ONE YEAR LATER
When I began Bratty B I was unsure how it would be received; and while that is always the case when starting a blog, the pressure was exponentially higher as I was walking away from an already established blog, The Pretty Vain, to do so. The decision to walk away from my former blog was extremely difficult, but was something I had to do if I wanted to continue writing and creating content with any sort of passion. I had fallen out of love with The Pretty Vain as a side project and was ready for a new challenge, something I could one day, hopefully, turn into a business. After weeks of contemplating a webzine called Unruly Mag, a devastating blow when Drake coined OvoUnruly, and two hundred and sixty blog names thrown around later, I settled on creating a fashion/beauty blog under the alias Bratty B.
I can't deny that it was slow-going at first; I felt bewildered by the fact that the site had no visitors, my Instagram was back down to 0 followers, I had minimal content, and at times, I honestly felt I was writing and creating for no one. But I pursued, I pushed forward. Instead of focusing on the following, I focused on the content; be it the photography, writing, or styling, I found some way to improve.
Now looking back on the past year, while I'm very proud of the following I've acquired, I'm more so proud of the personal improvements I can see in my content, direction, and photography when compared to The Pretty Vain. And therefore I want to remind my fellow bloggers out there to only compare themselves to their own projects, their own past. It can be so easy to get distracted and down on yourself when you compare your website or social media outlet to others, but what is most important is the improvements you see in yourself.
But with all that said, it would be a lie to say I was here today all due to myself and my efforts. My followers are truly the reason I am able to do what I do and produce content I care deeply about. With your love and support throughout this transition I have felt encouraged to write what I want, wear what I want, and do what I want – something I so greatly struggled with in the past. I feel truly blessed to have attended the events I have, met the people I've met, and have my very own space on the world wide web be respected and so well received. And truthfully that's all thanks to you.
So thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
I look forward to sharing another year of outfits, beauty product reviews, and personal musings with you, but I'm open to hearing the posts you're most interested in viewing.
Are there any categories/posts you'd like to see more of? Products you'd like reviewed?
Let me know how Bratty B can improve this year in the comment section below.
I'm always open to constructive suggestions and comments!