15, 04, 2016
A little over a year ago, fresh from quitting my office job, I decided to take a leap of faith and do something I’ve been wanting to do for a while– start a blog.
I’ve wanted to blog ever since my freshman year of college (about seven years ago), when I was stalking sites like Black Girl with Long Hair and The Feisty House, but I’ve always been afraid. I was afraid to fail at something that I was passionate about and wanted to successfully accomplish. After seven years of thinking about it, starting blogs but being too afraid to continue and working for other people’s blogs, I prayed and realized that it was time to throw caution to the wind. I gave birth to TaniquaRuss.com on April 1, 2015.
Because I’m such an impatient person, I gave myself exactly one year to become a “big time” paid blogger (remember, I just quit my job. I needed to eat.) and if I didn’t blow up then I would be out the game. Well it’s been a year, and I’ve come too far to quit. Here’s what I learned:
I was just giving myself an excuse to quit like I’d done in the past. The truth is, anything great takes time to develop. While the success that I was looking for happens to some people in a short amount of time, it did not happen for me. And thats okay. Everyone’s journey and process is different. If I start, I’ll be much further along than if I didn’t. If I quit in the middle of my journey, I’ll never make it to where I want to be.
The success of my blog depends on me. I’m the writer, editor, social media manager, stylist, makeup artist, promoter– I’m everything! So if I don’t get working, nothing will happen. I have to get over the nerves and shameless promote myself because nobody else will do it for me.
When I first started blogging, I kept it to myself. I was afraid of…honestly, I don’t know what I was afraid of. I was just scared to share it with people. Once I pushed through my fear and shared my dream, I received overwhelming support from my family, friends, strangers (now e-friends) and, dare I say it, READERS! I joined communities like Bloggers Like Me, Rock YOUR Brand Society and The Peony Project where other bloggers shared their knowledge and encouragement. Every opportunity, interview, hosting gig and feature I had this past year came from my community. They knew what I wanted to do and they wanted to help me succeed. This support gave me the confidence and accountability to keep going when I felt like quitting. There are people who will support you, but they can’t if you are too afraid to get out there.
I hope this encouraged you to take your own personal leap of faith. Trust God to see you through and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Thanks for all of the love. Cheers to another great year!