Friday, 15 April 2016

1 Year of Blogging & Giveaway

As I mentioned back in my Reflections on Blogging post, although I technically set up this blog in September 2013, it wasn’t until this time last year that I decided it was finally time to fully throw myself into blogging. Starting off with a review of the 2015 Cinderella film and only posting a few times each month whilst I finished my degree, one year on I’m still here, but publishing 12-14 posts a month.

Blogging consistently is hard work, particularly alongside full-time employment, but there is not a single part of me that is tempted to stop any time soon. Even though the logical part of my brain often questions why I spend every commute, every evening and a lot of the weekend working on something that doesn’t really matter to anyone else, every other part of me loves having this space to share things that have inspired and fascinated me, and might do the same for other people.

It seems that blogging is constantly being questioned and undermined, whether it’s by the media, celebrities, the general public or just plain old internet trolls. I’ve had the validity of blogging questioned by people I know and have even been asked why bloggers think they have the right to publish opinions on things they are not ‘qualified’ to know about. I’m sure your reaction to that one is the same as mine.

Blogs are an amazing platform to seek inspiration, gage people’s opinions on products, books, films, shows and even learn about social and political issues, and the millions of people who actively follow and interact with blogging only proves this.

Blogging to me is a hobby and something I enjoy doing in my spare time, a way to share things I love and to have a productive space to continue to write on a daily basis. I’ve been able to document some of the incredible places I’ve travelled to over the past year, commemorate huge milestones in my life such as graduating from university, and now I’m beginning to be presented with amazing opportunities to see shows and read books that I wouldn’t have otherwise.

The thing that surprises me most about my blogging experience so far is that even after a year of posting my thoughts online it still takes all my courage to press the publish button. I get nervous with every post, I panic unreasonably about who will read it and what they will think, and this part never seems to change. Maybe it’s just me, but blogging seems to heighten insecurities I barely knew existed.

I worry that I’ve made mistakes. I worry that my writing isn’t good enough, that I’m not funny enough, that my content isn’t engaging enough. I worry about promoting my posts too much, and annoying people I know. I worry that I blog about too many subject areas, that I don’t have enough of this ‘niche’ that everyone always goes on about. I stress about finding my ‘voice’; is it okay to write quite a wordy theatre review one day, and follow with one of my ridiculous and chatty Sunday Brunch posts the next? Will people laugh at my attempt at photography? Do I need a more consistent style? Do people even read my blog?

But then I realise that it doesn’t matter. I love blogging. I love reading blogs, I love writing blog posts and I love interacting with other bloggers. For some people my content will be interesting, and for others it won’t. And that’s fine. I’ve discovered new things through blogging, found new ways to look at life and been introduced to some amazing people and opportunities.

In true blogger fashion, I’m celebrating this little achievement with a giveaway (giveaway now closed), including a £10 ASOS gift voucher and various stationery bits and pieces, which you can enter through the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post!

Terms & Conditions:

  • The prize consists of a £10 ASOS gift voucher, a Listography book, a pack of 12 coloured 'sign pens' from Paperchase, 5 postcards, a 4"x6" Paperchase photo frame and a Galaxy Duet (Toffee & Popcorn).
  • The giveaway is open to residents within the UK and Ireland only.
  • It will be open from 12am on the 15th April 2016 until 12am on the 29th April 2016.
  • The winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.
  • The winner will then be announced on my Twitter account, and emailed to arrange the delivery of prizes.
  • I will be sending the prizes by Royal Mail, but can't be liable for any loss or damage to the parcel 
  • The ASOS gift voucher will be sent via email.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1 comment

  1. I think every blogger struggles with insecurities about their writing, whether they're annoying people and whether people actually read their blog- I certainly do!- but I think you just have to shrug off your thoughts and go for it. We blog for ourselves as much as our readers but I'm really glad you posted this as I really needed to hear that I'm not the only one worrying about this stuff today 😊💪


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