Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Let's All Have A Casual Chat: Why I Love Blogging

One chilled evening in April 2015, I made the decision to start up a blog. I didn't ever really think that it would lead anywhere and it kinda felt like I had delved right into the deep end, but the passion was there in my heart and I knew that was all that really mattered.  

I was only 9 years old when I started watching YouTube videos and reading other people's blogs. I didn't ever think much of it, probably because I was so young at the time, but I just knew that it was something that I enjoyed doing. I guess I was in awe at what I was seeing, considering the fact I'd never come across anything like this on the internet before. As I got older, and continued to discover even more internet sensations, I started thinking about what it would be like if I were to start my own social media site like this. I didn't have Twitter or anything like that back then, but I did know of it, so I understood that was how you could contact people more easily.
A month after my 14th birthday, one of my friends at the time suggested that I start my own blog. I can't quite remember why or how the topic came about, but she knew I wanted to help people and I guess at that moment in time, everybody I knew from school and what not had also started watching YouTube and reading blogs. You could probably say that was what gave me the 'push' that I needed to actually start my own blog.
When I first began, I was stuck with the most basic of templates, bog-standard images that I'd snatched straight off of Google and 0 clue as to what the heck I was doing.
Looking back at some of my old posts really does make me cringe, but I'm just thankful to say that I've grown and gotten a lot better as time has gone on - thank god for that!
Even though I had wanted to start my own blog for ages, I didn't always love it as much as I do now. It took me a while to actually fall properly head over heels for it, because I just didn't feel as though the effort I was putting in was worth it, if I'm honest. I used to write about topics that I thought would help people, but in reality, nobody was even coming across by blog! Having said that though, I stuck at it, and look where I am now!
I can honestly say I love blogging. It brings so much joy and happiness into my life on a daily basis. I'm constantly thinking about what content I want to post next, who I want to collaborate with, what Twitter chat I'm going to join in with and what else I can do to improve even further. I do have quite a few hobbies (way to try and make yourself sound exciting, Jade..), but I would have to say that blogging is by far my favourite one.
Since starting Simply Jadey, my life has changed dramatically. And no, I'm not just saying that for the sake of it - I genuinely do mean it! I don't mean that I started off as a nerdy teenager with glasses and an awkward sense of humour and now I'm suddenly a well-known inspiration, who has thousands of followers and her own book. It's not quite as dramatic of a change as that. What I mean is, I've blossomed as a person (and a blogger!) and it's almost as though I've pulled myself out of the dark hole that I was in and now the sunshine is quite literally brightening up my life. I genuinely mean that.
 I feel as though I have a reason to blog - a purpose, if you will. People read my posts and engage with the way I write. I get involved in Twitter chats, where I'm able to make many friends, who have similar interests as myself. These people may be my age, they may be older or they may be younger, but none-the-less, we all get on and we all have our love of blogging in common.
Nothing will ever be able to compare to the opportunities that I have been given through my blog. I've got talking to some beautiful, incredible girls and women, I've been able to work with brands that I genuinely adore, I've developed 2 of the things that I love the most in life, which are photography and writing and I've also discovered my purpose in life.
The blogging community is my favourite community ever and I am honestly so proud to be able to say that I'm a part of it. There are now over 400 of us in this Simply Jadey family and I really can't believe it. I never even dreamed of thinking that one day over 400 people that I've never even met in real life would be interested in reading about the things I have to say. It still blows my mind to this very day.
To think that I'm able to earn money through brands that I work for and write for an actual magazine that gets published every few months makes me feel so incredibly lucky. I'm 15 years old, yet I'm able to experience all of these crazy, amazing things. It's really just down to all of you, who continue to support me and follow me through this journey.
Whether you have been reading my blog since April 5th 2015 or whether this is the first post you have come across of mine, I just want to thank you. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read my ramblings. Thank you for commenting your opinions on my posts. Thank you for sharing and spreading the love across all social media sites and throughout the Simply Jadey family. Thank you for sticking by me and supporting me.
Thank you for everything that you say and do. I love you all more than words could ever say and I will be doing a giveaway to express my gratitude even further, as soon as I get the chance. I promise.
You are all beautiful, incredible people. You all deserve the world, because that's what you are to me. <3
Lots of love always,
Jade xo


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