I can remember the first day I ever started blogging. Everything from picking my name to typing my first ever blog post. Pressing publish was a really overwhelming experience and I sat there eagerly awaiting comments for none to even appear. I went through days of self doubt looking at my work and wondering whether anyone would read it, to days of feeling ecstatic as I gained a new follower. My blog wasn't an overnight success and it still isn't what most people would call a success today, but to me it was my little haven and will always be something that I'm proud of.
I started blogging five and a half years ago when I was nineteen years old, when sticking to something other than obsessing over boys seemed impossible. I flittered through different courses at college and every time I joined a club or tried to start a hobby, I would instantly get bored. Blogging was relatively unheard of back then. It wasn't unknown, but not many people knew what blogging was and there was no-one like Zoella acting as our kind of mascot. The most popular vlogger/blogger I remember at the time was Panacea81 or as most people know her today - Lauren Luke. She was the one that really inspired me.
My blog was primarily beauty focused when I started, but over the years it has developed more niches and I have expanded my writing style. The reason for this was due to the fact that I'm not the same person today as I was five and a half years ago. Although my blog name has the word 'vanity' in the title, I'm nowhere near vain - yes the nineteen year old me did care a lot about makeup and looking the best I can be, but the 24 year old me is now saying live for the moment. I have matured as a person and along the way my blog has matured with me.
Due to this reason, I have decided to shift some of the focus of my blog. My passions have changed since that nineteen year old girl first put the digital pen to the digital paper - I want to travel the world, delve into culture, explore different cuisines and try to dress impeccably on the way. Forever Miss Vanity I'm hoping will now take on a more lifestyle persona writing about fashion, food and travel. Of course I'm not going to shy away from beauty - makeup is still something I love, but it's not going to be the focal point of my blog anymore. I want my blog to be the diary of my life and inspire others - so here's to new beginnings.
Have you ever felt like you have outgrown something?