Today is the one year blogoversary of Classically Claire! I have had the most wonderful experience blogging so far this year and can’t wait to see what this next year brings. I have to start by giving a huge thank you to everyone who has supported me in this amazing endeavor! I so appreciate all of my friends and family that have provided words of encouragement, taken photos for me, and given me much needed help on the technical side of Classically Claire. When I first started blogging, I had absolutely no idea what I was in for and have definitely come a long way since that first post one year ago, which I owe in part to the amazing people in my life.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Classically Claire began as a creative outlet but has since become much more than that to me. While I still of course love putting together outfits and sharing fashion ideas with my readers, that is not all there is to it anymore. As I sit here having a blog writing party with one my fellow blogger friends, I can say that one of my most favorite parts about having a blog is the sense of community. There are many women bloggers out there that are beyond supportive of one another and I think that is amazing! I am a huge advocate for women supporting each other and it is so great to experience such encouragement in the world of blogging.
The hardest part of this last year in terms of blogging was learning not to pay so much attention to growth. That may seem counterintuitive because a lot of people start blogs with the intention of wanting to impact others. But the blogging market is very saturated and some bloggers do experience quicker growth than others. I started Classically Claire because I love fashion and home decor and enjoy the creative component that is involved in blogging. I sometimes have to remind myself that this is more important than numbers. It can be very difficult not to compare yourself to others, but at the end of the day, you have to give yourself a break! I would love to take all the time in the world to blog, but I have a full-time job, am working on my master’s degree, and have many friends and a boyfriend that I care about, all of which are also very important to me! So the biggest piece of advice that I can give to those new to the blogland is to be genuine and blog because you love writing or fashion or whatever the case may be, not just to make money! And don’t be so hard on yourself. (I’m still working on this!)
In terms of my goals for this next year, my largest one is simply to make more time for blogging. It can be tough to get yourself to sit down and actually start writing because life happens. But every time I do finally start blogging away, I think, “Why do I not do this more often?!” I also look forward to fostering more relationships this next year with other bloggers. As I mentioned, this has become one of my favorite parts about blogging. So if you are a blogger yourself, reach out to me!
Cheers to another year! Thank you so much as always for reading!