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My Blogging Story
Exactly one year ago today Love, Hannah Lee was born! I’ve never really told the back story to my blog and thought today was the perfect opportunity to do just that. So lets dive in. The summer before my junior year of high school, I created my first Instagram account (@hannahmdancer). I grew up dancing and would constantly take dance photos. So I figured an account dedicated to dance was just what I needed. Little did I know, that account would grow into much more. It got to a point where I wanted to expand, and that is when my first blog came about. It was solely dedicated to dance, health, and fitness. It didn’t last very long. Simply because I wanted to share more. I loved dance, but I was getting older and knew I would be leaving dance behind soon. Inevitably, my first blog name change came shortly after that realization. Then I was www.hannahmdancer.com, to match my username. I figured it would give me more options as to what I was posting. This didn’t last very long either. I felt trapped in this dance “bubble” if you will. Don’t get me wrong, dance did and always will hold a huge place in my heart, but I loved so many other things and was struggling to express that. So in March of 2015 I said goodbye to the dance account and created a new personal account where I could post about whatever I wanted. After months of brain storming, www.lovehannahlee.com was born. For the first time in a long time I was completely detached from dance. I no longer felt pressured to only post dance related things, I could post whatever I wanted; and that’s just what I did. It took a few months for me to get into the swing of things; but here I am now, in full swing, and loving it.
What I Have Learned
How to find balance. In the beginning I was super inconsistent with my posting. I struggled to find a balance between school, work, and my blog. As much as it may look like I just pose for pictures all day, I am a regular person like all of you reading this. I hadn’t even realized how far I had come until just now. A year ago I put up maybe 1 or 2 posts a month; pretty sad I know. I’m super proud of myself now for managing 2-3 posts a week. A quality blog is definitely more work than you would expect, but it is so worth it.
The blogging process. At this point, I feel as if I could write a 500 page book just about starting a blog. One of my friends once asked me how to create one and my response had to be sent in about 3 different messages because of how much information I had to share. Not only have I learned loads, I’ve also fallen in love with the process and every aspect of it. I love being able to create. And more than that, I love being able to share my creations. Also, all the nitty gritty technical and business aspects behind a pretty blog. Surprisingly to some, it is a lot more then just posting pictures and talking about them.
Myself. Blogging has really shown me just how confident and fearless I can be. Sharing on the internet like this can be a little scary when you really think about it. I mean, literally anyone and everyone can see what you are posting. And of course people are going to judge you and have their opinions, which can scare some people away from even pursuing anything online. Long story short, don’t let a negative Nancy keep you from doing something you love. And if you have ever wanted to start a blog but were too afraid, do it!! Then tell me about it because I love reading other blogs.
honesty, just more blogging. I don’t have any crazy plans except to continue what I have started. Over this past year I have fallen in love with the blogging process and most of all, all of you who read my blog. It is like having a group of close friends that are always there to chat. Weather it’s a like on Instagram or a comment on my blog, I appreciate and notice all of you. As much as I am doing this for myself, you guys are the ones that inspire me to do so.
So on that note, Thank you for the continued support in my first year of blogging and here’s to many more.♥