So I’ve had this idea in my mind for many years now. I was taking a web design class back in 2008 and sent my sisters some ideas for my new blog/website that I wanted to create. After some less-than half-hearted attempts, here I go. I guess it’s safe to say that I am a “late-bloomer.”
I have been reading and lurking on blogs since the early ages of blogging. Salon, anyone? Of course, in the early days, there were only a handful and I was hungry for more. I had my own ideas in my head, but could never get the nerve to start one. Then came the flurry of fashion, personal style, design, and lifestyle blogs. I was consuming so much, I didn’t have time to create my own. (I fully accept that this was an excuse and not a reason.)
I’ve seen the blogging platform change time and time again. From micro-blogging (hello, Twitter and Instagram) to advertorials, I wasn’t sure where I could “position” myself and if there was room for me anymore. But, hello, we live in a world with a population of over seven billion (!) people and growing. Sure, not everyone has internet access, but even if you take a micro percentage of that, it is still a lot of consumers and not enough content. And so says me.
Earlier this year, I was heart broken to read that one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, decided to quit blogging. I did not see that coming. Yet, between 2013 and 2014, as I saw their success shoot through the roof, I asked myself “How do they find the time?” I mean, between the parenting, marriage, personal life, and all of their projects outside of the blog, I was getting tired for them (emphasis on “for” and not “of”). I envied their energy and was sympathetic when I saw some less-than stellar content than I expected from John and Sherry (Ha! As if we are on a first name basis!). So I guess it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise when they wrote their final post. I admit, I miss reading about their daily lives and seeing their creativity unfold, but I know they will still be around (they have a book coming out in 2015). I look forward to the book and have very high expectations. Plus, I can still keep up with them on Instagram.
All of this is to say, the internet is still young, blogs may come and go, but there is always room for fresh content and new voices. Even if no one reads this but me, I am thankful that I have a place to put forth my ideas and maybe put to rest this burning desire to finally create my own blog/website. After all, it has been said that “If it’s still in your mind, it is worth taking the risk.”
I intend for this to be a place of positive energy, thoughtful exchanges, with lots of fun sprinkled in between so I will not tolerate any nastiness or unkind words. It is one thing to say “I do not like that outfit/design/destination/recipe because it looks frumpy/is too boring/complicated to navigate/does not taste good,” and another to say “you’re ugly/your design taste is horrid/I would never travel to somewhere so foreign/I hate ‘insert any ethnicity here’ food,” which is, simply, way harsh.
Whoa! I did not intend for this to be so long. A “Hello there. This is Lourdes and welcome to my blog.” probably would have sufficed, but that’s not how I roll (Sometimes. Other times I can be short and succinct. I promise.).
So, yeah. Hello there. Welcome to my blog, or Tribe. Hope you stick around to see all of the things because there will be lots of them.