Hello out there!
Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!
It's been a while, I know.
It's a wild ride being a writer/blogger. When I first started this blog back in the summer of 2008, I was a passionate 24 year old woman. I stand before you today, as a passionate 33 year old woman. It would be an understatement to say that since the age of 24, I and my interests and beliefs have evolved over time. Back in 2013, I stepped away from the blog with confusion, disinterest and sadness. In 2015, I missed it and felt like part of my purpose was to inspire through this platform, so I came back. Since my come back, I've been trying to figure out what I want AGCM to stand for now and what works for me at this time in my life. My schedule is different, what motivates me is different.... I toyed around with making this space a blog-zine (remember when I created covers and themes for each month for a little last year?) type of format, I took blogging e-Courses to get re-inspired and tried a bunch of other things.
After much experimentation and contemplation towards the end of this year, I came to see that what made blogging so fun for and effortless to me back in 2008, when I first created it, was the heavy focus on simply sharing. No strategy, no meditated structure and no plan to take over the blogging world or natural hair world. (For goodness sake, I used to film videos in my poorly lit studio apartment bathroom!) I wasn't trying to attract readers or convince anyone of anything. I was just sharing things I learned and liked that may help others and fellow shipping with readers who were into what I was into. It was exciting to be present, share what I was learning and even share parts of my journey into womanhood. I wasn't very organized or strategic with my posting back then; I was just consistent in posting what I felt was helpful content, guerrilla style. Lol.
Where does this leave me for 2017?
I'm releasing the desire for a blogzine model or modified model altogether and just want this to be a fun, fresh and inspiring space. The site will be gettin a makeover soon, the details are in the works and I am creating a realistic new content schedule for myself as opposed to what I think I need to follow or what other "successful" bloggers follow. So much of my writing journey has been about learning to allow myself to be myself and move how works best for me and not compare my work. I have my lane; my lane is a great lane and is there for me to help how only I, being Milan, can. That feels so good. We all have something to offer this world, don't cheapen it by thinking you have to be anything but yourself to offer it.
I thank you all for rocking with me all these years and your support. It is felt and appreciated and I will continue on this blogging journey. 2017 for AGrlCanMAC is about the return to being present, having fun, learning and sharing. I don't know what the schedule be just yet, still working that out but I'm so ready to be completely in love with this space again. So we're having fun in 2017, deal?
Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.
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