A Look Back
After 207 posts, 12,217 hits and having been visited by 110 countries I am beyond overwhelmed with emotion. Today I wanted to take a look back over the past year to gauge how far I’ve come since beginning this journey into the blogging world.
To say that I was afraid would be an understatement because I was terrified to share my thoughts with the universe! It will be a year on December 16, 2014 since my first post prior to this it was February 9, 2013 that I set up my blog, took some Lynda.com WordPress courses, then in the following months I did a lot of behind the scenes work.
It’s no secret that I have a great fondness for inspirational quotes so I was pleased to find on Twitter today a quote that I felt was a perfect summary of this past year. “When your mind says give up, hope whispers one more try.” ~Author Unknown
Feeling confident one moment, then in the next plagued with fear and self-doubts it’s been an emotional roller coaster ride. However there were some unexpected surprises that I did not account for, like the diversity and kindness of all the bloggers I’ve come to know, receiving emails from people all over thanking me for sharing my insight and then the incredible connections I’ve made.
Though Bold Blind Beauty’s purpose is three-fold the first goal is to aid women who are blind/vision impaired with determining their style and providing tips across the broad spectrum of cosmetics and fashion; the second goal is to challenge society’s viewpoint on what defines beauty; the third goal is to encourage my readers to carry themselves with confidence.
From the beginning I stated that “when you feel good, you look good” with the focus being on feeling. The end result of feeling good is confidence and I believe confidence goes a long way in telling the world that you feel good about yourself. This is especially true when you are blind or vision impaired because lacking the visual cues of sighted people, we have to use a bit of creativity and ingenuity to achieve a certain look.
Researching for hours on end, taking pictures, developing articles to publish, all while learning the technology behind WordPress is an all-consuming task that has led to a fulfilling labor of love. When I find information that I believe will be beneficial to my readers, like a child on Christmas morning, I get so excited I can’t wait to share it with you.
Without losing sight of my blog’s purpose I have to say that my favorite articles are highlighting the women I feature on Fridays. It makes me feel so good to present these women to the world so that in so doing together we are becoming more aware of the capabilities of people who are blind/vision impaired. This leads me to the main reason for today’s post.
Beginning next Friday through the end of the year I will be publishing updates on many of the women that I’ve previously featured. Since all of these women are people I admire I can’t think of a better way to end the year on such a high note.
Happy, Happy Friday!!
“Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.” ~Max L. Forman