I’m so grateful for the life-changing year that was 2011. Having the opportunity to take Hair Romance full time in 2012 is extremely exciting. Here are some of the highlights of 2011.
This is just a small selection of shots from the day.
My favourite posts of 2011
Last week I counted down the most popular posts of 2011 as clicked by you, and here are some of my favourites that were personal highlights.
I’m so pleased you loved this series as much as I did. It was challenging but I’m so glad I went through with it and I’m proud of putting together the ebook too. I can’t thank all of you enough for your support. I have another hairstyle challenge coming up very soon I can’t wait to tell you about.
This was my first time at fashion week and I loved the buzz of being backstage. Visiting 10 shows and editing and reporting back in the middle of my 30 day hairstyle challenge was crazy, but so worth it.
I started this series of posts in 2011 and will continue this in 2012 to help you navigate the salon and emerge with the fabulous hair you wanted.
Although I am growing my hair I keep teasing myself with great short styles. I particularly loved the conversation that ensued in the comments on this Short Cut Saturday post about who you style your hair for.
Some things I learnt about blogging (and life) in 2011
Just do it! – If you want to start a blog, go for it! I love lists and I love to plan things out in detail but nothing beats actually doing it and learning as you go. That doesn’t mean I don’t have goals and a vision, but I don’t aim for perfection. As a former perfectionist it’s a hard habit to break, and I didn’t have much sleep in 2011, but the main point is to just do it!
Do things that scare you – and be authentic. There were many times I was nervous about going to events or writing about myself online but I’ve realised that these fears are internal and only stop you from succeeding. Try something new, be open and you may be surprised at the result.
No blog is an island – Everyone is working and learning online. If you aren’t sure how to do something, google it and you’re guaranteed to find an answer. Reach out to those around you, in real life and online, for help. You’ll make great friends and hopefully you’ll be able to help them back too. The community is one of the best aspects of blogging (and one I didn’t expect!)
It’s all about love – You have to love what you write about as readers will feel that passion through your words. If you’re not excited about a subject, your readers won’t be either. Also, don’t expect the money and the brands to come running to your inbox just because you start a blog. Love keeps all bloggers writing into the middle of the night.
You are the brand – Tell people you have a blog. Be proud of your work. Know your value and project the image of what you stand for.
Offline still trumps online – when it comes to networking, nothing beats meeting someone face to face. It’s great to chat on Twitter and through comments on blogs, but meetings offline are when things start to happen. Go to conferences or social media meet-ups in your area. Even if they’re not directly related to your specialist subject, you never know who you might meet.
It’s ok to switch off – something I need to practice more of in 2012. I took a couple of breaks in 2011 and the world didn’t end. Nurture your real life relationships and look after yourself. Too much time in front of the computer is bad for your eyes!
What’s next for Hair Romance?
I plan to make Hair Romance bigger and better in 2012. More tutorials, more hairstyle challenges and more trends to try and styles to steal.
I want to work more closely with brands that appeal to me so that I can blog full time.
There will be more travel and more photography (and maybe another blog side project..). I’ll also be attending every blog conference I can including BlogHer in New York.