Today marks an important day for My Love for Paris.
What started off as just a simple home-grown blog on Blogger (read: user-friendly-easy-to-use Blogger, not even your fancier WordPress) a little over a year ago has turned into something I never imagined.
Originally, I just wanted to put up a few photos and have a go at recommending certain things to do and places to see (as I had been doing for the 40 odd visitors that had passed through Paris in my first 18 months here). I wanted to share what I had found and also keep track of my love affair with this beautiful city. If all else failed, I knew Mum would be reading my blog and that I could look back in a few years' time and reminisce about the places I visited, the food I ate, the sights I saw and the.. food I ate.. ;).
Things started to take off and soon I was finding myself staying up to 3am in the morning editing photos and writing blog posts. I found myself doing something that I really loved, even though all I was making from it was the odd 26 cents every month from the ads on the side of my posts that would receive a click every now and then. But it didn't matter.
The blog started to take shape and I was getting more and more views from countries all around the world. Even from countries I had never heard of before (oops!). Emails came in from people around the world who enjoyed my style of writing and also shared a love for Paris. This is an incredibly moving experience and hands down the most rewarding thing about blogging, surpassing any financial reward.
The My Love for Paris Facebook Page was created as well as an accompanying Instagram account @myloveforparis. And now, I'm starting to experiment with Twitter @myloveforparis and Pinterest My Love for Paris.
It was really time to... (drum roll) - finally purchase a domain name.
So without further ado, I am excited to announce that we have just lost the 'blogspot' part of our name. She's all grown up now! Our new address will be www.myloveforparis.com and for someone who doesn't come from a particularly technologically savvy background, this is really exciting for me. Which brings me to my next point.
If you've ever thought about starting a blog, you should do it. It doesn't matter what your interest is in life, there will be people out there who share the same interest, who genuinely want to hear about what you think. Even if there aren't, I'm sure your Mum will be happily be your number one fan. If your passion fizzles after a few months, well at least you had it documented for a little while so you can look back at it a few years later and reminisce or be inspired all over again. It doesn't have to be fancy. I started off with Blogger because it was easier to manage. Upload a few photos and write a few lines underneath. That's all you need to do.
I started mine about a year ago when I was stuck in a rut and unable to work in France. Fast forward to a year later and I have found myself finding a love for blogging. This has motivated me to go out and experience Paris and actually do and see things, even if I was on my own. Eventually, through pure chance I found myself being in the right place at the right time on a number of occasions which led to me going to press conferences, attending Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week and being invited to meetings at Paris City Hall. Who would have thought..!?
But really, that's besides the point. The true essence of My Love for Paris is about sharing the simple (and often free) things I love about Paris. Like one of my first posts where I shared the beautiful scene at Place Dauphine I had stumbled across that day. And, like earlier this week, when I saw this series of murals on rue de Rivoli. It made my day and hopefully makes yours as well, even if it's only for a split second.