I would like to take the opportunity to say Happy New Year
as I didn’t get the chance to in my last post.
Without going too overboard (mostly because I’m terrible
when it comes to really putting what I want to say in words) I would like to
say thank you so much for all of your support for myself and my blog.
2014 has been an odd year for me, challenging is probably a
better word, in fact one of the most challenging personally, but blog wise,
Discoveries Of Self has really grown. My readership has grown, my blogging
style has improved, I’ve been happy with my blog posts, I’ve worked with
brands, met some awesome people and really got the opportunity to hear from
you guys and talk to you (my favourite part!) and I forever keep in mind that
this is because of you guys, without your love and support I would have put DoS
to the side, but the comments, questions, requests just pure interaction I get
with you guys spurs me to continue with my passion and enjoy it!
I know in this day and age blogging has changed, it’s become
more numbers focussed which can suck all the fun out of it but I’ve remained keeping
this a hobby which doubles as my passion.
I don’t post strategically, as of today I am yet to make
money from this blog and I do not count my subscriber rate, I’m purely doing
this because I enjoy it and it makes me feel amazing that you guys share my
enjoyment for all things makeup.
I can currently say that I’ve gained some amazing
opportunities and hit some crazy milestones from DoS and that includes hitting
1000+ subscribers on YouTube and now being one of Yahoo Lifestyle UK Girls On The
Ground which just blows me away.
I don’t really sit down to think of my achievements if I’m
being honest, I don’t know why but the other day I was sitting there thinking,
wow Natalie, in 4 years you have built a brand, a site from nothing just from
your passion, developed new skills (basic photography, video/photo editing,
social media) learnt/taught myself about makeup from YouTube from knowing
NOTHING, gained absolute confidence in my decisions, started working with
brands and now I’m blogging for not only my readers but Yahoo Lifestyle readers
too, like wow! Who would’ve thought it? All whilst staying true to myself, it’s
Obviously there are times when I don’t want to blog, feel uninspired,
feel like I’m one of the underdogs, feel like I have to work a little bit
harder as a WoC beauty blogger but these times don’t last too long, I give
myself the time and space I need to get out of the funk and come back
determined and focussed.
For 2015 I don’t think I have any specific blogging plans/goals
except to keep on doing what I’ve been doing, not for the money or for the
numbers but because I love it and because you guys seem to love it too.
As you can see this post is a bit disjointed but this is how
I am when I just go ahead and type, I hope you guys don’t mind.
So to wrap all of this up, I wanna say thank you guys so
All of what I’ve written would not be possible without you
and God of course.
I’ve forever grateful, thankful and blessed.
Here’s to progression, faith, inspiration and love for all
of us in 2015!