I started Hill City Bride five years ago. Yes, five! We are celebrating an anniversary this month. Yay!
When I started, I wanted to fill a need both for the community and myself. I love to write, plus there are a lot of amazing, local vendors that deserve a place to show their work. I have met so many wonderful brides and wedding professionals along the way, and I enjoy connecting with people and being genuine in helping.
A few months ago, I decided to take a hiatus and rethink. I took a bit of time off. I needed to focus. Refresh. Find out what this blog was to represent. The break was a great thing, and it allowed me to push the restart button once again.
In the past few months I honed in on two things.
- It’s ok to be small. A thought actually hit me. MANY bloggers out there are trying to be national. It’s a pretty stiff competition out there. Great. But who is actually trying to reach out to our local brides specifically to give them seasonal inspiration tailored exactly for them? Hill City Bride fills a niche here, and I love that. I truly enjoy how excited vendors get when I feature their work and how brides LOVE to have their weddings featured. It’s also fun chatting with brides who found ideas and/or vendors through the blog. Yes, I say it’s GREAT to be small. I want to make a difference in the lives of those that I can touch. Fabulous!
- I need to be true to myself. I am very, very relational. I meet someone, and I truly want to help him or her. Many brides message me to ask specific questions or for my personal recommendations. I adore the fact that I can be of help, and I welcome it! Also, as an entrepreneur I have SUCH a heart for other local business owners, and I want to encourage them and see them succeed. Plus, they are so good at what they do! In being true to who I am and my goals, I ultimately believe that our community of both brides and wedding pros will be better for it in the end.
So, what does all of that mean?
- Get ready for changes! I will be blogging events that fit into two categories. They either need to be in Virginia or be done by a Virginia vendor to showcase their work. Yay!
- Get ready for events! Who doesn’t love a good get together? I want to hone in on relationships… real life ones instead of the social media fostered kind. So, if you are a vendor, look for some upcoming events, and if you are bride, look for the same. Fun ideas are in store starting out first with our paint night for brides on September 9th. So fun!!
- Get ready for features! I can’t wait to share the stories of both local brides and vendors with you. We can all learn so much from and about each other, and I want to foster a sense of community. I can’t wait!!
I am so excited for what year six and beyond has in store for Hill City Bride, you and even myself. This year I am giving my blog the best anniversary present it could get… a fresh start, and finding it’s first love again. Stay tuned for all new postings starting September 8th. The countdown is on!!