Belle’s First Birthday

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We did it! We made it to our first big milestone. Belle of the Burgh isn’t just about me, it’s about us. It’s about the dedicated and consistent readers, the enthusiasm of Pittsburgh and the support of my family and friends. This anniversary belongs to US. I started this blog a year ago with the hope I would spread the greatness and potential that I see in the city I keep so near and dear to my heart. It over joys me when someone tells me they attended an event they saw on my blog or really enjoyed a picture I chose to shoot for a post. It feels like a community.

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In the past year Belle has:

1. Traveled to Washington D.C., Orlando, and Detroit.

2. Yoga-ed in Market Square and PNC Park

3. Learned from and met bloggers in the community

4. Shared my first fashion post

5. Felt 22

6. Celebrated LOVE

7. Gained an appreciation for all things ART

8. Graduated College

9. Collaborated with friends

10. Went to concert….after concert.….after concert

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It often surprises my friends and followers when I tell them I knew NOTHING about blogging when I started. Sure, my major is relevant but I bought the book “Blogging for Dummies” to read during my slow hours at work and taught myself from there on. If you have an idea or are looking to find your niche, I encourage you to do something about it! The nerves I felt while putting myself out there for the first time were scary, but the pride I have for building something from the bottom up in front of everyone I know in real-life and on the internet outweighs every ounce of fear I felt.

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A special thank you to my mother for her endless support and patience. She is my main blog photographer and has spent hours at a time watching me spin in circles and look anywhere but the camera. She’s the #1 blog assistant.

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I can’t wait for continued growth and fun as we move forward together.

xoxo, Belle of the Burgh

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