When I started this blog back in 2009 it was because I loved to make AND share. Interpersonal communication, sharing ideas and inspirations is a big part of my identity and my blog has become a natural extension of that. When I first started this blog I remember very clearly many people discouraging me, “Don’t waste your time…” they said “Blogging is dead.” But I kept at it, not because I ever thought I could make a living doing this–but because I just really enjoyed it — from writing to photography, styling, designing and even creating the product round-up layouts, and then sharing it — I love it all. The pace of blogging also really suits me. I love the quick rhythm of producing new content every day. I’m never bored — there’s always something to think about, some concept to hone, some idea to test out.
When I first met some of my closest blogging buddies back in 2009, it was because I was bummed I wasn’t attending Alt Summit. I ended up hosting a little open pot-luck / gathering at my then studio for people who were as bummed as me to not be attending. It was my first time meeting other design bloggers in real life and many would go on to become some of my closest friends and creative collaborators like Dabito, Satsuki, Victoria, Jessica, Joy and Jen.
Six years and a whole lot of hustling later, I’m still typing away on this blog, and still loving every minute of sharing my wild style with you all. And lately I feel like I’m crossing many milestones, not least of which, I’m speaking at Alt Summit in January. It feels really good to see my hard work paying off, but what I’m most excited about is paying it forward. When I felt discouraged, when no one visited the blog, when I woke up at 5:30AM to get a blog post out before my 9-5 and still there were no comments, I could turn to Dabito, Satsuki, Victoria, Jessica, Joy and Jen for advice, to leave comments, to give me the blog love I needed. This support network was crucial to this trajectory to blogging success.
At Alt this January I’ll be given a mic and 45 minutes to pay it forward. I want those 45 minutes to be as informative and inspiring as possible. I want to be as open and as supportive as my friends were (and still are!) of me and my creative projects. So I open up the floor to you and I ask: What should I speak about at Alt? What would be the most helpful topic to you to propel you forward and inspire you to achieve your creative goals and dreams? Would you like to hear about how I’m making my wildest dreams come true by growing the Jungalow into a lifestyle brand? Would you like to hear about how to get a book published? Would you like to hear how I’ve used Pinterest and Instagram to define my style? Would you like to hear about how to make money blogging and get real numbers and ideas??
I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this. See you at Alt, friends! (And for those who can’t make it, maybe I should host another pot luck afterwards, huh?)