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2 November 2020

Why My Fourth Year Of Blogging Has Been My Best Yet!

It's the beginning of November which means that I am now celebrating my fourth year of blogging! Around this time four years ago, I hit the 'Publish' button for my first post (soz, I haven't got the link for that) and I sat there nervous at what people's reactions were going to be!


Since I wrote my last bloggerversary post, so much has happened. This time last year, Coronavirus didn't exist. TikTok was barely used. Shielding and lockdown were about to become everyday words in our vocabulary, tiers were things you'd only find on a wedding cake. 



Anyway, let's focus on my last year of blogging. Like the title says -


It's been the best blogging year yet!


I've enjoyed blogging so much this year. I think near the end of 2019, I kind of lost my way in blogging, my writing had become a bit bleh and I felt like I was running out of ideas. I made it my objective to focus on my blog in 2020 and I'm so glad I did. When lockdown began in March, I had to shield for a number of weeks and being home all that time made me focus on my blog so much. I was able to churn out so much content, get more organised and just completely fall in love with it all over again. 


It's fair to say that I have assessed this year of blogging as my best yet, but here are a few other reasons why I think it's been amazing! -



BEEN  MORE  PRODUCTIVE
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I made it my aim to write more to do lists in order to get tasks done. I was always doubtful about to do lists as to whether they really did help you get things done. I can safely say now that I adore to do lists and would be lost without them! I've definitely been more productive this year with blogging and have managed to get even the most menial of tasks done eg broken link checking. I'm hoping this productive streak will continue, talking of streaks...



BEEN  MORE  CREATIVE
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This is one streak I hope will carry on for a while also! I think this spell of creativity came when I bought a new camera at the start of this year and the creativity juices just seemed to flow more generously than previous years. Before this, my creativity juices didn't flow, they trickled. Being creative does help me to love blogging and it makes my blogging life a whole lot easier. Also researching Pinterest and Unsplash for photo inspo for hours on end has helped with my creativity.

 

FALLEN  IN  LOVE  WITH  IT  AGAIN
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I feel a lot more dedicated to my blog than I ever have been. I think lockdown was a blessing in disguise in terms of my blog. Like I said earlier, I was able to put more effort and centre my attention on it. Doing that made me fall in love with it all over again. I'm not saying lockdowns are something I want to happen all the time, but you know. 




HAD  MORE  TIME  TO  FOCUS  ON  IT
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Like I said previously, the fact that I have had more time to write, shoot photos, focus on SEO, comment on other blogger's blogs and reply to comments on my own blog has really helped me improve my blog and support others too. 


MORE  OPPORTUNITIES  WERE  THROWN  MY  WAY
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This is the year where I seemed to have collabs and opportunities flying into my inbox. I'm always extremely grateful for any opportunity or collaboration I get asked to do. It makes me feel like all the hard work of creating content is paying off. Seeing a new email land in my inbox don't half brighten my day!



GOT  MYSELF  ORGANISED  DIDN'T  I?!
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Is this what it feels to be Monica Gellar? I've never been so organised in blogging in my whole life. I used to leave doing tasks up until the last minute, then sweat my way threw them when I knew I absolute needed to get them done. Since writing to do lists, I don't seem to put myself in that panicky situation anymore. I get myself organised, I even plan my weekly schedule on a Sunday night. This was something I never thought I would do. I used to focus all my energy on not thinking about the weekend being almost over. Now I look forward to Sunday evenings to get my weekly schedule sorted. Who even am I?


So, what does the next year of blogging hold for me? God knows. I hope by the time I'm writing this sort of post again for my fifth year blogging anniversary, the pandemic will be a long distant memory and the words shielding and lockdown will not be a part of our vocabulary ever again.



I just want to say a quick thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last year. All the comments, likes, shares, retweets, tags, pins and mentions - they never go unnoticed. I'm so grateful for everyone taking the time to read my little space online. Your ongoing support always brightens my day and I love you all for that. I hope you will stick with me for another year of content, I promise I will try not to let you down and I hope to produce good enough content for you to stick with Lucy Mary!



Lucy

72 comments:

  1. Happy bloggerversary Lucy!!! 4 years is an huge achievement. You see so many bloggers come and go that I think each year should be celebrated. I love your blog and hope to be reading it for many years to come!

    Being organised really helps me keep on track as well. It has made a huge difference for me over the last few months x

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    1. Thank you Claire! Being organised has become so much more important to me now! x

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  2. Happy blog anniversary honey! I really love your blog :) Keep writing and keep rocking!
    Have a great day!
    Rampdiary
    Beautyandfashionfreaks

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  3. Happy 4 years! That's such an exciting milestone to hit - so happy for you. Keep writing and doing what you're doing, I love your blog x

    http://www.dellalovesnutella.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Della! That really means so much lovely x

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  4. Yes Lucy! This post makes me so happy! I'm so glad your blogger journey has just gotten better and better. 4 years is amazing, here's to the next 4! xxxx

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    1. Thank you Jenny, here's to next four years! xxx

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  5. Happy anniversary! I really enjoyed reading this reflective post. I think lockdown helped so many of us that were struggling with motivation on our blogs. I always look forward to reading your posts, as I'm sure many others do too.

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    1. Thank you Kelly! I agree lovely, I think that lack of motivation some had with their blogs pre lockdown have got their motivation back for blogging which is amazing to see! Thank you so much for comment!

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  6. I'm so glad you've fallen back in love with it!!

    Sophie-
    www.thatpalerose.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Sophie and thank you for reading! x

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  7. Happy 4 years of blogging! I definitely fell back into love with blogging changed up my niche and I am so much happier

    NatalyaAmour.com

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    1. Thank you lovely, I'm so happy to hear that you have fallen in love with blogging again, changing niche has definitely helped you by the sounds of it!

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  8. Happy bloggerversary! I really should take second lockdown as an opportunity to write more content, I've been a bit slack since we've had more of our life back but I guess I've now got all the time to take photos and write! I'm so glad I also found your blog this year xx

    www.iridescentplaces.com

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    1. Thank you lovely! I hope you take advantage of this second lockdown by getting more content written! I was the same when I went back to work, for a few weeks I was a bit slack with the content so that's completely natural! xx

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  9. Happy bloggerversary lovely! Blogging is such a great hobby or full time job for some. x

    Zoey | www.zoeyolivia.com

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  10. Congratulations on 4th blog anniversary. I'm so happy to read that it was the best so far and you enjoy so much in creating content.

    New Post - https://www.exclusivebeautydiary.com/2020/11/carolina-herrera-good-girl-marc-jacobs.html

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    1. Thank you very much! Yes I've been loving it this year!

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  11. Happy blog birthday!! 4 years is such an incredible mile stone and I am so happy to say that I've been following you since your early days! I literally search for your content every week and don't get me started on your insta!
    I can't wait to see what this year gives you and your blog!

    Rosie

    loverosiee.co.uk

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    1. Oh Rosie, your comment has made me emotional! It's so lovely to hear that you've been with me from the beginning and it's so nice that you've stuck with me! I always love your content also and always look forward to reading a new post of yours! xx

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  12. Four years, wow, that's wonderful - happy blogiversary! I'm so glad you've fallen back in love with blogging and your creativity is flowing, that's fab to hear - here's to the next four years now! xx

    Lisa | https://www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. Thank you Lisa! Hopefully I'll be writing this post again in a four years time! xx

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  13. Happy bloggiversary! Sounds like you’ve had a great blogging year x

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    1. Thank you Alice, it has been really good! x

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  14. Congrats on 4 years of blogging! I've felt exactly the same as you about blogging this year as well. I really struggled with inspiration when it came to my blog around late last year but I've got a whole new love for blogging this year. Glad you hear that you've fallen in love with blogging again this year :)

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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    1. Thank you Faye! Yeah I think a few blogger's felt the same way about their blogs pre pandemic and it's nice to hear that you have fallen in love with it again lovely! x

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  15. Happy blog anniversary! Your blog is amazing~ Four years is such and incredible achievement. Keep it up and keep on inspiring :)

    Ann | http://annchoi.me

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  16. Happy 4th! Sounds like you have learned a lot and have enjoyed even more. It was so refreshing and inspiring to read. May you have better years ahead and fall even more in love with your blog! All the best.

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    1. Thank you! I hope there are more years to come from this blog! x

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  17. Happy blogging anniversary! It's great that you were able to fall in love with it again and found ways to be more productive and creative! :- )

    Daniela
    www.danielanina.com

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    1. Thank you Daniela! I'm glad that I have fallen in love with it again!

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  18. Happy blogging anniversary 4 years is a great achievement, its great that you have found this year more creative :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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    1. Thank you Nic, I love that I'm more creative now!

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  19. Love this, happy blog anniversary lovely! Your blog is always an awesome read x

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    1. Aww thank you so much Abbey! That means so much x

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  20. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! That is so impressive!

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  21. CONGRATS BABE HAPPY 4TH YEAR GLAD IT WAS YOUR BEST YET !
    SHY - https://www.shyyshianne.com/

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  22. happy 4th year! This sounds like a great year of blogging indeed!

    Life is a Shoe

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  23. It's an amazing achievement! I can only hope I dedicate the same amount of time to my blog over the next couple of years x

    Emily | emiliamarlowe.co.uk

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    1. I'm sure that you will Emily, I have no doubt! x

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  24. Happy 4 years and congratulations! It's lovely to hear all the positives, especially loving blogging again.

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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  25. Sooo amazing! Congrats on year 4 girl! Love seeing people still passionate about their blogs!

    xx, mel
    http://melinspired.com/tech-gift-ideas-every-person-life/

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  26. Congrats on 4 years! I love reading your blog posts and it's so amazing to see all the positive things that have come out of blogging this year for you. I feel like I've got back into the swing of things with my blog too this year! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Chloe! I'm so happy to hear that you have gotten back into the swing of things with blogging also! x

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  27. Congrats on the 4 years. As long as you are always learning that's the main thing!

    Some people have blogs for 4 years but they don't have 4 years experience. They have one years experience 4 times, meaning they learn some basics and then don't want to put the effort in to keep on improving.

    I wish you all the best with your future success.

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    1. Thank you Tanya! In blogging, you're always learning and taking advice on board! x

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  28. Congratulations girl! Great milestone and so glad to hear that despite everything that's been going on this year has been such a good one for you. It's the BEST you start getting e-mails about collaborations because the content that you've created has resonated with people, really gives you a confidence boost. Have fun blogging in the future as well! xx

    Teresa Maria | Outlandish Blog

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    1. Thank you Teresa! Yeah it's definitely an amazing feeling getting emails for potential collabs, it makes me feel that the hard work is paying off! xx

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  29. I'm so glad this year has been amazing for your blog! Lockdown actually helped me to focus more on my blog too, I was churning out post after post! Congratulations on your 4th year blogging anniversary Lucy!

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    1. Thank you Kelly! Yeah I was the same, I think having the spare time on my hands really helped me churn out loads of content too! x

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  30. Happy Bloggervarsary Lucy!
    I'm so pleased its gone so well for you this year and I love coming back and reading all your content

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  31. I'm so happy to hear you've had a wonderful 4th year of blogging! I know that lovely feeling when an exciting email pops into your inbox - and how lovely you're feeling more creative! :)

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. Thank you Gabrielle! That feeling is amazing isn't it?! x

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  32. Happy bloggerversary! I've been loving your blog since coming accross it, so keep up the fab work! X

    Nicola | nicoladaletraining.com

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  33. Happy 4th! I forgot to do a post for my blog birthday this year and I was so angry at myself the week after when I realised. It sounds like it's been such a great year for your blog (and kinda weird to say that it seems like covid helped). I hope next year is even better! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Sophie! Aww that's a shame that you forgot, I would have loved to have read your blogging anniversary post! x

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  34. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging lovely!
    Amber | www.amberatlanta.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. Happy blogversary! Your blog is one of my favourites to read. I am so glad that you have fallen in love with blogging again!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! That really means so much to me! x

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  36. Happy 4th Anniversary! Here’s to many more


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