The Maturing Blogger


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?



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12 comments

  1. It's quite nice to have a bit of variation, I'm mainly beauty but like you said my interests vary and I like to post about life and fashion to. I think your readers will follow you and probably change interest with you, plus you may gain new ones from it xx

    http://beautybykaris.com

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  2. Good luck in your new adventure. As a 32 year old women, i can safely say your out grow lots of things along the way. I used to be a craft blogger until a year ago :)

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  3. Good luck with your new focus! When I became a mom my focus shifted a little as well, but I'm still pretty obsessed with makeup and beauty lol

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  4. Our blogs are like our little journeys aren't they? I love how mine has grown, from finding my writing voice to the type of posts I write. I think it's great that you are including a variety of posts ❤️
    Bee xxx
    QueenBeady.com

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  5. I think it's great for blogs to have a mixture of posts so I don't blame you for wanting to expand. I only started mine in November last year and initially thought I would purely do beauty then realised that I actually really enjoyed doing more lifestyle related posts. Looking forward to seeing what you'll post next :)

    Beth x
    Bethany Georgina

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  6. My biggest regret about my blog is the name! But just like you, I've had my blog for about 5 years, and I feel I can't change the domain now - it's taken so long to get to where I am today. I want to write about more lifestyle topics as well, but feel it would be irrelevant on a blog with "fashion" in the name. You're lucky that you chose a name that is a bit more general in a way.
    xx
    Fashion Infatuation

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  7. Oh well, good luck with the changes, it is a great reason why and I am sure in a few years we will all be branching out and changing x

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  8. I know what you mean and in my opinion change is never a bad thing, as long as your passionate about the thing you do. Good luck with everything :)

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  9. I quite enjoy reading other posts on beauty blogs, sometimes it's nice to find a bit more bout the person behind the blog.

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  10. Congratulations on venturing on to new topics! I'm looking forward to reading them and hope that one day I can do the same thing.

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  11. I think it's great you're branhing out, no blog needs to just stick to one topic, variety is good x

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  12. aw its great to hear how your blog grew and matured along the way :)

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