9 Years Of Naturalle Drea…What’s Next??

It is crazy that I’ve been blogging for 9 years……9 years! That is just really crazy to me. Well the official anniversary isn’t until August 27th but I wanted to put this post out now. I remember when I first started doing this, I had no clue what to expect or what would happen. I honestly thought things would be instant, that people would find my blog and it would be instant success but you know how things really work. It was a lot of hard work, convincing myself not to quit, taking breaks, meltdowns, crying, frustrations and so much more to get to this point. Again I’ll say that I’ve kept my promise to never quit or give up on this blog and look. I’ve been doing this for 9 years.

I honestly feel like I’m not where I think I should be. I thought by this time I would be making an income from this and just be somewhere else and not where I am now. I am just thankful for this platform and where I started before coming over to WordPress. A lot of what I know is self taught and doing research on my own. I had no clue about blogging, creating content or any of this 9 years ago. I just wanted an outlet for myself to talk about the things I love, my natural hair journey and so much more. This platform has grown so much and I am just so proud of it. I love the community I’ve built and those I am still reaching.

I know this past year for me was really difficult. I started a new job that wasn’t what I thought it would be and it just drained me so much. I was adjusting to commuting back into the office and trying to figure out how schedule blogging/editing and making time for myself while also being a full time mom, now dog mom and wife. It was a lot and just took such a mental toll on me. I wanted to be consistent as they tell you on the Internet but I wanted define being consistent for how my life is now, and trying to figure out what works best for me.

I thought about a few goals….or just things in mind I want to do for year 9. I honestly fought really hard to get here because there were days I wanted to throw in the towel and not do this anymore. I was really at that point many, many times this year but I had to remember who really enjoyed my content and how much I enjoyed creating this content. In this year 9 I really want to be more intentional on creating another stream of income from here or from social media. I know there are ways to monetize and create that income for what you create. I also want to continue growing on all my social media platforms. I have a goal of hitting 1K on Instagram by the end of 2022 and I feel like I’m pretty close to it. I also want to grow my YouTube base as well. I’m not sure what I’ll grow to on there but just hopefully not stay where I’m currently at.

I also want to figure out ways to promote my blog posts more on my other social media platforms. I feel like I have to be super creative now and it can be a challenge. I do want to just start posting the content and not be so scared of it and what I’m shifting into. I just need to post the content…..just post it. It is crazy to think that I’ll be posting about doing this for 10 years next year

I really want to do something big for the 10 year of Naturalle Drea and I have plenty of time to plan for that. I appreciate every comment, share, support…just everything. I appreciate you all so much! Thank you for 9 years of Naturalle Drea and looking forward to what this year of blogging and creating content has in store for me.

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