Hello everyone! Oh, how I’m enjoying getting to meet some of you already. Thank you for responding and making me smile. I love hearing what motivates others to sew and I’m looking forward to reading more of your stories today during my “1-Year Blog Anniversary Week.
The “WHY” Behind my Blog
Today, I thought I would share with you why I blog. It all started in 2015, when I attended Mimi G Style’s 4th Annual Fashion, Sewing & Style Conference.
I met lots of women at the Conference who inspired me to learn more about blogs, Facebook Groups and all that the sewing community has to offer. When I learned to sew, all we had were books and in-person sewing classes (no internet), and I had been away from sewing for many years at that point. After returning home from the conference, I was invited to join Mimi’s Facebook Group, “Make It, Mix It, Rock it” (all Conference attendees are invited). It was there that my head began to spin.
Before the Conference, I was not even aware that these groups existed in social media. Now mind you, I was not that big a fan of social media at all. I had a Facebook page only and used it just to communicate with family and friends. Through the sewing group, I began to see just how far “out-of-touch” I was with the sewing community. I began to learn about sewing terms I’d never heard before (like “TNT”), resources I was clueless about, other bloggers within the group, and so much more. I began to share my projects and started receiving encouraging comments. Amongst the comments there were a few who thought I should have a blog or Facebook page. I was NOT interested (at first). There were also a couple of friends, outside the group, who told me I should have a website because I was sharing the outfits on my personal Facebook page too. Again, I was NOT interested. Armed with an abundance of inspiration, I continued to share my projects with the group, like these in the Pre-Blog photos below.
Then, one day Mimi posted a short video on Periscope about things you need to know about starting a blog. Previously, she had launched her Blogging 101 Course. I watched the replay of that video in the group because I didn’t know what the heck a periscope was at the time. I didn’t even have a Twitter account. I really don’t know why I watched the video, but I did, and something piqued my interest. I remember mentioning it to my husband, and he told me to take the course. I didn’t do it at that time because I wasn’t sure. He told me I had nothing to lose by taking the course, even if I decided not to start a blog. I think it was a couple of weeks later that I ran across her course again and decided to take a peak. After reading about it, I entered all my information to register, but I wouldn’t press the “send” button. My husband told me to stop tripping and order the course. I was so scared. Does that sound weird? I don’t know why I was scared to order a course. LOL! Anway, after going back and forth for some time, I finally hit the “send” button and screamed. My husband just shook his head.
I started the course, which was full of great information for someone who knows NOTHING about blogging. I downloaded her worksheets and took notes, following the suggestions she gave, and before I knew it I was ordering my domain name. Say WHAT?!!! Yep, I jumped ALL in and went for it. I started watching lots and lots of YouTube tutorials and joining Webinars to learn as much as I could about starting a blog. Still, I have only scratched the surface because there is so much information out there. I love that people are so generous in their sharing. Many bloggers have paid courses that give you access to their premium content, providing more in-depth information than what’s offered on YouTube and Webinars. They are wise in their strategy and I applaud them for using that wisdom to help build their brands.
Following the advice of those who are experienced in the Blog community, I took the necessary steps to set up my blog in a way that would project my personal style, and draw the attention of my target reader. With everything in place, I set a launch date, promoted the launching the best way I knew how at that time, and on January 20th, 2016, Anita by Design was born.
Fast forward to today— Why am I still blogging? I blog because I really enjoy how others are being inspired through what I do. There’s a huge smile on my heart, knowing that, while I’m doing something I absolutely LOVE, others are being motivated, encouraged, inspired and compelled to action. Some are being inspired to start sewing, many are returning to sewing, others are challenging themselves to new techniques, and still others are becoming more confident in themselves. While all of this is awesome enough, there’s another MORE IMPORTANT reason that brings me back each week. That is—many of you have commented about returning to my blog for more than just sewing. You’ve said you feel like you’re sitting and chatting with a girlfriend. You’ve told me it feels like we’re old friends. The name, Anita by Design, is directly in line with that response.
If I can reach out to you with my posts as a down-to-earth sew sister and be received as a friend, and have you feel comfortable with me, then I am living in my DESIGN (the About Page will tell you what that means). Thank you for confirming that I’m on the right track.
That’s all for today! Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a $50 eGift Card to Michael Levine Fabrics. To enter click HERE! Then check back tomorrow as I continue my 1-Year Blog Anniversary Week!
What About You?
Are you a blogger? What is your “WHY?” Why do you blog? If you’re not a blogger, why do you follow blogs? Share with me! I really want to hear from you.
Thanks for stopping by!
Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!!!