Two Years of Blogging!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another post! I’m putting this up a day early due to my being out of the country for a week, without any internet. Tomorrow is a very special day to me, since it will be two years that I started to blog! (Don’t ask me why I haven’t done a one year post, I ask my past self that all the time). It’s honestly crazy how time flies. So in honor of this, I am going to tell you a little story about how this blog came to be (and boy is it a rollercoaster!).

All throughout my childhood, I was fascinated by the thought of having my own online presence. I always looked at online magazines and thought about how great it would be to have a place to share my thoughts about beauty, fashion, and life, that I could design myself. Having other social media platforms like Instagram made me fall in love with customizing a feed, or being able to reach out to people through shared interests. After rationalizing with my parents about what I put onto my blog (basic parent precautions), I was able to create.

When it came to be June of 2016, I finally did it. I went onto WordPress, made an account, and created my first website. Even though it was the most basic layout and widget setup there was, I was ecstatic; I finally made something that could be a source of creativity and an outlet for doing what I love; writing! I blogged under the web name Emma Extended, and for a short time everything was going smooth. Unfortunately, in January of 2017, I ended up confused on how to fix a certain issue while trying to redesign my blog’s layout. Not knowing any better, I deleted the whole site. A Note to New WordPress Users: if you truly value the current name of your website, DON’T delete the whole site. PLEASE get help from an employee or from their Help site. After realizing what I had done, I was distraught. I had basically gotten rid of all of my posts, pictures, and my blog name. (I still had the account, thank goodness)

A few days went by of me not knowing what to do. I was frustrated due to my mistake, I was scared to make another site due to my mistake, and lost because I couldn’t think of a new name if I did made a new site. After looking for some inspiration and trying to think of a name that was personal to me, I finally chose the same name for my new blog as the name of my old photography account on Instagram, @Simplyintrospective. I wasn’t using that account as much anyways, and I was meaning to make an Instagram profile for my blog. So, many months later, I made it into my blog’s Insta account, and it worked out smoothly.

So just to recap, I’ve been blogging since June 2016, I accidentally deleted the site in January 2017, but made a new one a couple days later, along with an updated blog/insta account months later. And recently hit two years of blogging in June 2018. I know, it’s confusing to me too. I could kick my past self for making things confusing, but without that mistake I wouldn’t have the brand that I put out to this day. So all in all, I’m a little thankful.

Through starting to blog, I have come across some of the most brilliant girls I’ve ever known. My experience at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference opened my eyes to having a career in this field, AND allowed me to meet one of the girls that inspires me to this day. I’m happy that two years ago I made a decision to just do it, and see where the road takes me. I’m happy to know that I have a little corner of the Internet that I can call my own. I’m happy for this, because it’s a piece of me that I can share with you and anyone else who comes across it.

Thank you, truly.

-Em

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Hello! My name is Emma, and I am pleased to welcome you to my blog, established in June of 2016 (which was a journey in itself). This blog has been the product of creativity, love, and countless hours designing and redesigning. A little about me: I am a graduated senior, coming from my community college's Early College Program, which entailed me receiving my AA degree after I graduated high school! In my high school career, I had been Captain for four years on the girl's JV and varsity volleyball team, became Vice President of our chapter of Technology Student Association, Historian of both the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society, and received Gold and Silver Keys for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for my photography. Outside of school, I was involved in my local youth groups for seven years (four mission trips down!), had the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to attend the Washington Journalism and Media conference, and work at an independent living elderly home. In February 2019, I got accepted to the University of Florida (Go Gators!), and look forward to spending my next four years learning about business and journalism. I play guitar, write, and take/edit pictures in my free time, and absolutely love spending quality time with my friends and family. This is a place where I can talk about a variety of topics, from lifestyle, to faith, fashion, and personal subjects. What's in a name? That, my friends, is an easy answer. I have always been quite observant, and in recent years, especially within myself. Introspective means to be "inward-looking," and for me, that's just the simple truth. For this blog, it allows you a glimpse into everything and anything I come across, whether it be about life, fashion, or travel! This is the place to feel included. Caio! -Em

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