I've been writing this blog since February 2016, whilst I was travelling Australia I found myself getting very homesick and quite frankly bored waiting for my friends and family to wake up, whilst I hopped between locations. My boyfriend at the time was working for a digital marketing company and suggested I started my blog to keep myself and my mind busy whilst I was away. I've always loved taking photos and I wanted somewhere I could share them all without complete Instagram overkill (which I did anyway). I'd never say I have a way with words, so blogging was not something I'd ever considered and the thought of it quite frankly made me cringe (it still does), but he helped me set up my site and made it as easy as possible for me to run from my iPhone (the only thing I had with me).
Flash forward 2 years and here I am, still snapping and tapping away. I'd love to say I have a better idea of what I'm doing and that I've finally got the hang of it, apart from now being on a completely different platform, using my laptop and now using Grammarly to make sure I don't have as many spelling and grammatical errors (yes, know, there are millions) I'm still none the wiser to what I'm doing or if I'm actually any good at it.
What started off as a cure for boredom has now become a little bit of therapy for me, same as keeping a diary would have done for the generation that came before mine. As much as I try and encourage traffic, the thought of someone I actually know reading anything I write Is horrifying to me and I absolutely cringe any time it ever gets brought up in conversation (ever looking for a way to publically embarrass me? Bring up my blog I will probably retreat into a corner and go the colour of a tomato). My massive fear of rejection makes me dread the mention of anything I put effort into sends me into panic mode, worrying about being laughed at or just quite frankly asked: "why?!" As much as I am very fortunate to have a great group of friends and family that support me in every aspect of my life, I live in a very small town filled with people that will generally just bitch, put others down and voice their opinions even when you didn't care to ask for it.
I love social media and marketing and find that I learn better through doing far more than I ever do through listening or reading endless articles, as I do marketing for a job I strongly feel that if you can't successfully market yourself, how can anyone expect you to do it successfully for them? So I try to take every opportunity I can to use myself as a guinea pig. Having had my blog for 2 years and constantly building confidence along with my content, I thought it was the time I started to try taking it more seriously. I decided at the end of 2017 to find and work with a graphic designer to create some branding for myself, nothing flashy but something that made me feel like I wasn't just spending my time on something I didn't see potential or any future with. I'm so happy with the results and what we've created, something that will allow for growth and change as it comes naturally in my life.
Heres to a successful, happy and productive 2018!