“You should start a blog.”
Two people had said those words to me in the same week. I couldn’t get them out of my head.
Ten years ago, I was a junior magazine journalism student at the University of Pittsburgh, wrapping up a fall internship at Pittsburgh Magazine. I had the chance to write a short article for their annual weddings issue–my first print piece–which was about a local couple who ran a blog. Working on that article led me down a rabbit hole to the first blogs I ever read (this, this, and this). As I pored over them, clicking through pages and pages of past posts, I found myself hooked. I knew I wanted to work at a wedding magazine someday and was racking up as many internships as I could. But what if I could create my own portfolio, showcasing my writing, personal style, and growing knowledge of the industry on a regular basis?
That is what led to me sitting at my desk the evening of December 8, 2010, opening up my pink Dell laptop, creating a WordPress account, and hitting publish on my very first blog post.
That was 1,026 posts ago. Something Pretty did serve its original purpose, I am glad to say, but what I had no idea on that night was how much more it would see me through. A handful of amazing internships. A move to Austin and then to North Carolina. My dream job. Reconnecting with my future husband, getting engaged, and getting married. Two beautiful babies on earth and one in heaven. Our first house and the house we hope to raise our family in.
This blog is the story of my twenties.
It is 1,026 posts and counting of what has inspired me–a celebration through the best seasons and an encouragement through the hard ones. So much of who I am today is due to the thousands of hours I have poured into this site because blogging has taught me how to seek out, find, recognize, and even create beauty, in more ways than I can count.
The experience of blogging has changed most significantly to me over the past few months, as I transitioned into a season of working to make it my full-time job. Emotionally, it has been harder than I anticipated to fight an unexpected wave of comparison and jealousy that didn’t exist when this fell firmly in the “hobby” category in my mind. Most of all, I’ve been fighting the fear that even though I’ve been blogging for a decade, I missed my chance to turn this into a career. But the fact of the matter is, I love doing this. I have loved doing this from day one, and ten years, a half-dozen new “it” social media platforms, and an influencer industry pushing $15 billion later, it has not lost its luster. It has changed…gosh, it has changed so much. But the joy I find in publishing a post I’m excited about? That never has.
I want you to know that whether you’ve been following along since my college days or you just found me last week, I am SO grateful for you. Every comment, every click, every like, every tag, every DM, and every e-mail encourages me. Even if it’s something as simple as a question about where I got my sweater, I love having the opportunity to share things I love, and, hopefully, make your days a little easier or more beautiful as a result. The fact that such brilliant, thoughtful, kind women around the world choose to spend a few moments of their busy days on Something Pretty literally brings tears to my eyes. Thank you. Thank you so much.
As a little thank you, I’d love to treat ten of you to gift cards to your favorite local coffee shops. Considering the number of hours I’ve logged over the years blogging in coffee shops, it seems a fitting treat! Just leave a comment below and let me know how long you’ve been reading or any favorite past posts that stick out in your mind. I’ll reach out to ten random people on Wednesday for the details on your coffee shop :)
Cheers to the next ten! I can’t wait to see what they hold.
Dress borrowed from BHLDN, one of the first brands I ever partnered with back in 2013!