Hey Friends! It's been a little while... For my first post back, I wanted to share some thoughts and feelings on blogging, a bit about my journey, and my vision for this lovely little blog I've started.
Some of you may know that I've actually been blogging for a number of years. I launched my first blog when I was a senior in college. It was titled Heads Carolina, Tails California (courtesy of the Jo Dee Messina song). That later evolved in to Uncharted (that title courtesy of a Sara Bareillis song) where I blogged on and off for about five years. Many of the post are actually still live, if you're curious about what early twenties Ashley blogged about.
As I got older, I took some time away from blogging but when we moved down to Texas, I found myself getting the itch to get back in to it. This time I decided to start fresh, with a brand new blog. And so, Positively Pringle was born.
I've learned a ton since I launched Positively Pringle back in October. It was the first time that I decided to approach my blog from a business perspective rather than just a personal perspective. I joined Style Collective and began learning all kinds of things about blogging. I started posting daily on Instagram, often posting outfit pics which was never something I pictured myself doing. I learned about some really ugly parts of the blogging world (most specifically people who follow/unfollow you on Instagram trying to grow their own accounts) and some really awesome parts (genuinely supportive women all over the country).
I was speeding along, writing posts, taking and editing photos, scheduling Instagrams, and engaging with fellow bloggers... And then, real life got crazy. I fell behind on writing posts and taking pictures. I was super busy at work and by the time I was done for the day, looking at a computer screen and writing blog posts, or staring at my phone to engage with other accounts was the last thing I wanted to do. So I've taken a little time away.
Things have calmed down a bit now and I've had time to think about what exactly I want this blog to be. I love sharing things I love and little pieces of my life with my friends, family, and new people I meet through these platforms. That said, I don't love the pressure of trying to fit my posts in to a schedule to attempt to grow a following.
So I'm taking away the pressure. I'm going to go back to the mindset I had when I first started blogging. My vision for Positively Pringle is that it's a space where I can share a little bit about me, the things I love, and hopefully create content that peaks the interest of my friends and followers. I'll continue to post here and on my instagram but I'm not going to worry about the numbers or the schedule, I'm just going to enjoy the ride.
I'm not a fashionista... I'm not a beauty guru. But I am a regular girl who happens to love both of those things (among others). I hope you'll choose to follow along.
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