Sunday, 11 February 2018

Happy 5th birthday!



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They grow up so fast, don’t they?  I really can’t believe that my blog baby turned five this weekend. Five years since I sat in the library and mugged off proof reading my dissertation to launch this site. You could say that this is my biggest commitment to procrastination to date.

My blog entered the online world as a space to talk about glasses. I quickly got distracted by the world of fashion and beauty, began dipping my toes into restaurant reviews and everything seriously spiralled into what it is today. I might not be able to pin down a niche (soz Google hun, I’m a rule breaker), but five years on, I’ve found my voice and I’m still writing content that I love.

This site hasn’t just been my space to create content but it threw me into a blogging community and then even further into a friendship group. When you’re growing up you’re told not to meet people off the internet and yet at the age of 25, I can safely say that I have a group of women in my life who I’d never have met without it. Women who are my absolute rocks, my support network, my cheerleaders and the people who tell me straight when I’m being a dickhead. To me, they’re friends first and bloggers second – shout out to Kellie, Laura, Hayley, Haydy, Rachel, Kariss, Milly and Caroline for being top babes.

Having a blog isn’t as easy as most people think. It’s a constant pressure to be creating new content, staying relevant, not coming across as a bellend, learning technical skills, putting yourself out there and opening yourself up to criticism. This site has kicked me well and truly out of my comfort zone. I’ve posted outfit photos when I’ve never felt more insecure. I’ve shared opinions that not everyone will agree with. I’ve poured my heart onto a page discussing my struggles with grief and pressed publish on words that I didn’t know how to say out loud. I’ve become so passionate about something that so many people don’t really get and are quick to dismiss, and yet I can’t imagine my life without it.

I don’t want to sound like that person, but this blog has helped me work out the person I am and the person I want to be. Writing things down makes me think more objectively and being challenged by other people opens me up to different ways of thinking. It’s given me confidence in my opinions, in my beliefs, in what I’ll stand for and what I’ll stand up for. I started this blog as a 20 year old pushover who could be talked into anything. I write this now as a 25 year old who stands for far less shit. It’s a good thing, I hope.

As I round off this post, I want to say thank you to every single person who has supported me, by reading my content, leaving a comment, sharing a link, letting their food go cold whilst I take a photo of it, freezing to death when taking photos of me, being a plus one or telling me that something I’ve written has made a difference to them. I honestly never believed my blog would still be here five years on and I’m truly proud of it, but it probably wouldn’t be this way if it wasn’t for the support.

Peace and love x

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4 comments

  1. Happy Blog Birthday!
    It's crazy what you can achieve when you set your mind to it. And also how writing and publishing so much can help you mentally. Good or bad.
    I love your little space! Here's to 5 and many more years!

    Caroline.x
    www.carolineelgeywhite.com

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  2. I'm so proud of you for sticking this out for five amazing year, and pleased that you did or I'd definitely never have met you. Blogging is just the craziest journey and I love reading your posts.

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  3. I read this post nodding! It's so lovely that blogging has brought you your besties, it's done exactly the same for me and helped to shape me because it's a place where I can be unapologetically me and share whatever opinion I want. Here's to the next five years!

    Lyd- whatlyddid.com

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  4. Five years, wow - well done! Looking forward to the next five :D

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