Happy birthday to my blog! Bugger All is 1 year old today and wow, I am kind of surprised how quickly the last year went by. Blogging has become a great part of my life and I can honestly say that my life has changed because of it so much.
I’ve really grown this past year with my blog. Well obviously, as I didn’t have a blog prior to that. But, if I look back at my blogposts at the beginning of the year, so much has changed. My posts are so more structured and do make more sense now. I blog about everything I want to blog and not because I think it’s blog worthy. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come and many people engage with me. It may not seem a lot to most, but it sincerely makes me so happy.
Blogging can lead to actual meet ups with fellow bloggers and this is such an exciting thing! unfortunately at this point in time, I’ve never attended a meet up. It’s mainly because I live in the Netherlands and the people I interact with live in the UK. However, I’ve my first meet up coming up in April! The #TalkMH meet up and I’m beyond excited for it.
English is not my first language, Dutch is. I made the decision to start blogging in English, because I wanted to develop my written English and interact with people all over the world. I can say now, that my English has grown, both written and spoken. And I’ve also learnt a great deal about the English language in general.
Blogging has helped me a lot with my mental health in the last year. I started to talk about it on my blog whilst getting different diagnoses. I opened up more and got to know people who suffered or suffer with mental health issues. It has been a literal lifesaver for me and to be inspired by others, has really helped me in my mental health progress.
By writing a lot of blogposts and especially about mental health, the idea came to write a book about my own mental health. Initially I thought about writing my life out, but that’s something for later. I hope haha. I published a book this year called ‘The Mushroom Cloud’ and is a collection of all my mental health related blogposts of 2016. I’m very proud of this and the support I got from all my friends online. It’s one of those little lights in my life at the moment.
Twitter fingers. Yes I tweeted a lot the past year and I’m not going to apologise. At all. I’ve not only engaged with new bloggers, but I also found a way to talk about things. Get support. Offer support. Feel loved and give love. For me personally it has added a lot and I guess that’s the social media I love the most at the moment and have loved for the past year. Also I’ve gained over 1300 followers in the past year, which is massive for me to be honest.
Instagram is just a bitch really. Well it’s a bitch to grow and gain followers, other than that I love it. Following other bloggers and putting your content out there is one of my favourite things. Instagram has pushed me to do better with photos and I still enjoy it. Especially now that I get more and more engagement, it really feels like appreciation. I know you do it for yourself, but sometimes it’s nice to get appreciation and respect from others.
I’ve had little moments where I thought I could do Youtube, but it’s only been for a few weeks that Ive started to do it a fashion, I think is nice. I try to talk about mental health, because that’s the thing I’m most passionate about and is really important to me personally. I have plans to do more with Youtube. Like doing books/tv/film reviews and obviously football.
I guess I’m the most grateful for making new friends. It’s amazing how blogging can give you opportunities, but friendships are so invaluable. I’ve genuinely made friends for life, both male and female. Friends who saved me, make me laugh, help me, support me and I couldn’t honestly live without them. They are friends for a life time I feel and I’m so glad I’ve got the opportunity to meet them in the coming months.