Hello lovely readers,
After many years of blogging I came up with the idea of sharing a short video with you guys about how it all started. It’s always nice to know a bit more about why I created this platform. The video gives an overview of OVDD, what the blog stands for and what I have achieved with it so far considering collaborations and global reach.
I’m happy to share below with you the full story behind this blog…
” I used to write on a giant square computer and this was one of the first versions of Microsoft Word running. “
So when I was little, only 9 years old, I was already very passionate about computers. I was a computernerd by heart. At primary school I made a monthly newspaper for my class. Let me share the context with you: this was before laptops existed even – I used to write on a giant square computer and this was one of the first versions of Microsoft Word running. I used Word Art to create titles in color! It was so cool back then. Can’t believe time has changed so much because I’m talking 15 something years ago. I did this newspaper thing on my own initiative, it was my hobby and I loved it when people enjoyed what I wrote.
Then there was the internet. How amazing was that! I remember creating my first website. It was so simple and boring, but when I was about 10 years old this was like mindblowing. Just a simple menu of buttons and some pages with writings and images. I used to love dolls, like Barbie Dolls but on the computer. You could adopt them online like a Sims game and you had the option to buy food and start working just like real life. I loved it so much, I really enjoyed this because I got in touch with people all over the world. Back then the internet was safer then now because it was new. I remember having that interest in creating layouts even when I was that young.
” I did photoshoots and posted my OOTD posts online, it all started very small. After a few months I was contacted by a company in jewelry, asking me to collaborate. I was over the moon! “
When in high school I kind of quit the website making thing. But I did make magazines in my free time for my family. I used to make magazines about my dogs and other pets like birds and I made up different stories about them like characters – I know, so weird! My family did find it really funny though, they loved reading it and I found it relaxing. It was a way to express myself.
After high school I was in doubt if I’d do something with journalism, so I did try to study communication sciences at university. Anyway, the whole study-school-thing wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, from the start I prefered working, making money and being independent. I was good in learning though and I even tried to study occupational therapy (health care department).
” Outfit Van De Dag moved, and even though I was a bit scared in the beginning, I’m very glad I made the decision. “
During college I came back to the website making. I thought about publishing my own blog, sharing my outfits. It was my first blog, Stoer & Sexy (Tough & Sexy), a short summary of my girly but also cool, rockchick style. Because I’ve always loved fashion, it sounded like a logical idea. I did photoshoots and posted my OOTD posts online, it all started very small. After a few months I was contacted by a company in jewelry, asking me to collaborate. I was over the moon! When I started blogging it was still very new – they didn’t call it influencers or anything like that, you were just a blogger. Nothing else. Bloggers opinions were also highly valuated during that time, and it was less commercial minded then now. Of course I said yes to that collaboration opportunity and from that day on things started to grow. After a year I revised the name of my blog and I started Outfit Van De Dag, which means literally Outfit Of The Day in Dutch. I still think it’s a catchy name and easy to remember.
I first started on Blogger, which was a great platform to begin with. Blogger is a good choice when you are a non-professional blogger not looking for the latest layouts or plugins. WordPress is perfect if you want to take it to the next level, which I did after a couple of years. Outfit Van De Dag moved, and even though I was a bit scared in the beginning, I’m very glad I made the decision. WordPress is much newer, they offer the latest updates considering layouts and technical options. Especially since Wix came into the picture (also a website maker), WordPress has invested in more advanced website making options.
” I hope you guys will keep supporting me and I thank you a million times for all the support you’ve given me for all these years. “
Now OVDD is on WordPress for over 2 years, and I’m happy with what I have achieved with the blog so far. My audience is growing, I have made a spectacular progress on Instagram and I’m still loving what I do. I’m not saying I want my blog to be big, because it requires lots of time and combining this with a full time job is quite challenging sometimes. But I still enjoy writing, so why not? I hope you guys will keep supporting me and I thank you a million times for all the support you’ve given me for all these years. I’m happy that you love reading my posts, that you like my social media and keep following me. Thank you, thank you, thank you ❤
I hope to keep you entertained in the future with my blogposts,