If you follow me on Instagram ( If you don’t, you definitely should), you would have seen that yesterday was my one year blogiversary and honestly, I can’t believe it. It seems like just yesterday when my friend threatened me (lol, I love her so much) and I decided that it was finally time for me to start a blog. I could not be happier with my decision even though I wish I went for it sooner, see my post talking about regret where I address it.
Let’s divide this journey into two parts, the first 6 months were full of sporadic posting and I didn’t really know what I was doing. My Instagram game was weak and I had no idea about themes and lighting and any of those things. All I knew was that I liked writing and I liked sharing my thoughts with my online friends. In light of all this, I didn’t really see any growth or much engagement with my blog in those months (I think I was the only one reading it tbvh but that’s okay, you have to be your biggest supporter anyway.
Fast forward to the last six months;
In December, I sat down with my boyfriend who is the best person for making plans with and tried to visualise exactly what I wanted from my blog and where I saw it going in the future and all that jazz. After this discussion, I started doing more research on blogs and writing and Instagram and all forms of social media, I became obsessed with learning as much as I could and I am still obsessed with it. Learning is something I’ve always enjoyed and I don’t know if it’s because I actually want the knowledge or because I was that sad child who always wanted to be teacher’s pet so I made sure that I knew everything (except in Maths classes obviously.. I mean, I studied Law at university, the universal course of all maths haters).
Anyway, I digress. The point is that I learnt ways in which I could make my blog better, I decided to go self-hosted and get my website updated, I begun to slowly revamp my Instagram and I have become more interactive on my social media channels. As I did all these things, I begun to get more engagement from people. I also begun to get emails for brands and even though most of them were not ones I actually wanted to collaborate with or they were not the right fit with my content, It was exciting and the teacher’s pet in me was ecstatic that I was finally getting noticed and that people other than my friends and family appreciated my work.
I have realised along this journey that you only get out of blogging (and life in general) what you put in. The minute I started to pay more attention to my blog and social media, I begun to grow. I’m still nowhere near where I’d like to be but I’m a world away from where I was when I first started and as far as I’m concerned, growth is one of the most important things in life and should always be celebrated .
I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for sticking with me and if you’re a first time visitor, thank you for joining me today and I really hope you return. Anyway, I plan to keep on improving and I’m excited to see where The Ada Lifestyle is headed. So, join me everyone and raise a glass to the next year on this journey.
Until next time ,
- Dress – Nobody’s Child