Highlights

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I started All That Glitters 10 months ago this week, as a way to express myself creatively, to share what I love, to find the beauty in everything, to simply celebrate life.

It has been such a great learning experience and totally fulfilling. At the same time it’s been equally time-consuming and challenging. Since I love a challenge, I suppose I wouldn’t have it any other way.

For the first 6 months of All That Glitters, I wrote it in secret; focusing purely on building content, finding my voice, ensuring that I had the drive to be consistent with my readers, experimenting with the aesthetics of the site, and seeing if I had what it takes among the millions of blogs out there. It wasn’t until February of this year that I officially introduced my blog to everyone I knew, the day I started my What I’m Lovin’ Right Now series.

I’m sure many bloggers can identify that the hardest part of blogging is not in the development, the writing (though writer’s block is a bitch, excuse my French), and while finding the time can be tricky; it’s the promotion that can be the most challenging – getting your blog out there and making it stand out.

Looking back, there were many reasons that I chose to take on this passion project of mine, but keep it to myself. It was something to pour all this built up creative energy into. While I was at least lucky enough to have viewers and followers since its inception, I essentially lost out on 6 months of building a solid blogging community because of the approach I took by sharing it publicly, but not actively putting it out there. Somehow, I kept telling myself that I wanted it to be perfect before I took the plunge and then my perfectionist disposition realized that there would always be room for improvement, SO JUST GO FOR IT.

And thus begins the promotion aspect of my site and connecting with other blogger nerds like myself. I promise not to be too obnoxious. 🙂

This week I spent countless hours playing catch-up by networking with other bloggers, setting up my social media sites, and finally registering a domain name.

All That Glitters can now officially be found on:

Website: allthatglittersla.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LAGlitterGirl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllThatGlittersLA

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/candiantoinette/

If you’re a blogger, please connect with me on any of these networks and share your site’s links. Next week, I’d like to dedicate a post to pure link love where I’ll post as many sites to other blogs as I can to spread the good cheer! (Because promotion is a bitch – please excuse my French, again).

Thank you so much for your likes, comments, follows, and support. Keep in touch!

love & light,

Candice

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19 thoughts on “Highlights

  1. So true, you are speaking my mind. After I started to blog, I feel like I don’t have any spare time at all besides all the challenges, further more to promote is even more challenging! Yes, there is always a room to improve to grow; unless people don’t want to improve and learn. It is great blog. Thank you for sharing.
    xox
    http://www.kclueless.com/

    • It’s really all about making the time and it’s a challenge we all face, but promotion is crucial. My hope with today’s post is to connect with others and make that transition a bit easier! Thanks so much for stopping by and please keep in touch! xx
      Candice

  2. I can really relate to this post so much, my blog is still quite secret I’ve been blogging for 6 months and I haven’t even put it on my Twitter feed yet but as you said there comes a time when you just need to sod what anyone else thinks and put yourself out there. Great blog and good luck in your blogging journey xx

    • You know, we really are our own worst critics, huh? We all know there is no such thing as perfection, but we use it as an excuse not to move forward. My advice (not that you’re asking for it 🙂 ) is if you really feel this is something you want to do and do see yourself sharing it at some point more publicly (that “some point” may never come when you’re constantly thinking too much about others). Don’t wait as long as I did. If you feel you’ve found your voice, a direction, and a style for your site – just do the best you can and let it go. The longer you wait, the more you play catch-up when trying to garner a following. Then again, there are those who are perfectly content writing anonymously. Just do what feels best for you. We all have our own pace. Thanks for stopping by! xx

    • OMG! What are the chances? I’m sure it must’ve been awkward at the time, but what a story! Thanks for sharing! I’ll be sure to stop by and say hello on your site! xx

  3. Ran across your comment on IFB. I’m always looking to connect with other bloggers especially those who are in that just starting stage. My blogs only about 2 months old, and I have to admit it’s been tougher than I expected. However, you’re post has really given me a lot of inspiration… Thank you so much. I cannot wait to see more from All That Glitters!

    Here is the link for my blog.
    http://www.clarkgent.com

    • Welcome to this thing we call blogging! It’s one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done because it’s so much more complicated than just writing. It’s also about networking, social media, finding your voice, your aesthetic, and ultimately your place in the world. I’m so glad to hear my post was a source of inspiration for you. I look forward to checking out your site. Please keep in touch, us newbies should stick together. 🙂

  4. I love how honest this is. I have been blogging for about 5 months now so I completely get what you are saying. So many aspects that are such a pain but so incredibly worth it in the end!

    xx Cara

    • Thank you, Cara! As with anything it’s the challenges that make it all the more rewarding. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your link! I look forward to visiting your site! xx

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  6. Great post! Blogging does take up a lot of your spare time, but its worth it as the blogging community is so friendly and helpful!

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