Happy Monday & Happy 2nd Blog Birthday To Me!!
Yes, it’s two years today since I published my first blog post. How has that happened? Two years? It was all about explaining to the world that I’m the Valentine Grinch.
I was going to make this another ‘blogging tips’ post but to be honest my tips haven’t changed. I’d still say the same. The only thing I would add is keep blogging. I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers saying they feel like giving up on their blog; that they can’t cope with everyone only being interested in Instagram. That people aren’t interested in reading blogs anymore.
But Instagram Can Be Gone Tomorrow
Or worse, that it can be taken away from you. My lovely blogger friend, Ashley had her account hacked recently and couldn’t get it back. She lost almost 16k followers. All her hard work gone just like that. She has had to start again. She takes fabulous photos and is very creative and stylish. I’d really recommend you sign up to read her blog: Lazy Daisy Jones.
I know that the same thing can happen to blogs but the difference is we pay to host our blogs. It’s the part of the internet we rent in a real estate analogy kind of way. In theory, it should be harder to lose a blog. If you love reading and writing then you’ll always love blogs. I love pouring my heart out on mine and just telling the story of me.
On Another Note I Hope You Like My ‘Birthday’ Photos
Taken especially for my blog birthday. I promised you more of the ‘my style’ type blog posts, didn’t I? Well here you go. Do you know how difficult it is for me? Me who spends her weekends in her pjs .. mostly. I had to do this ‘shoot’ twice because the wind was horrendous and my lovely friend, Sarah brought me this gorgeous ‘2’ balloon.
Ever The One To Lark About, Huh?
The one thing I do want to add two years in is how you can really find your tribe when you blog. Not just with other bloggers like the lovely crowd I’ve got to know. Some I’ve met in real life and I’m hoping to meet some more soon. No, it’s the women who chat to me behind the scenes. Many of whom say I inspire them to try things and do you know what I bloody love that about blogging.
Love Me Or Leave Me
I’ve definitely found myself in my 50’s that’s for sure and the last two years blogging I really feel has helped that along. I’ve always been like I am now I’m just amplified and I love it.
I’ve had a blast this past two years from some of the opportunities that have arisen because of my blog. I mean, heck I even won a blog award just 9 months in from launch. I was ecstatic about that. I was shortlisted at the end of last year for the 2019 UK Blog Awards in the Fashion and Lifestyle categories. I didn’t get any further and it’s not everything but I am keen to keep championing our demographic. The blogging world needs to be diverse and represent everyone. They are starting to come round and it’s encouraging. We all need to be able to ‘see’ ourselves in popular culture and media.
My Blog Birthday Outfit
The dress was an absolute bargain at just £15 last month from ASOS in the sale. It’s from their COLLUSION brand which looks very young at first glance but I’m a big advocate of finding what suits you and not think about what is deemed by society as ‘age appropriate’. If you like it .. buy it and wear it. This dress was Collusion, too.
My boots, well, what can I say? Look at those heels. They are probably a bit marmite I appreciate but in the absence of being unable to afford D&G these were my next choice. The faux suede isn’t that great but for those bejewelled heels I will forgive.
The earrings I’ve had for about 18 months but you can still get them at H&M if you’re quick.
Dress: Collusion X ASOS
It hasn’t been all plain sailing in the past two years. I mean, Jo Malone or Marks & Spencer haven’t discovered me yet have they? I’d love to work with them. Can someone put in a good word for me, please? 😉
My mum who lives with us, once told me she has felt invisible as she’s got older. She’s a very young and sprightly 76 years. I felt really sad for her when she first told me this.
She loves that I take pictures of my outfits and she urges me on more than anyone. She was watching through the window as I was larking about doing this and when I came inside she said to me, “Our Sharon love, you’ll never be invisible will you?” I said, “I won’t Mum, I’m doing this for you.” and in my head I was thinking … and all the women who feel invisible in later life.
Let’s Do Our Best To Try To Change This For Our Generation & For Future Women, Shall We?