Three years ago today, on the 23rd June 2015, I published my first ever blog post. At the time, I had no idea I’d stick with it and get this far. Three years might not seem a lot to some, but think how much has changed in your life within three years.
Today I wanted to reflect on my blogging journey to celebrate my anniversary and to see how far I’ve come since I first started out.
Where did it all begin?
I had just finished studying fashion retail at college and I had no idea what I wanted to do next. I’d be reading blogs for a while at this time and I thought ‘hey, you know what, I could do this myself.’ I’ve always been passionate about writing and being creative, so it seemed to make sense to start a blog.
I took the plunge and set up my blog over on blogger. I tried various blog names at the start, ones that I can’t even remember until I settled on the name you see today. Because I had been studying fashion, my blog was mainly about fashion and lifestyle at the start with a few makeup reviews thrown in.
Instead of doing the typical fashion posts of me in outfits like most fashion bloggers still do, I used to do roundups of my favourite items for wish lists or outfit guides, such as my first blog post that was for wedding guests. There was a couple of times where I did brave outfit shots.
I used to take all my blog photos on my iPhone 4. Then my Dad kindly gave me one of his old cameras, which I sometimes even still use today. It’s not the best quality, but it is better than nothing and helped me at the start.
The first year
As I was nearing towards my first year of blogging, I was posting a more varied amount of posts. This was ranging from beauty, lifestyle and fashion. I was really enjoying putting content out there and I don’t ever really remember feeling a huge pressure to have perfect content back then.
Blogging really helped me in so many ways during my first year. I stopped caring about what other people thought about me having a blog. Blogging definitely boosted my confidence and made me feel apart of a supportive community.
I very quickly learnt a lot of new skills, that have been so beneficial over the past three years in both the online world and offline world. I’m so glad I stuck with blogging even a year later, as I don’t think I’d be where I am today without it.
The second year
During my second year of blogging is where I began to have my worst period of mental health. I was very ill during the summer of my second year of blogging (June 2016 – September 2016). I definitely feel like if I didn’t have blogging, I would have probably been way worse.
It really kept me going and focused away from the worries that were clouding my head, the panic attacks that shook my body and the lack of sleep that exhausted me. I don’t know how I kept going through that point with my blog but I managed to do it.
Again, I posted a range of blog posts and it wasn’t until the September I tried harder with my blog photography. At this point, it still wasn’t great, but it was slowly improving. I was putting more effort into my posts by making them longer and my photos by adding in props and trying to create a story through imagery.
I also took on Blogmas (blogging every day up until Christmas day) that year. I managed to achieve 21 posts in total but soon found that it had completely wiped out my inspiration and creativity by the end of it.
2017 was probably the hardest yet most rewarding year for me blog-wise. After feeling burnt out after Blogmas, I really struggled through the first few months of the year to find my feet again and gain the inspiration I needed to continue to create.
Just before my second blog anniversary, I decided to take the whole month of May off to work on my blog.
The third year
Having a whole month of my blog meant that I could put in time behind the scenes to refocus on creating good quality content without the pressure to be consistently uploading.
This was also the time that I began to learn more about my camera and I saw a significant improvement in my photography at this time. I really enjoyed flatlay photography and working with products.
I had so many ideas, motivation and a real passion for all things blogging coming into my third year. I started to work with more brands and build a community of people, it felt like all my hard work was paying off and I felt good.
That’s to say it hasn’t been easy. There have been many times where I have doubted myself, wanted to throw it all in and got angry at different things, but I just pushed through that and I’m glad I’m still blogging today.
I think blogging in my third year, I realised that everyone was feeling the same way I was about blogging and that it is completely ok to feel like that. There is so much pressure to have a perfect blog and be the perfect blogger, but really all you need to be doing is what makes you happy and being yourself.
The past few months
I’ve had a crazy few months with blogging. Back in April, I found out my blog had been cloned and it meant I had to completely stop posting until it was fixed. When I was unable to blog and had all this uncertainty about whether or not I could ever come back, it was then I realised how much blogging meant to me.
I felt completely lost and unsure without it. It just motivated me more to get it sorted so I could continue to blog and go back to what I love doing. After several attempts at trying to get rid of the cloned blog for free, I had to result in paying an expense.
This meant I finally managed to do what I always wanted to do with my blog. Phil from Pipdig helped me migrate my blog to WordPress, take down the cloned site and gave me a gorgeous new blog theme, as well as a new domain.
Since then, I have been working so hard on my blog. I still have days where I doubt myself and feel bad about it, but I also have days where I feel so good and grateful for the opportunities I’ve had because of my blog.
I’m a voluntary social media manager for an online magazine and I’m in the process of setting up my own business alongside my blog just because I decided to click publish on my first blog post all those moons ago.
I’m so glad I did.
Thank you to anyone who has supported me during the three years of running this blog. You have no idea how much it means to me. I’m so forever grateful for the support.
Let’s bring on the fourth 🍾