Exactly one year ago today, I was curating my very first blog post. Nervous, anxious and unaware of the journey ahead of me, I’ve come along way to get to my blog anniversary.
Not once did it occur to my enthusiastic mind, that typing on a blog was going to take me on the wildest ride. So much self-discovery, confidence and lessons gained. Here are my most proudest moments on the journey thus far:
Opening up about sexual assault
Long before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke the news, I shared a post about my experience of being sexually assaulted. I asked – why do we not accept that all sexual assault is wrong?
I remember as soon as I published, I rang my best friend and said can you read this. Then I asked if I should take it down. It became one of my top 10 most viewed articles and it was a huge relief to share what I had barely told anyone.
Transitioning to lifestyle
Despite that my first post was on accepting your scars, I quickly realised that the only views I received were for beauty and health articles.
So I focused mainly on them until I gained an audience to branch out further. It’s great to be able to share such a diverse range of topics.
Summarising my blog has been super tough, but I came up with this:
The Style of Laura Jane is a lifestyle blog combining the relatable thoughts that women have in their daily lives with the inspiration to seek self-love and exploration.
Lipstick, heels and love = strutting to what you adore with a perfect coloured lip.
I decided that my 1 year blog anniversary was the moment to consider self-hosted. I couldn’t wait however.
Once I knew exactly how I wanted my blog to look, I had to take the plunge. Lauzie’s lifestyle because The Style of Laura Jane.
Although a stressful transition and regrettably I lost people I used to connect to, I have absolutely no regrets.
Collaborating with great brands
I can hold my head up high and say that everything I’m recommending on the The Style of Laura Jane, is what I’m using and loving myself.
I feel really privileged to review what has always interested me.
The best was when I received an email recently from a major high-street brand. It just reminds me of the amazing connections a blogger can make. Specifically with friends all over the world.
Online friendships; a few drift away and some are short-lasting. The meaningful though, they are so significant.
Reaching my 1 year blog anniversary
There’s definitely been a period of confusion where I’ve wondered what am I doing or am I wasting too much valuable time blogging.
But this has saved me. It felt as though I was drowning before. I wasn’t 100% sure of what I was doing in life or what woke me up in the morning. And now since blogging, I’ve forged a career in writing; I get to wake up everyday and do what I love.
And when I think about giving up blogging now, it’s like asking me to give up writing. Which would be giving up one of the single things I love most.
Blogging is super tough and there is question continually over whether you are doing enough. And you wonder if people will get bored or if your work is terrible compared to everyone else’s. And secretly sometimes, you look at a successful, thriving blog, and question if you should adapt your’s to their standards.
When the doubt is gone nevertheless, I wouldn’t change a thing. My blog anniversary is a photo album of my mind and my life.
My favourite posts:
Do you have a favourite post of mine? What is your proudest blog moment?