Today marks the one-year anniversary of JenRocksFashion! Taking the leap of faith to start a blog was one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve come a long way since my very first post, and I’m so grateful to you for reading/liking/commenting on my content.
Around Christmastime, I did a recap of my favorite posts of 2011. These are my favorite three since January:
Making a visual connection between Dior eye shadow…and tree bark.
Welcoming Frank Gehry into our basement.
Cultivating a pretty present.
So, what have I learned during this past year?
- To trust my gut. Always.
- To be open to creative inspiration, and be a keen observer–whether I’m walking down a city block or eating at a restaurant.
- To write when I can and not stress about it. Having a full-time day job (which sometimes spills over into evening and weekend hours) means that blogging is not my main priority. And that’s more than OK.
- That coming up with clever titles and photo captions requires a surprising amount of brain power.
- That the process of brainstorming an idea, fleshing it out, and then clicking “publish” provides me with a sense of elation and joy.
- That not even hackers, who brought down my site twice, could deter me.
Lastly, I’ve learned what famed American graphic designer Milton Glaser was talking about in Jonah Lehrer’s eye-opening book Imagine. He said, “[Creativity] is about taking an idea in your head, and transforming that idea into something real. And that’s always going to be a long and difficult process. If you’re doing it right, it’s going to feel like work.”
It’s true: crafting each post takes a lot of effort. I experiment with different sentence structures and rearrange the order of photos. I mull over words. And I revise and edit some more. But I love it so it’s not really work, is it?
Here’s to kicking off my sophomore year in the blogosphere!