Changes

A few days ago I was catching up on some blog reading, and came across a post titled "where do we go from here". The author, Joelle, writes a blog called Something Charming, and it's become one of my favorite reads.

In this post she describes the beginning of her blog, the changes it's been through, and the direction she'd like to take it. Now, her blog has quite a few more followers than mine, but she made me realize that I needed some direction as well. She inspired me to take a good look at my blog and figure out where I wanted it to go.

When I first started blogging last August I really wanted to share my experiences as a recent college grad (which I still want to share), but I also started to feel a lot of pressure from other blogs out there.

I wanted to be as cute and creative as them, I wanted to have the creative blog title, with the sarcastic humor, and awesome "outfits of the day". I realized though, that the more I tried to be like other blogs, the further away I felt from the community that followed me, and that I admired so much.

So, after reading Joelle's post, I realized I needed some direction. I decided that the thing I can offer to this blog, that no one else can, is myself. My unique personality, experiences, and thoughts, and that's exactly what I'm going to do. My blog is going to be "Just Bri" and not modeled after anyone else.

It's amazing, as soon as I decided on a direction I reached back out to Alyx to do my design work, and as soon as I saw what she came back with, I KNEW that I was finally doing something right with this little blog of mine (it doesn't hurt either that she's an amazing designer).

Reach out to her for any work you might need, cause girlfriend is awesome!

Anyway, I hope y'all like the new changes, and I hope you'll stick around! Blogging has been such a fun experience, I never realized how much it could teach me about myself.
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15 comments :

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

This is great Bri! Your blog is just adorable, and I feel so happy that my post has inspired some pretty awesome changes. I know you'll go really far my dear, and I can't wait to follow along!

xoxo,
Joelle

Alyx said...

Thanks so much for the kind words!! You're pretty awesome! :)

♥ Ka`ili said...

great post! your page looks beautiful :)

Katrin said...

It looks so great, Bri!

brynn said...

great post, and beautiful new design!

Marisol said...

as a relatively new blogger myself, this post was very very helpful! love the new design!

Laura said...

I love your new look!! It's pretty and simple. And I think it's great for you to blog about what you know best, you! I'm sticking around :).

bailey j said...

amen to those. love your blog and love you in the least creepy way possible that a complete stranger can say it! sometimes i feel pressure to make this like cute blog with all the glamorous things that I dont wear and all the pictures of the kids that I don't have and all the work outs I complete and all this stuff but.. it's not my life. My blog started as an outlet for me and that's the way I need to focus on keeping it! Yes, there are some really amazing blogs about fashion and babies and crafts but.. none of those things have much to do with me or my life. You have it all figured out, Bri, and I'm so happy to read this!! looking forward to reading about just you. :) xx

bailey

Brianna said...

Well howdy!! I saw your blog on another person's blog and I HAD to come say hello. Mostly because we have the same name. I almost named my blog "Just Bri" too, but changed my mind at the last minute. LOL. Nice to meet you!

Emily said...

Found your blog from Alyx's! She is pretty awesome...I'm thinking about asking her to do a blog design for me, too.

I totally understand what you mean about the blog world. It's so easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and wanting to do the same. Thanks for the reminder, and I'm so glad you're sticking true to yourself!!

I'm your newest follwer!

Brooke said...

I absolutely love your new layout. It's fun to see how people's personality shines through in the way they get their blog designed. I love it! I'm your newest follower, and I can't wait to read more! I'd love to see you around my blog too. Let's be blog friends?

xo,

Brooke

liningthecloudswithsilver.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

cute~

Lauren said...

Hello! Just found your blog through Alyx. Love the design. Also love your blog lady. I agree that the pressure to put out some really great stylish, funny, and glamorous blog with even more amazing photos can be a lot. Like you I realized the pressure wasn't worth it. People who like you for you will stay by ya :) With that, I'm a new follower and I can't wait to read more! Have a great weekend lady!
Lauren @ lemon trees and bumble bees

Vivian said...

Isn't Alyx just AWESOME! We both always seem to be connected somehow, getting our blog designs at the same time by the same cool girl. I LOVE IT Bri, I really DO! I can SEE YOU! SO happy we met :)

Kasey Lynne said...

LOVE the new look girl!

Thank you for the honest and amazing post!! The only thing you can bring is YOU, and that's why we (readers) are here :)

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