As you may have read in my post on Saturday, I have officially been blogging for a year now. It’s so weird because now can’t imagine doing things without my blog; it’s opened so many doors for me, and I can barely even remember where I started… Therefore, I thought I’d take a look at my first ever blog post and see how I feel about it now.
For reference, my first post was called ‘About This Blog’, written on 23/12/2016 and you can find it here
About This Blog
Where do I even start?
I guess it would make sense to introduce myself to the blogging world but by doing that I wouldn’t be being completely honest with you or myself.
I won’t lie, this is probably exactly how I’d start a post like this now. I love how throughout the year by writing skills have (hopefully) strengthened, but my writing voice has stayed the same. I can still read this with my voice in my head (Which… I obviously do anyway… But you know what I mean).
I used to have a blog, kept it up quite consistently when I was 17, and then life took over and I slowly lost my way when it came to blogging. Recently, I’ve really been figuring out what makes me happy (I’ll get into that in a different blog post) and I remembered how much I actually loved writing. I’ve always been a writer; I’ve been irritating my parents with the amount of my stories I’ve force them to read since I was 6, but as exams took over writing became a chore and I lost my love.
Couldn’t have said it better myself (Thanks past Jas). I’ve actually recycled a couple of the posts from my old blog on here when I’ve really been in a pinch or they felt particularly relevant, you can find them here and here. As for the rest, yes, I’ve always been a writer, and it’s been absolutely amazing to get back into writing again. I have my love back again and I am so happy that I do! In fact, there may be some new exciting writing adventures in the works for 2018… Stay tuned…
But I’m getting back to it now, and that’s what matters. I considered just making a grand comeback on my last blogging website but I felt like I needed a fresh start. Yes, I still love writing, but my interests have shifted slightly and I feel the need to write about different things than I used to. The content on my last blog meant a lot to me at the time, and some of it still means a lot to me, but with that I was hiding behind my opinions and subject matter because I was afraid to focus on me. However, recently I’ve realised that in this world if you don’t stick up for yourself you give no one else a reason to, so that’s what I’m gonna do.
I definitely made the right decision. My old blog was cool and in the moment it really suited me, but this is everything it was and more. I kept my old one anonymously (Apart from friends and family), I didn’t really react with other bloggers, and I hid behind my website to share my views. This time, I’m unapologetically me, talking about anything I want to talk about anytime I want to talk about it. There’s no niche, or style of blogging, it’s literally just everything I love whacked onto a website. 19 year old lost Jasmine was right, I stuck up for myself, and it paid off.
This blog is going to be a reflection of me. I’m now 19 years old, have just started my first year of University, and you know what? Although everyone speaks badly about 2016, looking back on it this has been one of the most transformative years for me. I’m ready to clarify who I am, my thoughts and feelings and everything in between.
2016 was incredibly transformative, but wow, it really has nothing on 2017… I had no idea where this blog would take me but it genuinely changed me, inside and slightly out. I stayed true to what was at the core of me, and let myself only get better and I can’t wait to see what my blog’s like this time next year!
And that’s the end of my reaction to my first ever post! I hope you enjoyed this, I honestly really enjoyed looking back to where I started. Here’s to another happy year and let me know what you thought in the comments!
Lots of love,
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Hey, I'm Jasmine Burke. A girl in her twenties fresh out of Uni that's trying to write in any way that she can. I go under the branch of "lifestyle" but honestly, you can find pretty much anything on here.
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