Friend Friday: Beautifully Invisible in 2011

There is no doubt that 2010 has been an amazing year for me. In fact, when Beautifully Invisible went live in mid-June, my little brain never could have imagined what the next few months would bring. Four Links à la Mode features, Friend Friday discussions, various Blog Awards, and being named Grit and Glamour’s Blogger of the Year were just the icing on the cake (the very, very, very tasty icing!). The true highlight has been the wonderful connections and, dare I say it, friendships, I have made.

When I take a step back and reflect on everything that happened this year, it truly boggles my mind. I began this site with no prior blogging experience, and little idea of where I wanted this to go. Sure, I had some ideas and wild hopes, but truthfully, I went into it completely blind. I jumped, and hoped that I wouldn’t fall flat on my face. Thankfully, my face is still intact, and I feel like I have grown and learned more than I could have imagined in this short time period. 2010 was unforgettable, and I look forward to the new experiences and memories that 2011 will bring.

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This week’s Friend Friday questions were suggested by Vahni of grit and glamour. Vahni isn’t the type of person who waits for January 1st to role around before she makes a change. Her passion for what she does is evident in her work and in her commitment to improving herself and her blog. It is only fitting that the questions that she suggested focus on our goals for the New Year… what changes will 2011 bring? So, on to the questions!

1. What’s the one thing you vow to learn or do in 2011 to improve your blog? There are many things that I would like to improve upon in 2011. I won’t list them all here, but I have to pick at least two: improving both my HTML and SEO skills. I am a complete novice when it comes to HTML and SEO, and although I learned a lot in 2010, there is still so much left for me to explore. Learning more HTML will allow me to make additional (fun! useful! unique!) improvements to my blog template, while improving my knowledge of SEO will hopefully increase both my blog traffic and rankings. There is so much more I need to learn, but I think both of these are a great place to start.

2. What did you learn about blogging in 2010 that you plan to put into practice next year? Wow, what didn’t I learn this year? Seeing that I was a blogging-virgin until June, everything I learned this year has been invaluable.

  • I learned that I don’t have to post every day – quality will always triumph over quantity!
  • I learned that being true to yourself and your voice leads to better content and increased readership.
  • I learned that I should never be afraid to try something new or tackle a subject that has already been done a million times, as long as I am passionate about it.
  • I learned that my growing relationships with my readers and fellow bloggers is truly what makes this worthwhile for me.
  • I learned that commenting is the key to growth: the growth of your blog and the growth of your relationships. Without commenting, both of these will flounder.

I hope to improve in all of these areas in 2011 and continue to grow as a blogger.

3. Do you have any high-level goals for your blog in the coming year? Monetization? More comments? More connections with other bloggers? A new template? I think I am just going to take one day at a time and see where it leads me. Yes, I do have thoughts in my head about monetization and collaborations with other bloggers. I want to continue improving my layout. I want to increase my readership and the number of comments I receive. I hope to work on all of these things in 2011, but mostly, I want to focus on strengthening the relationships I have already established with my readers and fellow bloggers, and establishing these relationships with others.

When I began blogging I was an island – I was blogging for me, and me alone. Although this is still true to some extent – blogging is still a creative outlet for me, it is still my passion – the blogging community and my growing relationships within the Style Nation are what keeps me coming back day after day. That is what I want to focus on most.

4. If you could collaborate with one other blogger within your sphere of influence in 2011, who would you like to collaborate with, and what would you like to collaborate on? I can’t really answer this question in detail without writing a book, so I’ll keep it brief instead. There are so many talented bloggers out there that I would love to work with, for so many different reasons. I feel like I wouldn’t know where to begin. It’s no secret how much I respect Vahni from grit and glamour, Katy Rose from Modly Chic, Kristy Eléna from Vogue Gone Rogue, Casee Marie from The Girl Who Stole The Eiffel Tower, and A Brit Greek, so they would be at the top of my list. I would love to work with each of them, but they are just the very tip of that iceberg!

5. What do you plan to do to support other bloggers next year? This area is one where I am still learning and trying to figure out how I can best support the blogging community. As I mentioned above, I think the relationships we have with one another are so very important and I want to continue growing those. I want to continue supporting others by sharing links to their wonderful posts via twitter or my own blog. I want to hold more blog events, like the one that I am doing tomorrow, because I think it’s a great way to support one another.  I am re-evaluating my guest post series, to see how I might be able to improve it.

I plan to do more, but I am still working on ideas… what are some ideas you have? I’d love to hear some of your thoughts where this is concerned.

Finally, I just want to say thank you, once again, to each of you for making this SUCH an amazing year for me.  This blog has been a shining light in my life the past few months, and for that I will be forever grateful.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, and Happy New Year!

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  • Stylish Thought January 5, 2011, 7:05 AM

    This is a great friend Friday topic, especially when so many of us are evaluating where we are in life and the future of our blogs. I love your answers to question #2 particularly “being yourself” and “not being afraid to approach subjects”. And I couldn’t agree that commenting is key in developing a successful blog and successful relationships. Let me know if you need any SEO advice or tips 😉

    • Beautifully Invisible January 11, 2011, 5:47 PM

      Thank you so much! I may be taking you up on that SEO offer once things get more settled around here 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • Liz January 3, 2011, 10:05 PM

    Happy New Year! These are really great resolutions, I think I’ll take everything one day at a time too! Best of luck in 2011 can’t wait to continue following your great posts 🙂

  • Casee Marie January 2, 2011, 6:00 AM

    #4 about made me cry. Goodness! Seeing my name in that list of superstar blogger women feels unreal. And it also reminds me (regular ol’ blogger woman that I am) of what I aspire to in 2011. I really can’t thank you enough for constantly supporting me and thinking of me, and also encouraging me to believe that I really can someday achieve the things you and Vahni and all those other remarkable ladies have achieved. (And collaboration? I’m there with bells on!)

    I know absolutely nothing about SEO. That’s one thing I’m hoping to pick up this year – I have a lot to learn about blogging on the outside, beyond the platform as it were. I don’t track my blog’s traffic or any of that – for the most part I’ve just been doing what I know and leaving the rest to chance. But I really want to thoroughly understand the blogging world and how it works. I do think HTML is rather easy, because at the foundation are small codes that work independently. Then you build the codes up with different attributes, like alignment or size. PHP and CSS, which are usually at the core of a Wordpress theme, are trickier but they can definitely be mastered. I really go by trial and error; with my Wordpress theme I would edit, say, a link color in the CSS, upload it to the server via my FTP program and see how it looked. Then I’d tweak the color and try it again until I was happy with it. A bit time-consuming, but it works.

    I’d be happy to help (or try to help) with any HTML-related questions you might have along the way, although I’m just self-taught so everything I know was rather haphazardly acquired!

    • Beautifully Invisible January 11, 2011, 5:46 PM

      Yay for collaboration! 🙂 I’d love to work with you in 2011 – and I have no doubt that this is going to be a great year for you. You started it off strong with your move to WP and your new design, and it can only get better from here! You already ARE a superstar!

      I think I am going to have an easier time with SEO than HTML. SEO seems more intuitive to me, just a bit time-consuming. HTML, on the other hand, is a foreign language. I have a feeling I’ll be taking you up on your offer and picking your brain some when it comes to learning HTML…

  • Heather Fonseca January 1, 2011, 10:00 PM

    I need to learn about SEO and HTML, but like Bella I’m pretty maxed out. I’m looking forward to your blog in the new year!


    • Beautifully Invisible January 11, 2011, 5:41 PM

      I’ll try to share what I learn when I get a better grasp of it! Happy New Year to you

  • Citizen Rosebud January 1, 2011, 6:46 PM

    I am looking forward to you learning SEO optimization and HTML because I know you will share them with us. I am sorely lacking in the tech department, and my brain is a bit stretched as to the many hats I’ve taken on this past year, and have sort of maxed out, time wise and stress wise on what I can take on. I know mastery of these things will help, and so your success is my success!

    My take on your rapid growth is this: although you were a blogging virgin, you came into it with a clear strong voice. I know because I heard you. In spite of the fact I usually keep my bloglist to personal style blogs with a focus on re-mix or vintage (I do make exceptions) you were almost immediately put on my blogroll in spite of the fact you were clear about being editorial, which is not something I am normally into reading on a blog. But I am interested in reading GOOD writing, RESEARCHED topics, and RELEVENT content, which you produce in spades. And you do so in a clear strong voice. So while you are discovering how you say things, the way you say things came in loud in clear the moment you first hit the button: PUBLISH.

    Looking forward in seeing your growth in 2011. I’m confident it’s going to be a wild ride for you.

    • Beautifully Invisible January 11, 2011, 5:41 PM

      Ok. This made me cry. THANK YOU so much for saying this. I am truly humbled by all the kindness everyone has shown me these few months – I never imagined it in my wildest dreams.

      I am perhaps even MORE humbled and grateful to learn that my voice and writing can make such an impact. I treat this blog like it is my baby, and I put my heart and soul into it. I am SO grateful that my passion for it comes through in my writing. Yet no matter the topic, the people I have met – people like you – are what constantly inspire me.

      Thank you for being that inspiration 🙂

  • Grit and Glamour January 1, 2011, 3:21 PM

    2010 was an incredible year for you, B. Watch out 2011…you’re going to be like a steam train charging through!

    Looking forward to working with you this year, sweetie. And of course, thank you for your endless kindness and references. I truly appreciate them!

    Happy New Year!

    ♥ V
    twitter: @gritandglamour

    • Beautifully Invisible January 11, 2011, 5:36 PM

      Thank you V – I don’t know how 2011 can possibly top 2010, but I am looking forward to finding out what the future holds for sure!

      Happy New Year to you as well!

  • A Brit Greek January 1, 2011, 8:58 AM

    Wishing you a Happy New Year doll!
    I look forward to more in 2011 at B.I!

  • Dusk January 1, 2011, 1:39 PM

    You’re a bit of a shining light yourself… and I’m not just paying you flip comment service 🙂

    I am sorry I don’t comment often because I do enjoy your posts/your blog very VERY much. Initially I was having problems commenting but then I worked that out. Now… most times I am happy to just absorb your words, ponder your points, enjoy what you share and hope my presence is felt via your traffic stats at least!

    I am most definitely a fan because your words have made you beautifully visible. As cliched as that may seem, tis the truth.

    May your 2011 be blessed and blissful hon!

    • Beautifully Invisible January 11, 2011, 5:35 PM

      Thank you so much – this was such a lovely comment.

      I know that not everyone comments on posts (I can’t comment as much as I would like to on other blogs, including yours, due to time constraints, so I understand!) but we support one another when it counts most, I think! I definitely feel and appreciate your presence here – thank you so much for teh support you have shown me!

  • fuyume January 1, 2011, 4:29 AM

    Well first of all I love your answers community is soo important and secondly your one of the bloggers that i intend to build a stronger relationship with 🙂 I am a new subscriber of your blog and i’m very impressed so far and i’ve enjoyed our lil chats on twitter so here’s to a budding friendship that will only get stronger in 2011 🙂

    • Beautifully Invisible January 11, 2011, 5:33 PM

      Aww thank you! I remember when you were first trying to get your new template going on your blog and I love how it has grown so quickly. I can already tell that you are going to rock the blogosphere in 2011! I look forward to getting to know you more as well!