"It's about being creative and doing good work...and then that work can be translated somehow. It can become a film that gets out on the web. It can be something you write that gets out through Facebook..." --Conan O'BrienWhen I started blogging back in December 2004, my intention was to share random thoughts in the hopes that someone would find inspiration in them. Ever since the first grade I've kept a journal and I liked the idea of publishing an online journal. My first blog post was titled "Time for Vacation" and it was three sentences long.
Little did I know that blogging would turn into this huge phenomenon and would be regarded as "new media". A friend told me the other day, "Wow, you were so ahead of your time!" I still have friends who don't really understand what I do. Heck, my boyfriend doesn't even know how Twitter really works and doesn't care much for Facebook either.
|Me (left) and Stephanie (right)|
These past six years I've been able to connect with so many creative people that I probably would have never met had it not been for blogs, Facebook, or Twitter. Just recently I took a trip out to Arizona and was finally able to meet one of my favorite bloggers, Stephanie Quilao, IRL or "In Real Life". Stephanie has been blogging about the same amount of time that I have, so we chatted about the different challenges we've faced and current projects that we're working on.
What I admire about Stephanie is that she writes from the heart. You can tell that she's passionate about what she does and that she sincerely wants to help people. I've always believed that when you put that kind of energy out there, good things can happen. Now Stephanie has over 50K followers on Twitter (@skinnyjeans) and she's living an independent life that 9-5ers only dream of.
In one of her recent posts, Stephanie talks about 7 awesome things blogging has brought her.
Success at the Speed of Light
At the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference taking place this week, Conan O'Brien did a live Facebook interview where he talked about how social media has changed his career and how he communicates with his fans. When he decided to do a tour after leaving NBC, he sent out one tweet and the message spread like wildfire. His shows across the country were sold out in a matter of hours.
Watch a clip from the interview...(~15 mins.)
Nowadays anyone with a computer and a passion for whatever it is that they're passionate about can make an impact and inspire others. A video on YouTube or a single tweet can bring you fame and fortune. If you're a musician you no longer have to be signed by a big label or if you're a writer, you don't have to have a big publisher to help you market your book.
Living a Dream
Social media has allowed me to live out a dream of working from anywhere at anytime. If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be making a living from writing AND working from home, I wouldn't have taken you seriously.
I distinctly remember sitting at a table in the library writing my first article to submit to Constant Content. I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be nice if I could do this for a living?" At the time I was working at Nordstrom, but not really enjoying it very much.
Now I'm able to "sleep in" everyday and make money by writing about fashion and beauty, attracting abundance, and other topics I'm passionate about.
Most of all, social media has given me an opportunity to inspire others to live their dreams. If I can do it, you can too.