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1 year blog birthday

1 year blog birthday

I can’t believe I’ve reached my 1 year blog birthday already. I’ve now been blogging for over a year. Actually, make that well over a year. Possibly 2 years in fact. But the first year was spent setting up a blog, figuring out designs, finding my blogging voice and just getting to grips with it all. I genuinely don’t understand all you girls and guys who start your blog and start publishing lots of fabulous content straight away, promoting all your posts and wracking up great numbers of engaged followers. I salute you all! For me, this is the opposite of what happened.

Starting a blog and making it public for the whole world to see was scary. By the time I started to form my own little space on the internet, there were already so many amazing blogs out there with fabulous imagery and huge followings. Knowing where to start and how to make everything look good took a lot of time, so I kept my blog to myself.

Just over a year ago, I created the blog I run today and started actively promoting it on social media. I feel like I’ve come so far since I first started blogging. I’ve learnt so much, developed my writing style and greatly improved my photography. Having said that, there’s of course so much more learning to do and so many ways I want to keep improving.

I’ve found that veering down the road of comparison is the worst thing you can do. It can be so difficult at times to celebrate how far you’ve come when there are so many blogs out there growing rapidly with insane photography and huge numbers of followers. The truth of the matter, though, is it’s so much more enjoyable when you focus on enjoying what you do and celebrating your achievements.

A little while ago, I wrote a post discussing 5 things blogging has taught me about myself. One of my favourite things from that post is that my blog reminds me how lucky I am. I think sometimes we can get caught up in comparing ourselves with others and focusing what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Writing this blog has served to remind me of the fabulous things I need to remember to be grateful for and the amazing moments I’ve experienced. From following the progress we’ve made to our home since we moved in, to reliving the memories of our road trip around France, even to reminding me of the small happy moments I would otherwise have forgotten about like enjoying tea and cake while we watch the world go by.

Being reminded of wonderful experiences and joyful moments is one of several reasons why I’m so glad I started a blog. Tying in well with this is the number of photos I have, that I otherwise would never have taken. Knowing I need to remember to take photos regularly for blog posts makes me take out my camera to capture things I would previously never have captured. Of course, living through a lens is never a great idea, so I’m careful to actually stop to enjoy the moment too, as well as making sure I’ve quickly recorded it! The best of both worlds.

So what’s next? Well, I’ve finally managed to get into the swing of posting much more consistently and regularly recently, and I’m hoping this will continue. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find that inspiration is a funny thing and can diminish for a while and then return again in full force. Fortunately, I seem to get plenty of ideas and things I want to write about all at once, so I’ve been doing my very best to make the most of it when it happens!

I’ve been thrilled to start working with several brands, so hopefully this will continue. I’m rather picky, only wanting to take on work that I think will benefit my readers/fit in well with this blog/be very interesting to write about. But I would rather be this way than take on any old work that I don’t enjoy and my readers won’t appreciate – there would be no point! It can be hard saying no to opportunities, but I would rather be really happy with my blog and have my readers be happy with it too. I want to feel I can trust the blogs I read and feel that the bloggers behind them are honest and trustworthy, so that’s how I hope my readers feel about me too.

Here’s to another year of blogging, and hopefully many more to come!

 

 

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Milly
    8th September 2017 at 17:42

    Happy blog birthday! It’s great that you’re confident in only working with the brands you feel passionate about – it’s very easy to take on anything and everything sometimes!

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      11th September 2017 at 11:56

      Thank you! Yes it can be hard to turn opportunities down can’t it, but I know it’s best in the long run πŸ™‚ x

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    Maggie
    8th September 2017 at 18:58

    Congratulations on your Blog anniversary Jenny! It’s so exciting when you hit incredible milestones like this! I also want to say…forget about everyone else because being yourself is the prettiest thing a person can be πŸ˜‰ xx

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      11th September 2017 at 11:58

      Thanks so much Maggie! That’s such a lovely thing to say πŸ™‚ xx

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    Jaz
    8th September 2017 at 22:04

    Happy blog birthday!! I’ve only been blogging for a year too and what an incredible year it’s been! I was so busy I didn’t even get a chance for a blog birthday post in April! Glad you love it as much as I do!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      11th September 2017 at 12:01

      Thanks so much! It’s such good fun isn’t it! I nearly forget to post about it, but remembered just in time lol x

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    Alex
    8th September 2017 at 23:13

    Happy blog birthday and congratulations for this achievement ! Your second year sounds very nice !
    https://afrenchgirlsthoughts.blogspot.fr

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      11th September 2017 at 12:02

      Thanks so much! I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next year holds x

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    Finja
    9th September 2017 at 11:36

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary!:) I know what you mean, my first year of blogging was similar. I did a whole lot of things but didn’t quite get to the content writing. I think the big thing I learned was to not give a f* about potential judgment…:)
    X finja – http://www.effcaa.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      11th September 2017 at 12:03

      Thank you! I’ve found it really hard to worry about people judging me etc but I think I’m getting much better at it now x

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    Gabrielle
    9th September 2017 at 12:11

    Happy 1st blog anniversary, that’s so exciting – treat yourself to some cake to celebrate! πŸ˜‰ I love your point about not veering down the road of comparison; one of my favourite quotes is ”comparison is the thief of joy.”

    aglassofice.com
    x

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      11th September 2017 at 12:04

      Thank you Gabrielle πŸ™‚ Oh I like your thinking! That’s such a fab quote isn’t it and so true x

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    Georgia Megan
    9th September 2017 at 14:14

    Love this post! Congrats on making it to the first year, it can definitely be one of the hardest! I completely agree, a blog is such a great online space to look back on all your memories and thoughts at the time. It’s basically an online diary for any lifestyle blogger and I love that aspect of it! x

    Georgia Megan

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      11th September 2017 at 12:05

      Thanks so much! It’s so lovely to read it back and get such good memories isn’t it πŸ™‚ x

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    Elena Isabelle
    10th September 2017 at 13:41

    congrats on your first blog birthday and i wish you all the best for the years to come.
    ❀︎

    http://www.elenaisabelle.com

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      11th September 2017 at 12:07

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚ x

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    Tiffany
    10th September 2017 at 15:56

    Congrats on your 1 year birthday!! x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      11th September 2017 at 12:08

      Thank you Tiffany πŸ™‚ x

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    abbeylouisarose
    14th September 2017 at 13:59

    A huge well done on reaching a big milestone, Jenny! I’ve now been blogging for just over a year as well and like you, I’m still improving with each and every post! I definitely agree that it can be so intimidating when you first start blogging, especially when there are so many mega talented people out there absolutely killing it, but it’s important to remember that each and every person brings something unique to the blogosphere, so there’s no point in comparing! Blogging definitely enables me to capture and record important moments as well, I’m really glad that I’ve been able to share so many online! Here’s to the next successful year of blogging for both of us!!

    Abbey ? http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      17th September 2017 at 17:59

      Thanks so much lovely Abbey! You’ve done so well for your first year! Yes that’s so true and it’s what I love about the blogosphere – it’s so nice to see everyone’s personalities shining through isn’t it πŸ™‚ Definitely – onwards and upwards for us both x

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    Kim
    14th September 2017 at 18:25

    Happy blog birthday! I agree, I love how writing blog posts can remind you what you have overcome and all the experiences you’ve had. And it really shows how lucky we are sometimes.
    I hope you did something celebratory for the occasion!

    Kim
    http://www.vanmenxel.com/blog

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      18th September 2017 at 10:10

      Thank you! It really does show just how much we have to be grateful for doesn’t it? I love being reminding of all the fun things we’ve done etc. I didn’t and I really should have done! x

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    Kim
    15th September 2017 at 16:57

    Congrats on one year! Making my blog was scary too but so glad I did it.

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      18th September 2017 at 10:17

      Thanks so much! It’s so scary isn’t it! I’m glad we did it too x

  • Reply
    Vicki
    18th September 2017 at 09:47

    I’ve just passed the one year as well and I’m feeling the exact same way as you. I’m in my groove now. It took a little while to get there. Good luck for the next year!

    • Reply
      LuxeStyle
      21st September 2017 at 12:48

      Thanks so much – I hope it will be a great one for both of us x

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