“I never thought that I would make it a year, but before I knew it the time came and went.”
Hey Beauties, can you believe it? It’s been one year since I scraped together the courage to share hair care information with you by starting afrokinkyhair, and I have to say it has been both very rewarding and a little stressful at times. To be entirely honest if someone had told me a year and half ago that I would have a natural hair blog for a year today I would have said ‘Get thee behind me satan with those lies'(lol). I wasn’t one for talking about hair nor was I keen on putting myself out there (I was a very private person-but not so much now).
The past year has given me a lot of opportunities to grow and not just as a blogger but also as an individual. I realized that to be successful as a blogger I had to put in a lot of work, and to be very consistent with that hard work. I’m still not where I want to be at in terms of building the blog, but I’m still getting up everyday and doing my best to make it into a community where women can come to and find solutions to caring for their beautiful afro-textured curls. This blog became a voice/platform that I could use to share my natural hair experience and external research, but intrinsically it also was an outlet for me. Blogging is not an easy task! It takes many hours to research, plan, and create content that other naturalistas would find helpful, and us bloggers don’t get it right everytime. So this has taught me to create a balance between blogging, training (track and field), working, and my personal life.
Trials and Tribulations
“I so wish this hair grease coulda helped me through some of my trials and tribulations”
In whatever you do there will be times when you’re unsure if you’ve made the right decision, and this was true at times for me. But I would be lying if I said it was all trials and no rewards. Building a blog from the ground up requires hard work, consistency, personality, creativity, and did I say hard work? It requires commitment and a love for what you do. But I absolutely love what I do, and that makes it worthwhile.
The last year has shown me trials, but it also had its rewards! I gained over 30,000 reads from 15,000 visitors over 12 months, and I also gained some wonderful subscribers that I couldn’t possibly do this without (Thank you all) and for that I am so grateful. Even though I’m not where I wish to be in terms getting the blog to higher heights I am thankful that I get to write for that many wonderful people.
So I wanted to come by a share a few things that I plan for the future of the blog. The first thing that is coming up is a natural hair product giveaway. I haven’t done one of those in a long while so please be on the lookout for that in the next few weeks (So please subscribe for a chance to participate if you haven’t done so yet) . The other thing that I’m interested in starting within the next few months is a natural hair forum on the blog to create a space where women can come and discuss natural hair and find solutions. But as more changes come along I will pass them along to you so you can participate! I want to thank you so much for being a reader and subscriber, and I want you to know that I appreciate every single person that reads or subscribes to afrokinkyhair!