Celebrating That My Midlife Blog Is Two Years Old Today

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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.

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Ever The One To Lark About, Huh?

I want to be Lisa at The Sequinist or Catherine at Not Dressed As Lamb when I grow up, please. Can someone arrange it for me? 😉 Always inspiring me with their fashion posts.

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.

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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.

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Dress: Collusion X ASOS

Boots: Next

Earrings: H&M

 

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? 😉

 

Final Thoughts

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?

Sharon xo

 

 

 

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24 Comments

  1. February 11, 2019 / 7:19 am

    Indeed! And I really think that this year we, women over 50, will be the new it girls! Lets make sure of that! We won’t be invisible! Happy anniversary love.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:12 am

      We owe it to ourselves and others. You are doing a great job, Nancy! xo

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:13 am

      Thanks Sam .. yes from the heart. I have really appreciated all of your support too xo

  2. Hilary
    February 11, 2019 / 9:34 am

    Happy Blog birthday Sharon. You look amazing in that dress can’t believe it was such a bargain. X

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:14 am

      Hey thanks Hilary. Gotta love a bargain. It’s beaut fabric too .. dead easy to wash and iron xo

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:14 am

      Thankyou xo

  3. February 11, 2019 / 11:16 am

    Oh Sharon bless you for that lovely mention – I’d love to be the gorgeous Lisa when I grow up too!!!!!! 😉

    I totally look up to *you*, you’re such an inspiration and SO MUCH FUN. I think it was so amazing that you received that Vuelio award, it was very well deserved – I hope you continue blogging and keep inspiring other midlife women to take life by the horns and just enjoy it. I also can’t wait to see what colour the hair will be next…!!

    Much love, Catherine xoxo

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:18 am

      Thanks so much, Catherine. I truly am urged on by how supportive you are. It’s very refreshing to have you as part of my tribe, looking out for me. You truly are unique and genuine. xo

  4. February 11, 2019 / 12:17 pm

    Sharon well what can I say That I haven’t told you a million times over?
    You are strong, funny and an inspiration to me. I love your style,your wit and your passionate voice.
    When we meet up I am going to give you a huge hug and then take you to the nearest wine bar and we will talk and talk and talk!
    Happy 2 years Shazza!

    Ashley x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:19 am

      Make mine a big glass of red!! I’m sure we will have a lot to talk about, Ashley xo

  5. February 11, 2019 / 1:36 pm

    Our Sharon love, I can promise that you’ll NEVER EVER be invisible! That last paragraph got me all up in my feels. I love your Mum already.

    I ADORE the boots and that dress; together they are spectacular. I want to BE YOU when I grow up, and I’ll take that outfit too, thanks! I want to be Catherine too… every day I learn something from that fabulous woman. She is life goals.

    I’m so glad you and I have bumped into each other on this blogging lark, and I’m even gladder that we will get to meet each other in person soon. Thank you for the lovely mention; you really are one of my favourites since you burst into the blogosphere. We are better for having your voice and viewpoint and riot of colour to inspire us! xxx

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:23 am

      I really laughed that you called me ‘The Boots Whisperer’ yesterday, Lisa!!

      I read your comment out to my mum and she got a bit teary, bless her. In fact, I read them all to her .. she loves it!

      I have never felt so supported since I started my blogging journey by such a fabulous crowd of women. It’s the best thing I ever did.

      I can’t wait to meet IRL!! xo

  6. February 11, 2019 / 5:04 pm

    Congratulations – 2nd anniversary, how quickly that time has passed. Carry on with the brilliant work. Love – Jill – stylishatsixty x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:24 am

      Thanks so much for your support, Jill .. it spurs me on xo

  7. February 11, 2019 / 6:20 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday!!
    Well said!! I loved what your mam said in the last paragraph.
    Fabulous dress, and a great bargain. The heel detail on those boots is gorgeous!
    Keep doing what you are doing. I love your blog posts, views, wit and honesty. You inspire me and I’m sure a lot of women who follow you!
    Alison xx

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:26 am

      I’m glad we found each other through our blogs, Alison. {I am loving how your photography is coming on btw.} I need some lessons.

      Thanks so much for your continuing encouragement. I really appreciate it. It’s great to have each others backs isn’t it? xo

      • February 12, 2019 / 3:32 pm

        Yes, I do agree! I’m at the bottom of a big learning curve, in all ways and sometimes, I do think what the heck am I doing?
        I do love the photography – I’m just getting to grips with a new lens and most of my shots are a complete blur – so watching you tube videos to gain more knowledge . This is fun though, all of it and not like real work . Which is brill!
        Alison xxx

        • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
          Author
          February 12, 2019 / 7:11 pm

          I spend all day in digital marketing and people think I’m mad to blog in my down time but I love it, too xo

  8. February 12, 2019 / 10:27 am

    Happy belated 2nd Birthday lovely.
    Love your outfit and your big personality
    Here’s to lots more years of blogging
    Tracey x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 11:28 am

      I hope so Tracey .. to many more. Thanks for your support, lovely girl xo

  9. February 12, 2019 / 6:50 pm

    Happy blogoversary, invisible? Only if/when we want to… 🙂

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      Author
      February 12, 2019 / 7:11 pm

      Ab-so-bloody-lutely!! xo

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