When I first started my blog, never did I think I would still be here, three years later. In all honesty, I thought it was just a phase whilst I was at university. A way to pass the time, procrastinate and spend time away from my degree, talking about things I was really passionate about.
But, three years on, I’m still going, still writing about my passions, still blabbering on about all things beauty and general chit chat. It just doesn’t seem real, y’know?
How has the last three years been?
They’ve been fucking fantastic. Sure, I’ve had some real, real lows but I’ve also had major high points that I’ve been able to share and talk about during my time blogging so far. I’m fairly open about my life on here as you’ll know if you’ve ever read my ‘life lately’ posts and I’m also pretty open on social media. But there are obviously, a couple things I like to keep private and I think I’ve got the balance down to a T – to some extent.
There’s been points during my last three years where I’ve thought that I couldn’t carry on my blog anymore but yet, I’m still going.
It is purely the passion and love I have for my blog and the blogosphere (minus the drama) that keeps me spurring on. I didn’t start out Katie Middleton for the ‘free shit’ or to ‘get famous like Zoella (lol)’, I did it because I love beauty and I love writing. Just knowing that there could be someone thirteen thousand miles away reading little old me, terrifies me and makes me squeal with delight at the same time. The internet is such a weird and scary place in that respect. It is also an incredible place for reasons like this.
Honestly, the fact that people read my blog is still a huge deal for me because I am a teeny tiny little blog in the grand scheme of things.
I get this huge buzz, when people have read my blog or Instagram posts. Then, message to tell me that they’ve purchased something because of my recommendation. I can’t quite explain the feeling I get but it’s all warm and fuzzy. It just makes me feel amazing and the fact that people trust my judgement enough to put money into a brand…
M-I-N-D-B-L-O-W-I-N-G. Every single time.
I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work with brands that I’ve only ever dreamed about. There’s still so many more out there on my ‘blogging bucket list’ (post to follow soon). It just feels like such an honour and a privilege each time a brand says ‘we’d love to work with you’. I never once expect it, it’s super exciting every time an email lands in my inbox. Obviously, not when they’re clearly those shitty spammy emails. The ones where they ask you to jump through a ring of fire, climb Mount. Everest, swim the Atlantic Ocean and run the length of Australia… But y’know, those genuine emails with the lovely PRs who take the time to read your blog, check out your content and see what you’re all about. Those are the emails that make me smile and feel like I’m actually doing something good.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always fun and games over here.
When I get bloggers block, I get it bad. If I have a bad day or a bad week, it really shows and everything just comes to a grinding halt. It’s something I need to work on. There’s been a bit of inactivity on here recently, as you can probably tell. There’s been so much going on and things just kinda feel insignificant at times. Like, I love my blog so much but there’s bigger things in my life at the moment. When the tough gets going, some people fully immerse themselves in their blog. I wish I could be that kind of person, but I’m not and that’s ok. I think the main thing I’ve learnt in the three years of blogging, is the old saying ‘you do you’ and of course, always treat yo self *cough, cough*. Anyway, less of me going on and on.
So, cheers to three years. Cheers to all that have been with me from the start, or have just hopped over here for the first time or anything in between. You literally have no idea how much everything means to me. I’m incredibly proud of how far I’ve come and how much I’ve developed as a person as a result of blogging. The friendships I’ve made, the opportunities I’ve had – everything. My aim is to try push myself more, pitch to more brands – because that terrifies me, show my face more on the blog, branch out to different categories and anything else that might come my way. I’m excited to see what the next three years might hold for me!
Make sure you check out my last post – all about My Colourpop Cosmetics Collection!