1.15.2016

Two Years of Blogging

Where does the time go?! It's so hard to believe that tomorrow marks TWO years of blogging for me. Can you tell I'm excited??



For those of you who have been with me from the beginning, first off, thank you. You also probably remember when I was First Impressions and blogging about life post college. I originally started a blog to keep up with my writing (was a journalism major) and share my life's adventures with family back home. There were zero intentions of this becoming anything but a fun hobby.

Now, two years later, blogging is still very much a hobby for me BUT it has also turned into a fun side business. I don't do it for that though. My main focus has never shifted or wavered. I want this little spot on the web to be an outlet for me to share my life, my style and random thoughts of the week. It's all about having fun and the past two years have been just that!

I was reflecting this past week on where I was before blogging, and to be honest, it's hard to imagine life without it. I've gotten into such a routine from it. But the biggest thing that has come from blogging has been the friendships and connections I've made. From meeting so many of you, to connecting with local brands and businesses, to making some of the best friends I could ever ask for. Blogging has become so much more than weekly posts, but the starting point to everything else.

I have had so many amazing experiences that would have never occurred if I hadn't logged onto Blogger two years ago. This blog has taken me to new cities, challenged me to step out from behind the camera to in front of it, introduced me to new products and brands that I now can't live without, and taught me more about myself than I could have ever learned without this.

Primp & Proper has such a LONG way to go, I know it. But we all have to start somewhere, am I right?! I thought it would be fun to take a look back today at where I started to where I am now, as well as where I want to be this time next year. I've also featured a few of my favorite posts over the past two years and photos throughout today's post. But before you continue scrolling, let me just say.... THANK YOU! No words can express my thanks to you all. So I want to just simply let you know, from the bottom of my heart, how much I appreciate you reading, commenting and being a friend. Yes, y'all are my friends. Whether we've met in real life or not, I treasure each and every one of you. Without you, this all wouldn't continue.

So, before I cry.... LOL let's take a look back at where this all first began:


I didn't know how to even use blogger, let alone any blogging feature. 

I had no idea what HTML was or how to code. It's another language, right?!

I had no intentions of doing outfit photos, posts or fashion related anything. 

I had no idea how to reach out to brands or work with anyone on a post.

I had 220 Twitter followers, just created Instagram, had no Facebook page or Pinterest page.

Thought about quitting blogging at least once a week, ha!

Page views consisted of visits from myself and my mother.

Knew only two or three bloggers!





Now two years later, Primp and Proper:


Features posts about life, style and entertaining. I mix in travel and DC related posts too!

I have worked with 45+ brands and businesses!
Like Vera Bradley, Rent the Runway, Kendra Scott, Drybar, Warby Parker and more!

I now know what HTML is and can actually do some things on my own.

I have added outfit posts and look forward to adding even more this year!
First outfit post / most recent outfit post (big difference huh?!)

I now have 10,000+ social media followers. 

Now at 250,000+ page views (hopefully not just my mother refreshing the page, ha!)

Been featured on the Washingtonian website and in their January 2016 issue.

Still get frustrated with blogging sometimes, but can't see myself quitting anytime soon!

Now have TONS of friends here in DC and across the country, all whom I've met through blogging!





A new year just began, and as of tomorrow so does my third year of blogging. I have many things I hope to accomplish in my third year. Everything from more outfit posts, to connecting with new brands, traveling more for the blog, to updating the site (coming late February 2016). I am prepping for New York Fashion Week (my first time!) in February, and brainstorming for other trips throughout the year.

I want to take some classes in photo editing and graphic design, so I can hopefully bring y'all some really cool graphics. And also start hosting more events in the DC area. I want to expand my reach within my community and collaborate more with local brands.

These are just a few ideas I have for the year, some are even already in the works!



Finally, I leave you with some of my favorite posts from the past two years:








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16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on two years and all of your blogging accomplishments, Kristyn! I love following along!

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

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    1. Thank you Ellen!! Appreciate your constant support and friendship!!

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  2. Congratulations on your two year blogging anniversary! Isn't it crazy how quickly time goes by??

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    1. Thanks Amanda!! It SO is!! Seems just like yesterday, ha!

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  3. Congrats on two years, Kristyn! SO glad we met and I don't know if we would have without blogging. Can't wait to see where you take Primp & Proper from here!

    My favorite memory is still when our waiter at Pearls said you were very primp and proper!

    xx

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    1. Ahh, you're so sweet Katie!! Thank you! And I agree. Blogging brought us together and I'm SO thankful for that, and you!

      And that is one of the funniest memories, I agree! He had no idea how perfect it was, ha!

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  4. Congratulations on two years!! I've loved following along :)

    XO, Nicole
    A Dash of Gold

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    1. Thanks Nicole!! And thanks for being my fabulous photographer!! Xo

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  5. Happy blogiversary! It's always great to be able to look back and see how far you've come and all of the amazing things you've been able to accomplish!

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    1. I agree Rachel!! Makes me appreciate everything I've accomplished so much more!! Thanks for following along :))

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    1. Thank you and so glad!! Appreciate your support love :))

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  7. Congrats on two years!! :)

    champagneandcitylights.com

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    1. Thanks Courtney!!! Appreciate you following along :)

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