The Ongoings of Sotela's founder, Hanna

Happy Blogiversary

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I can’t believe today marks my one year writing Gold Polka Dots. What started as a blog to mainly document my home DIY improvements has turned into an eco-conscious journey. I actually named my blog after a wall I swore would have gold polka dots in my woman cave. Oh, how things have changed.

This blog has seriously changed my life. Writing weekly has brought me so much happiness because I found my voice in a sea of other bloggers. There are over a million female bloggers that have very similar content. For the first couple months, I was just like everyone else with outfit posts telling you where to buy my clothes. By February, I had enough and didn’t want to be like every other fashion blogger. I didn’t want to promote materialism in a hyper materialistic world. I did what I thought I would never do; pledge to only buy eco/ethical clothes.  I never thought I would be “strong” enough to give up my favorite stores like H&M or Forever21, but I guess this blog taught me that I am stronger than I thought. Nothing makes you feel more empowered than knowing what you are buying.

Some things I’ve learned this past year:

DIY projects aren’t my thing (I get too anxious I will mess it up)
I’m not that great with home decor (see note above)
Outfit posts are overrated (are any of you getting tired of them?)
Social media makes it easy to compare yourself
Keep it real, regardless of how many followers you have

Isn’t it ironic that even though I really don’t like DIY projects, my most popular post is the DIY Box Frame Coffee table? I think it is hilarious. I’m still trying to decide if I should keep outfit posts or not. I feel silly posing and telling you where I bought my outfit now that I only buy from consignment stores. Also, outfit posts are so staged! Do you guys benefit from outfit posts or not really? Let me know with a comment below! I used to (and still do) get down on myself with my home decor or DIY projects because of all the beautiful homes or finished products I see on social media. It is tough not comparing myself when I’m inundated with perfectly curated images. I just remind myself  that no one’s life/home is perfect regardless of what you see on social media, which leads me to my last lesson learned. Keep it real. Are any of you tired of seeing coffee pictures or perfectly styled desks on Instagram!? I know I am! I would rather have less followers on Instagram showing “real” images than only showing those popular repetitive images.

I want to thank all of you for taking the time to read my blog in this little corner of the internet. I’m so grateful for this past year and I’m looking forward to the future. Can’t wait to share some projects I have in store for 2015!

I would love to know if you are digging GPD’s current content or is there something you would like me to write more about? Let me know with a comment below!

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