10 Years Online

Hey everyone!

Yesterday afternoon, after I’d already written and posted my post all about the books I’ve read in lockdown, I got the wonderful notification that I’d been expecting…

I’ve officially been part of the WordPress community for 10 years! It’s crazy to think back on all the years that I’ve been online. Blogging was the first form of “social media” that I ever joined, and I remember not telling my mum that I had a blog for years, and now she’s one of my biggest supporters!

I remember 13 year old Janet, sitting at her desk, looking out the window, trying to think of something to write, and after a while, I gave up blogging. Although I opened this account 10 years ago, it was only a few months later that I actually got used to writing posts. Some of my first posts included one about my cat, who at the time of writing, was walking all over my desk; one was about how annoyed I was that it was raining, and if you really felt like it, you could go back and have a read for yourself. There’s no way I’m linking those posts for you to find so easily!

This blog has seen me through some of the biggest changes in my life; from doing my GCSE’s and A-levels, to the whole drama about getting into university; to the friendships I made and the break ups I endured; to the solo travels I embarked on and trying to figure out what to do as a fully functioning adult. This blog has been my outlet to just… be. I find writing is a therapeutic way for me to just figure things out that are going on in my head, and I find so much joy in sharing my favourite things with the internet.

This blog is literally the story of my life, and I don’t know where I’d be without it.

Through this blog, I have met some incredible people. It’s sad to think how many people have come and gone and that there are some people who I am no longer in contact with; but there are some who I talk to on a regular basis (shoutout to the Unicorn Squad group chat on Twitter) and I’ve even had the privilege of meeting some of my fellow bloggers in person. I’ve branched out so much over the years, and I’ve learnt so much from everyone that I follow on this platform.

Of course, I have to be honest and say that after 10 years online, I thought I would have made it by now. Do you know what I mean? Once it actually became a thing for people to make money from writing, I thought hey maybe one day that’ll be me. But it’s not. And I’m okay with that. I don’t want my blog to become my job, because I think it would take the fun out of it. I love writing on here, but I don’t think I’d fancy the pressure of writing for someone else. This has always been for me, and it’s going to stay that way for as long as I’m writing on here!

There’s so much more I could still say, but I think this is a good time to bring this post to a close. I know for many of us, 2020 was meant to be the best year yet… of course, it’s not really gone that way so far, but as always, I have hope that things will get better. Writing this, and looking back on the times I’ve shared with all of you, has made me realise how important this space is for me, and just know that whatever happens this year, me and my blog aren’t going anywhere.

To those who have stuck with me from the beginning (sorry to sound like that person but I genuinely don’t think there are many) thank you. To those who have only joined me today, thank you. To anyone who read my posts in between, thank you.