I read blogs for about a year before I started mine up. I followed loads of blogs, getting the links from magazines, twitter. Then around November 2011 I made the decision to start up my blog, which you read now. In just over a year, it's come such a long way, and I am incredibly thankful for that, but guess what? This didn't come overnight, and it didn't come without hard work and commitment to it. I started up a blog because I had a serious passion for writing, and a little bit of an emerging obsession/fascination with make up, beauty and fashion. I just turned that passion into something I wanted people to enjoy reading, and I worked so hard to make sure it was all good! I am a bit of a perfectionist at heart, so stuff like my layout had to be perfect, I proof read things before I publish and I write about stuff I enjoy. This combined with wanting my blog to succeed, are the reasons I think I have a successfully emerging blog today. This isn't to say that perfection is the key - sticking at it and writing what you enjoy is the key!
Sometimes I feel that the attitude of some people is a little bit odd; some people expect things to be handed to them on a plate, with no effort on their part. Call me old fashioned, but I've been taught that things shouldn't be taken for granted and that you have to work for them. And I've learnt that it really is true. Success in my GCSE's? I revised my butt off. Good AS grades? I revised even more. Driving test? I practised loads. As I've got older, its become more and more crucial that I work hard otherwise I get nowhere. I'm want to go to University, so I'm going to have to work. I'm not just going to get handed a place. It should be obvious that this is the case but it seems more and more now that stuff nowadays seems to hand people things.
Shows like X Factor I think don't help this mindset. Don't get me wrong, I know people obviously work hard on that show to get as far as they do, but to the viewers? It just looks like an easy way to hit the big time. I don't really like the X Factor anyway, and have never liked the singers that have won it or come out of it. The thing is, I listen to so many lesser known artists who have worked their way up from scratch to actually get noticed. Laura Marling, for example, I respect her so much as she started up from scratch to get where she is. Also, Ed Sheeran. I'm not too keen on the guy, but he's done so well for himself. And don't you think those artists will last longer? They haven't been catapulted into fame quickly. They've worked their way up, and yes it's taken longer than they thought, but the mistakes they made helped them. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?
But both those musicians had a goal. They both wanted to make it to the top, sell records and make people happy. Okay, Laura Marling isn't as well known as Ed Sheeran (do look her up on YouTube, she's beautifully talented!!) but she's happy and making incredible albums. Ed Sheeran is touring the world and making music. They had a goal, and they finally reached it with determination and commitment. The world needs more people like this. There's such an amazing sense of satisfaction when you know you've worked for something, then you reap the rewards. Like your first pay day when you get a job/new job! It's more rewarding and fulfilling when you know you've worked and I genuinely think that having this drummed into my head has possibly made me a stronger person.
I guess what I'm trying to say, is that even if you feel like your blog, exams, or anything else isn't going to plan or is taking longer than you thought, just keep going with it. Don't give up and don't sit there waiting for something to happen or an opportunity to come to you. Even if it's just little things, you have to make things happen. Get up and grab it before it disappears and you're left sitting waiting for something else to come a long. We all have those moments that we can't be bothered to do much, or can't see ourselves succeeding for whatever reason, but just remember that if you can imagine it, you can do it.
**I mean no offence by this, and I'm not saying any of you have this attitude! I just felt quite strongly about it, and I felt like I needed to vent it somewhere. I feel like blogging should be about what you think and feel and I want to write more posts like this. It's a fashion beauty & lifestyle blog which is why I've posted this. Believe me, it was hard to decide whether to publish this or not!