My blogging journey has really not been anything that I ever anticipated. Although I didn’t really re-start my blog with any intention of it going anywhere like it has. My blog has become such a positive outlet for me, and like everyone else it has been a great distraction during this pandemic. Blogging has saved me in so many different ways, its given me a passion and an outlet. It’s also allowed me to help so many other people in the blogging community and helped me realise my passions in life. And I never thought blogging would ever provide me with that.
I really love the community that blogging brings. I have made so many lovely friends and connections with people who I wouldn’t have ever met in real life. Again – another thing I never anticipated happening when I started blogging. If you’re reading this and you’re unsure whether to start your own blog, this is your sign. It really has changed my life and allowed me to express myself in a way that I never have been able. It’s a really great and positive outlet.
I realised recently that It’s been a while since I have shared my blogging journey with my lovely readers. And as my following has grown since I did my last blogging journey post, I thought I’d share an updated version incase you aren’t familiar with my blogging story. I’d really love to hear your story too, so please share yours in the comments once you have finished reading this post!
I originally started blogging in 2015. Back then I was very much into beauty and all things makeup. The idea to start my blog came from a realisation about the makeup industry, and how they were lacking in colour shade ranges and overall were not that inclusive for darker skin shades. This prompted me to start a blog called diadem of beauty. I posted tips and tricks about hair and makeup and even took part in beauty swaps with other bloggers. It really was a fun time in my life.
I didn’t take blogging too seriously though. For some reason I had this mentality (don’t ask me why) that people would find me and read my stuff and I didn’t need to seek out them. I spent a whole year posting inconsistently and not interacting with other bloggers at all, and it showed. For the year of 2015 I had over 4k views, and looking back at that time I realise it was alot considering I was putting in minimal effort. I didn’t see blogging more than just a bit of fun then.
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TAKING A BREAK
After about a year of posting beauty content I stopped blogging. I posted maybe once every 6 months for a little while but then stopped altogether. I thought about blogging often and tried to come back but could never find the passion or motivation. I’m not sure the reason why I stopped posting, perhaps I just lost the love of blogging or maybe it was because my blog wasn’t growing as fast as I wanted. I always worried that nobody would read my content and that it was never good enough – I still do today!
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Finally in July 2020 I took the plunge and came back to blogging, with zero expectations. I immediately changed my website name as I logged in to WordPress and randomly decided on Olivia Lucie Blake – my full name. Although I didn’t realise it at the time, making that change was one of the best things that could have happened to my website. It allowed me, and opened me back up to post about anything. No longer beauty, but instead focused around me, my life and my thoughts.
Pretty quickly after re-starting I got into a blogging routine and created a schedule for myself. I started posting 5-7 days a week (I know! Its alot!). I posted about lifestyle based topics such as mental health, interior and about relationships. I made my fair share of blogging mistakes those first few months that I returned. But we live and we learn. My following grew within a month or so from 160 followers to 1 thousand. I was blown away that people wanted to read my blog and hear what I had to say.
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Now we get to present day in my blogging journey. I sit at 3.5k followers and got 80k views from July 2020 to December 2020, which is insane. I post alot less than 5-7 days a week but I feel like I really have a good idea at what I’m doing now. Blogging has allowed me to use my knowledge to help others. Me and my friend Shelly both put our heads together and created the 30 day blogging strategy plan which has been such a hit with other bloggers. I have so blessed to be able to work with some really well known brands and have the occasional free stuff sent to me – which is amazing and really a dream come true.
The type of content I post has stayed alot of the same with a few tweaks here and there. I now love to share blogging tips and advice to other bloggers. As I know I would have benefitted from reading it when I first started blogging. Blogging has enabled me to dive deep into my passions that I didn’t even know were there. Its given me such a purpose and a love for everything content creation. Its truly been a life saver.
What things have you achieved or done so far on your blogging journey?
I’d really love to hear a snippet of your blogging story, and I hope you enjoyed mine. I can’t wait to add to this in the months to come and see what cool things I’ll be doing next!