5 YEARS OF YUKLUISTYLE
Maybe I should have posted this on New Year’s Day as it would have been my 5th year blog anniversary then. This would be a good time to reflect and jot down my blogging thoughts from the past 5 years. Happy belated 5 years to me!
I have had some up and downs with my blog, went through phases of not blogging for months but when I do blog a few times, I would disappear again for so many months. This was probably the first two and a half years. I had the worse organisation skills back then and didn’t have the time because of university assignments etc. I had even considered to stop blogging for good. But once I had graduated (2 and a half years ago now), I had started to focus on my blog more as I had more time. I had to rebuild it from the beginning, not 100% from scratch, just on top with what was already there.
I wouldn’t say I’m a new blogger nor an established one. Just one that’s hanging around in the sea of blogs. I may not have a big number of followers and I do see the number fluctuate but in my opinion, I’m proud of what I have right now. There are bloggers who have been doing it for a shorter time period than I and have accumulated a higher number of followings as compared to mine. This doesn’t discourage me at all and I don’t feel jealous in any way shape or form. To me, it’s just numbers. I do not dwell on numbers. I’m more surprised I’ve got this many. Other bloggers may have been nominated for awards such as the cosmopolitan blog awards or had amazing opportunities in a shorter time frame. Again, I don’t get jealous. I congratulate them and am happy for them. Proud as well. Jealousy is ugly. I had never felt the need to be competitive or be fake. Yes there is competition out there, but why?
I have been asked “Would I be a full time blogger?” many times before. My answer to that would be no. Simple. Why, you may ask? I may have considered it but in reality, would I really still be doing this when I’m in my 50’s? Can I see myself? No. Who knows, I may get sick and tired of it before I’m 50 or it may happen a lot sooner. We’ll never know till when it actually happens. I have a full time job and it’s the start of my career in a chosen field I may want to spend the rest of my life in. I cannot see myself living off my blog in general. This is my reality. It is just a hobby I enjoy; somewhere where I can getaway from a stressful day.
What I have now, I would consider it an achievement. Even if I had only one follower or no views throughout the five years, sticking to something for a long time is a great achievement I’d say. Even though I don’t really put my blog out right there, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been working hard on it – we all know how much time and effort it takes to write one blog post. I just take on a different approach to advertising my blog. I am grateful with what I currently have and am enjoying every moment of it. I have been given amazing opportunities and am thankful for them.
I have actually been blogging for around 10 years, since I was 13 and am now nearly 24 (eek). For the very first 5 years, I was blogging on a different platform called Xanga, documenting anything such as images I liked from the internet, music, school life, random thoughts, life in general. From experience, I guess I have had the chance to see the blogging community grow and have seen so many changes throughout the years, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is a lot different to when I had very first started blogging in general. It wasn’t big back then and wasn’t as big when I had started this one.
In all honesty, I cannot see my blog as being one of the top blogs out there. I think we’ve all got to embrace with what we currently have and don’t let the idea of numbers take over, being obsessed with it and possibly ruin things. Anything can fall apart in a matter of seconds, when you least expect it – remember that. There is a difference between dwelling and goals.
Thank you to those who read and or follow my blog, whether it’s for years or recently, and thank you to my blog for helping me grow as a person. It’s been a fun journey so far but there are many new things for me to learn. Let’s see what the future brings.
哈喽！Nicol is a China based British blogger with a goal to visit all provinces in China, using this blog to document the good, the bad and the ugly of anything and everything. Currently visited 32/34.