Hi TBC friends! Time for me to tell you all about why I started The Fashionable Wife and why I continue to blog today.
I majored in fashion merchandising, but I ended up a graphic designer. I loved fashion but didn’t have a way to satisfy it with my day job, so The Fashionable Wife became my way of getting that fashion fix. I also like having projects on my plate (I honestly don’t do well with down time), so blogging has been a good way for me to stay busy + keep my creative juices flowing.
I started meeting really amazing people through blogging– women I have never met in person, but who I consider to be great friends. I have read their blogs, followed them on social media, lived vicariously through the births of their children, experienced their personal struggles, etc. I feel part of their lives, even though we’ve never actually met.
I’ve officially been blogging for 5 years, but it wasn’t until 3 years ago I got more serious about it. I started taking outfit pictures, keeping an editorial calendar, working with brands, connecting more and more bloggers.
I love having a space where I can talk about fashion for hours (let’s face it, my husband isn’t interested), and people actually respond! I love hearing what everyone thinks, what they’re into, what they like and don’t like. The Fashionable Wife has evolved over the year– it’s still primarily fashion, but sometimes I talk about fitness or food, my two dogs, or other things that randomly pop into my head. It’s my own space where I can write about what I want. And apparently, people are sometimes interested.
A huge reason I blog– and the reason Ashley and I started The Blogger Collective– is because of other bloggers. The blogging community is such an amazing, supportive group of women (and men). I love the support we offer each other and how we can learn from our successes and mistakes as a group. Ash and I really believe there’s room for everyone at the cool kids’ table. Around here we’re all about building up, not tearing down.
Blogging is fun, it keeps me busy, and I have met and continue to meet + connect with amazing people. What more could you ask for?
Nikki blogs at The Fashionable Wife and is a co-founder of The Blogger Collective.