What I’ve Learned So Far In 2010

Yesterday I had a wonderful time at the IFB Evolving Influence Conference. Jennine from The Coveted is honestly who I want to be when I grow up and we’re only a year or two apart in age! There was great dialog and even better panelist and all of it got me thinking and my brain buzzing on the way home. So I thought I’d share some of things I’ve realized/learned in 2010 so far because some of these things will shape the future of my blog.

  1. I blog because it makes me happy. I decided a long time ago to keep this blogging going even after my grad class was over. Why? Because it allows me to do something creative everyday. It allows me to have ownership over something that is all mine. It’s something that I’m proud of, regardless of how many people who read it everyday. It’s an extension of me. I don’t always get products to review, a lot of things I buy, covet, browse and some are sent to me to try. No matter how I get the things I feature, I post my personal opinion that I want to share about you. That’s what blogs are, individual diaries into the thoughts of that author.
  2. I don’t know how long I’ll keep doing this, all I can say is I’ll do it as long as it’s still fun. After sitting through a panel on blogging ethics and another on making money with your blog, I realized that if I shift the focus to try and make money for this blog it seems like it would kill the joy I take in every post. I work a full time job, I try to spend a lot of time with my family and friends, I’m thinking of going BACK to get my doctorate and turning this blog into a full time job isn’t the goal. The goal is to share what I love. In the words of the Pretenders Don’t Get Me Wrong, “Don’t get me wrong if I come and go like fashion. I might be great tomorrow, but hopeless yesterday.”
  3. I don’t want to live in New York City. I used to think when I graduated from college I would move to New York and make it big in the magazine industry. I had dreamy ideas of what it would be like to live in the city and always had a fabulous time when I visited (shopping, restaurants, cabs…I was not a subway girl). Then I married a New Yorker who never wanted to move back, so of course that made me love it even more – it was like forbidden fruit. But I realized yesterday what I was in love with was the idea of a perfect city. New York is loud, crowded, dirty, fast, expensive, cold,  did I mention loud? Not perfect. What is pretty great is DC. I love DC, despite the fact that people don’t think this is a fashionable city. AND DC has been very good to me. I don’t want to move to NYC. What I want is to be happy in a city I love.
  4. I love digital media. The world of digital media is growing every single day. My master’s degree is in Publishing and I focused on digital publications and that’s what fuels me and gets me excited. I need to explore the digital publishing world a bit deeper and find my niche.

I don’t know what kinds of changes will come in the future for the Art of Accessories. Hopefully for you it will all be wonderful enhancements, only the future will tell. I just wanted to share a few revelations. I’m also nursing a sick stomach and an insanely stuffy nose (Whole Foods tissues are like rubbing sandpaper on an already sore nose – another revelation I realized yesterday) so that means no beauty shots for my 2010 Beauty Challenge until my nose stops being red and peeling, and hopefully regular posting will resume tomorrow or Thursday.

Now I’ve shared my revelations, have you learned anything new?

0 thoughts on “What I’ve Learned So Far In 2010

  1. loved this post Dana- your third point made me laugh a little because you know i have my own dc vs ny struggles. but all in all thanks for giving us some of your more personal thoughts on where you are where you plan to be. i admire everything you’ve done so far so much and can’t wait to see what you do next!!!
    .-= Jaci´s last blog ..I’d say Lindor. Like a Lindor Truffle. =-.

  2. I’m glad that you were able to attend the IFB conference! I was able to view the live stream although I was in and out at times, but I thought it was great and I learned a lot! And I actually agree with ALL of your points and I’m right there with you! I think the biggest thing that I’ve realized is that I also blog because I want to do it and not because just for the $$$. I don’t know how long I will blog, either, but I will stop when it stops being fun. I did love it when Tavi said that she only blogs on days when she feels inspired, otherwise, she doesn’t want to feel like she is just taking up space. I thought that she was spot on.

    And I’m with you on NYC and I’ve never even been! But all of the accounts that I’ve heard, my dream of what NYC living would really be like have been shattered. I think I’d be fine to visit, though 🙂
    .-= Sheena´s last blog ..R.I.P Alexander McQueen =-.

  3. Great post! I feel the same way. If I try and turn my blog into a business venture then I won’t be having fun anymore. I enjoy blogging and the opportunities that have come my way. It really is my creative outlet.

    New York is a great place to visit but I doubt I could live there. Chicago is bad enough.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Haute Bag Lady Bag of The Week =-.

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