So this is possibly a little late to be bringing out a new blog goals/round-up type post, considering we're over halfway through January and already the 'New Year, New Start' thing is starting to feel a little old...but nevertheless, we're only 20 days into 2015, so I thought I'd quickly pop some thoughts down about the good parts of 2014 and the hopes & dreams for a new year! I have a lot to thank this blog for though, so I thought it was time to do it some justice!
2014 was actually an amazing year for StylaPetite, both as a blog and as a hobby. When I started the blog in 2013, I thought it would just be a very small corner of the internet where I occasionally rambled about Petite clothing (or lack of it). I never thought it would become such a big part of my life! Pre-blog, I honestly wasn't interested in anything, I didn't have any hobbies or play any sports...most of my spare time was spent doing absolutely nothing, with no real creative release. So the blog took a very welcome place in my much-needed 'hobby space' and it's now the thing I genuinely love doing most. I've found I love photography and editing, I even bought a proper Canon camera! I love putting outfits together, creating pretty images, working on ideas and also speaking to a huge community of bloggers - there's always so much you can do to improve a blog and no matter what rubbish goes on in daily life, there's always this to come back to as the biggest stress-reliever in the world!
As a blog, StylaPetite had a great year in 2014. I never thought collaborating with brands would be something I'd be able to do, but my first ever collab with New Look in January was one of the most exciting things ever! There really is something great about a brand valuing your blog enough to want to work with you and it gives me the biggest buzz. It's absolutely not about 'free clothes' - it's about respecting the trust of a brand, creating great content and fairly reviewing a product or item, and I don't think I'll ever lose the excitement of a new brand collaboration coming in. I've also loved focusing in on the 'Petite' side of the blog, I've been lucky enough to review things from Petite Sunglasses, to Petite bracelets though to work with the Elegant British Brands blog on the Minuet Petite and Precis Petite brands.
I've also been so pleased to see my social media channels and followers grow - it was definitely very, very slow starting with this blog but I'm so happy that people actually read and follow StylaPetite now, I read and appreciate every single comment and it's definitely what spurs me on! My re-design by Pipdig was also a massive highlight and I love the way it looks now, I'm planning a few small changes for 2015 but nothing too major. In terms of other 2015 plans, I'd love to start creating more lifestyle/beauty orientated content, so watch this space on that! I'm also really aware that I'm not the most 'chatty' of bloggers - I don't give much personal information away, but the 'personal touch' is something I really love about other blogs, getting to know them a little bit and getting an insight into their lives. I'm definitely not that interesting, I don't have a glittering social calendar or anything like that...but I think it's time to share a liiiittle more, so hopefully 2015 will see any regular readers get to know me a bit better!
I also really, really want to start a Youtube channel. I've been toying with it for months, I even filmed an actual video back in October, but my computer decided to completely die after I'd spent several hours editing it. I got cross and have been sulking ever since, but I'm almost ready to try again! Obviously Youtube is so over-saturated with new channels, so I'm still trying to figure out if there's a place for me and a purpose for me making videos...there's no point just churning out the same old videos which have been done a million times over, so I'm trying to think of new and interesting ways to get going on Youtube. I've loved watching some of my favourite bloggers expand into Youtube though, it's so good to actually hear the voive behind the blog, so we'll see...again, watch this space!
Anyway, this has ended up being much, much longer than I'd planned and has actually turned into a bit of a ramble...so well done if you're still reading! To summarize, I am so so pleased I've got this blog to channel my energy into and so if you're thinking of starting one yourself, or you're wanting to put more efforts into your existing one, then you should absolutely do it. It's so satisfying to have a little internet space that's yours and that you're in complete control of...and anyone who dismisses blogging as a waste of time? They don't know the half of what you're up to behind the scenes or the opportunities it'll bring you! :-)