So today marks a year since my cursor hovered over the “publish” button after writing my first blog post and eventually I closed my eyes and clicked. I remember I was absolutely terrified to actually make that click. Why? Fear. Fear of comparison. Fear of judgement. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of expectation. Fear of… the unknown.
I didn’t have a clue. Would anyone actually care? Would anyone actually read my poxy blog post, let alone come back to my blog? Is my writing style captivating enough to keep people on the page? Is what I’m writing about what people even want to read about?
I have had so much to learn, but I have been determined this past year. I’ve read so much about building websites, and now know more acronyms related to blogging and google than I could ever have imagined. I am not one for giving up.
I am so incredibly grateful for my blog. It “came along” just at the right time in my life. It has been hard work at times, particularly whilst holding down a demanding full-time job, but outside of my work, it has given me purpose. Blogging is not as easy as some people might seem to think it is, it is constant and requires a multitude of skills.
I have amassed more blog props than I know what to do with, or where to store! I have become *even more* interested/obsessed in/with make up (how is that even possible?) I have met some truly lovely people, which I will be forever thankful for.
My blog will never be award-winning, or come up to the same standard as some of the beauties that I read, and I’ll never work with the big brands that some bloggers do, but my blog is my own little sparkly corner of the internet, and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and created in the space of a year.
I’d like to say thank you to every single person who takes the time to read my posts, or even just visits my website. In fact, thank you for the support across all my social media platforms.
And finally, of course I need to say happy first birthday/blogiversary, Surrounded by Sparkle! I’m so looking forward to seeing where the next year takes me blogging-wise, and I hope you are too.