Last Thursday, I met my lovely friend (and fellow mama + yogi) Erin at West Elm for the last stop of Joy Cho’s Blog Inc. book tour. I’ve been reading Joy’s blog Oh Joy! for a few years now, and I was so excited that she included Austin in her tour. She is super cute in person!
Her blog has many beautiful, fun and inspirational style ideas that I’m hoping to incorporate in my home and closet. I especially love all the tasty food she features, all the pops of color in her outfits and home decor, and the fact that her daughter is only a month younger than my kiddo. It was really fun for me to follow along her [much more fashionable] journey through pregnancy and new motherhood as I was on the same roller coaster ride.
I read her book cover-to-cover on my last business trip, which is a manual for creating a successful blog. Even though I’ve been blogging personally since I was 15 years old, I’ve never created a site that tries to reach people beyond my friends and family – until I came up with Finding Drishti! The book outlined so many great pieces of advice and featured interviews with other successful bloggers. I feel better equipped to improve my “product” now, and I hope as I become better at this, you’ll continue to read and share with friends.
So here’s what I’ve got planned.
First of all, thank you to everyone who has commented, asked questions and offered new topics to cover! Your feedback is giving me a better idea of who’s reading and what y’all are most interested in. I’m now 122 published posts deep since I launched in March and am starting to really find my voice and niche. Look for more yoga content pertaining to pregnancy, getting started as a beginner, travel, 9-to-5 office life, and remedies for aches and pains.
Secondly, because of the response to the blog, I feel less shy about showing my face instead of hiding behind cute pictures of the kid. I don’t like to embarrass myself with flabby arms and chunky thighs (and ugh… this postnatal belly flab), but I think it’s time to “model” the yoga from my perspective instead of always finding poses on the interwebs that are executed by perfectly toned yoga instructors/models. It helps to see real, average bodies doing the yoga.
And finally, I’d like to keep playing with my site aesthetic. I’m not a designer by any means, and I sometimes think of content organization and functionality before anything else. I’ll see what I can do to pretty up the place, yeah?
Thank you, Joy, for coming to Austin to inspire us local bloggers!