Ummm WOAH! Burghologie is officially 365 days old! I can truly say with confidence that I am SO happy I took the jump and brought this blog to life. It's been a year full of eating, drinking, connecting, exploring, and learning. I've learned so much about myself, about Pittsburgh, and about the local creative community we have here.
Looking back, I'm pretty proud of what Burghologie has become. It's a pretty amazing feeling to know I have something that is truly mine— from top to bottom.
I'm not an "expert" by any means, but there are some essential things I've learned in the past year. If you're thinking about making the jump into the blogging world, you might want to keep reading!
1. just get the picture... no matter what it takes.
Stand on the chair, wait for someone to move, get low, rearrange the table... whatever it takes. Photos are so important in the blogging/social media universe and I promise you'll regret walking away way more than you'll regret the 5 seconds you felt awkward. I've been there— a million times. You'll feel uncomfortable and even embarrassed at first, but the reality of it.... WHO CARES?! Those people that might give you a weird look don't know shit about you or your life and they're probably the same people showing you love on IG anyway.
2. Speak up, ask questions, and reach out.
Don't be afraid to talk about your blog/business/thing (when it's appropriate). Don't be afraid to send an email. Don't be afraid to ask someone for advice or help. Don't be afraid to introduce yourself. The worst thing that can happen? You get a no. And a no is not the end of the world.
3. Be a perfectionist.
Because sometimes that just makes the difference. I almost never let myself settle with "good enough".
4. forget what everyone else is doing.
You. should. not. care. what everyone else out there in the internet world is doing. You have to be you. Replicating something that already exists isn't exciting. It isn't unique. It isn't you. Find your vibe and create something that's 100% authentic.
5. find your people.
The people more than willing to throw you a like, a share, a comment, a "Hey, you are killing it." The people that will help you take photos and not complain or think twice about it. The people that just get it and appreciate your hustle. I've found that connecting and working with fellow bloggers and creatives is so incredibly energizing and refreshing.
If you've been thinking about starting a blog, hit me up. Let's grab a coffee and chat about it! I'd love to help and I'm sure I can learn something from you along the way. My DMs are always open!