year, I was invited and accepted into the rewardStyle/LIKEtoKNOW.it program, which allows me to link products for y’all with ease (and make a small amount of commission) and provides an easy and direct way for y’all to shop my Instagram posts. I still view this as a huge milestone for any blogger, as I used to see the LIKEtoKNOW.it logo in the corner of an influencer’s photo as a sign of success. The rewardStyle invitation felt like recognition from the fashion influencer industry, and all of the hard work I’ve put into my blog finally began to literally pay off.
However, blogging hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies for me. My freshman year was filled with snide remarks about my blog and thanks to my school’s provided MacBook Airs, my peers would pull up my site from class to class and pick apart each post. This discouragement paired with my difficulty managing time in my first year of high school left me completely unmotivated to write blog posts for a good portion of my freshman year. Finally, right before my sophomore year, I had the realization that the ridiculing remarks about something I work so hard on and care so much about say a lot more about the person making them than they do about me. So, I got my act together and made the decision to reclaim this creative space of mine and make it something to be proud of. If you face criticism for something you care about, please learn this lesson quicker than I did; if it makes you happy, pursue it. Nobody looks dumb when they’re doing something they love. No one teases me about A Pocketful of Faith anymore.
I hope you know that my thought process behind creating a blog was never “I’m so pretty I should start a website so I can post more pictures of myself on the internet” or that the whole world needed my fashion advice (two reasons I think the people that used to tease me may have assumed were valid). I started my blog because three years ago today, my two favorite things were fashion and writing. Today, my three favorite things are God, fashion, and writing. In three years, I’ve taken a relationship with God by the horns and now I know I’m never going to let go. In three years, I’ve proven to myself that a career in fashion journalism will bring me just about as much joy as a job possibly could. In three years, I’ve learned not to care what others say.
Thank you to my family for waiting an extra twenty minutes for me to take blog pictures on vacation, not laughing too hard at me when I photograph our food, and dealing with my constant videoing. Thank you especially to my stepmother for reviewing every single one of my blog posts and to my little sister for taking all of my pictures (I’m forever indebted to you!). Thank you to my friends for listening to me ramble on about blog things that probably mean nothing to them and supporting me when others tease me for my blog. Most of all, thank you. If you’re that girl I was guarding in a lacrosse game that told me she liked my blog or the one who approached me at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference last summer to tell me she looked up to me, thank you. If you’ve been following me from the start, thank you. If you just found my blog on the Instagram “explore” page and decided to check it out, thank you. If you’ve sent me an Instagram direct message asking me to pray for you, thank you. Thank you for the constant support I receive in the form of likes, comments, follows, and views. Thank you for not only reading my fashion posts, but also allowing me to use this space to share my real life. Whether I realized it at the time or not, the posts I’ve written for this blog are the archives of my high school life.
These past three years have been three of the best years of my life. Is it coincidental that I have had a blog for these three best years? Probably not.
Thanks for reading! Here’s to the years to come.