5 years of simply taylor rae

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H O L Y CRAP GUYS.

5 MOTHER FREAKIN’ YEARS.

I CAN’T PROCESS THE EMOTIONS I AM FEELING WITH THIS.

Who honestly would’ve thought this would be happening?! This is just too much for me…and I have so much to say and hopefully I am able to convey my feelings properly through just a post. First off, here’s the top 5 accomplishments over the last 5 years!

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There are days where I feel like in the last 5 years, I haven’t accomplished as much as maybe other bloggers or writers may have but looking back on it now…I feel as though I should be proud of even the little accomplishments.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #1: 32,000+ Total Views & 23,900+ Total Visitors

I remember at some point within my first 3 years of blogging, I was obsessed with views and subscribers to the point where I became frustrated and unmotivated to continue. I then made a decision to NEVER look at my view count and today, for the first time in what feels like years…I looked and I am so so thankful for each view and each visitor. I never would’ve imagined 32k views and 23.9k visitors. You guys are so amazing, each and every one of you.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #2: 175 Posts (not including this one…)

Today, I was looking through my first couples years of blogging and realizing how uninspired and generic a lot of my posts were. I had tried to fit into what maintain bloggers in the area did so I could get “famous” and popular. Needless to say, that’s changed over the last two years. I’ve found myself posting things that interest me or personal projects and it’s become easier to write.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #3: 123 Subscribers!!

To every single subscriber; thank you. Thank you for continuous support of Simply Taylor Rae whether you’ve been a subscriber for a few years or relatively recently…thank you so so much. You guys are honestly wonderful and there are no words to describe how I feel about your support over the years. Thank you.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #4: Sponsored 4 Times!

I admittedly began blogging for the fame and sponsorships, but I was quick to realize that expecting those things from the get-go was unrealistic and awful of me. This was supposed to be a place for me to share tips and personal things and just have fun. Needless to say, I have had a change in perspective since then…but to those who were kind enough to sponsor me; YesStyle, Fanatics, Kabbage, and Museum Hack, thank you for supporting me and my website. You guys are truly awesome.

ACCOMPLISHMENT #5: Five Years Later

Never in my life did I imagine blogging for five years. I have wanted to stop many times. I wanted to give up. But between my family, my fiancé, and my friends along with those who subscribed and visit…you guys kept me going. You’ve encouraged me to keep writing, keep taking pictures, start a YouTube channel, and keep progressing to bigger and better things through Simply Taylor Rae. Speaking of progressing to bigger things…

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SAY HELLO TO DJ TAYLOR RAE

That’s right!! I have been practicing to become a DJ and I am set to make my debut in 2018! If you have been following my social media accounts; you would probably have known this for about a week or two. I can’t wait to enter this exciting chapter of my life and while I’m no where near a pro yet, I hope one day to make it to the big leagues.

Here are some specific things to address with the DJ announcement;

  • No specific debut date in 2018 yet.
  • I plan on focusing more on Vocaloid EDM, however other genres are not completely out of the question.
  • There will be live streamed mix sets; those will be announced via social media.
  • Mix sets and mixtapes will more than likely be uploaded to SoundCloud and/or YouTube.
  • There will be a page dedicated to DJ Taylor Rae added to the website shortly.

I can’t wait to share my progress and experiences with you all.

future

To be quite honest…I am still unsure of what the future holds for myself as well as the longevity of Simply Taylor Rae. While I hope it can go on forever, I also want to be realistic. At this point, I can’t guarantee a post every week or even every two weeks at this point let alone videos…but I want to try and continue to provide quality content that both I and you, as readers enjoy. I want to try hard to be the very best blogger and DJ I can be as well as a person in general.

Needless to say, thank you guys. You’ve made this 5 year journey worth while. Here’s to another 5 and more. I love you all so much.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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4 Years of Simply Being Me

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Hey everyone!

So, 4 days ago marked Simply Taylor Rae’s 4 year anniversary. I wasn’t sure what to write or say…it’s been a very crazy month for me and to be honest; I’ve worn myself out in a lot of ways and I’ve had so much going on through my mind about my future and the future of Simply Taylor Rae.

Don’t worry; I’m not going to shut down the website. (ノ´ロ`)ノ

But I do want to make it so that I don’t have to cover as many topics and such.

If you haven’t been on any of my social media within the last two months, I announced that when I finally re-vamp the site this year I would be removing Beauty and Food from the line up. Although I still love talking about beauty and health products and food…I haven’t touched on the topics here on the website for maybe a year and/or more. I also see Simply Taylor Rae going into a more focused direction; a geeky lifestyle blog. I’m not too sure what other changes will be made but I promise to keep you in the loop as I make decisions.

I’ve also have been working on the YouTube Channel WHICH has 3 more videos you all should certainly check out! And if you have topics for future videos; PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know in the comments down below! I want the channel to be something you enjoy, so you gotta let me know what you enjoy…as long as it’s family friendly. _φ(°-°=)

THANK YOU

You know…when I first started blogging, I wasn’t sure what to do or say. Heck I didn’t think anyone would read it. It was something to keep me busy while I had close to a 5 hour break in between college classes. I didn’t think I’d spend 4 years trying to perfect my writing or come up with niche. I just wanted to do something productive and fun and now it’s become such a huge part of me. I love it. I love the awesome feeling of pushing that freakin’ publish button. I love editing pictures and collages for each post. I absolutely adore being a writer, blogger, author…I don’t even know what to call myself still.

Anyways, I want to thank you all for everything. You’ve read about my life these past 4 years and watched me grow…and I’m honestly really emotional about it. I hope I’ve matured and I hope I haven’t disappointed you at any point in time. I want to continue to grow and share my life with you guys and I hope you have the same feelings. (๑•́‧̫•̀๑)

Thank you for reading. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for your comments. Thank you.

The next year will be one of change. And I think it’ll be for the better.

With all of that said; if you have any suggestions for the future please leave a comment down below!

Thank you all again and again.

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Thanks For Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae ( ˊᵕˋ )♡.°⑅

So Much News & 2 Years! ~STR 2nd Blogiversary~

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Hello Everyone!
I cannot believe it has been two years since I’ve purchased the domain to Simply Taylor Rae…it’s really emotional for me. When I had begun blogging, I never expected things to happen the way they have. In two years, I have gained thousands of blog views, close to a hundred followers, and so many readers. But that’s not just it.

This blog has taught me so much: website design, photography and photo editing, writing and journalism, business handling, and much more. I also learned so much about myself. Simply Taylor Rae is just as the title states: It’s simply me. Everything I enjoy is here. This is my outlet to the world – to display my love of everything fashionable, beautiful, geeky, and food. It seemed like an odd mix, but it was me and that was the most important factor for myself.

And in two years, I already feel successful. I’ve written over 100 posts. I’ve talked to so many people and bloggers. I’ve had opportunities I never dreamed of prior to starting this journey. I’ve made some close friends and I’ve seen so much support from the friends that were there from the start. My family has shown so much love and support and they have proven to be my biggest fans. And my fiancé, Anthony. He was the one who helped me begin this amazing chapter of my life. He has coached me through the process of making it, editing it, photography, and graphics. He has also encouraged me to do what I feel is best and to always remain myself in the process.

But, the success of a blog always falls on the readers. So to all of you who have followed STR from the very beginning or even as of recently; Thank You. From the bottom of my heart. You all have encouraged me to continue and I am truly grateful.

Sorry to get all emotional and what not, I may have teared up a little bit while writing that! Ahhhh!

I suppose I should tell you all the news, yes?

First Off: If you don’t remember me mentioning last year that I wanted to get back into singing, WELP. I am. I’m currently in the process of putting together songs and then I will be in the process of making my own little mini-album of covers!

Secondly: I will be doing a weekly installment of my adventures in Animal Crossing: New Leaf! I’ve been wanting to do this for a year now and I am finally going to do it! So, I hope you all enjoy that when it debuts!

Third: My YouTube channel will definitely be more active with the following videos: “The Geeky: YT Series” “STR Dances” “SimpleMe: Vlogs” “STR Ultimate Lookbook” & “The Initial Reaction: YT Series”

Fourth: More Anime & Gaming Convention Coverage. Yes, I plan to attend as many of the local conventions as financially possible and cover them for you guys! I did this with Katsucon and I hope to do plenty more.

And Finally!: I have been in talks with Geoff & Griffon Ramsey from the wildly popular Gaming Forum/Site: RoosterTeeth.Com and although I don’t want to give out too much information quite yet…I can tell you that awesome plans are being made. So, please look out for that when it becomes available…

OH WAIT!

SIMPLY TAYLOR RAE HAD THE CHANCE TO INTERVIEW THEM. So, that will be up later this week!!! I PROMISE!!

So, that is it for today! I hope you all enjoyed this post and I hope it gets you excited for the next year ahead of us!

From All of Us Behind Simply Taylor Rae:
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REMEMBER: I am beyond thankful for you all & I am sending all my love for two amazing years! :’)

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

SimplyMe: Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

Yes, today is Thanksgiving!! One of my favorite holidays…because of mostly the food. But also, it is that time to give thanks for the many things we take for granted as well as to spend time with your loved ones! So, today’s post will be a personal one based on The DC Ladies’ “The Thankful Project” where they spent 17 days posting a different topic to be thankful for each day leading up to Thanksgiving! Therefore the post will just feature all the topics! LET’S BEGIN!

imageHonestly, there is so much I am thankful for this year. It’s truly been a successful and plentiful year for me, whether it be my internship, Anthony proposing, the one year anniversary of Simply Taylor Rae, and so on!! I can’t wait to show you all everything I am thankful for and I hope you all will remind yourself of things to be thankful for!
image_1I am Thankful for a Person – So, it is difficult to choose just ONE person. I feel thankful to everyone in my life, past and present. Each person was either meant to be a blessing or a lesson and because of that, I am who I am today. I am thankful for my family, my friends, my fiancé, and all the people who I’ve crossed paths with.
I am Thankful for a Place – I’ve traveled across America as well as overseas to Japan and Israel. Each place has given me many memories, people, and the chance to diverse myself into something different. It has been a blast to be able to travel across the US and the world and I hope to do it so much more in the future.
I am Thankful for an Experience – I have had the chance to experience so much, but one of my favorite experiences was singing on a boat on the Sea of Galilee in Israel! I believe there was over 300 people!
I am Thankful for a Talent – I am always thankful for my ability to sing, but I’ve only recently really realized how much I enjoyed writing and blogging. I am so incredibly thankful to have so many outlets to express myself!
image_2I am Thankful for a Failure – So, for those of you who don’t know, I have attempted to make Japanese curry on many occasions. The first 5 times, I thought to use frozen vegetables because I was too lazy to cut up potatoes and carrots. And each time, the curry came out too watery. So, after the fifth time, I managed to do a little better each time.
I am Thankful for a Job – I am thankful for my part time government job. It pays my bills and allows me to do the things I enjoy. I am thankful for my internship with The DC Ladies. They have allowed me so much room to write about things I enjoy. I am thankful for Simply Taylor Rae, though I think it is too much fun to be considered a job…
I am Thankful for a Photo – The photo of right after Anthony proposed will be one of my favorites for all time.
I am Thankful for Words“Always remember to smile because it may save a life.” I remember the first time I read that, my heart filled up and I realized that even the most simple of gestures can help someone live another day. Hence why I always say to live, laugh, and smile.
image_3I am Thankful for a Memory – The memory of Anthony proposing will always remain in my heart as well as each day where we create laughable memories and sad memories and so on. Each memory, I am truly thankful for.
I am Thankful for Something I was Taught – It is surprising to say this, but I used to absolutely HATE writing and reading. It was ridiculous and boring to me and I was terrible at it. I remember in high school, I had an English teacher who was super critical of my work and because she has high expectations, she ultimately helped my writing overall and after that, I wrote more and more to the point where I actually enjoyed it. Because of her, I now am able to enjoy writing on Simply Taylor Rae and so on.
I am Thankful for an Opportunity – It wasn’t until recently that I realized how thankful I am to be able to attend college. Most of my friends have to take out student loans, or they have to pay out of pocket. My father always told me that he would take care of my education and that I wouldn’t have to put myself in debt to go.
I am Thankful for an Ability – I am thankful for my ability to see and workout! It sounds so simple, but honestly my eyesight has progressively worsen over the years, but I can still see thanks to the wonderful invention of glasses. I also enjoy working out because of the relief for my back.
image_4I am Thankful for Something I Own – I am thankful for everything I own, but I guess something specific would be my camera! I enjoy capturing memories and videos and being able to re-watch them.
I am Thankful for a Choice – When you’re growing up, you have the choice of following society’s definition of normal or following your heart and doing you. I chose to be who I am which is the geeky, crazy faced, blogger that I enjoy being! And every day I am thankful for making that choice because life has been too good since!
I am Thankful for Something I Take for Granted – I think there are times when I take my puppies for granted. I am not home as often so when I see the puppies, I just want to love on them!! Taz just loves on you and DeeDee barks to welcome you back. They make coming home worth while.
I am Thankful for a Book – I have read many books, but the one I think that changed my life was “Kamikaze Girls” by Novala Takemoto. The book is about two girls who live two different lifestyles, but become friends in the end. It’s about being true to yourself regardless of what others say and enjoying the things you love.
I am Thankful for Something About My Family – My family is so unique and slightly dysfunctional and it can be crazy at times. But, they have never left me hanging and have always supported my decisions. They have always kept me grounded and allowed me to speak my mind and just be me. And I could not thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me.

Well that is it for today’s post!! I am so happy to be able to spend some time with mine and Anthony’s family and I hope you all are able to do the same! Take care everyone and have a great Thanksgiving! Always remember to Live. Laugh. Smile 🙂
Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

P.S. We put up our Christmas Tree…
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