Today is my one year blogging anniversary!!
Blogging has brought a lot of happiness into my life, for many reasons, and I’m so glad that I decided to take the plunge and start a blog. In that very first post I said;
“So it is currently 2am in the morning, and I’ve decided to start a blog. Presently I do not have any real concept of what I will be writing about, and I have this irrational fear that whatever my first post is about is what any following post must be about, as if I’ll be locked into only beauty, books, life, decor etc. which I am aware is a bit absurd considering that firstly, it’s my blog, and secondly, the chances of anyone else reading this is pretty slim to none, so who exactly do I think is going to care if I don’t follow a specific theme regarding what I post?
And hey, it is two in the morning after all, come a sensible time of day and the motivation to have a blog may have worn off the same way every evening I think, ”I’ll exercise tomorrow” for it only not to happen. I’ll wait and see.”
I love how I honestly thought come morning I’d poo boo the idea of blogging, and yet here I am, one year on having maintained a 3 post a week upload, having grown my following to over 750 amazing people, having gone self hosted with the help of Blogger to WordPress and have been gifted my first product to review (so far, I’m loving it). And in honor of all these things, and more, today’s post is all about my year of blogging.
There are so many lovely things I have experienced this last year, here are some of the highlights;
- Blogging Friends Made.
Rossy is someone I think I’d be really good friends with IRL. I think we are quite similar and I really enjoy talking to her. I can’t quite pinpoint what it is that makes me like Rossy, especially seen as we haven’t ever met in person, but – and hopefully without sounding like too much of an oddball – I have always been good with following my gut instincts about a person and I just really like Rossy!
I’m sure you’re all aware of and love Angela. I’ve said it before but she is just annoyingly endearing. She is so friendly and genuine. Angela is one of those really nice people who you would kinda hate if they weren’t so likable.
- Birthday messages from all you lovely folk.
In the past year I’ve been lucky enough to collaborate with some brilliant bloggers. I’ve really enjoyed collab-ing as the behind the scenes blogging can get a bit lonely at times, so sharing it with someone else who has the same passion is always fun.
Going Self Hosted
Taking the step to put money into blogging was a big one for me, but it also made a lot of sense when I read someone describe it along the lines of; hobbies cost money, if you loved horse riding, you’d pay for it, if you enjoyed swimming, it’d cost you. So doesn’t it make sense, when blogging is your hobby, to put some money into it.
It made me realise that I didn’t need to expect money in return from blogging to put some into it myself. When something brings you enjoyment, be okay with putting money into it.
Also, being contacted by Blogger to WordPress and not having to worry about doing it (and as a result, messing it up) myself didn’t hurt either.
I’ve enjoyed tracking my stats over this last year. I know numbers aren’t everything, but it’s fun none the less to watch them grow, and it is one of the main ways that you can see your progress. Give yourself a pat on the back. Be proud of what you have achieved.
I get that this is going to sound bad, because you should be living life to the fullest anyways, but because of blogging I’ve experienced more than I otherwise would have. I’ve done things because in the back of my head I’ve thought, “that could be a good blog post”. And whilst the essence of that isn’t great – living mostly to relive it online. It has got me out and about more. Yes, I shouldn’t need the added incentive of blogging content, but apparently I do.
Either way, I’m so glad I started blogging and as a result, starting experiencing life more. Because of my disability and the pain I suffer with I am quite a homebody. I love being outside but a lot of the time I’ll say no to doing something because I know it’ll have me off my feet for the next few days with pain.
Because of blogging I’ve been saying yes to more stuff. Yes, it hurts, and I’m still not living the way most people do. But at least now I don’t feel like life is completely passing me by as I sit in my bedroom, watching shows on my laptop with my leg elavated whilst being dosed up with morphine. I still live this way, but the split between living a none-life and living a life is a bit more even now. And you have no idea how much that means to me.
Able To Take A Compliment… Kinda
I, like many British people I think, have never been able to take a compliment. They make me very uncomfortable and I don’t know what to say in return.
“Thank you” always felt big-headed, as if I was agreeing with whatever the compliment was. For me saying “thank you” was the same as sassily tossing my hair over my shoulder and saying, “oh, I know… I’m great”.
However, when I started blogging I had to deal with this issue head on because all you lovely folk are so bloody nice and complimentary. I had to learn how to say thank you. Behind the screen I’m still very uncomfortable, and when people compliment me in person I still recoil but, online at least, I’ve learnt how to accept a compliment with something somewhat resembling grace. So thank you to every single one of you who made me painfully tense in this past year by complimenting me. You’re awesome.
In my year of blogging I have thought up, written, edited, taken pictures for, promoted and interacted on a total of 152 posts. I’m actually insanely proud of that. So here is some of my many posts;
I did my first Everyday Makeup Look back in , back then I didn’t even post a photo of myself, just a flatlay of the products. I think I have improved over time with my makeup ability, being more comfortable taking pictures and photo quality – not amazing, but improved none the less.
Outfit Of The Day Posts
‘Brands I Want More Of’
‘My Experiences ‘
Women That Inspire Me
I’m not going to link to these.. there are too many.
So I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has been following me this past year, or liking and commenting on my posts.
FYI, I had a bit too much fun messing about with Boomerang, an app that prior to this I’d never used before. Safe to say, I get the appeal of it now.
Also, quick shout out to my Mum and Sister, who have both been proof reading my posts for the past year! Mostly my Mum, much to her annoyance. Thank you! Love ya!
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