It is time, for me to tell you what I should have told you five years ago. Please sit down. I am going to tell you everything. :-) The month of March brings me a gift, every year. Of time – it gives me the space to thinkthinkthinkthink, list out (new) goals for betterment, et cetera. 2016 marks my sixth year of blogging – and I thought it would be interesting to talk you about my blogging journey from then to now. This is a two-part mini-series; and will read rather long, but it would make me happy if on some level – these posts have you thinking about your own blog, and why you are here.
What does Jupiter Skye mean?
(I get this a lot!) I like the planet Jupiter, and Skye is a name I adore (I also learned recently that Jupiter has a very cool Aquarius connection, but more on that later). There were folks who initially suggested changing the name to something meaningful with relevant keywords, so that more folks would stumble upon my blog. I stuck with Jupiter Skye because I liked how it sounded. It didn’t need to mean much; all that mattered was that it was mine – my baby, my space!
When did it come to be?
December 20, 2010. (This was the first post!)
Why did you start this blog?
Well, at the time, blogs on beauty, fashion, personal style, etc. were very new in India. There were a handful I used to follow: Fashion-Bombay by Jasleen and Sonu, Honestly… WTF by Erica and Lauren, etc. Their posts inspired me on a very real level; I felt like I could connect to these authors and their blogs. I, too, wanted a space where I could live, learn, and be, whilst allowing my aspirations and/or inspirations to grow into something more than I imagined.
What were your intentions?
Okay, even if you ask me now about brands or collections or designers et cetera – I probably won’t know all that there is to know, and in some cases, nothing. What gets me going are the colours, details, patterns, prints, textures etc. Fashion, of course, is as subjective as music (or anything else). Everyone likes what they like. Though never stated explicitly before, I did not wish to title what I was doing as fashion blogging – I wrote about what I liked in a manner I knew best, roundabout though it may have been.
What did you do?
(The illustration explains this laconically, each box represents the period. The first box – 2010; the second – 2011 and 2012; the third – 2013; the fourth – 2014; and the fifth – 2015, etc.) I had no major goals then, so I didn’t hold back when it came to writing about bargain buys, D.I.Y projects, my personal style, things that were on my shopping list, et cetera. 2010 and 2011 saw me at my amateur best! The posts were random, were not connected broadly, each post was individual in its structure – the odd times when I go through my older posts, I feel like rewriting some posts or taking them down.
2012 looked better – I experimented with editorial layouts, and some series etc. that would interest or engage my readers on a regular basis. There was COOLIO, CHEAP and CHIC (want to revive this but will update the layout, first), a typeface series, other randos and I also bought a camera, then! Nothing fancy, though tonnes better than the one I owned previously; digital but not a DSLR, and it possessed a sound system for a newbie photographer to work with. This was also the time when I began telling folks about Jupiter Skye – never wanted to, before. Of course, some of my close friends knew about my blog only because they were the only ones privy to my doubts and such. But my friends at work and/or the friendly bloggers I knew, then? Well, nobody knew nothing. (Magali was one of the first bloggery few who came across it.)
2013 was the year when I was forced to move to WordPress (I was on Posterous earlier, and it shut down unexpectedly). I had to re-learn working with a new platform which included things like figuring out the ideal picture size for each post (I worked on broad, horizontal layouts before, WordPress supports vertical ones better), typefaces I could use for the content etc. There was a lot of good that happened, that year – I thought to create a confetti background and pretty header for the blog, bought a domain name – finally, and even got my business cards made.
2014 made sure that my good streak continued, the content grew more definitive (and qualitative?) – and, it was my fourth year of blogging. There were four giveaways that I held that year to celebrate, and 2014 was rightly deemed the “Fourth Year of Festivities.”
2015 started on a magical (and moody) note. (I also bought my Wacom tablet, then!) February onward, I began diligently following a colour theme, every month – so that the posts appeared more connected through the stories they told. I managed that bit somewhat nicely, but want to do it better – this year.
Do you wish you did things differently?
No, because I would never know to do what I do now if I did things differently then.
P.S. Okay, so this covers everything on how this space came to be – and I am covering the AFTER in a following post – what this blog has done for me, what I like about it, growth patterns, so on and so forth. Thank you for reading!
Artwork by Roanna Fernandes