Hello friends! Today is a very exciting day…the day the very first post for The iLOVE Project goes live!
I feel like I should throw candy and confetti out to the audience!! Too much?
I’m not gonna lie, the very first post is very daunting. I’m not used to this sort of thing. I’ve been blogging for 5 years on my food + fitness blog and I don’t think there was a single person reading my blog when I posted my first (kind of awful) post.
But this blog is being launched with a few readers in place already..which is amazing!
So..welcome, lovely people!
I suppose I should tell you a little about the blog, right? About all of the hopes and dreams I have for it?
Do you have an hour?
I’m pretty sure that’s how long it would take.
Instead, I will direct you to our About page, and then finish off with some bullet points. Because we all love lists, right? This is a pre-requisite for visiting the blog…didn’t anyone tell you that?? (kidding. this is my attempt at sarcasm. it’s hit or miss, I tell ya. )
Some of this will be on the About page, but I still want to go over what this blog will be about.
1. Self Love
2. Loving Others
3. Loving Life
I really think loving others and loving life starts out with loving ourselves.
I like using the analogy that when you’re on a plane and the oxygen mask sign comes on, you are supposed to put on your own mask first, and then begin helping others. Why? Because you can’t do anyone any good if you can’t breathe yourself!
Sometimes we get the idea that we are being selfless in pushing ourselves to the edge to help others around us, but what good is it if our “help” is harried, stressed and detrimental to our own health?
It’s all a balance of course because some of us could stand to help others a little more (read: me who has been telling myself I’d sign up to be a volunteer for Girls on the Run the entire month I’ve been in Nebraska) and we will be chatting about that here, too!
I’m working on what exactly will be shared for the “loving life” section because that can get pretty broad, but as with life…this here blog is a work in progress. And probably always will be. I’m totally okay with that, how about you?
A Few More Things to Know About The iLOVE Project
- I originally wanted to call it just “The Love Project,” but wouldn’t you know—someone already came up with that domain name. So I thought putting “iLOVE” in the title would be cool and modern (cuz like iPhones, iRobot and such. you can probably tell how very hip I am.) THEN after purchasing www.theiloveproject.com, I realized that the social media “theiloveproject” wasn’t available. Doh. Thus all of the social media being “theiLOVEblogger” instead. I think it works, right?
- This blog has contributors! You can see their profiles on the homepage and I’m hoping to get them to write up a longer post about themselves, but I met both Sarah and Lauren via the internets! (<-how crazy is it that we meet friends via blogs and social media these days??) This whole thing is so new to me (see last point), but I’m really excited to have a little team for this blog instead of just having me talking to myself about decisions that need to be made and projects that need to be worked on. I guess I do have my cat Zoey and the love of my life, Mr. Dave Cakes, but they can only pretend to care for so long.
- There are a couple of giveaways lined up for The iLOVE Project already, which blows my freaking mind because I didn’t do my first giveaway on my other blog until two YEARS into the game! One of them involves coffee, so obviously I’m super excited. (oh, I like coffee, in case you aren’t following us on Instagram)
- We are going to keep the blog visible to the whole world for a couple of weeks, then we are setting it to private for a little bit so we can work out the contributor thing and get some more posts up and running. If you want to be able to see the posts during that time, you can subscribe to our e-mail list and we will be sending out a super secret login and password for you. Kind of sounds fun, right? (or have I just proven to be the biggest dork of all time?)
So…what do you think?
We’d love to get your input! What kinds of things should we chat about on The iLOVE Project?
What are you struggling with on the subject of “love?”
How do you like our design? We’d love some feedback!