tridelt 2Starting a blog is like sorority rush….over the internet.

 

I feel like I’m 19 again, standing in front of the Delta Delta Delta house about to start my first day of a {virtual} rush.

For those of you who didn’t get to experience the crazy/hilarious/scary/dramatic but oh so worth it experience of sorority rush week, I will enlighten you.

Before rush week starts, you send in all your personal photos, family history, interests, accomplishments, background for each sorority to review. Kind of like a prelim screening to see if they think you’ll be a good fit for them.

During actual rush week, All the girls that are rushing (rushees) stand in a line outside the sorority house, and in my case in the scorching Texas August heat! Perfect makeup and hair + the Texas humidity does NOT a perfect first impression make! Once they open the sorority house doors, you are paired up with a few sorority members and have to strike up conversation.

And then repeat the same steps over and over until you’ve gone to every sorority house on campus. Line up. Sweat off makeup. Witty conversation with complete strangers. Repeat.

Each night you and the sorority members simultaneously but separately decide whether you want to come back to their particular house the next day. At the end of the week, you get matched with the sorority that chose you and hopefully, the sorority that you had as your top pick.

These conversations that you have over the week can sometimes be extremely awkward. As a rushee, you felt a lot of pressure to always have the best conversation, wit, and likeability at each and every house, over the course of meeting dozens and dozens of women throughout the week. Sometimes you only got a couple of minutes to shine, and you had to make sure you were putting your most fabulous self out there for the sorority members to see!

I can’t help but be brought back to my rushee days when I think about starting my own website and blog. I don’t know anybody, I haven’t yet connected with other bloggers or have any type of following yet, and I don’t have a clue what a “blog linking party” is! I want to be accepted into this very unfamiliar world of blogging, and I want to put my best face forward so that YOU the reader will like me, and want to keep coming back!

I know what you’re thinking….who cares if people like you over the internet!

But don’t we all want to be liked in some way or another?? In any profession or hobby, don’t we want to be recognized as being good at what we do?

One good thing is this: I’m not that 19 year old girl anymore. I’ve learned that if I want to pursue my dreams, write and blog about things that interest me and I’m passionate about, then I’m going to do it, whether I get likes or followers or comments or not.

That’s one of the awesome things about growing up. You’re not dependent on other’s feelings towards you, like I was at 19. For the most part, You do what YOU want, not what is cool at the time, what your boyfriend wants, or what your parents are pushing you towards.

If I could go back and talk to that 19 year old, I would say this:

First off, Breathe.

Stay True to Yourself.

Don’t Worry so Much.

Have Freaking Fun!!!!

And so here I am. Trying to follow the advice above, and I’m starting this blogging journey with the hopes of inspiring others, whether it’s through design, mom talk, fashion, or infertility.

So, OK… It would be nice though to have a few likes, followers, comments, ya’ll! HINT HINT! 😉

But my college social life is not dependent on it.

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