HelloFrancois.com Celebrates 1 Year!
Today is September 13th, 2017. Exactly a year ago, I started hellofrancois.com by publishing my first post ever! Click here to read it.
Back then, only my closest friends and family read my posts. Spreading the word about the blog was the most difficult part of being a new blogger, but after a few weeks of hard work and patience, the blog started getting noticed. From attending events, to being super active on social media, I managed to grow my local audience significantly.
The journey has been amazing. In only one year, I've been invited to attend many cool events and partner with a lot of local businesses and international brands. I also had the chance to meet with multiple bloggers and social media influencers who I'm so proud to now call my friends. It has been an incredible journey, and I'm so excited to tell you more in this post.
You may not know, but I started hellofrancois.com because I wanted a place where I could share all the cool places I’ve come to love in Dallas. Like my favorite restaurants, shops and museums, not to mention sharing all the idiocracies of life in Big D! I wanted my friends and family from around the world to have a go to place for when they visit me. It was only a few months later that I started to write about other subjects that matter to me, from men's fashion and grooming to lifestyle and travel.
Over this past year, my blog and other social media platforms (Instagram in particular) have tremendously evolved, not only in terms of content, but also in terms of look. Because images speak a thousand words, I invite you to see the evolution by yourself.
SCREEN SHOTS OF BLOG BEFORE AND AFTER
SCREEN SHOTS OF INSTAGRAM BEFORE AND AFTER
So, before or after? The change is pretty radical, right?!
A few months ago, I started to organize and host Dallas blogger and social media influencer events, called An Evening With Francois. I wanted to pull together local influencers in order to socialize and have a great time, but also to help and motivate each other. I truly believe that we are stronger together than alone, as influencers. The first event I organized took place at the Reunion Tower and it was such a success, that it motivated me to organize a second one, less than a month later, at the Asador restaurant of the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. Make sure to follow @AnEveningWithFrancois on Instagram to check out all the photos of the events.
Today, hellofrancois.com ranks #1 on Google and Yahoo under the research "Dallas Men Blogger", and made the Feedspot's classification of top 100 men's fashion blogs. I'm forever grateful to all the people who encouraged me along the way, and to all my daily readers and social media followers. You give me motivation and strength to keep going and to always share better content. So to all of you, thank you.
What's next? I will keep writing on the blog and sharing great imagery on my social handles. I'm also working on reaching 10K followers on Instagram (I find the idea to have the letter "K" in my number of followers pretty cool). I have also recently been asked to be an ambassador for one of the most important charity organizations in Dallas, and I'm so excited to take you along that journey. I cannot tell you more yet, but make sure to follow @Hello_Francois_Dallas on Instagram, as I will share all the details very soon.
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