On a cold evening, this very day last year, I decided to sit down and type up my first ever blog post on Very Berry Cosmo!
I was at a point in my life where I was badly struggling with the nasty condition, that is OCD, it made me feel rather lonely, all of the time. I was on my year in industry, working full time, not having an awful lot to do outside of work to distract my wondering mind. My course friends were all over the country / world on placement, and my other friends in Leeds were all very busy getting on with their final years. I had been reading blogs and watching Youtube for a long long time, and I think I just felt like, why the hell don’t I give this a go?!
Who’d have thought I would have kept it up for an entire year?! But I just bloody love it… So much so, that pretty much my entire social life revolves around my little internet platform.
Let’s start with achievements.
Personally, I feel I have achieved an incredible amount this year, I am so so proud of how far Very Berry Cosmo has come. People often think I have been blogging for a lot longer than I have, which really is very flattering, but nope, today is my big ONE YEAR. Happy Birthday VBC! *all the cake emoji’s*
Of course this post contains cake. and LOTS of beautiful strawberries, would you seriously expect anything less from me? Also, before anyone makes a comment. Yes, my ‘1’ balloon that I am happily posing with looks a little bit like an inappropriate object, kindly pointed out by my housemate, but it is a 1. Trust me.
I’m not fully sure where my ‘blogging moment’ began, but I do remember a certain post which I kind of think ‘changed everything’ for my berry filled world. And that is my Living With My Pale Skin post back in January. I received far more comments than I ever had before and I just couldn’t believe it. Each comment on my posts makes me grin like crazy, and even though I don’t always reply back, I do read every single one of them, and they make my day. I apologise for not replying to comments, but it is something that I am hoping to change in the near future.
I receive a lot of kind messages, comments and tweets where people express how much they love my writing style, as well as the topics I write about. This feedback literally makes me So SO so happy:
1) Because growing up, I was always told English was my weakest subject out of maths and science, rarely being complimented on my writing.
2) I work really hard on what I choose to write about on my blog. Because there are so many lifestyle blogs out there, I like to try and be different with my posts. I love that you notice this. If a company does contact me, I do spend quite a lot of my time trying to tailor it to be ‘different’ since over the last year I have learnt that I don’t really like doing reviews, I feel I want my readers to get something out of each or learn something with each and every post.
I think it is fair to say you guys love my personal posts the most, with my two most popular posts ever being this one and this one. I don’t know why you love them so much, maybe you are nosy, or maybe they were interesting, but to me, they were the hardest to write. However they were extremely worth it, and highly rewarding, since I have received a lot of emails for advice regarding these posts. I aim to do more posts like these in the future…
If you asked me a year ago, would I ever write the letters OCD, linked to my name on the internet I would have laughed in your face. I wasn’t embarrassed, I just worry about the future a lot. But OCD does not define me, I still get on with my life, I am running this blog, as well as working alongside a degree, I am a capable, strong, woman – I want to help people out there who may suffer from the condition, but I also want to educate people about it too.
I recently reached 4,000 followers which is insane, I love talking to you all on there, I try to respond to everyone that talks to me, which is why it is probably the best place to contact me if you would like a quick response! The blogging community on Twitter is usually very very lovely, apart from a few recent occasions, but I try to be positive the majority of the time, bringing my chirpy personality to the online community, I hope you notice this <3
Has my blog changed me as a person?
If I were to answer this simply, it would be yes. But you guys know me far too well now to be simple. I like to waffle on and on and have a good chat to you.
Other than things like using words such as ‘pigmented’ and taking photos of everything I think looks pretty, I feel more confident. I still am a COMPLETE shaker and nervous wreck when I have to do presentations in front of people, but I feel I stutter less – which is great! I usually don’t even have notes any more either, score! There are many ways that blogging has changed me, but I thought I would attempt to keep it kind of short and sweet. There is another way that blogging has had a huge impact on my life….
MY LIPSTICK OBSESSION. Before blogging I really wasn’t all that fussed about lipstick or anything like that really. But now I just flipping love a good lipstick, Oh.. I am sure you are all aware. It’s a costly problem, but a pretty problem. Nothing beats a statement lip.
A little reflection
I have been on so many adventures to places all over the country for events, some places that I had never been to before. I have met some INCREDIBLE people this year, it all began when I went to my first blogging event back in January. People that you meet in person, that you get on with INSTANTLY, because you share a lot in common with them. ^^ (this was almost a year ago, we look so cute guys!)
I have been blessed with a wonderful bunch of girls that I talk to on a daily basis, on our whats app conversation. I feel like I fit in with them, and I can be myself. We talk about anything, there are no judgements in this conversation. It is great. I don’t even call them my blogging friends… they are simply my friends, and they are flipping awesome. I even went on a little blogging holiday away with *most* of them to a beautiful little cottage!
Being a blogger in Leeds is fang-bloody-TASTIC. (see what I did there? Getting my Halloween lingo on guys’) I feel very lucky to be within a network of lovely girls. . . and joe 😉 that I get to see really very often. Oh…. and we consume a fair good amount of cocktails between us!
I would love love love to meet more of you wonderful beings one day. All of you have made Very Berry Cosmo into what it is today, and I am so grateful.
A few photos that just make me grin like a loser……
I feel rather emotional after reflecting on my special year, it really has been a good’en, it’s so weird that I didn’t even know you all before this day a year ago! I can’t thank you lovelies enough for reading, and supporting me as always. Look out over the next few days for my cheeky little giveaway! Heres to another great year! – Holding up my glass of prosecco (with a strawberry in) to you today, Chin Chin, I love you very berry much <3
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