Two years ago, I was exhausted. I’d stayed up all night writing my very first post and trying to learn how to embed a video on my brand new blog. I figured, what were the odds of anyone feeling like I do about Josephine Baker? I came to find out, they were much better than I ever dreamed. When I first started Afrobella, it was such a personal journey that I didn’t expect to have readers or commenters. I didn’t expect anything, beyond simply expressing myself to the world. I didn’t have any idea how rich and wonderful this blog could make my life.
It’s been two fleeting years, and in that time I’ve made so many new friends all over the world. I’ve learned to be less afraid of posting photos of myself online — I AGONIZED over it at first. Now it doesn’t feel like a big deal, sometimes I gotta show you all what works and what doesn’t, right? I’ve been recognized around Miami more times than I can count — it’s always so cool to meet real life bellas. I love it. And because of that, I’m working on some upcoming events. What do you think about that? Would any of you Miami residents like to come to an Afrobella beauty bash sometime?
Through Afrobella, I’ve been featured on NPR a bunch of times — it’s always exciting and always an honor. Because of this blog, I’ve grown more confident as a writer and as a person — the lessons I learned a year ago continue to stand me in excellent stead — even when sometimes I think that I can’t, I CAN. And I will. And I have you all to thank, because you keep me going.
I planned to celebrate this anniversary with more and better writing, but I’ve learned to reserve my energy and not kill myself with too much to do — that way my ideas are always lucid and I can always be proud of what I’ve written. I do plan to write more over the weekend, but I’ve learned that readers will come back if I take a few days off, or stop working on a regular feature, or don’t write about the hot new nailpolish/lipstick/mascara that everyone else is writing about. I’ve learned so much from your comments, input, and e mails. And I have so many plans for Afrobella. I don’t even see it as just a beauty blog anymore — it feels like a movement. And I have so many more ideas and surprises in store. Can’t wait to tell you more about what’s next!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Janelle Monae — she is AWESOME, BTW — and the first thing she said to me almost made me cry. She said “thank you for supporting me so early on in my career. I love what you guys are doing. It’s so positive for natural women like myself.” My heart felt like it was going to burst. Then I explained to Janelle — there’s no “you guys,” it’s just little ol’ me writing my heart out. Although it is just one person writing these posts every day before she goes off to work — it’s all of you readers who make this experience so special. So I just wanna say happy anniversary and send lots of love to all of you beautiful, intelligent afrobellas out there who share your opinions and make this beauty blog the best it can possibly be. I wouldn’t be anywhere without you.