Where does the time go? The Beauty Spyglass is two years old today! I wanted to share a mini celebratory post, nothing too long and drawn out but just something to mark the occasion.
When I founded my blog in 2016, I literally didn’t know anything about blogging. I didn’t know I would be sent “free stuff” and I certainly didn’t know I could actually earn money from my blog. So clearly, that’s not why I started. The reason I started was to talk about and share the things I love to anyone who’d be interested. Two years on and I’m still going strong.
I generally have a short attention span, so keeping my blog going for two years really is a personal achievement for me.
The Beauty Spyglass is my passion, I’m still very much excited by it, still in love with it and I plan on sticking around for years to come, continuing to grow and learn…
Blogging is a great teacher, not only on a personal level but if I look back at where I started, things have really changed around here.
I’ve learned so much and have since spent many an hour updating old posts and making sure they are SEO optimised (which they weren’t’). Updating imagery, creating an internal link network and removing endless exclamation marks. My style has changed as my blog has grown, now preferring a grown-up approach to my writing.
Blogging about the subject of beauty has enabled me to learn about the industry, shown me the unethical practices of certain brands (which I now avoid), and allowed me to make informed decisions about the products I choose. Read why I now prefer an ethical approach to beauty.
It’s human nature to lose interest when the reward area in our brain isn’t stimulated. This is so true of blogging.
Every day is different and those days when PR interest is slower, you can start to feel disheartened very quickly, but then later in the week, a fabulous email will drop into your inbox and everything is right in the world once again. It’s definitely a case of accepting the highs and lows.
I’m proud of how far I’ve come and although I generally only post twice a week, several of my posts are ranked with Google now so I’m getting more and more organic page views daily.
I’m fortunate to work with some wonderful brands who’ve kept me in skincare for the last two years and allowed me to discover products I wouldn’t have previously known about. Two years on and my blog now generates a steady income and I couldn’t be happier about earning from doing what I love.
First year – 105 posts, 716 comments and 17,286 all-time views.
And now – 187 posts 1,948? comments and 50,841 all-time views
Glancing back at the comments on my One-year anniversary post, it’s clear to see the support of the blogging community and those which continue to support to this day – (you know who you are). Also, a big thank you to the fantastic brands who I’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout the last two years!
On an exciting side note – I’m through to the second round of the UK Blog Awards 2019. If you enjoy my content, I’d really appreciate your vote. Click here and choose the Beauty category. (page 5) You can also vote for me in the Lifestyle category (page 17). Thank you in advance.
Here’s to the more years to come! How about you, have you got a blog anniversary coming up?