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A Blog Birthday Post: THANK YOU

17 Feb 2015
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Happy Birthday to me, 
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to imogenscribbles.co.uk,
Happy Birthday to me.

Okay so it's not my birthday, but it has been one year since I created this blog and I think it's about time I said thank you. Thank you to all those lovely people out there who read my posts; thank you to everyone who comments and therefore makes my day; thank you to everyone who enjoys the content that I spend time creating and thinking about; and most importantly, thank you for encouraging me to stay positive. 

It's not easy having a hobby that not everybody understands, and that not everybody can relate to. It made me feel embarrassed and slightly ashamed and I don't think I could've gotten over that feeling without the help of you trusty followers. Although my closest friends and family know about imogenscribbles, I can't imagine it's something that would interest them much, and I don't think a lot of them understand why I enjoy it so much, or why I even do it. 

I learnt html coding and I learnt how to use Photoshop one summer when I was 13. I'd spend many nights awake till 1am (which I thought was pretty late for a 13 year old) following tutorials on blending, brushes, colouring etc, and learning FTP and CSS. My favourite lesson was not actually English but ICT. Things start to get tricky when you get older, and studying/ a social life starts to take over, so I haven't gone back to my designing days (apart from minor things like my blog layout), but I did toy with the idea of a website/blog and have been since I first introduced myself to the digital world. I finally had the courage to create something this time last year and although I'm still very much learning and I'm still very much not content with my blog and its direction, I am proud of what I have achieved so far and I am proud of myself for sticking with it. I also have my friend from University, Emily, to thank because if she hadn't started writing a blog in first year then I would've never had the guts to.

Despite being 21 and not having finished university yet, I am already panicking about the future of my personal life and my career, which is making this year a particularly stressful time.  I feel like I should've achieved a lot more than I have by now, and that's pretty hard. However, I am finally accepting that imogenscribbles is a step in the right direction, and is a great achievement itself. Although I have taken time off, ultimately it has been something that I've stuck with and something which I hope to continue to develop and improve as time goes by. 

I'm excited to see what the future brings for not only my blog but also those other bloggers that I've been following. It's an amazing feeling - watching other peoples creations grow and become successful; from little simple blogs with ten followers, to great big professional blogs with hundreds of followers. So I don't think this is really a pat on the back just for me, it's more of a reflection on the blogging community in general.

Be proud of your blogs and what you have achieved!
11 comments on "A Blog Birthday Post: THANK YOU"
  1. Happy blog birthday! You should be so proud of this space you have here - it is just wonderful. I have been following along since nearly the beginning I think and it has be so great to watch this place grow! Oh and don't panic about your career and personal life too much, panic leads to bad decisions haha, take your time and enjoy the ride! x

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  2. And thank YOU for writing such a lovely blog :) Be loud and proud! Happy Birthday Imogen Scribbles xx

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  3. Happy blog birthday Immy!!!

    I'm glad I was a good influence because I just love reading your blog.

    Keep at it girl!

    Emily xxx

    Auburn Antics

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  4. Happy blogiversary! I think the blog is definitely something to be super proud of, people don't realise how much work they are!! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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  5. Thanks so much Sarah :) You were one of the first people who really noticed the blog so it really means a lot! Haha thank you, yeah panic absolutely does lead to bad decisions... which then leads to more panic. So basically it's just better to relax and see what happens! x

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  6. Thank you Chloe :) Means a lot! None of this silly caring what people think business! x

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  7. Thank you Emily! <3 Love how much yours has grown, it's motivating me! x

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  8. Thank you!! I agree, I didn't realise it's really not just a 'i'll do it whenever I want' kind of hobby! X

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  9. I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    Interesting posts, beautiful photos & design!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet

    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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  10. Happy blog Birthday to Imogenscribbles! So glad you've made it this far. :)


    I can relate with you when you said that you're a little "embarrassed" by doing what you do (or at least were embarrassed) because I am the exact same way.


    Not a lot of people outside of the blogging world knows about what I do. Even my parents. It's like I am living the double life of the blogger Jes and the "real" Jes. But I am happy nevertheless and you should be too.


    I support what you do 100%!


    I really do think you should come to Australia so we can finally meet one day! :)

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  11. Congratulations on one year of blogging. Managing to write great content for a year is a real achievement Lucy

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Please feel free to leave a comment, it really makes my day! Imogen x