I have definitely come a long way since I first started blogging seven months ago. I promised you guys that I’d tell you the story of how I started my blog, so here we go.
I had always wanted to start a blog. I had quite a few personal ones that I used as journals when I was younger and a few small lifestyle blogs throughout my teenage life. But they weren’t anything substantial and I didn’t have the knowledge, dedication or passion that I needed to successfully blog.
I had the strong writing background from being an editor for two years in high school, and editor-in-chief the last two years for my high school paper. I took communications courses in college and had always been a very good writer. I loved reading blogs, books, and various forms of media. I always read The College Prepster and Cupcakes and Cashmere (back in its prime), among other blogs.During
During undergrad, I told my college boyfriend that I wanted to blog and he always laughed at the blogs I started. They were always personal and kind of low-key petty. Although they were humorous and witty, they didn’t serve any real purposes. Besides being my journal.
The truth is, I was always curious about starting a lifestyle blog. I started a YouTube channel that I ran for a summer before I stopped making videos. The truth is, I hated making videos. The process took so much time and I hated how I came off on video. I knew was far better suited for writing and blogging than being a Youtuber.
It wasn’t until the summer before my last year of college that I had decided to take destiny into my own hands. I had hated the job that I was working at and was so miserable. I was putting all of my hard work and energy into something that I did not believe in. I was underpaid and treated without respect and knew that I needed to leave. My friend Azeem contacted me and told me about an internship at his current company. It sounded perfect and I applied immediately.
I was so incredibly excited and I wanted to tell someone about it. I didn’t know who but I just wanted to write all about it. So, at about 2 am on a random summer night, I headed over to WordPress. I registered unabridgedsass.wordpress.com and then wrote my very first post. I had a gut feeling that this time, things were different. This blog was going to be different. I didn’t get the job, but I got something even better. I got this website.
Anytime I had a question about my site, I googled it. I customized my blog by myself and built it by myself. I worked at designing the banner and producing new content. After tirelessly trying to code and format my site, I finally finished it. I continued to post new posts and to slowly build my blog.
Of course, in the beginning, a lot of people laughed at me. So many people told me that it sounded like a silly hobby and that I shouldn’t expect anyone to read my site or to profit from it. I told each and every one of them that I wasn’t doing this for the views or the money. I was doing this because I loved doing it and because it made me happy.
Even if all my photos on the blog were kind of poor and my blog design wasn’t the best. They still laughed at me.
I ignored all the laughs and side commentary every time I took a picture for my blog or whenever I was writing blog posts. I shamelessly admitted to having barely any followers or comments. I knew my blog was small but that didn’t stop me from putting my heart and soul into it.
I remember deciding to invest the $20 to purchase my own domain. I had felt nervous and unsure but finally took the plunge and did it. It was the first real investment that I had made in myself and represented that I was truly going to believe in myself.
I had felt detached to a lot of lifestyle blogs because the other bloggers always seemed so disingenuous and a little condescending. They were always these picture-perfect women who were gorgeous, thin, and dressed in designer labels and with perfect photographer boyfriends. That wasn’t me. And that wasn’t what I wanted for my blog.
I didn’t want to create a site where I was telling people how to live and showing them a fake, phony, and curated life. I wanted to show them my real life. I wanted to share my real input and perspectives, and to be unabashedly honest and candid. Life isn’t perfect but that’s the beauty of it.
I didn’t want this site to feel like Gwyneth Paltrow giving people advice. I wanted it to feel like me and the readers were pals sitting at brunch or shopping at Sephora. I wanted the blog to have the vibe of genuinity with a bunch of sass and humor. And now, retrospectively, I think I’ve accomplished that.People always asked me for advice and input when it came to fashion, food, and beauty. My friends would always ask me for recommendations and I would always be willing to share! I believed that this blog would be my platform for sharing things that I love and ideas that I thought of! It always warms my heart when I get a tweet, comment or DM from you all saying that you tried something that’s The Unabridged Sass approved and that it worked wonderfully for you!
People always asked me for advice and input when it came to fashion, food, and beauty. My friends would always ask me for recommendations and I would always be willing to share! I believed that this blog would be my platform for sharing things that I love and ideas that I thought of! It always warms my heart when I get a tweet, comment or DM from you all saying that you tried something that’s The Unabridged Sass approved and that it worked wonderfully for you!
A lot of people laughed at me in the beginning and questioned if my blog was going to amount to anything. And I think I’ve proven them, and my insecurities, wrong. Seven months later, I’m still going strong and this blog has grown more and more as time passes by. I still remember freaking out when I hit twenty five followers, and now I’m at much more than that. It’s definitely an awesome feeling when you know that something you’ve put your heart and soul into is successful.
I’ve learned so much about blogging, design, social media, and content production over these past seven months. But the truth is, I’ve learned even more about myself. I’ve learned so much about myself throughout this whole experience and am grateful every day that I have the opportunity to do this.
I don’t do this for the views but I do it for all of you. I do it because I love hearing from all of you and getting tweets and Snapchats about what you’ve all been up to. I love seeing new perspectives and talking with everyone that I’ve met because of blogging. And if it wasn’t for all of you, this blog would just be another random WordPress blog. So thank you for reading, commenting, and for making my day. I appreciate all of you.
It’s definitely been quite the experience and I’m always excited to see what else the future holds for me. This blog has captured some of my biggest milestones and personal events. I wrote about my college graduation and I wrote about my decision to become a Medical Lab Scientist (and eventually a Lab Director). I heard from one of the schools I applied to, and I got accepted into my first program today! I’m still waiting back to hear from my first choice (this prestigious clinical practicum in Chicago), but I am extremely excited. I can’t wait to look back at all of this one day and read about it.
So, that’s the story of how I made this blog. The how, the when, and the why. I’m so glad that all of you have decided to come along for the ride. I promise you that things will never get boring and that they’ll be always sassy, never abridged.
What is your blogging story?