I know many of you are asking, “What the hell happened to you?” Well, I’m here to explain all that and more.
It’s been about 8 months since I’ve last blogged on ATFierce.com and all for good reason. It’s been so long that I’ve also abandoned my YouTube channel and Facebook Fan Page. It’s to the point where people who now follow me on Twitter have no idea I blogged before or even make videos. My stats are way down, but I’m here to bring them back up.
My first hiatus was taken on YouTube. I was over making up ideas on how to be funny and pleasing my audience. I didn’t know how to make the right formula to keep people watching my videos. It all felt so forced, and I wasn’t getting the results that I wanted. And since I’m a spoiled brat, when things don’t go my way, I lose interest in them quickly. Then, came my blog. I was working at my 9-5 during the summer, and I despised finding time away from work to focus on my blog. I would come to sit at my computer and would be blogging things that had happened hours prior or missing news altogether. And then, the platform I was blogging from gave me no permission to do many of the things I am able to do now.
I sat down and realized I needed to change a lot. First, it was just a thought – a thought that turned into me buying a book and researching others’ blogs. I read Angel’s Laws Of Blogging, by Angel Laws of ConcreteLoop.com. This book opened up the world of blogging in a new light. I understand everything my site and brand was missing, and I was going to correct all of it and more.
I began going on other blogs and would view their site and make mental notes of how their design helped them attract viewers. I would read their posts to understand how their words emanated their personality. I would read their “About” page and get a greater understanding of how they began and how they saw their future in blogging. If they had videos, I watched them, taking more notes. I wanted to comprehend how the great leaders in the blogging world got to be where they are today, so I could soon get there.
After all the research and questions asked, I planned. I had realized I hadn’t written down a plan in years. I don’t know if it has to do with my self-diagnosed OCD, but I was known for making lists in the middle of the night to collect of all my thoughts in one place so I could come back to them and work on making them a reality. Oprah’s Master Class helped a lot. I had to watch that thing like three times in one week – and it’s a two-hour long special. I noticed I had been dreaming for so long, but what was different then compared to now, is my reaction. I stopped acting upon my dreams, and instead, sulked about them not coming true. I was becoming my greatest enemy, and I was letting fear take over, but not for long.
Over the winter break, I wrote down a one-year plan and then a ten. I had a fifteen-year plan from high school but it was outdated. I suggest everyone make a ten-year plan then go back to it every year and make adjustments. I loved writing in my journal, again. It made everything more concrete and recorded everything I needed to do. I came back to school for the spring semester, and with money saved along with my refund check I got down to business.
I bought another domain, purchased an LLC through the state of NJ, created logos like the one above, sent out a tweet for a graphic designer and out of the tens of tweets in my mentions I found a great one, and then I created the layout for my site for him to build. Now, I’m writing for my new updated blog and am just realizing how much of an accomplishment I’ve made, as I’m writing this. This is what makes me believe that 2012 will be my year. Everything has always worked itself out, yet I complained and got scared several times. Something I also learned from my Auntie Oprah is to hold onto faith, because it is mostly needed when wanting to achieve dreams. Without it, your dreams have no foundation and will soon crumble.
Welcome, Fiercies, to the new ATFierce.com. Enjoy the Home page where you’ll find everything dealing with entertainment, like on the old site. Under the Fierce Life tab, I’ll keep a record of all my thoughts and experiences I hope will be helpful to some of you. And, join me on my natural hair journey as I document the growth of my hair from a “big chop” to wherever I end up with some fashion and beauty posts all under “Health & Beauty.” I really hope you all like the new site, because it’s sticking around for a while this time. Stay sweet, everyone. Fierce & Love.