Five years ago today, I published THIS very personal blog post, my first blog post, about a breakup I was going through. Back then the domain was .com, the entire blog was black *shudders* and the only people who read it were a couple of friends and my big sister.
It’s strange how your blog changes over time, no doubt a reflection of the person you become as you grow up. Back then I was a 24 year old single girl, planning to use this space to write a little dating blog on the side. Fast forward five years and now my blog is my career, or at least part of it. My little dating diary quickly got dropped and AllAboutTink became a Lifestyle blog.
For the first three years it was very much a part time hobby, often overlooked by my previous career or long term travels. But about 18 months ago, I moved back to the UK after an eight month stint in Australia and I decided to pour my heart and soul into this web space of mine. I began blogging more regularly, in fact around the clock. I also introduced a travel section to my blog and suddenly found myself wondering ‘Why didn’t I do this before?’. I also began my YouTube channel and it has now had over 70,000 views.
It’s a weird to thing to admit, but I feel very lucky to be a blogger and to have something I’m so passionate about. A friend of mine was recently having a down day and moaning about not really having much going on for someone of her age (these kind of down days happen to the best of us). I comforted her by clinking her glass and agreeing. “Me neither, so I’ll drink to that”. She replied “But you have your blog”, at which point I had no response, I could only agree. And it was actually a wonderfully refreshing realisation. Because she was right, I have my blog and this blog is my Baby, and it was nice to see that other people understand how much I love it and how much work goes into it.
Although I’ve still got so much more to give and a long way to go, so far the hard work has paid off as I’ve been able to work with some fantastic brands as a result of it, AND I’ve been nominated for a CosmoBlogAward – twice! More importantly, working hard on my blog reignited my passion for writing and made me realise that that is what I want to do for a living. So earlier this year I officially registered my blog as a business which eventually lead to me quitting my job in September to pursue Blogging & writing full time. So far the decision has certainly paid off and the past two months of my life have been the most fun and exciting two months of my career. I can’t wait to see what happens in 2016.
But that’s the scary question – where will my blog be in five years time?? With social media becoming our main tool of online communication, will blogging still be a thing in five years time? Will it still be my career? These days we want our information faster, quicker and shorter. We want stories told to us in 140 characters or less. We used to have bloggers that ran instagram accounts, but now the blog isn’t necessary, it gets in the way and involves leaving your app. People are cutting out the blog and instead becoming grammers, letting just the one image tell their story.
Or maybe a whole new fad will have taken over? Will be blogging be retro? Vlogging on it’s way out? Maybe shorter videos such as snapchat or periscope be leading the way for the people of the internet. Either way I’d like to think that this blog will still very much be a part of my life. Even if it’s returned back to its diary status and is just a place for me to document my life and record memories.
x Whatever the future holds for you, I wish you a Happy Birthday 5th Birthday Blog, Cheers to you x