A Reflection On The Last Six Months – Half A Year Old..

I feel like one of those annoying mothers of new-born children that insist on telling you how old their child is, specifically in months and days, but I can’t believe that my ‘blog baby’ is a few days shy of half a year old?! After not blogging for so many years, I had forgotten just how much I truly enjoy it and the incredible community that surrounds it is indescribable to anyone that isn’t involved! While the last six months may have flown by, I feel like I have achieved so much already, and I cannot wait to see what the next half a year holds for me and my ‘blog baby’..

In the last six months, I have ‘met’ some incredible people and fallen back in love with creating once again! I wanted to write this post as a little run-down of my stats from the past six months, both as a thank you to all those who have supported me and my blog so far, and as an opportunity to set myself some blog-based goals for the next half of the year and as a point of reflection for my future self. I am not driven by numbers at all, but I feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I realise that people actually read the content I spend so much time creating! I’ll start with my blog itself..

I went self-hosted three months ago – I received an incredible three and a half thousand views on my blog before doing so, and have since matched that on my self-hosted site, for which I am so thankful. An incredible seven hundred comments have been left across roughly thirty posts, and I have been overwhelmed by everyone’s support and I have tried to reciprocate it as much as possible! My most popular posts so far have been ‘Improving My DA‘ and ‘Five Apps You Need To Know About‘, although I personally love ‘Getting Festive – Christmas At Blenheim‘ the most, which was my first blogging event! I currently have exactly three hundred followers on WordPress, and two hundred on Bloglovin, which I am still in the process of properly getting my head around. In the next six months, I simply want to continue posting regularly, which is the only goal I plan on setting for myself for my blog – I would love to attend some more events, but for me, writing is the most exciting part of blogging!

Twitter has definitely become my favourite form of social media in the last half a year – I am constantly scrolling through my feed, and spend way too much time ignoring my boyfriend as a result! I have gained over one thousand, one hundred followers in the last six months, which is enough to almost make me cry with happiness, and I have made a ridiculous amount of friends in that time as well! In the next six months, I want to continue joining in with as many Twitter Chats as possible, keep up with the amazing Comment Pods that I am apart of, and would love to finally hit two thousand followers, although that seems a lifetime away at the moment..

As much as I used to love Instagram, I have definitely fallen out of love with it. I’ve gained about two hundred followers in the last six months, but the number fluctuates and drops at a ridiculous rate, and I don’t want to set myself any goals surrounding that – I just want continuing using it to watch other people’s stories, which I really enjoy, and post as and when I want!

I want to take this time to ‘shout out’ a few people who have made this journey so amazing, and have inspired me a ridiculous amount. Abbey is one of the most supportive, friendly, and kind people to have ever graced this planet, and her blog is just as wonderful! Jemma was one of my original inspirations when starting my blog, having read hers for a ridiculously long time, and I am still just as in love now with all of her content! And last, but certainly not least, is Alice – I genuinely have no words to describe how amazing both she and her blog are, and how friendly she has been in the last few months, and how much I really want to meet her in 2018..

I’m aware just how rambly and all over the place this post is, but I am in such a happy place with my blog at the moment – I’ve said it before, but I am genuinely so thankful for all the support that I’ve had throughout 2017..

Where do you hope to be in half a year? What are your blog goals for 2018?

and then zen half a year old

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  • Leslie

    I am with you. Instagram used to be my favorite app but Twitter is definitely where I’ve met some amazing things! Congrats on all of the accomplishments!

  • Woohoo, you go, girl! Those stats are amazing, I know it’s not all about the numbers but congratulations! I remember I first found you from your 50 Questions post and I’ve followed you ever since because your content is always so interesting and well written. Keep doing what you do and good luck with your goals for next year 🙂 x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  • It’s lovely to celebrate your milestones in this way! My blog is definitely my baby as well hehe! You’ve done a fantastic job in such a short time and you have lots to be proud of! Thank you so much as well for your kind words about me, I had a tear in my eye as I was reading that paragraph! You’re a total sweetheart!

    Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  • Chessie ✨

    Congratulations lovely! I love your blog, it’s amazing and so inspirational – keep up the good work and good luck with your goals for next year! x

    Francesca | everythingchessie.co.uk 🌿

  • Jude Rivers

    Congratulations! I only started blogging in June! I love your site and you’ve done so well! I’m going to look in to self hosting when my wordpress business payment is over for the year! xx

    http://www.juderivers.com

  • Alice Swain

    You are SUCH a babe, thank you so much for including me in this and your lovely words 🙂 you and your blog have done so well and in only 6 months!! So proud of you girl and I’m sure it will continue to do even better in the new year. Also your Blenheim posts was one of my faves too along with your post about your holiday with your boyfriend! My goals are just to work with more brands really and try and get my name out there a bit more 🙂
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

  • Glass of Class

    Awww this post makes me so happy! I’m so glad your blog is doing so great as it should because it’s amazing! I enjoy your posts so much <3 hope next year will bring you even more success and happiness!

    Julia xx
    theglassofclass.com

  • So proud of you and all of your achievements! You’ve grown so much and you deserve every success, your content is incredible and you’re super lovely & supportive. My goals for 2018 is to just carry on blogging and being consistent, it’s great that I’ve found a hobby that I can actually dedicate myself to x
    Alice http://www.accordingtoalicex.com

  • Gemma

    Girl I never realised you’re blog is only six months old woow. You should be very proud of yourself and you’ve got some great achievements behind you. I wish you all the best for 2018 and I hope your achievements continue. My goal for 2018 is to continue my success and just grow, i’m doing so well at the moment and I hope to continue this! As well as reaching 10k views.

    Gemma | http://www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

  • I love reading your posts Andi, like hands down such an amazing blogger! I’m actually surprised you’ve only been blogging for 6 months. And I totes agree with your choice of social platforms, twitter is amazing, and instagram is currently sucking. I hope to meet more bloggers (you’re in there) and to continue improving my content 😀 xx

  • emily isobelle jane

    I love your posts andi! So glad to have found your blog and your amazing content! You are such an inspiration and you have made some fantastic achievements in the last 6 months! I cant wait to see where you go in the next 6! I would also love to continue writing and to meet more bloggers <3
    Emily xx
    http://www.isobellejane.com

  • Like you, Instagram has been a struggle. I would like to go self hosted at some point, but I’m scared to do it. I’m also around the 6 month mark, and it’s been so much fun!

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  • Happy 6 month Blogiversary! I can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2018 and what your blog looks like when it turns one! I love your content and I’m so happy that others have noticed how incredible it is as well. Next year I’d like to switch from Blogger to WordPress and go self-hosted as well! Also, I want to create content that’s more me and talk about more than just beauty :)x

    Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

  • Ellie’s Bits of Beauty

    You’ve done amazing! I’m definitely the same with the socials too, love twitter so much more than Instagram nowadays, such a shame I used to love Instagram so much! Anyway, I can’t wait to see your next 6 months worth and more!

    Ellie x

    http://elliesbitsofbeauty.com