Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to my bloooggg, Happy birthday to you. Wooo *clap**clap**clap**clap*
My blog turns 1 today! I have had this corner of the internet for one whole year. One whole year. I understand that in the grand scheme of things it isn’t that long, but as someone who does not stick to a lot of things in her life I am pretty proud that I have found something I enjoy so much that I am still loving (and even more than when I started) one year on.
So to celebrate my blog’s birthday I wanted to reflect back on my first year of blogging by looking at all the things I’ve fallen in love with through my blogging journey so far.
Blogging has not only sparked my love for itself, but also my love for a few other things. Some things I would have probably never gotten into if it weren’t for blogging.
Everything I’ve fallen (back) in love with through blogging.
Photography | When I was younger I really enjoyed photography, so much so that I got a DSLR for my birthday one year. Funnily enough this same DSLR has seen me through this year until about a couple of months ago when it broke down and I decided to invest in an Olympus Pen. Anyway, I digress, photography has always been something I love but blogging has rekindled my love and has given me a reason to get back into it. It’s also shown me another type of photography aka with me in it and it’s gotten me so much more creative. I’m constantly thinking of original photo ideas and always asking my boyfriend for a snap and I am absolutely loving it.
Writing | I used to be someone that always said: no, I HATE writing, I never want to write, blah blah blah. My dad always said, you just wait and see (or something similar to suggest that it might change in the future) and it has! I wouldn’t say my love for writing is as big as maybe Dolly Alderton’s (big love for that woman) but blogging has sparked something in me. I mean, I am writing 3 posts a week and am looking very much into writing guest posts for other websites so can’t keep that up without some love for it right?
Social media | I did use social media before I started blogging, but Instagram I just used personally, Pinterest the same and Twitter was of course also personal but I mainly followed a lot of vegans on there and was very involved in the vegan movement. So I wouldn’t say that before blogging I never enjoyed social media it was just another kind of enjoyment. Now my favourite platform by far is Instagram as I love love love creating content for it. Referring back to my first point obviously.
Blogging community | Whatever people might say about the blogging community and how it’s not the same as it used to be and it’s so much worse now, I don’t know how it used to be because I wasn’t in it then so I don’t have anything to compare it to. But what I’m seeing now, I bloody love it. Of course there’s the poisonous prune in any community but overall I try to follow people that are generally very positive so everyone around me (online) is just so lovely and supportive.
Reading | I mentioned it before on here but when I was in high school I absolutely loved reading. I read about a book a week because I was constantly reading. After high school I kind of lost track of it again but seeing so many bloggers talk about their favourite books and some books going viral around the community (aka. eleanor oliphant is completely fine, everything I know about love and #girlboss to name a few) I’ve been wanting to jump back on the bandwagon because it has reminded me how much I love reading. And it’s ignited a love for non-fiction books as well which I didn’t used to have.
Magazines | In sync with reading I have also fallen (back) in love with reading magazines. I bought a few last year, such as glamour and elle but of course the biggest one that I’ve discovered and that I’m SO happy I subscribed to is Blogosphere magazine. I love the hype around it every time it comes out, the very justified hype I might add. I have found so many amazing blogs through this magazine and I’m always so proud when my faves get featured. I also love their awards and even though I can’t go because I live in a different country (boo!) I am excited to see who won. Also my absolute goal is to be featured in it one day.
Interiors | I wouldn’t say I didn’t think about interiors before blogging, but it has certainly opened my eyes to so much more. Besides teaching me things like when you start decorating a house be sure to take it slow and really buy things you love. It’s shown me everything that’s possible with interior design and how a house can make you feel comfortable and happy or exactly the opposite. The only interiors I used to think of was what I would hang on my wall but now I love imaging and eventually decorating my own room with furniture that I love and adding details that make me happy when I look at them.
Skincare | When I was a teenager I was never really a skincare junkie. I mostly found it a chore so my routine wouldn’t extend much further than a wash and a moisturiser, on good days. Getting into make-up and then getting into blogging and the world of blogging mostly has shown me how fun skincare can actually be, and not to mention, good for your skin. So I’ve started listening to what my skin needs and investing in serums and moisturisers and whatnot that are actually beneficial to my skin and it has thanked me for it.
Fashion | My style was always jeans and a t-shirt in winter and shorts and a t-shirt in summer. Add some trainers, maybe a necklace or a ring and we’re good to go. Even though it is easy, it’s not the most fun of outfits to wear every single day. I talked a little on how I’m putting more effort into my style this year because I too, like to look nice *shock*. But this revelation has mainly come to me through the blogging community and some amazingly stylish bloggers that I follow such Beth and Ellie. They’ve made me actually want to put a little more effort and time into my style.
Podcasts | When I first started blogging everyone was talking about podcasts, they still are now but back then I wasn’t having any of it. I didn’t see the appeal for such a long time. One day I saw Lily and Anna’s podcast At Home With mentioned somewhere and I remembered Zoella did an episode with them and since I quite like her I decided to listen to it. That was the moment I could basically say bye to my spotify membership because I would always be listening to podcasts from then on out. Soon I had listened to all the episodes and discovered another podcast, namely Hey It’s Okay (now Is it just me?) by Glamour Magazine. It was a domino effect from there and now I am subscribed to more podcasts than I can listen to in a lifetime.
Business | By business I mean running a business, because that is essentially what running a blog is, you’re running a business that’s based on yourself. I never saw myself as a business owner or anything of the like. But having my own blog has made me truly appreciate everything that comes into it. Obviously it’s quite different to running a business that might sell products and you have to get your products out on the market instead of yourself. But anyone still saying that running a blog is easy (c’ommon mate, it’s getting old now) should try doing it, because it’s not. There’s so much involved in it but that is what I love the most. I love the diversity of everything you have to do, no two days are the same which is what keeps me going as routine is not something for me.