Exactly one year ago today, I published my first blog post.
If you said to me a year ago that I’d be sitting here right now, writing this post, celebrating my first year as a blogger, I wouldn’t have believed you. When I first started my blog, it was a hobby. Something to focus on whilst I tried to decide what I wanted to do as a career. I had no idea. I was going to bed each night in tears because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, and I felt like I couldn’t see a way out of it. I needed something to relieve me of that feeling, even just for the length of a blog post. The more I was working on my blog, the more I started to realise that it was no longer a gap-filler, but more that I was starting to work towards my career.. A career in the blogging world. I’ve never felt so sure of what I want to do in life, and now, a year later, on the first anniversary of starting my blog, I feel happier than I have in a long time.
I cannot believe it’s been a whole year since I started my blog – it has gone so quickly! I didn’t really know what to expect when I first started out on here. Everything was so new, and there were already so many amazing bloggers bossing the industry, it was a little overwhelming to begin with. Although it has only been a year, I am so proud of what I’ve achieved so far (and actually sticking to it), and I cannot wait to continue working hard and improve my skills. When I look back at my first few blog posts, I can immediately see the difference between then and now. My photos look better now than they first did, my editing is better, and I’m writing a lot more in each post. Even just seeing differences like that show me how much I’ve grown over this past year, and how there is always room for improvement. I’m sure when I look back on these posts next year, on my second anniversary, I’d have changed/improved again, and this inspires me to keep going.
I sometimes think about what my life would be like right now if I didn’t take that leap of faith, and publish that first post. But every time I think about it, I’m just so glad that I did. The state of my mental health has improved, and I feel like a different and happier person since starting my blog, and I wouldn’t be able to have done all of this without the support of every single one of you who have ever taken the time to read my blog posts. I cannot thank you enough. My blog is still very much a hobby, but I am more determined and focused than ever to achieve my goals, and to be able to say that my blog (and YouTube) is my career. Some people may say that they are unrealistic goals, but I will keep working hard to do the best that I can, and seeing other bloggers achieve their individual goals inspires me to achieve mine. There is room in the industry for everyone, because your blog should reflect you and your personality, and there’s only one of you.
Thank you all again for supporting me this past year – it means more to me than I could ever explain. Thank you for taking time out of your days to read my posts. Thank you for following me on my social media, and growing with me over this last year. I don’t know what will be in store for my second year of blogging, but I’m so excited to see what happens next…
Some of the items I’m wearing in this post are no longer available online, so I have linked the closest products I could find. These are marked with an asterisk. (*)