Better an ‘oops’ than a ‘what if’ – Unknown.
So, I launched Rooism a couple months ago. I never set out to be a blogger (in spite of nudges from friends). Then, one day, I got the itch. My decision surprised even myself.
And it has been rewarding so far – not in a financial sense, but in a spiritual sense. My first big moment (within weeks of starting rooism) was when a stranger told me that she went through a bad breakup with an abusive partner. She just got out of the relationship and was down in the dumps. My emoji dress post (here) made her laugh when she needed it. She bought the dress. She made me cry. I touched a stranger. Since then, I’ve received a couple of other messages about being inspired to take a risk with ‘this look’ or ‘that dress’ I posted. I write for her and others like her. I hope that my writing makes a difference. This is my own brand of feminism. I believe in girl power – feeling good about yourself, inside and out; with a bit of fun, friends, fashion and fabulous mixed in.
My second milestone was when (in the same month) I was contacted by, not one, but TWO photographers to collaborate. Little ‘ol Me? I was over the moon. I ended up going with Christy Usher, owner and photographer at Christine Robin Photography, based out of Half Moon Bay, California. And I’m so glad, because she’s outstanding. At every aspect – her personality, her photographs and her professionalism. Check her out!
My third milestone was a couple weeks ago. I was at a house party and didn’t know a whole lot of people and was wearing a onesie. A random party goer came up to me and said, “OMG, I know you; you’re the famous blogger Roo, is that true?” I thought to myself, “Hardly famous, I am just Roo. And why do I love this girl so much?!!” 🙂
I still don’t think I’m very good at this whole blogging thing. And it is so easy for me to lose motivation. Sometimes weeks that go by and I don’t post. I’m sorry. I’m trying. This blog means so much to me. I’m a perfectionist and sometimes that introduces a number of self-imposed obstacles that prevent me from just writing and letting it rip. So I tried that this week, and yesterday was another huge milestone, I got >4K hits on my blog. Four freakin’ thousand!! Maybe I am a ‘blogger’ after all.. So, I want to take a moment and thank you for all your support, my peeps!! It means the world to me.
Sometimes (when self doubt kicks in), I still feel like I don’t have the slightest idea on how to go about this, how to get more subscribers, likes, retweets etc. And then I get a sweet message that encourages me to get back on track and just keep writing.. Please leave me feedback. What do you like? What do you not? I’d love to hear from you!
No matter what, at least, I’m loving what I’m doing, and I love the feedback I get from people; friends and complete strangers. #blessed.
Aaaaand, if nothing else, before I started Rooism, the number one response to a Rooism search on Facebook was this guy (picture below). My blog has changed that… because now you really have to look to find him. 🙂 To be clear, I have no idea who is, where is (or what substance he is on). I’m not judging, in fact I think it’s kinda funny. I like his spirit and his self confidence to do whatever he’s doing up there …dancing, perhaps? LOL