Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's almost hard to believe that I have now been blogging for five years. Five long years. I started my blog as a way to battle my depression and social anxiety. Well, five years on I have a successful blog - at least I consider it to be successful - and I am the proud co-founder of an amazing blogging movement, Bloggers United AU

I thought that rather than simply host a giveaway or do a generic blogiversary post, I would share some of my reflections over the past five years. These reflections can be taken as advice or dismissed, or simply enjoyed by my fellow bloggers - these reflections are mine and mine alone. As bloggers it's inevitable we share experiences, but our own reflections may differ.

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

Five years on, I have made many friends, travelled across Australia, worked with many brands and tried many new things. Blogging has opened up an entirely new world of people, places and things to see and do. I have had so many amazing experiences, and a few not-so-great ones too. 

There is a lot of negativity surrounding the word "blogger." I have found this out the hard way. I constantly get the questions: "Do you get free stuff?" or "So you get paid to play with beauty products?" Sadly, it's not that easy. Very early on, I learnt that even when you're a blogger, nothing is for free. There is also a lot of pressure to look good on social media all the time, lead an interesting life and look amazing at every hour of the day. Yeah, nah. Not for me, sorry. I am proud to say I haven't let my love of all things dark, crazy, spooky and weird die out just because I'm a beauty blogger. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and I'm proud to be me.


Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty 

I said before that I've made a lot of friends. Sadly I've lost a few friends in the process too, but hey, that's life. Blogging has taught me that some people can be nice to your face while talking garbage behind your back. So what, again, that's life. I think my experiences have helped me learn to deal with things like that better, and not let people get the best of me. There will be people who don't like you no matter what, so do what makes you happy and move on. 

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

Five years on - I've experienced so much. Do I want to keep blogging? Hell yeah. Do I want to make it my full-time job someday? Maybe, I'm really not sure. At the moment I love blogging as a hobby. I love working on Bloggers United AU as well, and maybe someday both will be successful enough for me to earn enough money to take care of myself. But I'm not stressed about it. 

I'm proud of my blog. I'm proud of Bloggers United AU. I'm proud of the five years I've put in and I can't wait for the next five. I don't have any specific goals - just to keep being true to myself, keep making myself proud and keep pushing forward!

How long have you been blogging for? Are you proud of what you've achieved so far?
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23 comments

  1. Happy Blogiversary 😊 You have accomplished a great deal and are truly inspirational. I started my food blog in 2011 and then HerQuarters 2 years ago. It's been an awesome hobby with many perks but the biggest one has been the friendships in our blogging community. Here's to many more years of blogging and doing what we love!

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  2. Congratulations on making it to 5 years Jasmine! I haven't been blogging for nearly as long (just over a year now), but already I've learnt so much & I know I'll continue to learn more along the way. Heck, I called my blog The Novice Life for that very reason - you're always a novice at some point. I was just proud I made it to 1 year without giving up!

    RE: The social media aspect of blogging - I think that's one of the biggest reasons why I haven't stepped into that spectrum yet. The pressure to lead an interesting life & be posting all the time freaks me out as I know I'd never achieve either of those things, nor do I look like a glamazon all the time. Most of the time I'm hanging out in my PJ's or old clothes, hair scraped back into a pony or top knot with no makeup on lol....but that's me, like it or lump it. I'd rather be relatable than untouchable, if you get my drift.

    Shell // The Novice Life

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  3. Congrats on five years and becoming successful! I started blogging for the same reason you did, but did not achieve anything other than an outlet (no following) which is good enough for me :P

    Your blog has a beautiful aesthetic and I hope you can eventually make enough to do this full time. It would be a dream job, no?

    ~Sparklewolfie
    abc-lolita.blogspot.com

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  4. Love this post - I feel you about always needing to be on top of social media and always looking on point - I think also thought people more appreciate seeing the more natural side of bloggers these days because they can feel more connected with them, which helps to build a stronger community :)

    Amy

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  5. You are doing a great job love.. keep up the great work x

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  6. I love this post! Thanks for sharing. I've been blogging since December last year I love it but yes it's hard work, I get the Same questions and have gained great friends but also lost a few.

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  7. Loved reading this Jasmine! You work so hard and I honestly don't know how you fit everything in, especially running Bloggers United AU at the same time! Massive congrats and keep being you. I know you will! xxx

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  8. Lovely post Jas, and you hit so many nails on their heads. I love that we share a love of all things macabre :) While I don't blog about those things any more, I'm still proud to be a bit of a weirdo :P So glad to call you a friend, here's to the next five years <3

    Kate | themintedblog.com

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  9. Congratulations Jasmine on 5 wonderful years of blogging! I love your attitude towards blogging and can totally relate to all your reflections!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  10. Congratulations on your achievements you should be very proud.

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  11. Well done Jas on an awesome post. You are so right about blogging not being as easy as everyone thinks. But you do such an awesome job and you work hard on it! Very proud of you x

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  12. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:51

    Thank you so much gorgeous. How awesome for you as well!! xx

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  13. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:52

    Aw thank you. Just over a year is still really awesome, so many people don't even make it that long. And yeah the social media side is daunting and can be so stressful. I totally get your approach though. xx

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  14. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:53

    Thank you so much!! And outlet is still a huge achievement! <3 xx

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  15. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:54

    Totally agree with you on that. I try to keep it real as much as possible haha xx

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  16. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:54

    Thanks so much gorgeous xx

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  17. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:54

    Thank you! It really is hard work! xx

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  18. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:54

    Aw thank you so much Di. You're too sweet. <3

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  19. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:55

    Awwww thank you Kate. I also love that haha definitely glad to call you a friend rather than just a "fellow blogger" haha. Weirdos unite! xx

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  20. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:55

    Thank you so much Ingrid! <3

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  21. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:56

    Thanks so much gorgeous, I totally am!

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  22. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:56

    Thanks babe. It's honesty not but I wouldn't have it any other way haha xx

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  23. Such a beautiful blog babe.. MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

It's almost hard to believe that I have now been blogging for five years. Five long years. I started my blog as a way to battle my depression and social anxiety. Well, five years on I have a successful blog - at least I consider it to be successful - and I am the proud co-founder of an amazing blogging movement, Bloggers United AU

I thought that rather than simply host a giveaway or do a generic blogiversary post, I would share some of my reflections over the past five years. These reflections can be taken as advice or dismissed, or simply enjoyed by my fellow bloggers - these reflections are mine and mine alone. As bloggers it's inevitable we share experiences, but our own reflections may differ.

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

Five years on, I have made many friends, travelled across Australia, worked with many brands and tried many new things. Blogging has opened up an entirely new world of people, places and things to see and do. I have had so many amazing experiences, and a few not-so-great ones too. 

There is a lot of negativity surrounding the word "blogger." I have found this out the hard way. I constantly get the questions: "Do you get free stuff?" or "So you get paid to play with beauty products?" Sadly, it's not that easy. Very early on, I learnt that even when you're a blogger, nothing is for free. There is also a lot of pressure to look good on social media all the time, lead an interesting life and look amazing at every hour of the day. Yeah, nah. Not for me, sorry. I am proud to say I haven't let my love of all things dark, crazy, spooky and weird die out just because I'm a beauty blogger. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and I'm proud to be me.


Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty 

I said before that I've made a lot of friends. Sadly I've lost a few friends in the process too, but hey, that's life. Blogging has taught me that some people can be nice to your face while talking garbage behind your back. So what, again, that's life. I think my experiences have helped me learn to deal with things like that better, and not let people get the best of me. There will be people who don't like you no matter what, so do what makes you happy and move on. 

Five Years Blogging: My Reflections - Sweetaholic Beauty

Five years on - I've experienced so much. Do I want to keep blogging? Hell yeah. Do I want to make it my full-time job someday? Maybe, I'm really not sure. At the moment I love blogging as a hobby. I love working on Bloggers United AU as well, and maybe someday both will be successful enough for me to earn enough money to take care of myself. But I'm not stressed about it. 

I'm proud of my blog. I'm proud of Bloggers United AU. I'm proud of the five years I've put in and I can't wait for the next five. I don't have any specific goals - just to keep being true to myself, keep making myself proud and keep pushing forward!

How long have you been blogging for? Are you proud of what you've achieved so far?

23 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary 😊 You have accomplished a great deal and are truly inspirational. I started my food blog in 2011 and then HerQuarters 2 years ago. It's been an awesome hobby with many perks but the biggest one has been the friendships in our blogging community. Here's to many more years of blogging and doing what we love!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congratulations on making it to 5 years Jasmine! I haven't been blogging for nearly as long (just over a year now), but already I've learnt so much & I know I'll continue to learn more along the way. Heck, I called my blog The Novice Life for that very reason - you're always a novice at some point. I was just proud I made it to 1 year without giving up!

    RE: The social media aspect of blogging - I think that's one of the biggest reasons why I haven't stepped into that spectrum yet. The pressure to lead an interesting life & be posting all the time freaks me out as I know I'd never achieve either of those things, nor do I look like a glamazon all the time. Most of the time I'm hanging out in my PJ's or old clothes, hair scraped back into a pony or top knot with no makeup on lol....but that's me, like it or lump it. I'd rather be relatable than untouchable, if you get my drift.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congrats on five years and becoming successful! I started blogging for the same reason you did, but did not achieve anything other than an outlet (no following) which is good enough for me :P

    Your blog has a beautiful aesthetic and I hope you can eventually make enough to do this full time. It would be a dream job, no?

    ~Sparklewolfie
    abc-lolita.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Love this post - I feel you about always needing to be on top of social media and always looking on point - I think also thought people more appreciate seeing the more natural side of bloggers these days because they can feel more connected with them, which helps to build a stronger community :)

    Amy

    ReplyDelete
  5. You are doing a great job love.. keep up the great work x

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  6. I love this post! Thanks for sharing. I've been blogging since December last year I love it but yes it's hard work, I get the Same questions and have gained great friends but also lost a few.

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  7. Loved reading this Jasmine! You work so hard and I honestly don't know how you fit everything in, especially running Bloggers United AU at the same time! Massive congrats and keep being you. I know you will! xxx

    Di from Max The Unicorn

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  8. Lovely post Jas, and you hit so many nails on their heads. I love that we share a love of all things macabre :) While I don't blog about those things any more, I'm still proud to be a bit of a weirdo :P So glad to call you a friend, here's to the next five years <3

    Kate | themintedblog.com

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  9. Congratulations Jasmine on 5 wonderful years of blogging! I love your attitude towards blogging and can totally relate to all your reflections!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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  10. Congratulations on your achievements you should be very proud.

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  11. Well done Jas on an awesome post. You are so right about blogging not being as easy as everyone thinks. But you do such an awesome job and you work hard on it! Very proud of you x

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  12. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:51

    Thank you so much gorgeous. How awesome for you as well!! xx

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  13. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:52

    Aw thank you. Just over a year is still really awesome, so many people don't even make it that long. And yeah the social media side is daunting and can be so stressful. I totally get your approach though. xx

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  14. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:53

    Thank you so much!! And outlet is still a huge achievement! <3 xx

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  15. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:54

    Totally agree with you on that. I try to keep it real as much as possible haha xx

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  16. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:54

    Thanks so much gorgeous xx

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  17. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:54

    Thank you! It really is hard work! xx

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  18. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:54

    Aw thank you so much Di. You're too sweet. <3

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  19. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:55

    Awwww thank you Kate. I also love that haha definitely glad to call you a friend rather than just a "fellow blogger" haha. Weirdos unite! xx

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  20. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:55

    Thank you so much Ingrid! <3

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  21. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:56

    Thanks so much gorgeous, I totally am!

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  22. Jasmine Huston2 April 2017 at 16:56

    Thanks babe. It's honesty not but I wouldn't have it any other way haha xx

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  23. Such a beautiful blog babe.. MASSIVE CONGRATULATIONS

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