So it appears that I’ve been blogging for eight whole years! Mad, isn’t it? 2016 has gone by in a flash and it’s probably been one of the trickiest yet. Crazy, especially since I wrote this post full of happiness and rainbows last year! My blogging journey seems to split clearly into two halves, the first as a student, exploring these new forms of media and the subsequent years pivoting my career into a new direction. I’ve also had a bubble to break out of and man, it’s been overwhelming.
Fortunately I still love IWYTK for the same reasons as before. It’s been a backdrop to my defining twentysomething years and I still love documenting and bringing my ideas to fruition. What I’ve realised this year, is that there was a deeper message behind things. Through starting a blog, I inadvertently created a media platform where I can represent myself, free of any judgements or stereotypes. It’s the kind of thing I’ve always been doing, I attempted to make a magazine when I was 9, started a website with Louise Rennison-inspired stories at 13 and dabbled with every social platform going. One day I’ll dig my angsty MySpace pose out for you all…
It’s taken a while for me to realise my value. I’ve had times during the early days where I was trying to upload to Lookbook, then getting disheartened because no one was bothered. I’ve attempted to conform in other ways, but fallen at the first hurdle. This year I’ve had some great experiences but for every ‘win’, there’s been countless others that have fallen through. I know I keep going on about my redesign, but it was paramount in helping me realise that I have worth beyond an Instagram figure. My motivation can dip from time to time, but I always pick myself up, confide in others and keep rethinking my approach. What has this taught me? That immediate success isn’t always the path for us and so much can be learnt by making mistakes.
I’m also more comfortable expressing myself on topics that I’ve been challenged by before. The biggie? Race. I touched on it a little in this video and my recent gift guide, but I’m hoping that I can finally share more of my story next year. I just want to put another experience out there. I was listening to the Two Fools Talking podcast recently and really agreed with the sentiment that ‘You have to develop a kind of ignorance to survive’. I guess that’s what I’ve been doing for most of my life, but now I’m willing to open up. I look at my little sister and I want her to feel empowered, instead of frustrated and sad.
For 2017, I have a vague editorial calendar for the first time. This is mainly due to the big 3-0 in August, I’d been freaking out about the next decade but it makes perfect sense since I’ve completed four years of education, interned in New York, worked on a High Street design team, written for Buzzfeed and countless other things. I’m excited for the party and I’m already planning it, Solange style.
All that’s left to say is thank you all for reading, commenting, liking, subscribing, all the things! You mean so much to me and I can’t wait to see where the next year takes us!