I want to begin by thanking each and every one of you, yes you, fellow bloggers & friends for your beautiful comments, endless support, and ever-increasing interest in the Taste and Style Files! I have truly come to love blogging and networking with every new or old friend that I have found in each of you. When I first started this blog I never thought it would be where it is today, and I know it is only going to grow more in the weeks and months to come- and I am so thrilled about this! I know my love for blogging would not have grown this much if it wasn’t for the encouragement and support I’ve received from each of you. You’ve kept me going and motivated, and I am so thankful you have because I’ve discovered a new passion that I may never have otherwise found.
I’ve spent so much time the past weeks and months blogging or doing blogger things (like sitting on tweet deck for hours scrolling down my twitter time line, Follow me!), but I don’t hate it! I know all of you can easily relate, too. I’ve read countless articles on how to improve a blog, like here and here.. spent what seems like thousands of hours browsing other blogs, reading, commenting, etc. And is it worth it? YES! See, I love blogging and what it has become for me: It’s like an outlet, and each time I sit down at my computer to “do my blogging things” I feel as if I’m transported to another world, my blogging world. (and sometimes, I think my boyfriend really thinks I am hehe) But this world is a reality, a world that I love and that I am so glad I have found. What is blogging to you?
I believe blogging is going places, and is an area of media that while it is not well known to all, those who know about it know its potential. And I’m almost certain that each of us can agree with this, right? People reading our blogs, whether it be each other or the casual reader that stops by, want to know about us and who we are. People can relate to bloggers. We are real people, with real life pictures, stories, and passions. Seeing a style shot of a blogger, a recipe we made, or a story we have entertains the reader, because that is what’s really happening out there. Isn’t that what we all want to know? Personally, I know I have my favorite blogs, this this and this, and I can hardly wait to read their next post every single day. We all have our favorite reads and each of them have their own unique factor that keeps us coming back for more. What is it? Why do we all want to read about fellow bloggers and what they did, wore, or made that day. Because it’s personal and relatable. That’s what people want. Each of us bloggers has our own style, our own taste, our own inspirations and aspirations, our own uniqueness that makes each of us individuals; that makes each of you, you. That in itself is perhaps the most beautiful thing. Blogging is your way to show your uniqueness to the world.
So as a token of my appreciation to you all, for your support and kind words, I wanted to give you with a bit of encouragement myself. Keep being you. Be your unique self and broadcast that to the rest of us, because that’s what we want to see and read. That’s what keeps us coming back for more. That is what is beautiful about each of you.
“To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting.” – E.E. Cummings