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
What a lovely post, thank you for sharing with us! Happy blogaversary to you and your blog!ReplyDelete
Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk / foodandbakertravels.co.uk
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Happy birthday! I resonate with so much you've written, blogging brings so much to our lives doesn't it.ReplyDelete
It really does, thank you babe 🌸💗Delete
Happy Birthday to your blog! You're right- if you're thinking of starting a blog you should bite the bullet and do it- you can figure everything out along the way!ReplyDelete
Alice | Alice In Wonderlust
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great post and happy birthday to your blog! It's always amazing looking back at where you've started and how far you've come xReplyDelete
I couldn't agree more babe, thank you for your comment 🌸💗Delete
Congrats on two years of blogging! What a great achievement! I think you've come a long way from your Tumblr days and that you've learned a lot! Here's to that continuing! 💪🏼ReplyDelete
Abbey ❤️ www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk
Thank you beautiful, I love everything you said! 🌸💗Delete
Congratulations on your 2-year-bloggiversary! I've just come across your blog and your posts are lovely - here's to many more years of your blog, I'm looking forward to keeping up with it!ReplyDelete
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Yay happy blog birthday xxReplyDelete
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Happy blog birthday! Great achievement and you have such a wonderful blog :)ReplyDelete
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Happy blog birthday! I can imagine it would be scary to take and leap and do it full time. At the moment mine is just a hobby because I feel like there's no way to make decent money through book blogging! Maybe one day there will be a way though. Keep up your learning and great blogging! :DReplyDelete
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Happy blog birthday! My blog is coming up for two years old too xReplyDelete
Oohh let me know when babe and I'll be sure to leave you a lovely comment 🌸💗Delete
Congratulations on blogging for two years! There is definitely a lot to learn with all of the DA stuff!xxReplyDelete
Hannah | luxuryblush
I couldn't agree more lovely. Thank you for your comment and blog birthday wishes 🌸💗Delete
Love this! I know I've felt like all of this xxReplyDelete
Glad to know I'm not the only one babe, thank you 🌸💗Delete
Happy 2nd birthday to your blog sweetheart! XxReplyDelete
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Lauren x Huggled
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Fab post and great advice. Happy blogaversory!ReplyDelete
Happy to help! Thank you 🌸✨Delete
Congrats on your blog being 2! Happy Blogging xxxReplyDelete
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Happy (Belated) Blog-birthday! Loved this post; really good advice for both new and existig bloggers I think, hope your blogging journey continues to be a positive one!:)ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, that put such a smile on my face 🌸✨Delete
Well done on how far you've come and doing you.
Fab and interesting post chick
Thank you beautiful, that is so lovely of you to say 🌸✨Delete
Happy late blogging birthday! Loved this post, it's not always easy-going as you mentioned!ReplyDelete
Gabija | everylittlethingblog.weebly.com
Aw, Happy Blog Birthday!ReplyDelete
You do so well with your blog! Hope I can make it to my first birthday let alone second and beyond!