Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Why don’t you have a seat and make yourself comfortable. The comparison game can get you. Major buzz kill right? I get it guys. We all succumb to this thief of joy now and then, so a few real life examples could do our bodies good.
In order to prove we should never “compare our beginnings to someone else’s middle,” I needed some hard-core evidence. So naturally, my guinea pigs of choice are some of the top bloggers in the industry. Why? Because bloggers document everything online. Including their beginnings.
Below I share each blogger’s “Now” – AKA middle – and some of their baby blog steps – AKA first posts (buried deep in their hidden archives). And because I am throwing these hard-working, motivated, inspirational women under the bus, it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t include myself. So enjoy these fun before-and-afters and tell me your thoughts afterwards!
And Hallie, Liz, Julia, Joanna, Rachel and Kat – if you do happen to read this, congrats on all your success and thank you for making my day every single morning! Me and my coffee couldn’t do it without you. Xx.
The Scoop: Hallie, a Chicagoan turned New Yorker – was just sent to California to cover The Rose Bowl live via social media. And she’s a regular at New York Fashion Week. Here is one of Hallie’s first outfit posts when she used to live in the Windy City. She has admitted in the early years to setting the self timer on her camera and doing her own photos. This one especially makes me chuckle – can you imagine self posing on one of the busiest streets in Chicago?! This is exactly why Hallie is successful. Nothing – literally NOTHING stands in this girl’s way. Here is the earliest post I could find.
The Scoop: Liz has played with all the major fashion players (Kate Spade, PiperLime, L.K. Bennett) and continues to bring to life the best outfits. Did you know Liz had TWO blogs before Sequins and Stripes? YES. I actually learned all this by listening to her podcast with Jess Lively. Her first blog was Hairbows and Cosmos. Then she started a new blog called A Happy Haven. Then moved on to Sequins and Stripes. Third times a charm I suppose!
THE SCOOP: Let’s just say Julia is one of the top fashion bloggers out there. With 395K Instagram followers, she has collaborated with the most luxurious companies. Above is one of her first selfies and you can read the beginning of Gal Meets Glam here.
THE SCOOP: With 5 million page views per month, Joanna is considered the pioneer of the blogging world. She wrote her first post on New Year’s Eve when she decided to stay in instead of going out. I bet she never regrets missing out on that night.
THE SCOOP: Rachel also leads the pack in the fashion blogging industry. It was rumored she pulled in close to a million last year and her style is to die for. As for the early days? Looking for a new couch addition? Be sure to book mark this lovely DIY! This isn’t her first read but a really good one. Do you think she uses this pillow in her new closet mansion? Something tells me no… Find her first writing here.
THE SCOOP: Kat has the best style and living the dream in NYC. But she didn’t always used to be. Her blog originally focused on inspirational photos and from other sources and slowly grew into sharing her personal style. This first post is a throw back of a spring break trip she took with her then boyfriend.
As for me? My blog was originally named Great Dates in the City (stellar title huh?). It originated when I started dating my boyfriend (now husband!) and we loved exploring new places in Chicago. You can find my very first post here!
So are you not DYING right now?! Which example is your favorite? Or have you secretly creeped into other blogger’s first posts before? I double dog dare you to share yours in the comment section below. And just in case this wasn’t enough, watch one of my all time favorite inspirational videos of famous people’s failures. SO. GOOD.