Wow! Three years! I can’t believe it’s been three whole years since I first sat down to write a blog post after hastily setting up my own little creative corner of the web just minutes after stumbling across the beauty blogosphere and all it has to offer. I honestly didn’t think I’d still be writing and posting a few times weekly three years later, but I have to say that setting up my own blog has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.
I started my blog really spontaneously. I was searching for a hair product review and stumbled across beauty blogs offering these reviews and instantly fell in love with the idea of creating my own. I was in my first year of university at the time, and while I was really enjoying my studies and the course, I hated university life so was feeling very lonely and homesick. As a journalism student I thought a blog would the perfect way to work on my writing skills and it would also keep me busy and give me something to focus on outside of lectures in the process. What I’ve actually gained from blogging is so much more.
My blog started off slowly and at first I felt apprehensive. I was nervous to share my blog with people outside of the blogging community, and really worried about what people living in my rather small (and sometimes small-minded) hometown would think. Heck, three years ago many people didn’t even know what blogging was and I was scared that people would question why I spent my spare time pouring my heart and soul into a blog that people may not even read. But as my blog slowly, but surely, grew and I started attending events and meeting other likeminded bloggers, I started to share my blog to more friends and family members, before broadcasting it on Twitter for all to see.
It was quite a liberating feeling to be honest and, after receiving such lovely praise and kind comments from everyone, it made me wonder why I hadn’t done it sooner. I mean, I’m extremely proud of what I’ve achieved through blogging and the opportunities its afforded me. I’m proud of myself for creating something that I truly love, and partaking in a hobby that has taught me so much, not just about my career, but about life and about myself.
In just three short years I feel like I’ve really grown and evolved as a person, and my blog definitely had a part to play in this. I’m more confident. I’m no longer worried about going into a room full of people I don’t know. I’m not scared to try out new things and I’m more determined than ever to work hard and to strive for greatness. I’ve worked with wonderful brands and attended amazing events. I got a place on the Masters course I’ve wanted to do since I was 19. I’ve been offered internships at top magazines, been interviewed for a television programme about beauty and makeup, and I’ve met some wonderful people who I would never have met if I hadn’t started blogging.
Admittedly, there are things I want to do to improve my blog and I want to work harder on it. The last few months have been a struggle. I’ve been so consumed by my masters course that I’ve had to drop down to just two posts a week and I barely have time to partake in social media chats or to read other blogs. It has affected my stats, which is disheartening, but the fact that I’ve blogged all the way through my university life, in between studying, working, training and having a social life is something to be proud of. Looking ahead, I want to improve the whole look of my blog with a new layout and I really want to do more outfit posts and makeup tutorials that are more than just my Insta Style posts posing in front of a mirror. I want my blog to have an altogether more professional feel, and as soon as I finish my masters course this will all be happening, which is rather exciting!
My three years as a blogger have been fantastic and I feel tremendously proud and grateful for everything I have achieved through it. If anyone is reading this and are considering setting up a blog then I urge you to. It’s extremely hard work, and it will take over your life, but it’s the most rewarding, amazing hobby and one that you’ll be so glad you started!
Happy 3rd Birthday All Things Beautiful.
Lots of love,