Five years ago I had no idea what a blog was. I remember being up early one morning with Dallas (he was only an infant then) when I found Made by Girl blog written by Jen Ramos. Before I knew it hours had passed as I visited page after page being inspired by her life, business, and her faith.
Through Jen’s site I found other blogs and the excitement really hit. Without delay I searched the web on how to get started. I thought, “Wow, what a great way to catalog my decorating ideas and interests!” But were so many blogs out there already (and probably ten times more even now) and I wondered what would make me different. Interior design and fashion were two of my loves so I decided to write about fashion-inspired interiors. And the name? This had to be something that symbolized both passions. Each topic being high-end in nature, I wanted my site to feature style that was polished yet approachable.
My first though was “blue”, as in blue blood being of aristocratic rule, noble birth. That was the high-end part. The word “label” was indicative of fashion. And finally, “bungalow” symbolized an humble, approachable home.
Get it? BluLabel Bungalow.
I embraced it and kept moving.
I downloaded a trial copy of Photoshop and through reading and watching various tutorials I designed my own header. My earlier readers will remember this:
Looking back at this I realize how much my business background played a part in the blog’s development. The above image is a denim label complete with rivets and stitching. Behind my name was my “official crest,” a coat of arms symbolizing the nobility part.
My new blog lit a fire inside of me that burns even hotter today. Back then was a time of personal and professional transition for me. We decided that I would hang up my corporate job and I would build my design business part time while taking care of the kids at home.
Boy, I was ambitious wasn’t I?
In my mind, the blog would be the vehicle that would transport me to my destination as a decorator, writer, and whatever else that sprouted up along my journey. It’s been a self-fulfilling prophecy to say the least.
It’s been a wonderful ride! I’ve gained a great roster of clients, received various press and accolades, started a non-profit organization, gave birth to two more babies here and here, and so much more.
I’m so very grateful for the friends I’ve made through the blog and the folks who have supported me over the years. Thank you to those who have left comments on my blog post. You have no idea how much time goes into each and every article I write. It’s nice to see words of encouragement and appreciation!
So here’s to the next five years and beyond! If you have other questions about my blog or how I got my start, then please leave them in the comment section for me to answer!
**Don’t forget to register to win the 5th Year Blog Anniversary kick-off giveaway, Invest In Your Nest! Contest ends on Saturday night. There’s even more to come this month!**