On June 19th 2016, I wrote and published my first ever blog post. On June 19th 2017, my little space on the internet turns 1! It’s been a really fun year, I’ve learnt a lot about myself – and other people. As I come up to a whole 365 days of blogging, I have to admit. I have no idea where this whole blogging thing is gonna go. I have no idea if I’ll ever get to where the people I look to up to are. Who even knows if anyone will be reading my blog in another years time. But here is what I’ve learnt so far – enjoy.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of girls who have told me “I write a blog too, but I’m too scared to publish it anywhere”. I find that so crazy! I’m a firm believer in the fact that you should never ever be scared to pursue your passions, whether people like it or not. I am also a firm believer in the fact you should never laugh at someone for doing what they enjoy!! This lesson was that you should always back yourself and be your own biggest fan. To be completely fair, if someone doesn’t like what you post, they’re not gonna click on it soo..go ahead and post it anyway!
I think girls especially, are kind of looked down on when we love makeup and anything to be considered non-world changing but I have become connected with so many bloggers/makeup artists etc that share that passion with me! Just because we spend our days off swatching eyeshadows instead of running marathons, doesn’t make what we like to do any less valid. Whether you wanna blog about cooking, makeup, clothes or idk, horseriding?! You do you, the rest will follow. If you do what you love, everything else will fall into place.
On the other end of that spectrum, I’ve also had situations where people have been completely different to their online presence. It can be so frustrating watching people fake their way to the top (only to have it not work out anyway) or preach friendship and girl power online (only to be mean and make fun of people irl). Instagram followers aren’t real life. And if you think they are, and if you think that getting to a certain number means you’re successful – you are never going to get there. I learnt pretty quickly to stop waiting for the followers to roll in. Having a small following doesn’t mean what I’m doing doesn’t have meaning – the private messages and emails from people who read my blog are so heartwarming, that alone makes it all worth it.
Writing a blog, is kinda like having a super creative, super personalised CV. You’d be so surprised at the amount of organisations who reach out just to say they love what you’re doing. That right there builds a tiny connection that may come in handy somewhere down the line!! Utilise your talents to get what you want. Applying for a job and they wanna know if you can write?! HECK YEAH YOU CAN! And you’ve got the blog to prove it.
Last but not least, just because it’s fun, doesn’t mean it’s easy. I thought for a long time that this blogging gig was gonna be a breeze. I was churning out three blog posts weekly for about 6 months and then I hit a pretty big wall. Life got busy with uni and work and have since found that 1-2 a week is more doable. Just because it takes up a bit more time, and can get a bit difficult to think of new and engaging content doesn’t mean it not worth doing.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Thank you for reading my blog – whether you’ve been here for the whole year or not! All the support means a lot! <3
Until next time – love, Lyd x