On Friday it will be exactly a year since I hit publish on my first ever blog post! (You can check it out here if you fancy a laugh...) It's sort of crazy to me, as blogging is now so much a part of me it's weird to think of what a recent addition it has been to my life.
I was only really bitten by the beauty bug last year. I was always the kind of person who owned one lipstick (for going out), one blusher and an eyeshadow palette and once they ran out I'd replace them with the same one. However the blusher I used from Rimmel had been discontinued, so I was forced to shop around and find other options. I settled on Sleek's Pink Lemonade Palette and I think that was the moment from which I was hooked on beauty. I started blogging out of sheer boredom; it was the start of summer, my coursework was all in but everyone else had exams so I kind of needed a hobby! I honestly didn't have a clue what I was doing! I didn't expect anything to come of it, I didn't expect anyone to read, I had no idea about how to use social media as a blogger. I think I only started to find my way and actually get out there towards the end of summer and start of autumn. So I would also say, if you're a new blogger reading this and wondering why more isn't happening for you; be patient. I didn't get a single comment on my blog for about 3 months!
I remember my first ever post to pass 100 views, which was a really big deal to me at the time! It was this review of a £1 lipstick from MUA, which they'd shared on their Facebook page - also my first brand interaction. It wasn't until the end of 2014 and start of 2015 that I started taking pride in my photography and looking back at my old posts makes me feel proud of how far I've come at times when I'm feeling a bit deflated. For the longest time too I had just a default Blogger layout, which was pink with a bit of a funky font for my name! There were so may little things I didn't know about that now seem so obvious; like using hashtags to Tweet my posts, that you can buy pre-made blog templates cheaply, getting Bloglovin' etc. They're all things that are so blindingly obvious now but I didn't have a clue back then! I also feel as though over this past year my confidence has grown and I've branched out into different things I would've been too nervous to do before.
I've had varying experiences of working with brands, something I need to learn more about going forwards as it's something I really hadn't considered when setting up this blog. I've also had the chance to attend some amazing events. I've met so many lovely people along the way, for every bitchy blogger I've come across there have been 100 sweet and supportive ones. It's just nice to sometimes hang out with people who don't think it's weird to to have a 20-minute conversation about which is the best Kylie Jenner lip colour!
I'd really like to thank everyone who reads and follows this blog; I read every single comment and they truly make my day. I'm still kind of surprised people actually read my ramblings! I can't believe I'm sat here with nearly 4000 combined followers. I'm sure that's nothing to a lot of people but to me (the girl who bought a blusher palette, became obsessed with beauty, started a blog and took about 3 months to learn to do anything!) it really is an amazing achievement and I couldn't be more grateful. To show my appreciation, I am hosting a giveaway you can enter here until midnight on Friday morning.
At the moment I'm feeling as passionate and motivated as ever so I can't wait to be sat here in another year's time writing a similar post and I wonder where I'll be then!