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Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of Sincerely, Rowan! On a Sunday afternoon — after months of planning and fiddling with every setting under the sun — I decided to just hit publish… and I’m so glad I did.

This year has been full of ups and downs. There have been periods where I can’t keep up with all the thoughts I want to share, and other times when this little creative space stays quiet while I focus my energy on my life offline. Either way, I love that I’ve always been able to come back to this space. I’m so grateful that clicking “Add New Post” still gives me a little spark of joy every single time.

People seem to have the idea that spending time on social media and blogging takes time away from “the real world”. There are always stories in the news about how millennials need to spend more time away from screens or how bloggers like Zoella are “responsible for teen illiteracy” (side note:ย that’s total crap — how can an author of three books and the head of a book club contribute to illiteracy? FAKE NEWS). But the day I had today proves every critic wrong.

This morning I met up for a chai latte with a lovely woman I met on Instagram a couple months ago. We chatted over tea and cupcakes about photography and our love for interior design, and have already made plans to spend a whole day together next Saturday.

Afterward, I attended an Instagram meet-up led by a bunch of Halifax-basedย photographers. We gathered in a small crowd at the Halifax Central library and walked around the city together taking photos and sharing tips. There were so many people who came out! As a novice photographer, it was inspiring to see everyone gathered together as a community. We walked around for two hours in the freezing cold and then spent an hour chatting over coffees at the library. We exchanged usernames, put names to faces and showed each other our shots from the day.

This year I’ve made strong friendship because of social media. These are people I talk to multiple times a day. We share ideas, help each other with photography and blog posts and support each other offlineย as much as online.

Living in Halifax and interacting with the creative community has opened up so many doors for me. If you feel like social media is isolating I encourage you to reach out to a local blogger. Say hello, ask to meet up, and build a community offline. It’s such a rewarding experience and Iย love that even though my time in Halifax is ending, I will take these friendships along with me wherever I go.

Thank you for reading my scattered thoughts for a full year. I can’t wait to see where the next year will take me!

Sincerely, Rowan xox

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