Eleven Years of Running a blog – A Lovely Mess

This month, we have a good time 11 years of running a blog. This photograph of Rachel, Emma and I used to be taken 11 years in the past—are you able to even consider that!? I can’t.

In some ways, I really feel like I grew up on this weblog. I used to be 24 years previous after I began A Lovely Mess and Emma was nonetheless in school. I fell in love, received married, talked my sister into becoming a member of my sinking enterprise (which she then rescued). I made errors—I had seasons of being an oversharer and seasons the place I solely confirmed an overpolished aspect of my life. I discovered, I grew.

And btw, if you wish to see a TON of previous photographs and hyperlinks, we put collectively an enormous publish celebrating 10 years of running a blog final yr. So test that out!

It’s bizarre to me now that we grew to become bloggers in that excellent intersection of time simply after individuals actually began to make use of the web on daily basis and simply earlier than social media grew to become a factor.

I began this weblog after I didn’t realize it might grow to be a profession. I did it for enjoyable. And I’m usually grateful I had an opportunity to leap into it with zero expectations. My sister and I used this house to start out a enterprise (in the end three companies, which now stemmed from our small staff). We spent all our financial savings to make an app, we grew to become adults with medical insurance and retirement funds. We actually have grown up right here.

However the craziest a part of all of it’s that my favourite components of running a blog are nonetheless the identical as they have been 11 years in the past. I like sharing what I’m most enthusiastic about in life. I like listening to your tv present ideas within the feedback—lol. I really like making mates with readers all around the world. I nonetheless get so completely happy when somebody involves say howdy to us in Goal or at a restaurant. It nonetheless surprises me each time.

Listed here are some humorous photographs (some are embarrassing) to have a good time 11 years! Since you don’t should make a profession out of running a blog in case you can’t make enjoyable of your self, proper?

Elsie in 2007. Ugh, so embarrassing, but in addition too humorous to not publish.

Emma in 2007. Visionary.

Falling in love with Jeremy in 2008.

Considered one of my first e-courses with Rachel in 2009.

My studio in 2009. I used to remain up all evening attempting to make work to pay my payments. I’m perpetually grateful for that season of life.

Considered one of my first outfit photographs in 2010. Additionally be aware three classic collections in a single photograph!

Are you able to consider I’ve been writing “10 Issues I Love Sunday” for 10 years?!

(additionally, holy Photoshop—haha)

My wedding ceremony in 2011.

Emma’s wedding ceremony in 2013.

For those who’ve been studying for 11 years or two years or two months … thanks. We love what we do and prior to now one or two years I’ve began to really feel a few of that old-school nostalgia coming again. I’m actually enthusiastic about the place the weblog world goes recently. It feels actually good to me and I nonetheless learn blogs each morning with a cup of espresso.

I can’t assist however marvel what the subsequent 11 years will convey. I by no means imagined I’d nonetheless be scripting this weblog in spite of everything these years, however now I can’t think about ever stopping. Emma and I are fairly positive we’re destined to grow to be previous girl bloggers. Actually, that sounds fairly enjoyable.

Love you! Elsie

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