I can’t believe that I am approaching my three-year Bloversary in just three short months to celebrate in August! I have the joys of endless product reviews, insightful interviews, noteworthy book reviews, heart-felt posts about motherhood, marriage, and parenting!
I have redesigned my logo and site several times in order to really express my voice and passion for writing and helping others. I have written over 100 value packed blog posts, I had the pleasure of guest posting on several phenomenal blogs, networking with other passionate bloggers, attending numerous events as media, featured on several different online media platforms, and I have enjoyed the “journey,” and the “destination.”
I am so grateful that blogging has opened new doors for me in terms of coaching, speaking, mentoring, community building, and teaching in the digital space. Also, I am wearing a new hat of Editor and Chief of Victorious Awards International Magazine which launched April 3, 2016. The team of Victorious Awards International Magazine are made up of a superb, and very talented group individuals from around the globe, and expanding daily. We have members from Cape town South Africa, to Toronto, Canada and everywhere in between, a dream that has really come true!
I believe that these are truly abundant gifts from God, which I know that I would have never received if I have taken my love for writing and started blogging. One of my biggest goals that I plan on conquering this summer is finding my aesthetic on Instagram by working on stunning flat lays to improve my brand and purpose on IG, and attend a blogging conference by the end of the year.But during this epic time of growth and transition, I had to ask myself at the end of the day, Why did I start blogging?
Why did I start blogging?
I started blogging during the very beginning of my pregnancy of my beloved princess Maliah Thandiwe. My family and I lived in Harare, Zimbabwe for 14 months with dealing with the sudden symptoms of my husband’s ongoing battle with diabetes. We all felt at that time that it would be better to have him in his home country of Zimbabwe to be close to family. I had to recover at the same time, from all the stress and hardships that we faced in America, including my personal battle with depression and anxiety. Thankfully, to God the family recovered and we were able to get back on our mighty feet and get our life back in Atlanta. So upon our arrival moving into a new apartment, getting my son into Pre Kindergarten and trying to find my place in the world.
I received one of the best blessings of my life to date. A very good sister/friend of mine invited me to guest post on her uplifting blog Empress Chronicle and become a contributing writer for the parenting section. However, keep in mind at the time I had no idea about blogging, being a blogger or what exactly what a post or a guest post was for that matter? However, I took her up on the offer based on the fact that she wanted me to just draw from my own personal experiences as a growing parent of almost two children. I thought to myself, no problem since writing has always remained a consistent passion in my life. I felt honored and privileged that she thought of me to become a priceless addition to her blogging family. I love, love, love, being married to my pen and paper!
Also, I had to utilize some of my creative juices on some platform apart from free-lance writing gigs that I would gratefully get on occasion, but being pregnant with my daughter changed my writing game completely in a very good way. I consider myself a creative butterfly, so I had to spread my wings and land somewhere and blogging seemed to be that awesome resting place where I have grown out of my cocoon into some things that I have never imagined when I began this writing evolution.
I am abundantly humbled by the process of blogging, and I have grown to really respect it. I have learned that along the way, I did not have any choice but to step out of your comfort zone and to learn about graphic design, SEO, photography, social media platforms, plug-ins, word choices, grammatical errors (which I am sure I have had my share) lol! But to make a long story short or gracefully long, blogging has truly been a blessing, and to see my daughter turning three this summer is like total confirmation of this journey which really started with her!
So I guess in a small “microcosm,” of a tiny “nutshell,” that is why I started blogging, and Why I continue to blog today, and prayerfully continue to explore my “creative wings” in the future!