I can’t believe it has already been one year since I launched The Hapa Hour (then it was michaelakemna.com)! During my first year of blogging I’ve learned so much, grown so much, and experienced blessings I could have never imagined. In the short amount of time I’ve been writing, I’ve learned an immense amount about blogging, business, and myself. I changed my blog name, worked with amazing companies, met some incredible women, and most importantly created a platform to share my passion with you.
Some of the most notable things I’ve learned from my first year blogging are:
- You can never be too friendly. In the real world or social media world, there is no such thing as being too friendly. If you want to say hi to someone, say hi and if you follow someone on social media you BETTER say hi in person, because that’s just weird! Being friendly has connected me to so many hard working and inspiring women and I’m so glad I took the step out of my comfort zone talk to new people.
- I’m most productive when I’m busy. This is going to sound so weird but when I have a free day with nothing to do, I tend to be the most lazy. I get the most done when I have a long checklist of to do’s because it forces me to get sh*t done! My agenda checklist is a LIFESAVER on days when my to do list seems never ending and it’s so satisfying to check those boxes when I’m done.
- Authenticity is key. The most valuable tool you have to offer is yourself— something I learned from one of my favorite books, The Go Giver by Bob Burg. There is only one you and that’s your power. People will gravitate toward you for YOU. In my first year blogging I learned there’s no point in trying to be like someone else and that having my own voice is important in building my brand.
- Quality content takes time. Every blog post that I publish I put my all into it. I never want to give you guys half ass content. Sometimes I try to finish posts last minute and realize I can’t get it done— at least up to my standards. Quality content requires hard work and you can’t fake that. It takes hours and sometimes days to create the content I put out for you guys, but all the hard work I put into my blog is rewarded by those of you who are here reading. You all make it so worth it 🙂
- Blogging is hard. So many people think that bloggers live fabulous lives on Instagram, post cute pics, eat pretty food, and travel the world for money. There is so much more going on behind the scenes that people don’t see. As a blogger I’m the CEO of my own company and I’m in charge of my own brand. I’m the sole content creator, writer, editor, photographer (along with the help of my lovely friend Joanna), and marketer for The Hapa Hour. During my first year I learned how much time goes into having a blog and although it’s hard work, it doesn’t feel like work to me because I genuinely LOVE it.
This is only the beginning for The Hapa Hour. Although I’ve made progress I’m proud of, there is so much I still want to accomplish.
My goals for THH big and small are:
- Collaborate with a brand I love. As a blogger, I share with you products I love in fashion, beauty, and health. One day I hope to work with a brand I look up to by getting involved in the design of a product. I’d love to be apart of the creative process of designing a product from start to finish.
- Attend NYFW as a blogger. I’ve always dreamt about going to NYFW and now that I’m a blogger I have an even bigger desire to attend. Fashion has always been my first love, so it would be a dream come true to sit at a fashion show in my favorite city in the world and document those experiences for you.
- Travel to new countries. Last year was my first time traveling outside of the U.S. to Mexico. I already have a trip to Canada coming up in a couple days (stay tuned for Whistler blog posts), and I want to keep that pattern going throughout my lifetime as a blogger.
- Meet bloggers from different states. This past year I was lucky enough to meet some amazing Hawaii bloggers and they inspired me in so many ways. I’d love to connect with other women who have the same passion as me from different states or even countries!
- Inspire others. From the beginning, inspiring others has been my main goal of THH. If I inspire just one person, I’ve accomplished that goal. But my hope is to inspire as many people as possible— there is always room for more at The Hapa Hour!
Blogging and sharing what I love with you is my passion and I want to thank you all for your loyal readership and for your continuous support. I could not do what I’ve always dreamt of doing, inspire others, without those of you who join me for Hapa Hour every week.