I’ve always liked story-telling. I’ve done a fair few across multiple blog sites. Some of which are now dead (Multiply), some full of memes and socio-politics (Tumblr) and some forgotten (LiveJournal, Xanga). It never occurred to me that it has already become a full-blown, up and rising industry. Since finding these “bloggers”, I’ve always wanted to take it to the official level but struggled to find stories to share. Come July 2013 and I had my first ever travel outside the country. I stayed in the UK for 2 months and came back home. This time, I had plenty of stories to write, photos to show, and my life seemed exciting outside of my then monotonous job-home-job-home cycle with this rekindled passion.
Ron Starts To Blog
Months went by and I’ve filled up a notebook with possible blog names, researched domain and hosting technicalities and boom, Ron Does Things was born. Side note: You know what, I still feel silly over my blog name as it’s quite lame and oversimplified. The polar opposite of who I am and how I operate. I mean, I might be lame sometimes but I’m far from simple, I complicate and overthink everything and it’s a bad habit to break.
On the 6th of July 2014, I posted my first ever blog entitled “Throwback Ron Travels: United Kingdom“. I shared it on my Facebook page, and had my boyfriend read it. For a few months, that cycle repeated; just me and my lone reader. I’ve never been good at selling anything, more so anything about me. I’m not narcissistic in that area, unfortunately, would’ve been handy, eh! Until I published a handful of posts, I finally shared my blog to my personal Facebook account and started inviting friends to like my page (I still cringe when I do this). It was a tedious, and still is, process, growing an audience who would volunteer to check your stories that may or may not be relevant to their life.
One year in and I’ve had doubts, I wrote 11 confessions of a year-old blogger. I gave up my hosting plan as it was too costly, I had to settle for Tumblr where I had little to no control over themes. I did not like the look of my blog for a long time.
3 Years Later
It’s been 3 years since I first published content on this little blog of mine. I’ve been through many hiatus, lack of passion phases, why-am-i-doing-this-again streaks, but here I am. I’m now in a place where I’m slowly being invited to events, reached out by brands and has been featured across many places, may it be on Instagram or Facebook. I’ve been given free clothes, you guys! FREE. I found an affordable hosting plan and managed to move my content back to WordPress and it’s amazingly pretty, I still gush about it occasionally. I’m certainly not big yet, but I can actually feel growth now. And I won’t be where I am today if not for the people who have supported me since day 1.
Behind The Lens
I take pride in the photos I publish. Before, if I wasn’t writing teenage angst posts or reading books, I’d be taking photos. I’m not award-winning, duh, but I make sure they’re always presentable. Sharp, clear and just generally pleasing to the eyes. However, I’m not always behind the lens.
Ron Wears always get high traffic, and I’m quite happy about that, but it’s also the most demanding one. From concept to execution, it requires so much of my creative juices, money and requires someone else to shoot with. Thankfully, I’ve got a brother, whom I get to pester every time he’s free, to shoot my OOTDs in exchange with cheap clothes (sometimes, none). For keeping up with my spontaneous shoots, my bossy directing, my outbursts when my outfits turn out to be not photogenic, he’s been patient beyond what I ask of him! Thanks, dong!
Humans Around Ron
I’m a procrastinator but I surprise myself often as I’m actually good with organizing and planning, a side effect of an overthinker. But I would not still be able to do everything I’ve done if I hadn’t lucked out with my current job. Beyond thankful that my manager, co-workers do not add stress to my life, and that they’re genuinely good people. My workload may be demanding at times but it’s more on being output-oriented instead of micromanagement, and everything I could ever ask for a day job.
My family, especially my parents, used to question me about what I’m doing. They never really understood what it is, given how they haven’t really seen or heard of blogging. But that’s that. They never really hindered me from doing what I wanted, they’ve always let me dream and do things freely. That, I’m thankful for.
My friends used to be passive. Probably because I did not really talk about my blog with them. I was still hiding inside a shell. But when I finally became proud of what I’m doing and started opening up, they’ve teased me (as your typical friends would) and have been generally supportive. Sharing and liking my posts, voluntarily even, at times! Haha
The only person who have really been there since day 1 is the boyfriend. My constant, the one who proof-reads and constructively criticizes me, when needed. The one who reminds me not to be too hard on myself if I think I’m not pushing good enough content. The one who appreciates the hard work I put into these stories. He, who lets me be whether I want to take a breather or push myself harder. Without him, I’d be a constant anxiety-ridden mess.
Cebu Fashion Bloggers
A little over a year ago, CFB welcomed me into their group. I was worried as this may mean I’ll be forced to socialize or be judged if I won’t attend events often. Because work is still my priority and blogging is just a part-time hobby. I didn’t realize that my case is similar with them. They also have responsibilities and other priorities. CFB let me feel and understand that it’s okay not to say yes to every offer, every invite or every hang out. Their work ethic and zeal inspired me to better and up my game. The opportunities I have right now are mostly, if not all, because of them. They’ve helped me weave through this challenging but fulfilling maze of blogging. Grateful to talk or be with people who understands what you love and share the same passion you have.
If you have read a post or two, followed me on social media, and appreciated my work, thank you.