Today I woke up and realized that it’s been four years since I hit publish on my first blog post for Simply Stine. Four years!!! I wanted to take a moment today to just reflect on that for a little bit and to say thank you for those of you who have supported me throughout this journey. To be able to do what I love every single day is an amazing feeling, but without your support, I wouldn’t be here.
When I started this blog I honestly had no idea where it would go or what I’d be able to do with it. In fairness, I was quite naive when I first started. I remember building up to the moment where I was trying to tell my husband what I wanted to do. I had this whole plan and vision in my head. Talking about it out loud was scary, because that was the moment that it was real for me!
ME: “I want to start a blog, look at these bloggers, I can do that!”
ROB: “So what exactly will you talk about?”
ME: “I don’t know, a whole bunch of stuff. You know I love Beauty! It can’t be that hard”
I thought my blog was amazing even in the beginning! I thought that as soon as I hit publish, that people would flock to Simply Stine. I figured my friends and family would comment and share my posts every single day. I thought I’d instantly have all of these blogger friends and we’d go to events together all of the time. I thought every single PR person would be crazy to not want to work with my brand. I was that confident in myself and Simply Stine. I had a lot of learning to do!
I worked hard. Sure my photography might not have been amazing in the beginning and my posts might have been less than stellar, but I kept up with it and I continued to improve and learn. That’s the one piece of advice I would give anyone, with any job, never stop learning! I asked a lot of questions from bloggers I looked up to, I joined blogger groups, I took classes and webinars and I kept reaching out to more brands hoping that they’d see the potential I had. #Hustle For the first time in my life, I was not going to give up on myself and this dream I had!
I remember one of my first events I was invited to was about one year after I started Simply Stine. It was a major moment for me personally and for my blog. The event was held at Sak’s Fifth Avenue and I can remember sitting in my car, shaking before I went inside. This was a proud moment for me. Here I was, a girl from a small town in Ohio who had big dreams that I wasn’t even sure I could achieve. I went inside to that event and was wow’d from the moment I walked in the doors. It was and still is to this day a very important moment for me and my career. You see, the old me would have never thought anything like this could happen to me and that I wasn’t good enough so being there, with other bloggers I looked up to and admired, and having a brand like Sak’s personally reach out to me was a defining moment.
Thank you for everyone who has supported me along this journey. There’s nothing I love more than reading comments, emails and messages from my readers. I’m still amazed every day when I see new people (from all around the world) reading my posts and sharing them. I had this dream of creating this little space on the internet and I had no idea what would happen when I first hit publish on my blog post. Here we are four years later and I couldn’t be happier and more proud of what Simply Stine has become.
Leanna @ Being Leanna says
Happy blog birthday! So happy to be following along for all this time. :-]
Christine C. says
I love your support so much! It means the world to me!!! You’ll never know how much just a single comment can brighten up my day. Honestly!
I am very proud of you for working on your dream! Your blog is great! And it continues to grow and branch out in ways that says “you”! Keep up the great work!!
Christine C. says
Thank you! I’m always trying to show more of “me” in my blog and I’m glad to know that people can see that in my work!
Collective Beauty says
Congrats, Christine!! You’re one of my fav bloggers, you always keep it so real. I shudder at my first few posts…the photography, my use of LOL all the time hahaha everyone has to start somewhere!
Joy Lynn says
I’m so glad you started this four years ago and are still chasing your dream today! Cheers to many more! So proud of you and thankful to know you through blogging and in real life too! <3