As the blog turns 7 this year, I ponder and reflect on the journey of Bangsarbabe.com, the hardships and tribulations faced, and the good fortunes and opportunities that arose from it. It isn’t just a blog; it’s an extension of who I am, how I’ve progressed and matured. With a fulltime job in hand, I’ve been finding it difficult to strike a balance between the blog and work.
2014 has proven to be my most challenging year to date – while I managed to achieve my KPI at the office, I failed to accomplish the same degree of success (benchmark set by my blog manager) for Bangsarbabe.com. My excuse was always career-driven. A pallid attempt to mask my lack of commitment to the one thing that set me apart from my peers and build me as an individual. Yes, the blog has given me so many wonderful opportunities and so much exposure that people my age can’t possibly achieve by slogging away at the office.
It has become so much of me that potential employers seem more interested in the prospects of hiring my alter ego. I was recently offered a position that would have been my dream job and one I aimed to achieve only in the next 2 to 3 years. But it landed on my lap a few months ago through a recommendation and further fuelled by the employer’s interest in Bangsarbabe.com. It was a double promotion from my current position with a team of my own and almost a 100% salary increase. It was difficult to say no to such a wonderful opportunity and in a line I happen to be pretty damn good at.
But I had to give something up – the blog.
Bangsarbabe.com would become a conflict of interest to this new position offered, and I would have no choice but to make some involuntarily changes to the blog. Taking on this role would no doubt launch me to the next level in my career, but at the same time, tremendously alter the course of Bangsarbabe.com and drive it to a quick death in due time. And while I really wanted this role (who wouldn’t want a promotion, and a double one at that?), I loved the blog even more. It took me 2 weeks to come to a decision and I chose to let go of that opportunity because I realised just how much this blog means to me.
Some people think I’m being foolish to forgo that job offer and my logical side would think so too. Heck, the logical me is still smacking myself on the head because I decided to protect a blog that doesn’t generate an income. A blog that requires so much effort, so much dedication and a good amount of money to keep it running. All in the name of passion.
But I still think it’s the best decision I’ve made and moving forward, I’m going to grow the blog further. Take it to greater heights. Challenge myself to do better than I did in the previous years. And with this, Bangsarbabe.com will be sporting a new look. A (due) revamp to celebrate 7 years of food, travel and lifestyle reviews.
To those who have stuck with me during all this years, thank you for your never-ending support. And to those who just started reading Bangsarbabe.com, I promise you a flow of honest reviews, interesting reads and updates of my hectic life.
Stay tuned as I reveal the new look and feel of Bangsarbabe.com! :)