My Blog turns ONE today!

23/01/2017

My Blog turns ONE today!


My first ever post was on 23rd January 2016 at 14:28 pm such an annoying time lol why couldn't it be 14:30?! It was an introduction to my blog: what I wanted it to be, and how I wanted it to help my life. I have grown a lot more readers since then so I doubt a lot of you have read it, if you have then wow thank you for going that far back lol, so I thought I would re-post it here for you to have a read, and I might discuss whether I feel I've stayed true to what I wrote back then or not.

"An Introduction:

My name is Arora Appleby, I have started countless amounts of blogs and kind of abandoned them due to comparing myself and my blog to other bloggers/writers and it was getting me unbelievably down so I decided to scrap all of that and do what I should have done in the first place: write for myself. I'm an open person who likes to dive straight into the deep end of conversations, I can't deal with mindless small talk so it usually makes me think I'm not very good at socialising but that's not the case, I love a good chinwag and making new friends!  This blog is going to be a personal, diary-esque type blog. So if you're nosy like me and love reading insights in other people's lives, welcome aboard sailor because there will be no restrictions or censoring, however scary that may be at times.

I've always felt I was different, not in a 'I'm so dark and mysterious' kind of way, but in the way I've viewed the world. Without sounding like a dickhead, i feel like I've always been more aware of the world and what goes on within it compared to most of the people I've met but hey, maybe i'm hanging around with the wrong crowd. I've never seen things in black and white, there's always a grey area but I've always wished it could be as simple as black and white - I wish you could do what you wanted without any repercussions, judgement or ridicule but unfortunately we can't in today's world. However, that certainly doesn't mean you can't do them at all - I've always seen as a bit of a challenge: you say I can't dance in the middle of the street where the buskers showcase their talent because I'll look 'silly'. I say fucking watch me.

In all honesty, I'm sick and tired of not being able to expose myself completely because of others insecurities. I'm fed up of not being able to do what I please freely (within reason obvs, I'm not gunna go kill a man cause i feel like it yanno) So I think, well I hope, this blog is and will be a big fuck you to society as a whole for trying to teach me to be embarrassed about myself and my actions, for trying to teach me that I can't openly be myself in case people laugh and judge me. From now on, I will be vulnerable and open and weird and opinionated and free. I will be happy for and because of it. Goodbye thoughts of what others may or may not think of me, that's not my business any more. All I want to do is laugh, love, create and have a jolly good time on this planet."

I'd like to think I kept to the whole 'no restrictions or censoring' part: there have been posts I've been quite afraid to publish because I know family members read them, but I like to that that I have always sucked it up and done published them anyway because I shouldn't have to censor myself for anybody not even my loved ones! I'm actually cringing at the whole "you say I can't dance in the middle of the street and I say fucking watch me" line because LOL HOW CHEESY! But I guess the meaning behind it still sticks and I still try to have that mindset - challenge social norms an all that malarkey. This year, I have been vulnerable and open and weird and opinionated and free just like I said I would and I'll tell you something: it's been so fucking empowering it's unbelieveable! It's such a weight off your shoulders when you finally stop wondering and caring about what other people think of you - half the time no-one has time to judge you cause they're always worrying about what people are thinking of them! worrying about people judging them! I like to think that this blog has turned out to be everything I wanted and said it would be, plus a little more. I never thought I could go full time within a year yet here I am standing tall and proud: my little piece of the internet that people actually read.

I never in a million years thought that I would be lucky enough to find my true calling in life at twenty one. 
I want to thank each and every one of you for reading and contributing to making this blog what it is today. I am thrilled to see what I can produce in the next year of this blog being up and running! 


Do you think you've stuck with your first 'blog intentions' ?



6 comments

  1. Ahh happy blogiversary! :) I'm so glad you started your blog, it's one of my favourite ones to read. I really love the introduction post you wrote, it actually inspired me a lot. I feel like we have a similar mindset, nothing annoys me more than societal expectations or all of these unwritten rules that seem to exist. However I'm also a pretty shy person which holds me back from doing all the things I actually want to do so this was extremely encouraging to read, thank you! x

    Sara’sChapters

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    1. Wow, thank you so so much Sara! I'm glad this inspired and encourage you xxx

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  2. Happy Blogoversary, Arora! I can't believe your blog is only one years old - I assumed you'd been around much longer. I'm really glad you started afresh and decided to write for yourself. It seems like you haven't lost sight of that which I really admire. I wrote something similar about opening up and being vulnerable and I agree that it is such a weight lifted off, an empowering feeling. It is so important for us to define ourselves without worrying about other people's judgement and I think it's great that you've carved yourself a lovely part of the internet to share your unrestricted thoughts and opinions. I love reading the topics you come up with and look forward to your content in the coming year. Congratulations again for all you've achieved!

    Beverley | word drift

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    1. Thank you Beverley, your constant support truly means a lot! Ooh I'd love to read the similar post your wrote if you can link me to it? xxx

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  3. I can't even remember how many times I've changed the direction of my blog! I first started a blog as a way to promote my Etsy shop. Then I fell in love with blogging and turned it into a beauty blog. I got bored of just posting beauty related content that I decided to be a beauty/lifestyle blogger instead. Now I blog about whatever I want and it's so much fun! ♥

    mooeyandfriends.blogspot.com

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    1. It's good you're finally doing what you feel comfortable and happy with! xxx

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