One year ago today I created Glitter In The Darkness. I had been blogging for other people for a few years, but this was the first blog of my own. Originally I started writing a book. People kept telling me that I should have my own book and part of me wanted to, so I gave it a go. I named the book Glitter In The Darkness. It was about me and my experiences of alcohol abuse, depression and sight loss. The name symbolised all of those things, something good coming from something bad, the light at the end of a dark tunnel, and looking closely to find stars twinkling, like glitter in the darkness. However dark the situation may be, there will always be a twinkle of light if you look hard enough. And if you focus on that, then you will always have hope and be heading in the right direction. I started to write the book, but I just couldn’t get enough content to fill a magazine, never mind a book. I don’t even know anything about books. I read blogs and social media, the occasional online news article. I don’t do books. I have these crazy ideas every so often and they just don’t work out. The ideas just stopped coming and I had ran out of things to say. I had a break for a while, hoping that the break would help me to find more inspiration. Instead I lost interest altogether. It felt like to much pressure and I was to inpatient. It was going to take me years to build up enough content for a book. I find blogging so easy and natural, so I thought I would just stick with that. I am going to do a better job of being a blogger than I am a book author.
A year ago I was involved in another project and we were struggling to get a blog set up. None of us had any experience of setting up a website of any kind. We were getting to the point where we needed a blog, even if it wasn’t very good. So I decided to try setting one up. Before creating one for the project I decided to try and do one for myself. I just wanted to see how far I could get without making any promises to anyone. I had been debating it for a while anyway, whether I should start blogging for myself. I do love blogging for other people, and I still do it. But I thought it might be nice just to have the space to do my own thing that doesn’t have to follow a certain theme or subject. Blogging helps me when I am feeling stressed and have a lot on my mind. My thoughts don’t always fit under one umbrella, they are a mish-mash of different things. As with the book though, I thought it would be one of those things where I give it a go and then get bored in a few weeks. Setting it up was actually quite easy. It took me quite a few hours to do, but most of that time was just me trying to decide between themes and colour schemes. To start with I wanted something really simple and straight forward even if it didn’t look great. Just while I was learning and finding my way around things. When it came to choosing the name, I decided to go with the name of my book. The book was never going to happen anyway, the way I write the best is in blog form. On the 19th May 2019 Glitter In The Darkness was born. Shortly after that, I created a blog for the project that I had been working on. But the thought of having my very own blog had become so exciting! I couldn’t wait to get started.
I got so excited about owning my own website. Over the year I have learnt quite a lot and the blog had a big image revamp for the new year. It looks a lot more professional now I think. I didn’t realise how much the blog would actually mean to me. It is my freedom and space to be creative. It gives me something to focus on when I am struggling. It is somewhere to share my thoughts. And I really do hope that in some way, my posts are helping people and that people enjoy reading them. My most viewed post so far has been OFCD Syndrome. People have got in touch with me about this post, saying that it has helped them in some way. This really does mean a lot to me because I put a lot of effort into it. It is such a rare disease, I really hope that it helps others who have it, to feel less alone. If you would like to read this post then please do click on the link below.
So here we are a year later, I’m still here, still blogging, still loving it and the blog means more to me than ever. It has grown bigger than ever. I actually have followers that I don’t personally know now! People are choosing to read my blog because they want to, not just because they are my friend. Either way, I honestly do appreciate the support everybody has given me with this. I have had help from a few other people along the way. My glittery logo was designed by one of my oldest friends, some ideas and inspiration have come from the Idea Guy. I have even had friends taking photos of their dinner! The blog definitely wouldn’t look like it does if it wasn’t for your input so thank you Glitter Team. ❤ I am quite impressed that I have stuck with this for a whole year without giving up. Now, I really don’t see myself giving up any time soon, if ever. I feel that I have finally found my purpose. I was born to blog.
All that is left to say is…
Happy First Birthday Glitter In The Darkness! 😀
If you would like to take a look at my very first post, you will find it below. It is very short and sweet, a bit of a practice run. To find other posts from the very beginning, take a look at the archives which are right at the bottom of the home page. The story began in May 2019.
xx ❤ xx