On Thursday, WordPress gave me a notification saying ‘Happy 1st Anniversary Emily Clare Beauty’ and I was like ‘Whatttttttttttt?!?!’. It has been a year since I started my blog. A whole entire year. It feels so less than that, but then it also feels like I have been blogging for ages. To celebrate my blog turning one year old, not only did I go out and buy a bright pink helium balloon, I thought I would do a chatty post, looking back on old photos and explain my blogging journey… So if I were you, I would grab yourself a cup of coffee, or tea or a hot chocolate and make yourself comfortable!
I started blogging in March 2016, with a very small understanding about the whole ‘Blogosphere’. I didn’t have a single clue how to use WordPress, or how to take professional photos, or what SEO was and I didn’t know how much effort goes into blogging. To be honest I am still clueless on the whole SEO front, however I am in the process of turning my blog into a self hosted blog and I am helping other WordPress bloggers with their blogs, and never in a million years did I think I would be doing that.
I actually had a blog before Emily Clare Beauty called ‘Beauty Anion’. Don’t even bother asking me why I called it that. I actually did the whole thing of Googling ‘Blog name generators’ and even that makes me cringe. However I didn’t like it. I wasn’t happy with the name, or how the blog looked etc.. so I deleted it and started again. I am so happy I did because having that blog taught me a lot about how to use WordPress, so when I started this blog, I sort of knew what I was doing.
These are two of the photos from my second blog post on Emily Clare Beauty. My first blog post was this:
“Emily Clare Beauty Blog Launch
I have decided to start a blog!
Well… I already had a blog called BeautyAnion. I would be surprised if you have heard of it though. However I wasn’t happy with it so I removed it, justified to myself whether I wanted to blog and if so how I can make it amazing for you! So I then created Emily Clare Beauty!
But why a beauty and fashion blog?
I have always loved fashion. When I was younger I would complete many fashion booklets full of doodles of outfits and my own creations. I even created (may I say awful) drawings of some dresses for the dancers on Strictly Come Dancing when I was 7. I also take a keen liking in the beauty world and I have a vast range of beauty items in my collection, so I know a fair bit about beauty which I can share with you!
So I really hope you will stick around and find help or advice or joy in my future blogs to come!
Emily Clare x”
That was it. From there I started creating content on my blog like reviews, or what’s in my bag posts. As you can tell from the photos above, I took my photos on my old iPhone 5 and I strung up fairy lights on my wall. I held the eyeshadows palettes in front and that was how I took my photos.
These photos show how I started understanding a bit more about the photography side of blogging, for example using props like flowers and using my old Lumix camera to have better quality photos. Now I use my Canon camera and a big soft box, and I have a box of blog props, however if you asked me last year whether if I thought it would be like this I would have said no.
Blogging has also let me capture moments like holidays, something which I can look back on for myself as well. Below you can see photos from when I first got my Canon camera. I was so excited because I felt really fancy and professional… a bit like a little kid at Christmas. Yes.. they are not the best photos, but I am still learning.