A Year in the Life: We did it B!tches!

Today’s our first blogaversary! Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way; it means more than we can express. Here are a few words about our first year and everything we loved about it from each of us!

From Maria:
A year ago, when Gin and I talked about starting a blog, I was nervous. I hadn’t shared my writing in so long. Sure, I had written professionally for companies, but these would be my words, my thoughts, my feelings. What if no one read it? Even worse, what if they read it and thought it was super bad? I probably wouldn’t have done it without Gin.

I had always had the idea of a blog in the back of my mind, but I always had an excuse why now wasn’t a good time; I was too busy, or I couldn’t afford the domain, or, geez, I couldn’t think of what to call it. Then Gin comes along, someone to share the responsibility with, both time and financially, and she already had a killer blog name ready to go. A few casual talks about what we’d do if we had the freedom to write turned into more serious conversations, turned into business planning, turned into a partnership.

Over the past year, I’ve rediscovered my written voice when it isn’t filtered through work or school. I’ve become more confident in talking about my insecurities and having uncomfortable conversations. I’ve written some pieces I’m very proud of (and some not so much, but eh, nobody’s perfect).

This has been a wild year, but I’m so very proud of us for never missing a week, despite a pandemic, family loss, getting a puppy, or moving to another province. Even if we were finishing drafts the morning of, we always had a post every Tuesday. 

From Gin:
To say that this year was a wild ride would be an understatement. I’ve gone through some tough times this year and some great times too. But, as a result, I’ve grown closer with friends and family. So, I’m not too mad.

While I kept my pieces light-hearted this year, I broke out of my shell a few times to address issues about whether I could call myself a writer, saying what’s really on my mind, and why I love my body. It’s not always easy to write about things that make you feel vulnerable, but I realized how relatable it is once those get out there. And, I don’t have to go at it alone.

I also had a bit of help along the way. I was also lucky enough to get a puppy with my bf this year. As much work it is to have a small pup, she’s been a huge help this year. Mentally and physically – someone has to take this dog out for a walk. I didn’t realize how having a companion around would make some of my lowest days just a little brighter.

I’m so proud of us and our guest writers for the work we’ve done this year. It’s crazy that we’ve only done this for a year. To think this was something that began to develop from a simple conversation. We created a space to feel safe and confident in yourself, and I’m happy to see how far we’ve come. I look forward to seeing where we end up!

Check out our favourite blogs from the past year!

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