mml turns three

Three years ago today, I started MML.

January 19th, 2009.

It’s hard to really wrap my head around. When I started the blog (back on Blogger) I had no intention of anyone ever reading what I wrote. I was using it as a way to create a book proposal called Makeunder Your Life and was about exfoliating stuff in the home.

But then three days after starting the blog, Anne of The City Sage commented on a post.

I was dumbfounded.

I mean, I was just sitting in my own corner of the blog world writing a blog for a book proposal and Anne, someone I looked up to and admired, commented on what I had to say!?!?

After wiping the tears of joy from my face, I had a massive realization:

I was trying to help people simplify their lives, and I didn’t need a book proposal to do it.

I just needed a blog.

From that moment on I spent hours upon hours reading about blogging, learning how to make my blog better, and focusing on making better posts and photos.

I also reached out to bloggers who were just starting out, like myself. I became friends with people near and far. Eventually I started having wine dates with a few of my close blog friends like Crystal, Alaina, and Danielle. I went to blogger meet ups every now and then.

And more than anything, I spent a lot of time blogging and talking with bloggers and readers online.

At times, half my day would revolve around crafting a post, editing photos, answering blog emails, reading blogs, commenting, Tweeting, and preparing my content for the next day.

I was on cloud nine.

I went from wanting to help people design lives with intention to actually doing it.

Of course it goes without saying that because I worked for myself and started focusing on selling online more than via wholesale. Which gave me ample room in my day to juggle Jess LC and MML. After all, I designed my life with the intention of letting my day job (Jess LC) fuel my purpose, helping people design lives with intention.

Though I didn’t have much money (I moved to Chicago in 2007 with $750 in savings) and my company was very young, I was over the moon excited to be suddenly making an impact far sooner than I had ever hoped.

For a while, I was obsessed over blog traffic and watched as the numbers grew – sometimes quickly and sometimes painstakingly slowly. Now, I just go back to the numbers when advertisers ask for those stats. My focus these days is on making an impact, not looking at graphs.

Eventually, I outgrew my Blogger layout, and upgraded to WordPress.org. Though I love the layout and functionality that I have, I know that it wasn’t essential to my blog’s success given the amazing new Blogger designers out there like Danielle.

As the years pass, I watch my friends do amazing things with their blogs. Crystal and Anne launched Rue, Alaina and Danielle are releasing The Every Girl next month, Kendi is taking over the world (I kid), Liz is launching her wardrobe consulting, and Cathy is gaining momentum. I’ve also noticed in 2012 that many bloggers have stepped up their game and are producing incredible content that blows me away.

And though it’s easy to look at these amazing women and think that they have it all together and “know what they are doing” – I can assure you from my own life and knowledge of my friends struggles, no one really knows what they are doing. At least not when they start out. Blogging itself is a new field and the people doing it don’t have much precedent or mentorship.

Each one of those people took risks, devoted insane hours to their sites, and never stopped trying to make their content better. So though luck in all areas of life can help, it does not sustain success in blogging. Content does.

Which brings me to today. Though I’m three years into this journey, I am still just as devoted to refining my content as I was when I began. I want to continue to fulfill my purpose in deeper ways.

And while I may not be sure what the future holds for MML, Jess LC, or myself, I know that regardless of what else happens each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, as long as I’ve tried to help people design a life with intention here on MML, I did something good.

So thank you for reading and making my dreams come true.

 

This Post Has 46 Comments

  1. Jill

    Three years!?!? You and I got started around the same time… what a great ride!

  2. Congrats Jess!! I can’t believe that I started my blog nearly 5 years ago… the time REALLY does fly!

  3. Melissa

    Happy 3rd birthday! Congrats on inspiring so many over the years… myself included. Great seeing you last weekend!

  4. Cathy

    Wow! Three years! That’s incredible! I found MML about 9 months in and you definitely made an impact on me right away. I’m so thankful for our friendship and your continued support and encouragement!

    And thanks for starting Business in the City!

  5. Kelsey

    Happy 3rd Blogging Birthday! I’ve only started reading MML recently, but can definitely say your blog has inspired me already (I am working on my 100 item purge)!

  6. Cheers to your success Jess! Congrats on 3 amazing years of blogging. I have so much enjoyed reading your advice each week for the past few months, and I look forward to the years ahead. As a new blogger (since October 2011), I am still in the beginning stages of learning, and amazing blogs like yours are definitely inspiration of where I would like to be in the next few years! Thank you for constant inspiration and motivation!
    xx

  7. Happy Blog Birthday!

    Thank you, Jess, for all of the advice and guidance you share here on MML. You truly are an inspiration to me. I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading MML over the last few months, going back to archives to read about designing a life with intention, starting a business, designing a wardrobe with intention, writing a future letter to myself, etc. Through reading MML, I’ve gained inspiration for multiple areas of my life and excitement/vision/drive about dreams both big (starting a business) and small (building the perfect wardrobe). Thank you!

  8. Happy Blog Birthday!

    Thank you, Jess, for all of the advice and guidance you share here on MML. You truly are an inspiration to me. I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading MML over the last few months, going back to archives to read about designing a life with intention, starting a business, designing a wardrobe with intention, writing a future letter to myself, etc. Through reading MML, I’ve gained inspiration for multiple areas of my life and excitement/vision/drive about dreams both big (starting a business) and small (building the perfect wardrobe). Thank you!

  9. Happy 3 years! Funny, I started blogging only about a month before you! I have loved coming here regularly for your great content and am honored to have been a contributor. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings for MML ๐Ÿ™‚ xo Maggie

  10. Julia

    Happy 3 years! You’ve been such a wonderful contributor to the new wave of small businesses, life management, and business organization. I can’t tell you how many projects I’ve worked on that truly benefited from your clear voice and inspirational messages. Very few people are born as wise and perceptive as you. Thanks for being a beacon of light! Keep it up.

  11. Julia

    Happy 3 years! You’ve been such a wonderful contributor to the new wave of small businesses, life management, and business organization. I can’t tell you how many projects I’ve worked on that truly benefited from your clear voice and inspirational messages. Very few people are born as wise and perceptive as you. Thanks for being a beacon of light! Keep it up.

  12. Happy 3 years! It’s funny, hearing you write about the impact of Anne’s comment on your blog – I have a feeling I will be saying the same thing in a few years about your comment on my little baby blog ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for being an encouragement to me, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for MML in this next season!

  13. Happy 3 years! It’s funny, hearing you write about the impact of Anne’s comment on your blog – I have a feeling I will be saying the same thing in a few years about your comment on my little baby blog ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for being an encouragement to me, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for MML in this next season!

  14. Clara

    Congratulations, Jess! Blogs require so much work that people don’t even see, so you should be very proud of all your efforts! I love the content you put forward and as I launch my own business and navigate the world of entrepreneurship, I find myself constantly turning to your site- looking through old posts, following your tips… it’s so incredibly helpful and I can’t thank you enough! Can’t wait to see all that’s in store for MML in the coming year! xoxo

  15. CB

    Happy 3rd birthday, MML! I just love reading your blog, Jess, and I feel so lucky to call you my friend. Here’s to many more years of making under!!

  16. CB

    Happy 3rd birthday, MML! I just love reading your blog, Jess, and I feel so lucky to call you my friend. Here’s to many more years of making under!!

  17. Happy blog birthday! I’ve only just recently found your blog, and I think it’s great. I’m a new blogger myself, and your post today really encourages people like me to keep going. I don’t want to think about the numbers, etc, I just want to produce something that lets my creativity flow, and makes me proud to put my name on it. I look forward to sticking with you and your blog as you keep posting and progressing!

  18. Sarah

    Congratulations, Jess! Your blog has certainly inspired me to amp up my own. MML is one of my favorite blogs and I love its spirit, energy and creativity. So excited for the future of MML!

  19. HUGE congrats on an awesome three years. When I found your blog six months or so ago, I was amazed that there was someone as interested in the idea of living intentionally as I am. I got “Live with intention” tattooed on my foot five years ago during my freshman year of college, no joke. Now I read every day and am constantly inspired by your insights. I am a relatively new blogger (just started Second Floor Living Jan 1 after abandoning my old blog last year) and now I’m right where you were three years ago. Comments from bloggers I read and respect mean so much, and I can’t wait to start getting to know other bloggers in “real life.” It’s so wonderful to see how far you’ve come in three years!

  20. Katie

    happy birthday, makeunder my life! you’re pretty stellar (and that goes for jess, too)! xo.

  21. Katie

    happy birthday, makeunder my life! you’re pretty stellar (and that goes for jess, too)! xo.

  22. karlita

    Happy blog birthday! I found you just like 3 months ago I think and I have been loving all your honest opinions and thoughts. It is easy to capture and understand what you are saying and you are really an inspiration. I am working on the 50 things purge… I admire you in so many ways, first as a person, then as a motivator and as an entrepreneur, and your internal and external beauty as well.. thanks!

  23. karlita

    Happy blog birthday! I found you just like 3 months ago I think and I have been loving all your honest opinions and thoughts. It is easy to capture and understand what you are saying and you are really an inspiration. I am working on the 50 things purge… I admire you in so many ways, first as a person, then as a motivator and as an entrepreneur, and your internal and external beauty as well.. thanks!

  24. Lisa

    Happy 3 years! I came in about halfway through, and I can easily say you’ve helped me design a life with intention. Thank you!

  25. Kate

    I loved this post! I think it’s so fascinating to read about the journey of different bloggers. Happy 3 Years!

  26. Kate

    I loved this post! I think it’s so fascinating to read about the journey of different bloggers. Happy 3 Years!

  27. 17 Perth

    Congratulations on three years. It is very inspiring to read and to look back on some moments that helped steer you in a direction from what you originally expected. I pray that 2012 and your 3rd year bring you more happiness and fulfillment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. 17 Perth

    Congratulations on three years. It is very inspiring to read and to look back on some moments that helped steer you in a direction from what you originally expected. I pray that 2012 and your 3rd year bring you more happiness and fulfillment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. What a great reflection post, Jess. And it’s great motivation for me to hear as I’m in my second year, spending countless hours on my blog(s) and hoping that some day it will take off.

    Also. Kendi just MIGHT be taking over the world. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Happy 3 years Jess! I love your blog, and I still find it to be an incredible source of inspiration. Thank you for the positive impact you’ve had on my life and I wish you continued success. ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. Happy 3 years Jess! I love your blog, and I still find it to be an incredible source of inspiration. Thank you for the positive impact you’ve had on my life and I wish you continued success. ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Jadyn

    Jess, congratulations on three years of writing MML! Yours was one of the first blogs I started reading regularly and it was a breath of fresh air in my life where I felt really stuck at the time! It is still one of the only blogs where I read every single post. I feel so blessed to have been able to have a business consultation with you recently. It was wonderful to get to experience your passion firsthand! I can’t wait to see where you take MML next!

  33. Anja

    congrats on celebrating the 3 year anniversary. You truly have gone a great path and are so inspiring. I hope in 2 years I can say that my blog has had at least a small influence. You are great and I love reading your posts!!

  34. Anja

    congrats on celebrating the 3 year anniversary. You truly have gone a great path and are so inspiring. I hope in 2 years I can say that my blog has had at least a small influence. You are great and I love reading your posts!!

  35. So belated, but CONGRATULATIONS!! This post was so heartening to read, especially as a new blogger (but looongtime blog reader). Thank you for all that you put into MML and the community you have created and fostered; I know that I’ve directly benefited from your advice and genius ideas, so thank you so, so very much. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. So belated, but CONGRATULATIONS!! This post was so heartening to read, especially as a new blogger (but looongtime blog reader). Thank you for all that you put into MML and the community you have created and fostered; I know that I’ve directly benefited from your advice and genius ideas, so thank you so, so very much. ๐Ÿ™‚

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