Welcome to Grits and Glam!
Starting this particular blog has been on mind for quite some time. You may or may not know, but I am no stranger to blogging. I’ve been blogging since 2009, and some of you may even remember reading my first blog, Everything Happens For a Reason.
I loved that blog and I loved what blogging was at that time. Around late 2014/early 2015, I quit Everything Happens For a Reason. I wasn’t finding joy in it anymore, and this was also around the time the whole blogging world shifted towards what it is now. When I shut it down, I immediately made it private. If you are a newer blogger, you wouldn’t have been around to see the drastic changes. Back then, it was a simpler time – no Facebook groups, no Instagram algorithms (or Instagram at all – it didn’t exist), no Pinterest, or no blog launches. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Everything was more organic in this sense, you had to seek out those connections and relationships and readers.
Nowadays, there are thousands and thousands of more blogs, which basically means more competition. However, I think it’s easier, in the sense that the community is there. You just join a Facebook group, and BOOM, you are connected to hundreds and hundreds, sometimes thousands of other bloggers. It’s easier to connect with people. Back then, I found new blogs by looking at other people’s blog rolls and looking through the comments of the blogs I followed (because their blogs would be connected to their profile).
Blogging wasn’t serious back in the day. What I mean to say is, that it wasn’t stressful. It was for fun, and if you made money on the side, then it was a huge plus. Usually, people made money from charging other bloggers ‘x’ amount of money to put their “blogging button” on the sidebar of their blog for a month, along with a shoutout or two (Does anyone else “old” remember those things? Haha). There wasn’t a huge push of affiliate links or referral links or “swipe ups” or even advertisements. It was just a completely different time. There were barely any sponsored posts at that time.
Currently, the trend is starting a blog in order to make money. Let me just say, you can’t start a blog with that being your main intention or else you are going to be severely disappointed. The money should be secondary. Blogging is most certainly not a get rich, quick scheme. The reason you should start a blog is because you love writing, doing photography, sharing your life with others, being creative, wanting to have an outlet, or something along those lines. But that’s a whole other topic for a different day.
Once I shut the door on Everything Happens For a Reason, my life became a lot more stress and care free. I wasn’t constantly checking the 1000 blogs I used to read or checking twitter 900 times throughout the day. I always thought I would have missed blogging, but once I quit, I didn’t.
Fast forward to 2016, I started a new blog called Fabulous In Fayette. Fabulous In Fayette is a hyperlocal blog about my city and state. It celebrates the fabulous city of Lexington, the great state of Kentucky, and Southern living. I focus heavily on local businesses and restaurants, bourbon, events, things to do, and Southern living. This blog is a huge part of my life and I’m super proud of what I’ve turned it into. It isn’t going anywhere.
Over the past couple of months, I felt like something was missing. I missed documenting my life. While I love my blog, Fabulous In Fayette, I can’t really share details about my life or showcase other aspects that aren’t based around the brand I created. I do share one small aspect of my life on Fabulous In Fayette, but only when it pertains to my brand. Since my brand is all about my city of Lexington, it wouldn’t make sense for me to share my “Top Five Favorite Shades of Lipsticks For Fall” or “The 10 Must Have Trader Joe’s Products” or “Five Netflix Shows That You Should Binge Watch.” While those are things I’m excited about, my audience most likely wouldn’t be since it has nothing to do with Lexington or Kentucky.
Enter Grits and Glam…
Grits and Glam is a Southern lifestyle blog combining three things I love – food, fashion, and lifestyle. I wanted to stay true to my Southern roots, hence, grits, and I also didn’t want a name that closely resembled my other blog, Fabulous In Fayette. I know there are people out there that hate blogs that have two nouns and the word, but it is what it is! It will be almost like the grown-up version of Everything Happens For a Reason, but with better photography and writing haha (Just thinking back at those photos taken with an iPhone 3G makes me laugh – Good times)!
I’ve been working on Grits and Glam ever since September 21, 2018. September was a pretty busy month, between working on my other blog, Fabulous In Fayette, doing writing corrections and teaching, and getting ready for our trip to Tennessee at the end of the month with 15 of our closest friends, and waiting to have my hair done on October 1 to take pictures. It was hard to feel cute and confident when it had been raining nonstop for days (Ladies, am I right?!?). It was just so difficult to stay motivated when you felt like a hot mess. Thank goodness I had a hair appointment and a new month started = motivation restored!
Maybe I am a little crazy for taking on another full-time project, creating separate content for two different blogs and instagrams (along with instagram stories), in addition to my teaching job and just the other things that day-to-day life brings. I’m also a little nervous about building a whole other following on my second instagram from scratch, while still growing my other account. Starting from scratch is pretty scary. I hope you will join me in my new journey!
Let’s do this thing!