The First Year

It has officially been one year since I published my first blog post and I can’t even explain how crazy that sounds to me. I feel like I have grown so much over the last year, both with the blog and personally. You don’t really know what to expect when you hit publish for the first time and everyone’s journey looks different. But there is always so much interest around blogging and what it really entails. I admit when I started I had no idea what I was doing! I had done a little research here and there but it was an unknown world.

The physical act of starting a blog is time-consuming but pretty straight forward. There are plenty of blog posts that detail “How to start a blog” all over Pinterest. What no one can tell you is what to do after you have your website up and running. That is the scary part but also the beauty of a blog. It’s all you and your creative thoughts. The responsibility falls on you to keep up with your content calendar and to keep your inspiration flowing.

I’ve experienced so many emotions throughout the first year with Waketon Road. I can still remember my elation the first time I had a company reach out to me. That was something I thought would happen so far down the road that I couldn’t even comprehend it all. Every milestone felt like a huge sigh of relief and a step in the right direction. There were plenty of moments of doubt and frustration along the way, too. But in the end all completely rewarding.

I cringe a little bit looking back at some of my first blog posts, but I keep them there as a reminder of how far I have come and how much further I have to go. No one starts a blog and becomes an expert over night. It takes time to find a rhythm that works for you and to curate your style. Over the year I have found a routine that works for me but it is almost becoming too comfortable now. I have to keep reminding myself to be challenged and to keep taking things to the next level.

I can remember so vividly sitting at my computer a year ago with so many thoughts running through my head. What would people think? Would I give up after a couple of weeks? Is this even worth trying? So many questions that held me back for so long. Questions that I don’t give a second thought to today.

A year into this journey everything comes so much easier now. My confidence in what I am capable of is stronger and I know the areas that I need to work on. This week I am going to be sharing with you what I have learned and the tools that I use as well as answering a few questions that I have gotten over the year.

On a personal note I just want to say Thank You to every single one of you who supports me. Waketon Road would not be possible without the support of my friends, family and readers. I cannot express to you how much it means to me that you take the time to stop by here, like a picture, leave a comment or show any kind of support. I am so grateful that you are following along on this journey and that you inspire me to keep going. I’m excited to see what the next year has in store! Thanks as always! xo Bryn

Shop the Look:

Sweater: Michael Kors (old, similar) Pants: J.Crew, Bag: Cult Gaia, Silk Scarf: Cuyana, Shoes: Forever 21, Earrings: J.Crew

35 thoughts on “The First Year

  1. Peppermint Dolly

    Happy Blog Birthday!! Many more to come I am sure 🙂

    Rebecca
    xx
    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Rebecca!! xo Bryn

  2. Maggie

    Yay happy blogiversary! I always love reading your blog and seeing your looks 🙂

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Maggie! I appreciate your support! xo Bryn

  3. Ed Lackey

    Congratulations on a great year and a great post. Here’s to many more.

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much for all of your help and support!! xo Bryn

  4. Emmahlyn

    Such a beautiful and inspiring post! Everything you do is so amazing, including these gorgeous photos of you! Many congratulations on your 1 year anniversary!

    Warmly ~
    Emmahlyn
    http://www.prettywithsprinkles.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      That is so kind of you to say! I really appreciate it! xo Bryn

  5. Kate

    Congrats on your first year! It is certaintly is interesting to look back at your first post. I can totally relate to cringing at the photographs
    -Kate
    http://www.katekoutures.com/

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thanks so much Kate! I appreciate it! xo Bryn

  6. Bridget

    I love what you are doing with your blog! I’ve so enjoyed reading it and seeing the beautiful pictures! Here’s to many more posts!

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you Bridget! I always appreciate your support! It means so much! xo Bryn

  7. Mary

    One year!!! That’s SO exciting and I’m so proud of you!!!! I absolutely adore everything you post and I told you on insta, but you inspire me daily 🙂 I can’t wait to see what next year holds for you, Bryn!!

    -Mary
    http://www.MissMaryPowers.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Mary! Your constant support means more to me than you know! You always inspire me and I am so happy that we have connected! xo Bryn

  8. Kaitlin

    What a beautiful outfit! The colors are stunning together.

    http://www.vanitycapital.com/style-blog/2016/12/5/burgundy

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you Kaitlin!! xo Bryn

  9. Lauren

    Congratulations on your first anniversary! I really enjoy stopping by your blog every week, and it’s such a joyful place! You always have the prettiest photos (especially today’s post – those flowers are gorgeous!!) and I’m so excited to continue to follow along!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Lauren! I am so happy I got to connect with you! Your support means so much to me! xo Bryn

  10. Rach

    Yay happy anniversary to your blog! I’m so glad I discovered your blog, because you inspire me. Honestly, you are doing amazing. My first year of blogging is nothing compared to yours haha!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      You’re so kind Rach! I always appreciate your support and you continue to inspire me every day!! xo Bryn

  11. Dana Mannarino

    You are THE cutest and I loved this post! I’m so happy we’ve connected in this space and you continue to inspire me with your outfits and support me with your kind words. You ROCK, girl! Cheers to another successful year!

    Pink Champagne Problems

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Aw thank you Dana! I am so happy we’ve connected! Your style inspires me every day and I appreciate all of your support! xo Bryn

  12. Meghan

    Congratulations on your first blog anniversary!!! I am sure the first few posts were not bad at all. Can’t wait to read more this week. 🙂

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you Meghan! Just very different! 🙂 xo Bryn

  13. Molly

    Congrats!! So happy I have been able to connect with you because of this blog 🙂 It is crazy how much you learn in just one year!

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Me too Molly! I love following along with you! xo Bryn

  14. Taylor

    Congrats on your first year!! I love what you have created and can’t wait to see more throughout this next year!

    Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you so much Taylor! I appreciate it!! xo Bryn

  15. Tamara

    Congrats on your blog turning one! I hope you keep growing and learning!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com
    Try On Haul

    1. bryn.a.lackey@gmail.com

      Thank you Tamara!! I hope so too! xo Bryn

  16. Brianna de Gaston

    Lovely flowers! And I love your cute little clutch! I have been looking for one of those everywhere.

    With love,
    Brianna
    http://www.globalfashiongal.com
    https://www.youtube.com/user/briannadeg

  17. bonjourchiara

    I rememember my first post too. I was soo scared and excited at the same time. The blogging journey is a rollercoaster, there a hard moments but others are simply unforgettable!!
    http://www.bonjourchiara.com

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  19. Sara Magnolia

    Congrats on your one year blogiversary, Bryn!
    Xo, Sara – SaraMagnolia.com

  20. Tatjana

    Every time a new post is up, I make a happy dance. You are in a very good path Bryn.
    Great work and thank you so much for the inspiration!
    Love from https://tbymallano.com/

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