A Year Of Blogging

Sunday, 14 January 2018


A year ago today, I uploaded my very first blogpost. I can't quite believe it's been a year but at the same time it feels like I've been doing it forever. For about 3 years prior I'd been reading blogs mainly about interior design and baking without really knowing a whole lot about blogging itself. I only read them through pinterest too with the likes of Lauren Conrad and The Design Sheppard being my go to blogs to read. I was very late to the blog and youtube party and only first started watching videos regularly in Christmas of 2015. I'd watched the odd Nicole Guerriero tutorial and danisnotonfire video but that was it. So I never had the Zoella or Pewdiepie diehard fangirl phase like other people I knew. 

So blogging was pretty much alien to me until I was watching one of Louise Pentland's vlogs in the early months of 2016. She'd mentioned that she'd written a post over on her blog and curiosity led me to click the link in her description box. I remember the post vividly; a regular day at a farm where she'd taken her little girl Darcy. As well as thinking her daughter was SUPER CUTE I remember finding it so facinating that she'd written an entire post with photographs from an average day out. Like a written vlog of hers. And I just loved it.

From a young age I've loved writing. I've always been a bookworm and was always inspired to write my own stories when I was in primary school. Sometimes I'd write full on books. Well, they'd be about 30 pages but I felt like a full on published author. I don't quite know how to describe it but whenever I would write stories, and now when I write a blog post, I escaped. I could get creative and invent my own world's with characters and just write about anything and everything. And now with blogging, I get the same feeling of reward. I can write about anything and everything and just get to talk about everything I love. The freedom of talking about something as small as a lipstick can fill me with so much joy. And the feedback makes me so happy. I've found like-minded people who I can share my experiences and interests with from makeup reviews to travel adventures.

When I finally sat down to make a blog I had no idea what I was doing. Blogger was so unfamiliar I just didn't have a clue what to do or how to use it. I had to do so much googling and research into code and themes and website design. Really it was pointless because if I'd just used blogger step by step I would've saved so much of my time. I'd been contemplating making one for over 6 months but didn't really think anyone would be interested in what I had to say. At the time I was in a pretty low place. Dealing with one of the worst depressive episodes I've ever experienced, feeling extremely alone and isolated and in desperate need of something to occupy myself. I wanted something to really throw myself into and wanted to create something I would be proud of. My confidence was in tatters so I needed something that would give me a boost. It sounds ridiculous because to most people it's just a couple of words and photographs but it's become so much more than that. A place to fully be myself and express my opinions and thoughts on things I love. Being able to talk so openly about mental health and getting positive feedback from people that found it helpful. I had comments, emails and social media DM's from people who said my post about anxiety and panic attacks really helped them. It was crazy to me. For so long the blog felt like a little bubble where the pageview numbers weren't really people reading but that made it feel so real and so worth it. I was terrified to upload that post. It was in my drafts for so long but I was so passionate to talk about the subject because it's so close to my heart. I felt so proud and looking back it's a huge part of my 2017. So blogging has done a huge amount for my confidence. It's been that pick me up when I've felt like absolute rubbish and needed a break and something to fully focus on. 

In the beginning blogging was top secret. I didn't tell anybody and whenever someone would ask me what I was doing while violently tapping away on my laptop, I'd get so defensive. It's funny looking back because I'm so open about it now. Don't care who knows or who doesn't like it. I never used to share posts on social media either and I remember posting a link on twitter for the first time and feeling so nervous. But then I thought about it and realised I really didn't care. "Do more of what makes you happy": a lesson I've really taken on board during 2017.

I've met amazing people through it too. I've discovered a whole circle of people connected by one thing that we love; writing and photography. It seems like such a community sometimes because there are some of the most supportive and uplifting people out there. I really hope I get to meet some of them in person soon, that would make 2018 incredible! As well as meeting amazing new people, the world of PR has been super overwhelming. I knew that people were paid for doing youtube based on views and ADs but blogging has taught me about a whole other world to business and PR. Clearly, that's not the reason I do it. I want to get that straight. There are so many sponsorships I've turned down and products I've not shared because I didn't have genuine interest. I know you hear it on youtube all the time but I really don't want to lie or mislead anybody reading my posts. I have nothing against people doing sponsorships or featuring products they've been sent at all though. I think it's amazing people are able to be rewarded for doing what they love. I've actually been told by family that I'm silly for turning down money for blogging but I don't want to do it just for the sake of it. Trust is super important to me.

I am so happy I decided to just throw caution to the wind and create this blog. 3 name changes and countless theme changes later, I'm in love with this little space of mine. I'm so excited for all the new posts to come in 2018.

Thank you for reading my blog over the past year. It means a helluva lot.

Liv x

12 comments

  1. Ahh I feel so proud of you and how far you’ve come! I’ve loved watching your blog grow along with getting to know you more and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for you and your blog! I also want 2018 to be the year we meet! xx

    Kate// itskaterose.com

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    1. Thank you Kate, that's so lovely!! Yes, we 100% have to finally meet this year xx

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  2. Aww congratulations! You're blog is amazing and I'm such a big fan. I'm sure you're going to grow even more in 2018 and I wish you all the best xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

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  3. Congratulations on the blog turning one! You should be super proud of all that you have achieved lovely x
    Amber | www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much amber, that means loads xx

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  4. This was such a lovely post, I remember when I started mine you were one of the first bloggers I discovered and actually connected with, I love how our common interest has brought us and so many others together, I think you have done absolutely incredible over this last year, you constantly inspire me to create more, congrats on one successful blogging year, excited to see what is next for you my love xxx

    www.lifeascaitlin.co.uk

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    1. Omg that was the nicest comment ever! Thank you so much Caitlin, that so lovely of you to say. I'm such a huge fan of your blog so reading that means loads xxx

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  5. Congrats on reaching a year on the blog!! Here's to the next few!!
    Charlotte-Nichole
    x

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  6. congratulations on the blog! it's always amazing to hit annual milestone x

    Erin Azmir

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