4 YEARS LATER
On the 9th January 2014 a young, quiet but friendly teenage girl sat on a brown leather-look sofa, recliner out and pillow behind her with the family laptop opened in front of her and a print out copy of a blog post she has written in an English lesson beside her. Her 2013 Christmas list had consisted of one thing 'be allowed to start a blog', the internet was a scary place and strangers were ready and waiting behind anonymous names to ruin your life and she was so young, but it's okay because her Dad worked in technology, he understood both the advantages and dangers of the internet. Christmas Day had been confirmation that she was able to set up her web page online, when she had unexpectedly torn open a large book 'Blogging For Dummies' and now she was finally doing it, about to hit 'publish' on her first post and it was exciting. Now, being able to publish a blog did come with a conditions: let mum or dad read your post before it goes live and keep your identity anonymous. However, those conditions were fair.
My first year of blogging was a bit of fun, however I didn't have any of the understanding for promoting a blog that I do now and no one really read it. I didn't even know there was such a wide blogging community out there. YouTubers existed and it was something I fancied having a go at, but again there were the issues of age, identity and safety. Blogging provided the perfect alternative to it. It filled my time, allowed me to write and mimic posts by some of my newly discovered favourite blogs. When the weather was warmer I went outside and took photos of my one lush facemask on the grass and I was happy. It filled my time and gave me an outlet.
My posts have fluctuated over my years blogging, in frequency, quality and engagement. I hope 2018 changes that a little bit but I know it will only happen when I put in the work. This time last year I wouldn't have even considered myself a blogger. Now I quite simply believe that I have a blog, therefore I am and it's a nice feeling. Over my years I've changed my layout, archived my older posts (allowing a fresh start), set up social media accounts, engaged with many other like-minded people, worked with one company (here's to many more!!) and (most proudly) discovered the direction I want my blog to go.
It may be a slow journey compared to people starting blogs now or at an older age but it's my journey. Here's to many more years, Happy 4th Birthday Emsi Rose!
First ever post: http://emsirose01.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/cupcakes-cookies_9.html