Happy Birthday to me!
What began as a channel to express my thoughts, have a voice and help add a little sparkle to people’s lives, quickly evolved into an expat lifestyle blog and more recently an ‘Expat At Home’ lifestyle blog. From a young age I have had one main belief…
“You only have one life, it is no dress rehearsal and you don’t get another go at this!”
This is what motivates me. I spend each day creating and enjoying new experiences and memories. And for some reason, people seem to be pretty interested in what I am up to and my opinions on certain things…that’s pretty cool.
I have probably experienced so much more than I may have done without the help of my blog. It is my passion, an extension of me and most of all it helps me to become a better version of myself.
Last year in my post 6 Reasons Why I Love Blogging I explained how blogging makes me feel, but 12 months later it is much more than that. My six reasons at the time included confidence, appreciation, discipline, helping others, having a documented life journal and finally how it makes me happy.
Now, 74 posts later I realise I am actually part of peoples’ lives. My opinion counts. For example, what do you do when you want to know if something is worth buying? Do you go to the brand website? You see here they are going to tell you the product is awesome and basically how you can’t be without it. But don’t you want a real honest opinion? Is it actually good value for money and does it have the desired effect you are looking for? For example, if you are going through a life change and wonder what is it like to move to the other side of the world, for a new job? You have to consider your support network isn’t there. Is it worth it? How difficult is it? What should you do? No website is going to give you that advice, but a personal experience honestly documented in a blog does. Gartner have an interesting fact to share, that only 15% of people trust recommendations from brands versus 84% who trust recommendations from people they know. So here is my case in point for why blogging is important to both the writer and the reader.
To continue with this example, I have a go-to list of bloggers for various things and I trust their opinions more than any website:
BEAUTY & FASHION
These wonderful people along with people like me, are what you call influencers. We share experiences, help answer your questions, discuss what’s trending…the list is not exhaustive. In February I wrote a post called Why You Shouldn’t Be Embarrassed About Your Blog which really does capture how I feel about this journey.
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My journey has been and continues to be inspiring and exciting (yes I even inspire myself!) and I thank each and every one of you for reading my blog. Whether you have stuck around since the beginning of my journey 12 whole months ago or whether you are an awesome newbie, thankyou for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.
It would be a blogger crime if I didn’t say a massive thank you to my mentor and now dear friend Andrea, who introduced me to the blogosphere and the power of social media. She encouraged me to just well, be me! To believe that I am awesome, be god dam happy with who I am, know what I stand for and not to be afraid to have an opinion. I love you lady. And in addition I have to say a huge thank you to my family and friends who provide endless inspiration, support and encourage me to achieve my dreams.
A big cheers to you all, big love.