It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time for another Blogathon! I can’t wait to spend the day writing (or pretending I’m writing), learning stuff, meeting cool people and eating yummy food with some of the most fabulous people in Austin. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I started down this road of blogger madness. Oddly enough that story also starts with IleenieWeenie……
In about July of 2009, Ilene put together a group that we called Weenie’s Warriors. It was a small group that met every couple of weeks to help each other stick to goals that they had set for their personal projects and businesses. It was a small group (4-5 people) but we became close friends and they really helped me stop being afraid and start my blog. In November of 2009, Austin Slave to Fashion was officially born on Tumblr. I started blogging about fashion and plus size fashion and body acceptance……… and I loved every minute of it.
My blog has changed and evolved so much over the last few years, but I’ve stayed true to the themes of fashion for everyone and personal style. Sometimes I talk about some pretty personal things and my readers and community have been nothing but supportive and kind. I’ve discovered a passion for community engagement and social media which has given me the opportunity to do many amazing things. These days, my blog is on a WordPress site that I manage (and manage to break!) myself. I still post on Tumblr since I built a community there as well, and I manage a Twitter account and a Facebook page for Austin Slave to Fashion. What started as a small blog that I was almost too afraid to do has blossomed into a full time project that has opened many doors, created many friendships and given me real insight into who I am and what I love.
To me, that is the real importance of blogging. It’s sharing the things that you are passionate about and creating a community of people that are passionate about it as well. Whether online or in real life, people just want to feel accepted and connected to others through shared experiences and interests. The beauty of Blogathon is not only in the great blogging lessons you learn, but the amazing relationships that are forged and strengthened. I am eternally grateful to Ilene for not only starting Weenie’s Warriors back in 2009 but for continuing to be passionate about helping people connect and grow and share their knowledge. I can’t wait to see you all in April!!