2012 has been a big year. In just this year I have found so many things I one day hope to succeed at. At the end of 2011 I didn’t even know where this blog was going. 2012 has brought success and tons of opportunities for me. I’ve recently started writing for two online magazines and this blog has grown beyond my expectations. I have also just started the #ladybloggers initiative (If you haven’t heard from me with regards to this recently, know that it is still happening :)) Through this time I’ve been supported by my family, close friends and most of all my loving Boyfriend (always referred to as the boyf).
Life has been tough. This year I moved out and am fending for myself on a small salary. No matter what, I know that I have made the right decisions for me and my readers. This blog is a vehicle for me to share what I love and will remain that way. 2012 had so much sub-tweeting I started feeling like I needed to portray a certain type of person and I had a certain responsibility. I know what my responsibilities are, this is my platform and I will use it as I choose. I love this blog I’m really planning a whole lot for next year, so if you follow me know this;
I do have advertising on the site and I also do some sponsored posts. Sponsored posts will ALWAYS be marked as such and all my advertising is for brands and stores I actually support. I know that this apparently takes away some of the value of my site, but those are all aspects of my blog. Go to ANY big blogger and many of them are making money from it. Why shouldn’t I? I would like to have food on my table next year. I do agree though, there is a fine line between a blog and an advertorial, I’m always going to be a blog.
EVERYTHING I post is honest. I might not ‘bash’ brands like some bloggers do and I might not be controversial enough, but that’s not my aim. So many women believe in the saying ‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’ and that’s how I treat the blog as well. I am aware of my responsibility to my readers and I will always honour that. If you’re looking for controversial, then this is not the place.
Another thing I really hope to leave in 2012 is my annoyance on Twitter. Women can be the worst people to each other. I really started blogging as a way to better myself as a person. I’m not the ridiculously sociable type and I am especially not the type to play silly games. I’m not going to be bullied out of doing what I love and being successful. What I’ve learnt this year is to just move on. I’m getting closer to where I want to be and this blog, the people I’ve met through it and everything I’ve been exposed to is irreplaceable. I say it in the emails, every subscriber means a lot to me and it’s true. I open every subscriber notification. I love my readers, I love discovering new blogs, I love the community I’ve been exposed to. That underbelly that exists in South African blogging is not for me. I’ve been blogging since 2004 and am not ready to stop yet. I’m definitely here to stay and am looking forward to an incredibly fruitful 2013 🙂
I am so grateful for the support I’ve gotten from my friends, family, readers, Twitter buddies and Facebook fans. I truly could not do it without all this support. I have so much love for everyone 🙂