WHERE THE HELL HAS THE LAST YEAR GONE!?
I cannot believe my little blog is 1. I never, ever thought that I would keep this thing up for a year, never mind still be here and have no intentions of stopping! Looking back at my first few blog posts (no, that doesn't mean you should also go look, they're embarrassing, WAIT, nah-uh, DON'T DO IT, stay here!) makes me so proud of how far I've come and how much my little blog has grown in the last 12 months.
I didn't quite 'get' blogging when I first started, I don't think any of us do! And I most definitely didn't know what kind of blog I wanted mine to be. I just knew that I loved the little feeling that I got when I saw that someone else had read one of my posts! This is a little feeling that I still get now, and it still amazes me that anyone reads any of the waffle that I do write, if I’m quite honest!
I can remember quite vividly exactly where I was, (and funnily enough, also what I was wearing!) when I very first hit publish on blogger. I was drinking coffee (no surprise there...) in Central Perk when I decided to go for it.
Thinking back, I was in quite a bad place before I stumbled across blogging. I felt like my life didn't quite have a purpose, and I was a bit, well, lost. It felt like I didn't quite fit with anything that I was trying to do. I didn't have anything to focus on. A lot of the time it was just me and my thoughts (and we all know how dangerous that is!), and I was trying to be someone I just completely was not, for someone who didn't care at all.
A year on and I'm genuinely the happiest and most content with my life than I think I ever have been. And a large part of this is down to my blog. The opportunities I've had, the events I'm always forever thankful to get invited to, and mostly, the genuinely incredible people that I've met through blogging, both directly and indirectly.
A year on and my blog has also changed quite a lot. We've been through 3 different name changes (here's hoping this one's to stay!), a fair few different layouts (again, here's hoping this one's to stay!), loads of different types of content, and more life rambles than I care to admit sometimes.
A year on and I've learned so much more than I ever thought I would too. I've learned a lot about myself, about anxiety and mental health, that I didn't quite understand, but that are a lot clearer for me now. I've been shown what's important, and had some life lessons taught to me by some very special people that I'm hoping I'll always remember.
Oh, and I've learned how to HTML the crap out of a blog to get that thing looking just how you want it. ;)
Like all good soppy posts like this one, I need to say thank you. Thank you to anyone who's ever read even a paragraph, a word, or even just clicked on my blog to be nosey. Thank you to everyone that I get to talk to on Twitter on a daily basis, thank you for making my days so much brighter, and for all your amazingly lovely comments that make me smile like an idiot. Every, single, flippin', time.
Same time, same place, next November 18th? ;)