Hey y’all, welcome back! Today’s post is super exciting because it’s all about my first year of blogging and my blogging backstory.
My Blogging Backstory
In the fall of 2018, while on my gap semester, I started repping for a women’s clothing brand. I met so many sweet girls online who worked with the same brand and also had fashion blogs. I felt inspired by their passion and creative content, so on January 1, 2019 I launched my blog as cleverlycaroline.wordpress.com. I quickly realized that there were limits to having a .wordpress.com URL and that “Cleverly Caroline” didn’t really reflect the content I was creating. Over the summer, I bought a domain and switched to self-hosted WordPress. I’m much happier here at carolineolesky.com and feel like a more “grown-up” blogger. I also love that my URL doesn’t limit me, my blog is ME!
Post Styles I’ve Tried and Retired
I tried out a lot of post types this year to figure out what I love to write about. Here are some things I tried but retired.
College Application Tips: This was the cornerstone of cleverlycaroline.wordpress.com until I realized, while I’m knowledgable about the college application process, I’m not passionate about it as a current college student. And neither are my college student readers. I still write some college advice posts, but college application tips are no longer a staple of the blog.
Weekly Wrap Ups: One of my blogger inspirations, styledbymckenz.com, has been doing these for years so I figured I should try it out. Much as I love reading these, my life at school is very repetitive so I felt like they were pretty boring. There also parts of my life that I choose to keep offline and I felt that withholding that from y’all in a post like this was dishonest.
DIYs: DIYs were also a big part of cleverlycaroline.wordpress.com and I wrote at the beginning of the year that I wanted to do 52 DIYs in 2019. Little did I know that I would have next to no time to craft in college. I’m also just not that good at DIYs, oops.
I’m honestly so proud of what I’ve been able to create this year because of the blog. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would have a blog and brand deals and making money online through a “side hustle.” I love having this creative outlet even though it can be super exhausting sometimes.
Goals for 2020
I think goal-setting is really important so of course I want to set some for year two of blogging!
- Work with more sustainable, local, and/or women-owned businesses
- Create content more often (aka more than once a week)
- Help others start and grow their blog/social media
- Be a guest on another blog/podcast/youtube/etc!
I just want to say thank you to all of y’all who read my blog, whether it’s every post or every so often. My blog is nothing without my amazing readers. Thanks so much for sticking with me, I can’t wait for what I can create in 2020!
Love from Mill Valley,
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