On the 26th August 2016, I sat down on my sofa, opened my laptop, and proceeded to search for “WordPress.com”. I had thought about making a blog for years, since I was probably 13… and I just decided to do it. Ana’s Lil’ Blog was born and so was my Twitter account. The only followers I had on both my blog and Twitter, were my mum and brother. Two years later, I have just hit 2000 followers on Twitter, and I’m nearing 500 WordPress followers.
The first thing I have to say is thank you. Thank you to the blogging community for being so, so unbelievably supportive without really knowing it? No matter how long it takes me to put a new post up, I will still get my genuine readers who post feedback – yes I may not get 1000 views a day or anything, but even if I get 8 comments from those who took time to read the post, that makes me happy. I have had over 4400 views in total on my blog, and that is something I am proud of. Yes, it is difficult when you think about the numbers… ‘I’ve been blogging for longer than them but no opportunity has come my way?’ ‘Maybe I get half their views because my content isn’t worth reading?’ ‘Why am I losing followers, not gaining them?’ These are thoughts I’m sure all bloggers have had but when you look at the bigger picture, why did you start blogging? I started blogging because at that point in my life I was very into makeup, I wanted to write about the products I was using because I loved to write. I enjoyed it. I made my blog in case anyone else cared to read my thoughts. I have ventured more into lifey posts now, but I will always have beauty posts on my blog. I really want to do more content too, more fashion, books, travel posts.
It’s weird joining the blogging community, at first you are like ‘well this is weird, I’m little me with like 3 followers and all these friendship groups all have like 8000?’ But literally a few days following my blog being made, people were so supportive on Twitter. I remember a few of my first followers, and I don’t think I’ll forget them because it made me determined to create content and grow my lil blog! I always thought I wouldn’t make any blogging friends, but I have and the one I want to mention is BethxKate. I’ve spoken to her quite a bit, and I’m sure one day we will meet in real life! She is so lovely and supportive, oh and we did a collab here if you wanted to read it after this post. Definitely go follow her if you’re not already, she is great!
I find it kind of surreal because I can literally tweet the most random thing, and there will without a doubt be a few likes or replies from my followers to talk about the topic. Even if I’m feeling lonely, I can chat to all of you guys about the most random thing and I will feel better. Oh also probably worth mentioning my most popular tweet… yeah this has never happened to me before. If you were one of the people who liked or retweeted – thanks!
There is so much I want to improve on. I want to go self hosted eventually, but soon I want my own domain and I am desperate to change my theme because I am not feelin’ it. I want to get out more types of content, and reach more people with it. I want to continue to grow! Growing a blog takes patience and time, so if you are new to all this, don’t worry because you’ll get there eventually.
I’m not really sure what this post was haha, just a bit ramble to be honest. I will have new posts up soon, a really exciting one actually! I just wanted to say thank you to you guys who supported me over the past two years. Happy 2nd Blogiversary to Ana’s Lil’ Blog!
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