I can’t believe that this time two years ago I was sat in a hotel room and I pressed upload on my very first blog post. I was scared (mainly of what my friends would think and whether people would pick on me as a new sixth form student) but I did it anyway as I knew it was what I wanted to do. I just had this feeling that I was going to love it, and obviously I was right as here I am 2 years later on the blog’s 2nd birthday… still writing and uploading my thoughts on life on a bi-weekly basis. This year has flown by and 2018 especially has been a crazy year for my blog as I grew IndigoRosee even further than I expected I ever could before its 2nd birthday. Even though I still do everything and it still is me, I feel like IndigoRosee has become its own little brand now and I love it. I seriously can’t imagine my life without my blog now, and it sounds like a weird thing to say but I definitely wouldn’t be the same person if I hadn’t had started it. My only regret is that I didn’t start it sooner!
I think this is maybe the one day of the year where I can have a little boast about what I have achieved in the past year, as a little document of where I have come as quite frankly I am so bloody proud of my achievements in regards to my blog. So here we go! Before the blog’s 2nd birthday and in the past year I have:
- Made so many new connections, and many I would class as genuine friends (you know who you are!)
- Won best fashion content at the teenage blog awards
- Joined Sharp talent agency (still have to pinch myself about that)
- Had a full rebrand of my blog to make my site look so much more professional
- Attended so many fab events- my favourites being the botanist and Jalou (clearly I love a cocktail!)
I think I have to give myself some credit as to how far the blog has come before its 2nd birthday , and how I have been able to turn something that I created as a little hobby in my bedroom to something that I am so so proud of (and actually earns me money- which still baffles me that brands I love actually want to work with me). All that whilst doing 4 A levels, now my degree, and just being a teenager… its a lot but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
However, if you know me in real life you will know that the best isn’t even good enough for a perfectionist like me. I think it is healthy to set goals though, so I thought instead of having this post as me just boasting, I thought I would mark down some key blog related goals that I want to focus my attention on in the coming year. I have been researching and using the law of attraction a lot recently (its too much to explain here but I do urge you to research it) so I am putting these 5 goals out to the universe, as I think the 2nd birthday is a good time too. Obviously they are going to take a lot of work and some of them are pretty unrealistic but I would still love to hit them within the next year and I think it will give me some focus. I have a feeling that 2019 is going to be another big year for IndigoRosee and I have an urge to make things even bigger and better.
Go on a press trip
This is something which seems like it will never happen, but it is definitely my biggest blogging goal for the next year and it does have potential to come true… maybe. I love creating travel content and my audience seem to love reading it, so being able to travel somewhere purely to blog and create content is the absolute dream. I have seen so many influencers going on such amazing trips in the past year and it is definitely a goal of mine, so I’m putting it to the universe. I have been so lucky to be invited to a lot of events, but never a press trip or hotel stay, so I’m hoping that 2019 will be my year where it changes and I am fortunate enough to go on one. I don’t mind where or whether it is near or far, I think it would just be so lovely to be treated to something like that and I know it would be a complete blogging highlight for me. It would be so cool!
Hit 100,000 views
Looking at my numbers now, this is a pretty unrealistic goal but again it is one of my biggest blogging goals so I would love to make it happen. Currently I have a long way to go but I would just love to see that number on my screen, it would make me so happy. I know that it is not always about numbers but its definitely a big goal of mine, and I know I will eventually hit it… I’m just hoping that it is within the next year. Each month my views seem to be increasing and the speed at which I am growing is getting more rapid, so maybe just maybe we will see that magic number by the time IndigoRosee turns 3.
Attend Summer in the city
I know that I will not be attending as an actual content creator due to my size (I am a tiny blogger in comparison to others) but I do want to attend summer in the city this year. I have been meaning to make it happen for about 3 years and even before I started my own blog and I am determined that 2019 is going to be the year that it actually does. I have actually never been to a social media based convention but I want to attend a few the year (big beauty day out is also a possibility) and actually meet some other creators that are not from my local area. I have never attended a London event, so being able to meet people that I have admired for years but haven’t actually met is something I am so excited to do. Just need to make it happen now!
Im pretty sure that last year on New Years day when I had just uploaded my 32nd blog post in the space of a month I said to everyone around me ‘if I ever decide to do that again, just remind me of this moment and tell me that I am stupid’ and yet here we are, currently planning and writing another 32 posts for this December. Honestly it is one of the hardest tasks but one of the most rewarding ones, as I love engaging with my readers and I feel like daily uploading is such a good way to get such an buzzing community going. Plus Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year and I have so much I want to talk about, so here we go again. At this point I have come to the conclusion that I get a bit of a buzz from putting unnecessary pressure on myself and I’m not sure if thats a good personality trait or a bad one.
This is probably the biggest one on the list, and the one that will take the most time and effort to get it to where I want it to be. My blog is my little baby and I think everyone knows how much I love it (we wouldn’t be on our 2nd birthday if not), but I’m craving more and quite frankly I have been wanting more since about January time. Ever since I was little I have always wanted my own business (I even had a little fake fashion business that I used to ‘run’ back when I was about 9) and although having my blog filled that gap for a long time because in many ways my blog is like my little business, I’m back to wanting to expand this little empire further. I want to make IndigoRosee not just a blog but more of a brand, and I think that would be creating some form of products. I have plenty of ideas and I think you just need to watch this space, but thats my biggest plan going forward into the new year.
So there are my 5 biggest goals to focus on until this time next year, and although I know that I won’t be able to achieve all of them, I am glad I have taken our 2nd birthday to write them down, so I can work towards them. Hopefully I will get to a place next year where they are all done or in the process of being completed.
Before I end this post I need to just say the biggest thank you for reading this. For everyone who has constantly supported me over the past 2 years, I’m looking at you when I say this. I didn’t expect that IndigoRosee would ever turn into what it has before its 2nd birthday but it never would have done without such lovely people reading and interacting with me. I’ve been able to help people and motivate people to get better grades and I love that, I’ve gone from talking about my favourite lipstick to discussing actual topics (but obviously I am always going to have a place in my heart for the beauty and fashion posts!). Whether you have read from the beginning or if this is the first post you have stumbled across… thank you. None of this would have been possible without all of the support and I truly never expected to have this many people enjoying my content when I pressed upload back in my hotel room in Dublin. Not many people can say that they have documented everything in their lives from a 16 year old girl who had just started sixth form to now, where I have just moved to university and living in a completely different city… and everything in between. The ups and the downs, from the fun travelling to the intense studying, you have been there.
Happy 2nd birthday little blog. Heres to another year of crazy adventures, and I can’t wait to see where you take me this year ❤️