Today… My blog… My baby… Thoughts From Jasmine… is TWO YEARS OLD.
Two. That’s absolutely crazy! This is officially the longest I’ve committed to anything, and I’m honestly so proud of myself. I love this blog with all my heart and to think that I’ve been doing this for this long makes me so happy. I know that “Life changing” is a heavy descriptor, but this blog has honestly changed my life.
My first post, on this day 2 years ago, was an awkward rambly mess, but it kicked off more opportunities than I could have ever imagined. Therefore, in honour of my blog’s second birthday, I thought I’d do another of my “10 Things” posts. This time, discussing:
To this day, I still can’t believe I get invited to events on a regular basis. I remember having a real “pinch me” moment at the Moxy event last November (Which is, to this day, one of my favourite events). I was in a room filled with stilt dancers, free alcohol, free tattoos and live music and I thought I got invited to this personally. I was asked to be there, and cover it, and experience something I never would have experienced, all because I started writing this thing by myself. It’s unbelievable what I’ve been able to partake in because of something I did myself. My life could have easily not included any of these things. However, I made them happen, and it’s richer because of it.
Yes, I’m friendly with a lot of people in the blogging community. However, I’ve made some absolutely amazing friends that stem further than blogging, and are real friends. For example, take Katie from millennial rants. We met at 2 blogging events, got to talking about the Greatest Showman, went to go see it together, and next thing you know we were hanging out on a regular basis. Now, it’s got to the point where she’s moved out of Bristol and we don’t even go to blog things together. However, I talk to her every week without fail. Not because we force ourselves to. Not because we have blog things to talk about. Just because we’ve genuinely become really good friends, and I wouldn’t have met her without this blog.
Within a few months of writing my blog, I could already feel my confidence growing. I’ve always been relatively shy and introverted, and though that had improved massively through my last 2 years of school, some events in my first year of uni pushed that back a few steps. Blogging brought me out of that hole and let me come into my own. I have this thing that I’m proud of, it makes me feel better about myself, and I genuinely don’t think it would have happened without the blog. My blog gave me this new air about me, and I can’t wait to see how far that goes.
Obviously, I can’t prove this. And for my application process (I go into it here), I did have to write a provisional piece, which I was impressed with. However, I definitely think that my blog gave me the edge I needed to get through to the interview stage. Not only that, but the piece I wrote for my application stood out because of how niche it was. I wouldn’t have even known about the topic had it not been for my involvment in the blogging/influencer world.
I wrote in my 20 things to do before I turned 20 that my goal was to see at least 2 theatre shows, and I acheived that by the end. Since then, in the last year I have 7 theatre shows, most of which I was personally invited to see and review! If I could tell 10 year old, musical theatre loving me, that she’d one day be consistently be invited to musical press nights as a result of a website that she made, she’d be so shocked and excited. Honestly, everytime I get an email from the Bristol Hippodrome I get incredibly excited. This is literally a dream of mine coming through, all because I built up this blog.
The first time I was asked to review a restaurant I had to double check the email to make sure it wasn’t a scam. I didn’t believe that anybody would actually want to give me a free meal to review their menu. Since then, it’s become a fairly regular occurence. I get invited out to review new menus, at indie Bristol places and big restaurant chains. I literally get asked to come out and eat! That’s crazy! As someone who loves to eat, this seems like I’m living in a dream, and I still haven’t quite registered that this happens on a regular basis now.
I said “business savvy” in quotation marks because it has to be taken with a grain of salt. I’m not exactly a multi-million pound mogul or anything, but I know far more than I did two years ago. I’ve learnt how to pitch, how to sell things, and become extremely commercially aware. I’m far more knowledgable of brands and how advertising works, and have a pretty good understanding of social media marketing. These are skills that I can not only use to further my own brand, but also use to help me in the job world. I wouldn’t have acquired this depth of understanding by myself without my blog.
In the blogging world, there’s definitely a lot of pressure to conform to this perfectly refined image. Although I don’t aspire to that, I definitely have worked harder to figure out who I am. My blog has made me work hard these last two years in finding my personal style. This applies to the way that I write, what I write about, the colour scheme on here and my Instagram, and the way that I dress and do my make up. I’ve been branching into fashion posts and figuring out what I want to express. Not only has it made me more self-assured, but it’s stopped me hiding behind clothes.
Domain authority? Search Engine Optimisation? I may not be a computer expert, but I at least know what they’re mean and how to improve them. As someone who came into this completely clueless, I’ve grown my domain authority from 0 to 20 in 4 months, and had at least 3 posts that are the first search result when you search the terms. I know that’s not the most impressive thing in the world, and I am only one person, but it sure is knowledge that I never had before.
Of course I have other happiness in my life. I preach on here about my amazing friends and family more than a sane person should. However, this blog has been such a massive contributor to my happiness in the last 2 years. I cannot even begin to describe how much this blog means to me. It’s literally something that I’ve grown from the ground up and managed to turn into something through my own hard work. It’s such a reflection of me and what I stand for and I cannot wait to take it into another year.
Thank you so much to anyone who has ever read my blog. It honestly means the absolute world to me and I’m so thankful for every view and like and comment (Even if I don’t always reply to them straight away). I hope that I continue to make you want to stick around!
Here’s to another year of happiness!
Lots of love,
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.