four years…

another blog birthday!

Last week marked my fourth year of blogging.  It always comes so quickly after New Year and I’m conscious of rambling on forever about milestones and goals, so I’d considered not writing this post this year.  But I’ve written them every year at this time and I do love to look back on them, for my own memories as much as anything.  It’s crazy how much has changed, and how much I’ve changed in all that time.

I get asked all the time about whether a blog is worth all the effort that you put in, and I always reply that it depends entirely on your expectations.  Mine has exceeded anything that I ever thought possible, but I came from a position of knowing nothing about the industry (I don’t even think there was industry as such when I began!), very little about computers or technical aspects, zero about coding and WordPress, and the bare bones of social media etiquette.  I was a true beginner in every sense of the word.  Everything that came after came as a total shock to me.  It was a happy coincidence, teamed with a lot of work.

You can only do this I think if you truly love it.  It’s 24/7, 365 days a year, and I’m only really getting to grips now with giving myself permission to step away from time to time.  There is no quick fix – and I think that’s sometimes one of the most massive misconceptions.  You don’t just sign up and find yourself inundated with work the next day (or even year!)  If you come from a place of writing and sharing for you, no one else, then there will always be longevity in it – and stats and opportunities and all the noise around it will be the cherry on top of the cake.

so, this year in highlights…

I always turn to my trusty Instagram profile when I need reminded of all the high points of the year.  It’s my happy place for sure, and I often scroll back through my gallery in these darkest days of Winter.  I thought I’d share some of my gallery here too, as a way of recapping some of what we’ve got up to in this past twelve months.

winter

 

spring

 

summer

 

autumn

winter

 

what a year!

Full of trips and travels, moments at home, the quiet and the chaotic.  It makes me so proud of my gang to look back at these, so nostalgic to have time frozen in images and words.  This space is a job for me now, yes.  But it’s first and foremost a record of these wonderful days that we’re in.  It’s my old-age time lapse – something to reminisce on and show my grandchildren years down the line.  I’m so thankful for it.

I say it every year, but whether you have been here from that ropey first post, or just since this minute right now, I’m so happy you are part of it.  Whether you are a quiet observer or a front row cheerleader, know that I’m so very grateful.

Happy birthday little blog.  Happy anniversary lovely friends.

Into year five we go!

 

Emma x

4 Comments

  1. January 8, 2018 / 5:52 pm

    These photos just encapsulate what an amazing, colourful and wonderful year that you and your family have had! I have loved reading all of your posts and ooohhhing and awing over the adventures, the photographs and of course Ernie! I cannot wait to see what this year brings 🙂
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  2. January 9, 2018 / 8:03 am

    Happy anniversary! I’ve loved watching your blog grow over the last 4 years.
    This post is beautiful xx

  3. January 10, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    Huge huge happy blog birthday. Such a beautiful blog and forever keeping us drooling over outfits, home interiors, travel and your beautiful family too. So sweet what a year indeed. Can’t wait to read more of your many adventures to come ahead.

  4. January 10, 2018 / 3:17 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday lovely – I don’t always comment but I do always read. You will always be one of my favourites x

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