I've been blogging for a little over four years now which is so crazy to think! It's gone so fast and I never thought I'd be able to keep it up but I love it so much and wouldn't change anything about it. I thought it'd be nice to share with you what blogging means to me since I've been doing it for so long, so here goes!

The most important thing I've gained from blogging is a new found confidence. I've never really been a confident person, I think it stems from being a twin and always feeling like I had my sister to be the bold brave outgoing one but since going to University and starting this blog that has all changed. Blogging has given me the confidence to believe in myself. I'm doing something I love and people from all over the world are reading this blog and it blows my mind but also helps me to be confident enough to grow and develop in the years to come. In the last couple of years I've shared my blog with friends and family whom before never even knew it existed and the support I've had is amazing.

Skills & Knowledge. 
I cannot thank blogging enough for giving me new skills and knowledge about the industry. As some of you may know I've just been offered a new job starting in January and I think it's thanks to some of the skills I've gained from blogging that it helped me to secure such a big progressional role. I now now how to improve SEO, I've learnt a lot about analytics, I understand more about HTML and I've improved my overall writing and editing skills. I was lucky enough to purchase a new camera for blogging and through reading posts about improving photography I am slowly learning all the tips and tricks and hopefully 2018 will be the year my blog starts to see a  big improvement in this. I am so thankful that this little space on the internet has helped me to learn and grow so that I can be as successful as I want to be in the future.

Working with brands & exciting events!
2017 was a year that saw my blog evolve dramatically and my reach is now as far as Australia, the USA and India. Seeing my blog improve day after day helped me to be confident in my content and as I posted more often and took my time to write posts that I was proud of brands started to get in contact. I've been very lucky to have worked with some lovely brands this year and been invited to some really fun blogging events too. I mean I got to go and see STEPS in concert in a first direct box at Leeds Arena. How cool is that?  

New Friends & A Friendly Community.

The best thing about blogging for me is the amazing community I'm now a part of. I started my blog back in 2014 when I felt a little lonely and wanted to share my passion for writing with someone other than myself. I'm pretty sure no one read it for a good couple of months but now I have thousands of views and a tonne more blogging friends. I love how supportive we all are of each other and I love seeing other bloggers doing well and flying the flag for all of us out there.

What does blogging mean to you?


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