Yoooo! Tasha B’s World is officially 2 years old! How exciting is that?? Two years ago today, I finally stepped out of my comfort zone, created my website, and started blogging. Let me tell you; it’s been an incredible two years.
The reason that I started blogging in the first place is because I wanted to create a space where I can write and have my writing seen. I’ve toyed with the idea of creating a blog for months before starting one because I was scared, and I wasn’t entirely sure how I wanted my blog to turn out. I created a WordPress account, but fear and doubt started taking over again, and I didn’t start building an actual website until like two months later. After lots of tutorials and carefully deciding what I wanted my website to look like, Tasha B’s World was finally born in the late hours of May 8th, 2018. Peep my very first post here. I’ve come such a long way since then!
*Fun Fact: Tasha B’s World was actually the working title of my blog. I’m the worst at coming up with titles and was so eager to start my blog. The only thing stopping me was what the name should be. I low-key have been too lazy to come up with another name.
I started this blog with no idea of what I was doing or how to do it. I was merely a young, shy girl who loved to write and wanted to create a platform for her writing. To this day, I still don’t know entirely what I’m doing and where my blog will end up. All I do know is that I’m having so much fun blogging and learning as I’m going. I love having a space where I can write what I want, how I want, and just be me. It’s so freeing.
Can I be real, though? It wasn’t all rainbows, sunshine, and gumdrops like I imagined it would be. The first year was rough and honestly, more stressful than it should have been. I created my blog with this crazy expectation that it would be big within a year. I had so much faith that my blog was going to blow up and that I was going to be internet famous and that my life would change for the better. Clearly, that didn’t happen, and when it didn’t, it discouraged me. I was stressing myself out reading different articles on how to get people to notice your blog and all that stuff, and it was so overwhelming at times that it wasn’t fun anymore.
I remember there was this beauty blog on WordPress that I followed when I first created Tasha B’s World. She made her blog around the same time that I made mine or very shortly after. And within like three months, she already had hundreds of followers and was getting tons of likes and engagement on her posts. I’m over here thinking, “I write so much better than this chick. Her spelling and grammar are atrocious. Why are her posts getting more attention than mine?” It got to the point where I was obsessing over what was making this girl so popular instead of focusing on what I love doing most: writing.
I was already anxious and insecure about putting my writing out there in the first place. Between that, not getting the attention that I was hoping for, trying to compete with this other beauty blogger, working at a stressful movie theater job, and trying to come up with and write great content every other day, ya girl just had enough! There were a lot of times where I would forget about the blog, and there would be months in between posts. Something that was supposed to bring me joy was stressing me out, so I stopped caring.
Fast forward to June of 2019. Something told me to give Tasha B’s World another chance, so I spent some time revamping the blog, creating social media pages for it, and promoting it on my personal social accounts. I wanted to give it a prettier look, so I changed the website design and gave it a blue aesthetic. Y’all. When I tell you that I fell in love with my baby all over again! My website was lookin’ mighty beautiful after that makeover. Thus, Tasha B’s World 2.0 was born, and I’ve been trying to take good care of it ever since.
So, what have I learned from two years of blogging? For starters, I work much better when I’m not pressuring myself to come up with content every other day. Do you know how hard it is to try to come up with a new idea, write it out, and edit it for perfection every other day while working? I’m stressing myself out just thinking about it right now! I was an English major in college and a perfectionist, so you know I wasn’t gonna let no subpar content go live. I’m also human, mistakes happen, and I need the time to focus with an unfrazzled mind so I can put out my best work. The moment I stopped putting so much pressure on myself to get blog posts out every other day is when it finally started becoming fun again.
I’ve also learned that it’s okay that my website isn’t poppin’ right now. Sure, it would be nice, but that’s not the reason why I started blogging. I started it as a hobby and as a way to write freely. A new follower and positive feedback is just the icing on the cake. It’s been two years, and I haven’t even hit 100 followers yet. And you know what? That’s okay with me! I’m going to continue to nurture and love my baby and see how she grows up to be. If Tasha B’s World is poppin’ next year, that’ll be wonderful. If not, that’s fine too. I’m going to keep loving what I’m doing regardless, and that’ll always bring me more joy than a large following.
I had no idea what I was doing when I started this blog, and I’ve learned a lot over the last two years. I still feel like I have a lot more to learn, and I’m excited to see how far my blog will come along next year.
I also want to thank everyone who has supported me, my blog, and my writing in general. I forced my family, friends, and boyfriend to read and subscribe to my blog, and they’ve all been wonderful with liking, sharing, and giving me words of encouragement. Thank you to my followers and all the WordPress readers from around the world. I’m still in awe that people in other countries are seeing my posts! I appreciate all the love and support.
Cheers to two years of blogging!