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My Blogging Journey.

Monday, 5 September 2016
When I read my friend Holly's post about why she started blogging, it really inspired me to talk about the reasons I started blogging, as I'm not really sure I've shared that here on my blog before.



About 2 years ago, I'd been in my job just over a year. Although the premise of video-game testing sounds like the best job in the world, but like with any job, it gets pretty repetitive and mundane after awhile and I started to feel really sad and uninspired.

I started trying to find ways to fulfil that need outside of work and I landed on going to the gym. I enjoyed the gym and it kicked started me losing the weight I wanted to lose, which was awesome. However I had started a little fitness blog along side my gym sessions, talking about how I felt, what work outs I was doing, how much weight I'd lost etc etc to help keep track of everything and I just found myself really enjoying writing it and reading other peoples journeys.

After the gym sessions fizzled out, not because I got bored as such but because I'd lost the weight I actually wanted to lose and felt quite happy with myself, but obviously my fitness blog kind of fizzle out with it and I started to slip back into being really bored and sad outside of work.

I ummed and ahhhed for quite awhile about starting a proper blog, I had no idea what to talk about, what to name it, how to go about being a 'blogger', until one day I took the plunge and SweetAllure happened. It started out for awhile being a beauty blog for people who was just getting into makeup AKA, me. I hadn't been into skincare or beauty for long and thought it'd be an interesting place to learn and grow, but after awhile I realised writing about one thing forever wasn't for me, I had so many other interests in life so why would I limit myself to one topic?

I slowly started introducing lifestyle and fashion posts and I just felt so much happier. It was keeping me occupied outside of work, thinking about topics and content, trying to take a none blurry photo and discovering the magical world of Twitter. I think becoming obsessed with Twitter and finding this HUGE community of bloggers was the turning point for me, before it was just a hobby but something changed and it became this huge drive and passion.

Talking to random people all over the world about everything to do with blogging was amazing and that was before I discovered 'Twitter Chats'. I remember just sitting on my sofa all weekend joining in chat after chat and talking to so many people about so many different things, it was just so new and interesting! I still do this when I get time and still love talking to new people about random stuff, it's the main reason I'm obsessed with Twitter.

After a few months I managed to somehow end up being invited along to a blogger meet up, where I met some people I still talk to now! It was so terrifying and bizarre but it was also pretty fucking awesome too. Before I knew it I was popping along to events and meets up all the time, meeting new people and making some amazing friends along the way.

I honestly could never have imagined the world that has been opened up to me from blogging. I've met so many amazing people in a city that I was so lonely in, I had no friends, no social life and writing about stuff on the internet changed that, how mental is that?!

I get invited to so many awesome places in Sheffield to try new menus or drink menus, check out awesome new venues that have opened up or try new products, it still blows my mind.

Even more recently, it's opened up another avenue for me with my artwork. I've always been creative, for as long as I can remember. Art was always my best subject in school, I'd sketch and paint or knit and cross stitch in my spare time. When I decided to share that artwork with you lovely lot, it just exploded. I really cannot explain how insane this last month or two has been on that front (and still is!). But I just don't know where I would be without all of this, writing, painting, events, meeting and talking to people, I'd still be sat being so sad and lonely crying to Nick that I just wanted some friends to talk to. But hey, guess what? those people are you. Every single last person that has spoken to me in real life, on twitter, in a blog post comment, it was every single one of you that lifted me out of a really sad hole that I thought I would never get out of.

So I want to say thank you. Thank you for being so fucking awesome, every single day. I hope I can always continue to carry on this wonderful journey with all of you as I change and grow as a blog and as a person! The support of the community has always been so amazing and I honestly wouldn't change it for the world.

I would genuinely love to hear your blogging story/journey, so please feel free comment below or tweet me a link to your blog post! (@sweet_allure)!


18 comments on "My Blogging Journey."
  1. Aww what a beautiful post. So glad you managed to find blogging when you was feeling so low. Your artwork is lovely and I can see you're doing so well.

    Love Hannah xx

    www.HannahHawes.com

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    1. Thank you! It's all abit crazy! eeee xx

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  2. Aww this is so lovely! I definitely need to get involved in Twitter chats - it's fast become my fav social media! So much less maintenance than Instagram and it feels way more connected.
    <3

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    1. Yeah instagram seems so much more hassle recently, i find twitter so easy to chat and get to know people! Twitter chats are perfect for that!! You should defo get involved more! xx

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  3. Wonderful post!! I love reading why others started blogging :)

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. Aww thank you :) Everyone's journey is so different! xx

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  4. Such a lovely post! I always enjoy reading about how peoples blogs formed and evolved and essentially how people evolve. We are never the same person from year to year and it's wonderful. I'm glad you've found happiness from your blog and I hope you continue to. Even though it's almost been a year since I started, I still feel like a new blogger just getting to grips with what I want to do but I will get there :)

    Katie
    www.katiehodgkinson.com

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    1. I've been doing this for a year and a half and i still have no idea what i'm doing sometimes! At least we all feel the same like that sometimes! Thank you for reading! xx

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  5. Awh sweetie, this is such a lovely post! Blogging really is amazing, isn't it? I don't know what I'd do without it as I've met so many amazing people through it. Fingers crossed we could meet soon!

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    1. Same! Isn't it amazing how many people have the something in common from blogging? Its such a huge hobby of mine now that I couldn't imagine my life without it! xx

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  6. Lovely Story, glad you found your little place on the internet!
    www.wanderfreeblog.wordpress.com
    xx

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  7. This was such a lovel, inspiring read! I hope one day that blogging will make me as happy as it has for you, you deserve it!

    Jem | JemsJournal.com

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    1. Aww thank you Jem! I hope it makes you happy too! It's filled such a big void in my life xx

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  8. Such a lovely post! I love finding out how others got into blogging, and your story was really interesting. I'm so pleased to hear that blogging helped you out of that sad hole. It really is amazing how much blogging can change your life, isn't it?! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. I never ever in a million years thought it would fill my life with such good and happiness. It's truely amazing and its meant i've met so many amazing and lovely people! xxx

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  9. Cuuuuute! I'm so glad to have found you as a blogging pal, and I love your posts. So glad you found a passion in blogging xo

    Becki xo | www.primeanddine.co.uk

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    1. Awww Becki I'm so glad you are my friend too! ^_^ xxx

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