They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and boy are “they” right! Exactly one year ago today, on April 11, 2015, I hit that “publish” button on my very first blog post. Today, I’m taking you on a little trip down memory lane. I’m also giving you a sneak peek into some upcoming plans that I can’t wait to share!
I almost don’t recognize that Kara from a year ago. She was fed up with her “real job”, ready to make a change, and terrified beyond belief that she would fail. She took a giant leap of faith that day… not knowing what would come of it. She wondered if this silly blog idea would be just another failure.
While I see traces of myself in her (the courage to go for it anyway, for example), I stand in awe of the transformation that she was about to go through.
Some days I wish that I could reach back in time and let her know that everything was going to be OK. The new-age mystic part of my brain tells me that maybe I did. Maybe “future me” was that nagging voice in my head back then that said “Kara! You need to do this!”
Either way, I’m happy that I pushed that button. I’m happy that I took that leap of faith, and jumped into a world that I knew nothing about. I’m happy that I stepped way out of my comfort zone and allowed myself to grow in ways that I never even knew was possible before.
CELEBRATING THE PAST
When I began writing this blog one year ago, my plan was for it to be a place for me to share more about the design process behind my jewelry shop.
But I didn’t have a clue what I was doing when it came to blogging.
I gradually started to find my voice over the next few months, and on June 10th, I wrote my very first personal development post.
Thoughts on Prosperity: How to Create an Abundance Mentality was a turning point for this little blog of mine. I realized that I loved writing about self improvement.
Before I knew it, Boho Berry was gaining traction, and I was slowly starting to come into my own as a writer.
On July 2nd, I tentatively published my very first Traffic & Income Report. My goal was to give you an insider’s perspective, and to show you a baby blog’s progress from the very beginning.
I had a whopping 3,067 pageviews during that first month of tracking. 10 months later, I’m happy to report that this “little” blog has received 2,853,931 pageviews and over 5,000 comments to date!
I have faithfully continued my monthly traffic & income reports each and every month since then, and it’s something that I will continue as a way to inspire and educate other newbie bloggers along the way.
On August 13th, I wrote my very first Bullet Journal post. I wasn’t quite prepared for how much this little blog post would take off. This is the post that put my on the map as a Bullet Journalist, and although my photography skills left much to be desired at the time, I love it dearly.
Since then, I have written over 30 posts related to bullet journaling. I found my online home within the Bullet Journal community, and I feel SO blessed every day to have joined such an amazing online family!
This past year has been full of highlights and new experiences for me. Here’s just a few:
- Collaborating on a weekly coloring calendar
- Guest posting for the Bullet Journal blog
- Co-hosting the #PlanWithMeChallenge with Kim & Jessica
- Launching my YouTube channel
- Starting a mastermind group with Kim (and now Jessica too!)
- Launching the #RockYourHandwriting challenge with Kim, Jessica, and Dee
- Being interviewed by Brian for Goulet Guests
- Working for my creative business mentor, Lisa Jacobs
- Teaching a segment at CreativeLive in San Francisco
EMBRACING THE FUTURE
There are a LOT of exciting new things happening here at Boho Berry in the near future! I’ve spent the past year creating content and providing value to the community. I wholeheartedly promise you that will never stop, but with continued growth comes new challenges and opportunities as well.
BOHO BERRY PAPERIE
I have been asked time and time again if I would ever consider creating stickers and printables from some of the designs in my Bullet Journal, and I’m happy to announce that YES… it’s finally happening!
Boho Berry Paperie will be launching on May 1st, and it will be chock full of stickers, coloring pages, stationery, and more… all lovingly hand-drawn with your planner in mind!
If you’d like to get the latest updates on the shop, be sure to follow the new @BohoBerryPaperie account on Instagram. There’s not much there yet, but the next couple of weeks will be exploding with activity!
One of my main goals since the very beginning was to make Boho Berry a community of like-minded folks working towards their goals and dreams.
I’ve welcomed over 12,000 members to the Boho Berry Tribe over the past year, and that number continues to grow daily.
In May, I’ll be launching the Boho Berry Tribe Facebook Group… a place where Tribe Members can come together and chat about their goals, dreams, bullet journals, and more.
If you want to be on the invite list, be sure to sign up today!
You may have noticed recently, that I’ve changed the look of my blog graphics. This is all leading up to a massive site redesign next month.
For a long time, I’ve been feeling the itch to make Boho Berry more user-friendly. I want it to be easy to navigate, and even more representative of my brand’s personality.
Above all, I want the blog to evoke a sense of community, encouragement, and passion.
I’ll be trickling out some small changes here and there, but I’m aiming for a full overhaul by June 1st, so stay tuned!
MORE THAN A ONE-WOMAN JOB
I have a confession to make. I’m a workaholic. There. I said it. I’ve been keeping track of my hours lately and I’m slightly ashamed to admit that I’ve been putting in 50-60 hour work weeks in order to keep things humming along.
Aside from creating content for the blog, there’s YouTube videos to film, pictures to take and edit for Instagram, Tribe Newsletters to write, comments to reply to across all of my social media platforms… not to mention all the work that goes into launching a shop, re-designing a website, and trying to maintain a good work-life balance.
For months, I’ve known that this day was coming. The day where I just wouldn’t be able to do it all myself anymore. Luckily for me, one of my long-term readers reached out to me to offer a helping hand. I gladly hopped on Skype with her and we instantly hit it off.
Let me introduce you to Candace!
Candace lives in North Carolina with her husband, 3 kids and dog (Wilson). She used to work in Financial Services and is now a stay-at-home mom. She loves reading, knitting, hockey, bullet journaling, and pretty much all things geek.
Candace and I have been working together behind the scenes for about a week now, and let me tell you… it’s a match made in heaven!
During our first Skype meeting, we clicked instantly and I just knew that she was the perfect fit as the first official member of the Boho Berry Team.
You’ll be seeing Candace in the comments section here on the blog, as well as in the Boho Berry Tribe Facebook Group (when it goes live next month). She’s going to be helping me with a slue of tasks like Social Media scheduling, responding to common questions & collaboration inquiries, and more.
This girl is a self-starter with loads of great ideas to streamline our workflow and create a better experience for you here at Boho Berry.
The best part? I’ll have more time to create yummy new blog articles, video tutorials, and more!
This “little” blog has grown into so much more than I could have ever imagined over the past year.
I can’t even begin to express the depth of gratitude I feel for each and every one of you. You have thanked me over and over again for the inspiration and motivation that I provide here. But I honestly feel that YOU have inspired and motivated ME.
You have been there for me, nurtured me, and fed my soul in more ways than you will ever know.
For that, I am eternally grateful.