Happy Birthday Limitless!
Limitless San Francisco is officially a year old!
This past year, while my foothold on actual adulthood has solidified, Limitless has grown and blossomed from an idea (that I was pretty damn intimidated and scared by) into my preferred creative outlet.
I love sharing my thoughts and insight about SF with the world. I love the motivation that the blog provides to use my photography and writing skills. It's amazing to be able to sit down and type out exactly what I want to say, the exact way I want to say it, and let my thoughts go out into the universe.
When I first set out on this blogging journey, I had a loose idea of what I wanted to do with the space, but I had no idea what having a blog would do for me. I didn't realize how amazing it would feel to have a space that I was in complete control of. I didn't know I could force myself to be so creative, or that I'd find the entire experience so rewarding. I guess I wasn't convinced that I'd like it so much. I should have known--I've been shooting photos on an SLR and then a DSLR since I was 13, and I did go to journalism school. I think I majorly underestimated myself, and it feels great to acknowledge that.
In my first year of blogging I created and posted 80 blog posts. I averaged around seven posts per month. Some months, I did terribly (I'm lookin' at you May!), and some months I did great (high five October!), but each and every post helped me get to where I am now. Each taught me something. Not all are my faves, but all were necessary. This year, my goal is to create 100 new blog posts. Ideally, I'd create around 120, but I'm not convinced that's feasible. I work full time, and if I don't take time to enjoy San Francisco, I'll run out of material quickly!
If you're thinking about starting a blog, I say go for it! But, give it a fair try. Put effort into it. Choose to spend the time and energy it takes to create something you're proud of. Remember that it takes time to adjust to a new routine. Keep at it. Find joy. I told myself I wanted to try a year, and would re-evaluate at the end of a year to see where I was and what I wanted. I made sure to check in with myself along the way, and I promised myself I'd keep going. And I did. Now, with a year under my belt, I can't wait to keep going! I have so much I want to share! I have so many projects I want to complete! I have a gigantic running list of post ideas, and it's constantly growing.
I've gotten to explore so many different tops that I'm passionate about. Everything from where to go and what to do in The City, to fashion and design, and even what to wear in SF's constantly changing climate. I get to motivate myself, and set my own goals. I'm still completely unsure of what I want the blog to become, but I'm super excited to watch it grow.
I've learned to not look to closely at analytics, or to worry about page views, users and bounce rates. I try really hard to not look too often, and when I do look I'm usually pretty proud of my numbers. I run Limitless completely in my free time, so the fact that anyone (let alone complete strangers on the Internet) find my blog is mind blowing!
I have so much to learn, and I'm so excited to learn it! That's how this entire year's process has felt. Well, mostly. There were times when I was frustrated, or unmotivated, or uninspired, but I pushed through. I did tons of research. I read everything out there on starting a blog and growing a blog. I've learned to be accountable to myself, and to feel proud when I reach a goal that I've set. I printed business cards. I pay money for this pretty little corner of the internet. I'm proud that every single photo on here was taken by yours truly. I'm proud of Limitless as a whole.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I feel like it's gotten a little long, but it is an anniversary after all! A little heart-felt sappiness should be encouraged! Cheers!