Today marks 10 years since I first started my blog! A huge documentation of my life and business from the age of 20 to now 30.
So much in the online world has changed and so much in my own life has changed.
I first started my blog as a way to promote my Etsy shop. It was a year of change and learning. I had finished my degree in Fashion Design, and after a short stint working in the industry, found myself unemployed and questioning if I had chosen the right career path.
I discovered the online business world, and began blogging, selling, buying and interacting with other small online business, bloggers and creatives. It opened a whole new world for me, and I began using the internet in a whole new way. I was eager to learn and really threw myself at it.
Yes I made a lot of mistakes and failures, and I didn’t do it all perfectly. But I just gave it a go, put myself out there and learned on the job.
A lot has changed in the blogging world in the past 10 years. When I first began, social media was in it’s early days, and most people where on Myspace or just starting to catch onto Facebook. So blogging was the primary way to connect and share. And so short posts, little snippets, images, sharing finds and life updates all did well as blog posts. But since social media has bloomed and taken the place of the short post. Now if you want to share an image and short thoughts on it, there is instagram. Have something cool to say or share, there is twitter, and just want to write a short post, business or personal update, there is Facebook. And want to share all the awesome things you find on the internet, there is Pinterest. In fact Pinterest threw me off a bit with blogging, as I loved sharing finds, and so I had an awkward stage of, well if I pin it, is it silly to share it on my blog as well?
So now blogging is about the long post. Sharing valuable, helpful content. And something I am working at getting better at. People go to blogs now to learn and read about something in more depth. I worried for a while that blogging may be dying, but I now see it is evolving and adapting to the changing landscape of the world wide web!
Despite being an up and down blogger, sometimes unsure of my blog direction, sometimes so busy I don’t have time to post and sometimes spending too much time making it pretty rather than writing posts, but always hanging on, as I hold dear to my blog. I hope to see this 10 year mark, as a new era. To have learned from my experiences and the changes that have happened and to concentrate now on creating great content and focusing on it as a business blogger rather than the hodge podge of business and personal. My blog has been the backbone to my online world, it’s really what helped me get known, and connect with like minded people. It has opened up a world to me that I am so grateful to be a part of and has shaped my carer.
So here is to another 10 years!