I cannot believe that it's my blog's second birthday! I want to share with you some experiences which I've had involving my blog in the past two years; the good and wonderful to the bad and the ugly lies.
I remember when I first made the decision to become a full-time blogger and this blog and left my old blog on Tumblr behind. I thought (and my sponsorship at the time) thought that it would be best for me to move over to a move 'professional' website to host my blog on.
I was scared, nervous, naive, excited, and very annoyed.
I was scared and nervous. What if no-one new wanted to know me? It kind of felt like going to be a new school as on Tumblr I blogged and promoted my blog's new posts via Tumblr alone and then moving over to blogger I started promoting my newest blog posts on my Twitter and my Instagram too. What is no-one on these new websites liked me? What is my blog wasn't going to be as good as I was hoping? What if I wasn't going to be as good as I was hoping? What if readers and other bloggers bullied me or didn't like me? Arghh!!
I was naive. Although I knew about social media promoting and HTML-ing etc, I had no clue about DA scores or how to edit my pictures. To be fair, I still can't get the grasp of editing my pictures well enough to what I would like, but it's something I am working on so bare with me.
I was excited. This was going to be a whole new chapter of my life, this was my place, I'd found something I loved and believed in and I was going to put my whole heart into this. I knew how hard it was for a small blogger to get a big sponsorship so I was so grateful that they had taken the time for me and believed in me. Wow was I stupid! I realise now that my amazing sponsorship which I was so lucky to have was a lie and a load of bullshit. I was brain-washed into thinking that I was wonderful and amazing, when well they were just using me to promote brands and companies which they were working with and whenever I questioned when they were going to help my audience grow or let me get involved with anything they had going on, I was told I wasn't good enough or big enough yet and that I had to work harder. I have now learned that they were using me and I am so happy I walked away and left my sponsorship behind.
I was annoyed. Not only was I used but I was basically mad to believe that if I wanted to be a 'professional successful blogger' then I needed a better website to blog on, but I'd built up so many followers on my Tumblr blog that I was worried about loosing all of my followers and all of the hard work I'd done since starting my Tumblr blog years and years and years before. Thankfully, some of my followers followed me over to my new blog and I love each and every one of you for doing so a massive thank you to you for sticking by me and believing in me.
My advice to anyone who wants to start a blog themselves is just do it, you'll be so thankful that you did once you have. My advice to other bloggers is please do not let the bigger brands take the piss out of you and your hard work because they will try to.
Fast forward to years of starting Alisha Valerie and I am so thankful, lucky, and blessed. I have made my dreams come true, I have been so lucky to work with so many brands and PR companies, I have been able to try and test out some amazing products and items, I have been able to visit new places and explore so much, and I have made some truely amazingly special friends along the way. I have found my place in this massive interweb and I adore being here.
With love, Alisha Valerie. x