I can hardly believe it. One year ago, I sat in front of my laptop and clicked “activate” without knowing what a whirlwind it would be. Choosing the name was a no brainer. The writing came natural. And today, The Ocean Minded Blog turns one.
I can’t explain why I started blogging, other than the mere fact that I knew I could do it well. Prior to The Ocean Minded (TOM), I followed a handful of really well-known bloggers, and after reading countless posts with careless grammatical errors, unorganized rants and typos, I thought to myself, “I can do this better, I am a good writer.”
Thus, The Ocean Minded was born (coincidentally, it all started in the same dress I am wearing today).
Blogging has been a roller-coaster of emotions, as I am sure most bloggers would agree. You can go from fiercely motivated, to hopelessly discouraged, within a matter of seconds. Social media can make you fishtail like that, which is both a blessing and a curse. It’s inspiring, yet dampening, to see bloggers with 100-thousand followers compared to your wimpy 1,000. Blogging is simultaneously feeling determined to get there and inadequate realizing you may never will. It’s hard to keep up.
There will always be someone skinnier, with longer hair and a darker tan. There will always be someone with cuter clothes, a bigger house and better quality photos. But what this little labor of love has made me realize is that I am a blogger, not a model. I work a full-time job, and The Ocean Minded is a hobby, not my career. I don’t have someone following me around 24-7 on the hunt for perfect lighting, while I’m wearing a perfect outfit, sipping my perfect latte. Instead, I have my dad, who so graciously snaps my photos on the weekends when our schedules cooperate. But ya know what? It works for me.
I started this blog as a creative outlet to express myself, connect with like-minded people and speak the raw, honest truth. I am here to create and to write. And if I am being completely honest, I am pretty damn proud of myself. I’m not a size zero, but I feel good in my skin. I don’t have a collection of $300 dresses hanging in my closet, but I love my hippie, beach bum style. I don’t post a blog every single day, but the blogs that I do write, they come from my heart. I don’t get a paycheck from this, but I have been gifted some of the raddest product from some of the most genuine, talented brands (which I am so thankful for). I don’t have a ton of followers, but the bloggers and brands I have befriended along the way have made all of this worth it.
So if you want the secret to blogging, here it is: be yourself. Everyone else is taken, and they’re doing it better than you ever will, so just do you.
I understand that I’m not for everybody. I’m the kind of person who treats a one year blog anniversary like a real-life birthday. I am sarcastic, I drink beer while wearing a cheeky bikini, my hair is too thin for trendy braid tutorials, my obsession with the ocean is borderline obnoxious, I’m stubborn, my makeup skills are mediocre at best, I curse, and I don’t have macaroons and fresh flowers on my coffee table as many bloggers often do.
So if you’re actually reading this, thank you. It means the world.
I love everything that The Ocean Minded has become and I am excited to see where it goes from here.
Cheers to one year!