The last couple weeks have been insane for me. Ever since B+AB launched earlier this year (just a lil 2 months old today), I feel like my schedule just keeps getting crazier. To begin with, mine was unconventional already (to say the least) with working, school, wedding planning and photo gigs… and when things get overwhelming, it’s easy to put blame on blogging for why I’ve little free time. So many photos to edit, products to review, emails to answer and posts to write. Yes, blogging is time consuming and it can be stressful at times. (But I promise this is a positive blog post! You’ll see.)

So when last week started, at first I was like:

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But then I quickly got my shit together and decided to take it one day at a time. They say if you are positive, the world will give positivity right back at you and the past week has been proof of that for me.

Bloggers, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when I ask you, “What is the best feeling about blogging?”

Because this week, I experienced everything on my list. So… of course I would blog about it!

1) When a reader tells me that they not only read my blog, but they have actually discovered something new and purchased something I’ve blogged about or recommendedI still remember the very first time someone told me they bought something I blogged about – it’s hard to explain, but it’s such an awesome feeling. Someone else that doesn’t know me personally actually trusts me enough to spend their hard earned money on something I’ve recommended. It is very humbling and definitely makes me feel very honoured :)

2) When a reader trusts me enough to try one of my recipes. This just makes me so freakin’ happy! Thank you for trusting me enough to make one of my recipes! There is nothing more encouraging that seeing people actually try out the stuff I’ve experimented with. (Click to embiggen)

recipe-marchIf you try out one of my recipes, please let me know! I’d love to hear how you like it and if you have any recommendations for future recipes. A few on my list of experiments: green pancakes, soups and healthy burgers.

3) Working with amazing brands and people. One of my big goals for this blog is to introduce readers to new products and perspectives that will allow you to live more beautifully and happily so I’m really excited to be working with some really great brands (both International and local) – can’t wait to share with you!

4) Meeting really awesome people online. The reason why I LOVE social media is because I get to connect with hundreds of people with similar interests that I otherwise wouldn’t “meet” IRL (in real life). Lately, I’ve discovered some new people that I really clicked with and hopefully will get to hang with him in person soon :)

5) Meeting really awesome people face to face. Just a liiiitle bit more awesome than meeting people online is meeting those awesome people in person. Last week, Buytopia hit a huge milestone – 100 million dollars saved! And along with Charming Media, they threw a fabulous party to celebrate with their favourite Canadian bloggers – and they sure know how to pick ’em! I met so many awesome people who I’ve been tweeting with for the past 4 years for the first time and it was amazing! Definitely one of the best events this year I’ve attended so far! The official photos are up on Facebook, so just click on the collage to see ’em!

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Bloggers – do you agree with my list? If you’ve got any to add, just share in the comments!

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  • Blogging allows you to say thing you wouldn’t say in real life. Sometime it is just easier to write behind a screen. It opens new opportunity to add value to people, more chances to connect.

    Sometime I hate blogging so much because I stay until 4 am to finish a post but I don’t think I would give it up :)

    • I hear you on staying up too late to finish posts! Something I think all bloggers can relate to.

      I get what you mean about typing things out and how it helps makes connections, too! There’s some friends I’ve made through social media and blogs that I wouldn’t have connected with had we met in person first! I find that really great :)

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • I’ve said this before, but blogging has shaped my life in ways I’d never have imagined possible. Done things, been places and met people who would never have come across my social circles and overall, just understanding far MORE about myself than I did before I started putting myself out there.

    I’m hoping that 2013 will let me continue to push the envelope and really find out what I’m capable of, and what I can do as well with a little help from my friends.

    They say we need food, sleep and shelter to survive, but I think my blog is creeping its way onto that list bit by bit.

    It’s part of me.

    Blog on, Maria. Blog on.

    • I TOTALLY GET THIS. Blogging has allowed me to discover to much about myself and it’s kind of crazy when you think about it.

      Do you think you’ll ever give up blogging? Maybe “blog” in other formats? Do you do video blogs?

      • It’s taken me a decade of experimenting with blogging to find my voice — I very much doubt I’ll be giving it up now :) I’ve told most friends that eventually I’ll transition from being a lifestyle blogger to a daddy blogger and then go from there :P

        I’d LOVE to experiment with video blogging, though I don’t have much to say on that yet. If you’re friends with Justin Baisden on Facebook, you should see a recent discussion we’ve had on this very topic — why some videos might have good content but not draw ANY attention. I’d rather not just be another dime a dozen when it comes to video; that’s a really hard hole to climb out of.

        • It’d be cool if we get to sit down next time we see each other and really talk about this! Video blogging has too many elements to it and I definitely agree that there are too many videos out there with great content, but very little views. But I guess the same can be said for blogs?

          • I’d definitely be happy to do so :) For me, it’s not a matter of having the right equipment (as I already have a number of things I could use to put together some quality video), but having some MEANINGFUL content that’ll resonate with people. I definitely feel like there’s a right and a wrong way to go about vlogging (as there is with blogging), but in a society that’s so plagued by imagery, you REALLY need a LOT to keep someone’s attention after the first 5 seconds!

            Blogging’s more of a casual affair — you can skim a blog and pretty much get the gist of it. With a video, there’s really no skipping, since so much content is packed into small amounts of time. It’s a whole ‘nother WORLD.

            Excited to try it out sometime, though!

  • myafrofashion

    Hey Maria!

    This is Jamila. It’s quite a surprise stumbling upon your blog… we took a class together at YorkU. Nice to see you here. I like your blog and I’ll be visiting again. My brand & blog is Myafrofashion.

    • Hey Jamila!! Fancy seeing you here! :) How did you find my blog? lol Just curious! Would be nice if we ran into each other, not sure if you still have classes at YorkU this term?

      • myafrofashion

        I found it through the Twitter feed on InyourmouthToronto’s blog (I think he retweeted you or something) and I was like ‘hey, I know this person!’ so I traced the tweets back to your blog, lol. Yes, it would be nice to meet again, I still have one year to go so I’m sticking around for the summer and fall terms.