First celebration cake

Hello Friends :)

October marks TLC’s one year birthday! Can you imagine? A year already! What better way to celebrate a birthday, than to take a quick walk down memory lane to revisit the amazing milestones of the past year.

Don’t worry, I said quick 😉

For those who have been following since the beginning, you may remember that the blog was simply titled Erica Djossa. To be honest, I kind of stumbled in to this whole blogging thing. A friend of mine had asked me to write a guest post for his blog a year or two back, and to my surprise, the articles I wrote got a surprising amount of attention and feedback. From there, I started my self-titled blog as a way to continue to share my passion and perspective with whoever may be interested.

To my surprise, people were interested! I got lots of positive feedback from readers who had stumbled across the blog, and expressed gratitude for how it had helped them better understand themselves.  It is very rewarding and fulfilling to be able to interact with people around the world who I may never have otherwise encountered, therefore I should be thanking each of you as you have had a tremendous impact on me as well!

I quickly learned that stumbling into blogging was not enough to make you a blogging success. I soon realized that I had much to learn about growing an online audience and still do. First I needed a blog tagline to serve as a mission statement for what I was trying to accomplish. In the beginning the tagline was Inspiring Wholehearted Connection because that is my true passion; to help people truly feel connected and loved. I spent many more months chewing on the vision and focus for the blog. Navigating your way through new territory means learning, making mistakes and evolving.

Evolving is something I will always strive to do; to evolve with the new relationship research that is coming out, the new interests that reader’s have, and adapting new ways to make the blog more helpful and interactive. One of the first steps in this evolution process was to rename the blog all together, to call it The Love Compass. The idea behind TLC is that every heart needs direction. Our hearts at some point have led us all astray, but there is a better and less painful way of navigating relationships.

Since rebranding the blog to TLC, I have spent a lot of time brainstorming about what’s next. Some of you may have noticed that for the past two months or so I have been MIA. This is due to a very exciting personal development: I AM EXPECTING MY FIRST BABY! It is a very exciting time in life. It is a time that is prompting all kinds of change and even more evolution.

For those of you who are already parents, you have a better sense then I do about some of the changes in schedule, structure, demands… etc. that this will bring into my life. I, on the other hand, am still learning how to navigate and balance it all. I have survived the “first trimester complete body takeover” as I like to call it, and I am now getting back to my normal self…. well as normal as you can be while growing a mini human inside you : )

This life change is prompting another exciting blog development; TLC is expanding to take on contributors!  I have decided to open up the TLC blog to become a blogging platform where people can come for solid advice and guidance when looking for love, building relationships and navigating relationship challenges.

A contributor section will be added to the website next week. It will outline the guidelines to becoming a contributor. In the mean time if you are interested in writing for TLC, you can email me at Erica at the-love-compass dot com, or fill out the contact form below.

Incase you were wondering, I still plan on contributing my own articles! I love to share my passion and interact with you guys! But the frequency will likely change from being weekly down to bi-weekly or monthly depending on how I adjust to this new stage of life.

I have missed you all and look forward to growing the TLC family!

Wishing you love,