Well…belated birthday. The actual first post went up on August 14, 2006.
It’s so strange and wonderful to read it again. I can still remember how I felt as I wrote it – like a flood of words was just flowing out of my fingertips. I had SO much to say! That post reads like a stream of consciousness manifesto. It’s my mission statement. And SO funny – it hasn’t changed one iota in this amazing four year long adventure/career/whatever you want to call it!
“Don’t get me wrong, ladies. My hair philosophy is, do your do. What’s right for you isn’t necessarily right for me. All I know is, the prospect of having to go to the hairdresser/pusher man for more burning, stinky white stuff to spread on my scalp with the intention of reversing my hair’s natural desire is less than tempting. I’m a grown-ass woman now, and I can’t foresee it happening ever again in my future. I want my hair to be as long, strong, and beautiful as it wants to be, an extension of myself. Afrobella is dedicated to all of the women who have made a similar decision, to embrace and enhance their natural beauty. Let’s show the world what we’re working with.”
And I didn’t even know what I was working with when I wrote that!
It absolutely blows my mind that something I dreamed up so whimsically could grow so quickly, and so big. When I first started Afrobella, I was like…well I really want to write about what I want to write about, without restrictions or input from an editor. And who knows, maybe I’ll get some free hair products from time to time. I didn’t go into it with a business plan, an agenda, or any idea what this was about to become. There was nobody on the scene who was doing what I was doing, exactly. What began as a personal expression has now grown into a BRAND. It feels so weird to type that, but that’s exactly what it has become. Wow.
Because of this blog, I’ve had opportunities I never would have even dreamed of. Because of this blog, I’ve blossomed into the kind of writer and media presence I’ve always admired (but never thought I’d actually be). And because of this blog, I’ve made more friends and contacts and connections than I could have ever imagined. Including you! Thank you for reading my blog and supporting what I do. Thank you for being there for me for the past 4 years. I promise to keep doing my best, and I hope you keep reading! I’ve said this often, but I still mean it with my whole heart. The best is yet to come!
I’ll be celebrating all week with giveaways and special posts. So stay tuned!
PS: Happy bloggaversary to my amazing web designer, friend, and partner in crime Luvvie! Awesomely Luvvie turned 4 last week too! Leo blogs FTW!