Alexa, play Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder, it’s Niamh’s blogging birthday! Sorry for being a bit silent for the past couple of weeks on the blog and socials. I’ve not been 100% motivated to do much in all honesty, including my love – blogging. Being on furlough for a third time can literally take everything out of you but with restrictions slowly easing I was able to get out and finally see Alice and Chris again – hence the photo shoot with the beaut Thora. I’ve also been busy with my cross stitching and I’m still loving it…three furloughs later!
I can’t believe it’s been three years since I took the plunge and wrote my first post ‘My Everyday Make Up Routine’…which has now been archived, soz. Maybe I might repost it with better photography – oh god, remember that fake disposable camera app everyone used for two days back in 2018? It was full of delightful pics from that app. Blogging has really helped me step out of my shell and help others. I honestly don’t think I’d be the person I am today without my blog, I certainly wouldn’t have a CLUE on how to use Instagram. I mean, I still don’t but who does?
Let’s Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
My blog has changed in many ways during these three years. I’ve had a domain change, my writing has become a lot more personal, I actually get more than ten reads per post and my theme has changed a thousand times but I like this one, we’re sticking with it kids. Simple but effective. When I started this blog, I was in my first year of uni and really nervous to even post a review let alone talk about sex on such a public platform. Taking journalism as my degree was a heaven send. I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer, to help people and to have my say on certain topics.
This year my site has really been at it’s best to date. I’m so proud of myself for taking a plunge and talking about personal matters. I didn’t know how helpful or encouraging the topics would be – the aftermath of each post is unreal, you are a lovely lot. Thank you for making this little side gig of mine so enjoyable, it’s so rewarding knowing each and every one of you enjoys my natters and wants more. Never in a million years did I think I’d still be doing this three years later. I had a few dud sites before Indigo Violet Diaries. I didn’t really put as much effort or time into them. They’re probably still out there on the world wide web for you to feast your eyes on.
Yep, I’m a 2:1 Journalist Graduate
I must bore your eyes with my essays about university really helping me but it did. When I started university, I felt I was at the bottom of the class because I literally knew nothing about journalism but everyone else seemed to have a few bits of knowledge. The first year of university was the exact same as my college BTEC so you can imagine the disappointment I was feeling. I’m so glad we split of into our specialism in second year, that was when I really found my passion for blogging and knew it was something I really wanted to do. We would have guest speakers in from all over the blogosphere and I must have been the token geek in our class, trying to get them to check out my site or Instagram.
We’ve Been Through a Lot Together
If you’re a regular reader, we’ve been through many deleted posts, SEO checks and layout shuffles. More importantly, you see almost everything going on in my life like first boyfriends, first break up, job changes, and the first post to reach over 400 reads in a DAY. My mind is still blown, you guys are incredible. It keeps going up every day as well. Back in the day, I settled for at least twenty views per post, never mind 400. I remember being really scared to post about my break up. At the time I’d tailored my niche around travelling for foodie couples. I was worried I wouldn’t have any decent content to post. But after taking a step back and working out what I really want to write about – I’m finally happy and confident with my niche and writing.
This is My Oscars Moment…
…for this year anyway. Let’s start by thanking my beautiful friends. Without them, I wouldn’t have had the guts to post most of the things I have on here. They really do make me a better person, on and off the internet. The support and loyalty they have for me, this blog and just everything in general is untouchable. I’m a very lucky gal. Even if I do push you to read my posts sometimes, but I know you love me lots.
To my readers, wow. Thank you so much for coming back for every post, or if you’re new here – welcome! What a journey we’ve been on this year, and it’s only going to get better as the year progresses. Your kind comments, retweets, likes, saves etc really mean the world to me. It gives me so much hype to keep writing for years to come. See you this time next year for the same soppy content, ha!