It’s Friday which means it’s time for a high-five but today I’m going to change things up a bit because this week is the three-year anniversary of Maggie Overby Studios the blog!!!! I can’t believe it’s been that long. Like most things in life, it feels like I started this journey yesterday but it also seems like I’ve been doing this forever. In that time I have learned so much but I know I have so much farther to go.
When I started this blog we had just moved to Germany, I had closed my shop, and moved away from all my family and friends. I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself and since I had considered blogging long ago I figured it was the perfect time to try. I didn’t have a clue, and as I look back at some of those old post I can see that perfectly clear. I was pretty much out there on my own plugging away just trying to figure things out on my own. I took a few online classes trying to up my game but for the most part, it was trial and error. Actually, my very first post was an error, not knowing what I was doing, I published it on accident and I was off…
During my time in Germany, I felt pretty isolated from the rest of the blogging world and even most of my readers who may not relate to the things I was doing in a foreign country. But last August I moved back to the states and the whole game changed. Since returning I have had some amazing opportunities to work with brands and other bloggers. Best of all I have met a group of bloggers who have really opened my eyes to the community that we create together.
A couple of weeks ago I attended my first blog conference which tipped me on edge again. It also made me feel like I was doing everything wrong. The knowledge I gained made me feel like it was a miracle that anyone was reading my blog at all. So many things I would, could and should be doing to get ahead of the competition and get the reader. Techniques for using Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and every other social media out and how to make Google love you. You are overwhelmed, aren’t you?
I have always loved the creative part of blogging. I love the making, the photography, the sharing. The majority of the things you see on this blog I would be doing whether you guys were watching or not. That’s just me. The marketing, the analytics, the pushing hard to compete…not so much. So this week I have been a little off my blogging game trying to sort it all out, and I know I’m not alone. My good friend Cassie of Primitive and Proper has had some similar ponderings in the aftermath of Haven.
So where does this all leave me three years in? Well, not making thousands of dollars a month on ad revenue and sponsored posts like some bloggers do. And that’s okay because today I don’t think that’s my goal, next week or next year it may be but today I am just worried about improving and building on what I started three years ago. I want to share with you projects and products I truly love and continue on my creative journey with those of you who really care. Most of all I’m going to try not to feel bad about that, not to feel inadequate or lesser. It is so easy to compare ourselves to others instead of just bringing our best selves.
So today for my high-five I want to share some of the posts that I am most proud of. If you’ve been with me all along you might enjoy looking back and maybe even notice my improvement over time and if your new, you are getting all the good stuff!
The first two photos are from my One Room Challenge Master Bedroom which I feel is one of my best all around complete, well photographed, well-documented projects. A year from now I may feel differently but for now, I am so proud of it. It defines my style and represents how I really do things with lots of thrifted furniture and DIY’s that are budget friendly but don’t look cheap. (I hope!)
Finally a Blue Velvet Sofa It’s a blue velvet sofa…need I say more? I just loved the outcome of this project. The photos aren’t my best but this was one of those projects I dreamed up not knowing if it would be a success or failure. So when success means a blue velvet sofa I’m happy!
This Onesie Cupcake Tutorial has been very popular for me on Pinterest but that’s not why I’m proud of it. This project I made for my women’s group at our Military church in Germany to give to female soldiers who were pregnant. The Chaplin had put together a spiritual support group for them and our women’s group catered a breakfast and put together a little gift including my onesie cupcakes. The soldiers were so appreciative of our efforts, some even cried they were so touched. This was such a small gesture that meant so much to them but I see many bloggers able to make even bigger ones like working with women’s shelters or Habitat for Humanities. I think would be so amazing. I am proud that blogging can help me give back and spread the word to encourage others to do the same.
My Comfort Works FRIHETEN Slipcover Review was my very first sponsored post, in exchange for a product review, I received a free custom slipcover for my Ikea Friheten sofa. Besides the fact that I love my slipcover (good for the review,) I also learned a lot from this post. I made a video, worked with a client, did marketing… you always remember your first.
And finally, any and all Thrift Score Thursday Posts. When I started my blog I was sharing Fount it at the Market posts but when I left Germany I also left the amazing markets. With perfect timing my TST co-host, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from A Designer At Home and Brynne from The Gathered Home, invited me to join their team and an amazing Instagram community of thrifters. My thrifted goodies made a seamless transition and for that, I am so grateful! These ladies have been a big part of my growth and community this year and I thank them.
Have a great weekend and thank you all for your support,