Oh wow, this year has been a pretty good one for me and blogging. I never would have imagined that due to blogging, so many wonderful things would have happened to me.
On Monday, the shortlists for those nominated in the #BloggersBlogAwards was announced.
I’m excited to announce that I’ve been nominated in the ‘Best Longstanding Lifestyle Blog’ category – the polls are now open and you can vote for me here.
I’m happy, excited, shocked, baffled, confused.
With so many blogs out there, I never imagined that some of you lovely people would stop to think of me, to like me enough, to enjoy my blog enough to enter my blog address in the voting box.
But thank you, those that picked me. Whoever you are!
The #BloggersBlogAwards nomination has been one of those ‘defining moments’ in my blogging career – and it’s given me the idea to create this post sharing the moments that really stand out in the past three years.
My first post working with a brand.
I think the longer you’ve been blogging, you start to take for granted some of the perks. Whether you see them as perks, or hard earned payment for featuring products on your blog – that’s a whole other discussion!
I often sit down to photograph the latest products I’ve been sent and don’t bat an eyelid at it. If I was to add up the retail price of everything I’ve been sent in the past three years, it would come to a lot of money – yet I don’t always to stop appreciate it as much as I probably should.
There are times when I stop and think back to my first post where I was working with a brand. It was to introduce my readers to a shopping platform where you could create style boards of outfits.
For doing this, they sent me a small package that included a bracelet, some stickers and a woven shopping bag.
And I was amazed.
Amazed that that they sent me these things, for free.
It’s nice to remind myself sometimes of how fortunate I am. Yes, I work hard, I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this blog – but I also get things back from it. More than just physical stuff, but loyalty, trust and quality comments, feedback, questions and just sometimes plain old banter from my readers.
It’s funny how your perception changes with time.
Just incase anyone is wondering, I started blogging at the end of December 2012 and this brand first approached me in May 2013.
The first #socialbloggers chat – and it trended in the UK!
When Noor and I ran the first ever #socialbloggers chat in February 2014, we weren’t sure how well it would do. It’s set at a prime time on a Saturday afternoon, so I wasn’t sure how many people would be home. Also, with it being the first chat, we didn’t know how many people would come!
After about 20 minutes, the chat trended on Twitter in the UK and things got out of control! I was on such a high!
It’s funny how it started from a passing comment ‘we should start a chat!’. And it’s still going, over 18 months later.
Going to my first blog event and meeting great humans.
I’m an awkward human. Anyone who has met me in real life might probably realise that it takes a while for me to really open up and make conversations with others.
I never know what to say or ask, I stutter and I’m just bloody wank at it!
So going to my first blog event was nerve wracking! Luckily, I met Roxy near the start, who was just as awkward as me and we went around together causing so much trouble.
I’ve met so many people due to blogging and there are about 8 bloggers that I talk to almost daily, met up with outside of blog events and class them as real life friends.
Guest posting on ProBlogger.
I applied to be a guest poster on ProBlogger and didn’t think they’d take me seriously. All their guest bloggers tend to be professional types, into marketing and business. And there’s me, posting in dresses and totally winging it. It turns out they actually liked my pitch and invited me to guest post over on the site – which has hundreds of thousands of subscribers!
I was so nervous for the post to go live and to read the comments but I had some really good feedback!
Speaking on a panel at WebWeWantFest in London.
When Sarah e-mailed me and ask me to talk on a panel at #WebWeWant fest in London, I was initially going to decline. It’s too far. It’s stressful. It’s scary. I can’t do public people. What if I wee myself?
But I made myself a deal – I’d see if my manager would give me a Saturday off work. If he said yes, I’d say yes.
This also resulted in me telling my manager at work about blogging, which he was really supportive with and agreed to let me have the day off so I could spend the day in London.
— The Prosecco Diaries (@Sairey_bearey) May 30, 2015
It was terrifying and I’d be lying if I was saying I don’t look back and have some cringe moments about a few of the things I said! But thankfully my panel was the first in the series and afterwards I was able to sit back and enjoy the rest of the day.
If you want to read some of the posts I wrote about the topics we discussed that day, here they are:
- Getting started with a blog or YouTube channel.
- Should you be creating content that’s sharable and relatable?
- How to make money from your blog.
- Mistakes to avoid if you want to take blogging seriously
Being featured on Lumia’s Facebook and Twitter page.
My WordPress App sent me a notification on a Monday morning. ‘Your stats are booming, 974 views in the past hour’.
I logged onto Google Analytics to see there were hundreds of people on my blog at once.
A post I had done months ago about a Lumia handset had been share across their Facebook page of 6 million likes.
The day after, they shared it on their twitter account.
I’m surprised my server coped with all the traffic and I’m pretty sure my page views will ever be high as that again! It was a lot of fun!
Being shortlisted in the #BloggersBlogAwards post.
The community has gone and done it again. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside by voting me to be shortlisted for a blog award.
You can vote for me in the awards by following this link.
Or not vote for me. That’s up to you.
Thank you for all your support. I have such deep love, gratitude, pride and pure thankfulness for those of you that visit me regularly, whether you interact with me or not, because for some, strange reason, it seems some of you give a shit about what I’ve got to say..
What’s your favourite blogging moments?