Wednesday, 8 March 2017

1 year of blogging!


Happy birthday to my blog! Bugger All is 1 year old today and wow, I am kind of surprised how quickly the last year went by. Blogging has become a great part of my life and I can honestly say that my life has changed because of it so much.

Blog

I've really grown this past year with my blog. Well obviously, as I didn't have a blog prior to that. But, if I look back at my blogposts at the beginning of the year, so much has changed. My posts are so more structured and do make more sense now. I blog about everything I want to blog and not because I think it's blog worthy. I'm so proud of how far I've come and many people engage with me. It may not seem a lot to most, but it sincerely makes me so happy.

Meet ups
Blogging can lead to actual meet ups with fellow bloggers and this is such an exciting thing! unfortunately at this point in time, I've never attended a meet up. It's mainly because I live in the Netherlands and the people I interact with live in the UK. However, I've my first meet up coming up in April! The #TalkMH meet up and I'm beyond excited for it.

Language
English is not my first language, Dutch is. I made the decision to start blogging in English, because I wanted to develop my written English and interact with people all over the world. I can say now, that my English has grown, both written and spoken. And I've also learnt a great deal about the English language in general.

Mental health
Blogging has helped me a lot with my mental health in the last year. I started to talk about it on my blog whilst getting different diagnoses. I opened up more and got to know people who suffered or suffer with mental health issues. It has been a literal lifesaver for me and to be inspired by others, has really helped me in my mental health progress.

Book
By writing a lot of blogposts and especially about mental health, the idea came to write a book about my own mental health. Initially I thought about writing my life out, but that's something for later. I hope haha. I published a book this year called 'The Mushroom Cloud' and is a collection of all my mental health related blogposts of 2016. I'm very proud of this and the support I got from all my friends online. It's one of those little lights in my life at the moment.

Twitter
Twitter fingers. Yes I tweeted a lot the past year and I'm not going to apologise. At all. I've not only engaged with new bloggers, but I also found a way to talk about things. Get support. Offer support. Feel loved and give love. For me personally it has added a lot and I guess that's the social media I love the most at the moment and have loved for the past year. Also I've gained over 1300 followers in the past year, which is massive for me to be honest.

Instagram
Instagram is just a bitch really. Well it's a bitch to grow and gain followers, other than that I love it. Following other bloggers and putting your content out there is one of my favourite things. Instagram has pushed me to do better with photos and I still enjoy it. Especially now that I get more and more engagement, it really feels like appreciation. I know you do it for yourself, but sometimes it's nice to get appreciation and respect from others.

Youtube
I've had little moments where I thought I could do Youtube, but it's only been for a few weeks that Ive started to do it a fashion, I think is nice. I try to talk about mental health, because that's the thing I'm most passionate about and is really important to me personally. I have plans to do more with Youtube. Like doing books/tv/film reviews and obviously football.

Friends
I guess I'm the most grateful for making new friends. It's amazing how blogging can give you opportunities, but friendships are so invaluable. I've genuinely made friends for life, both male and female. Friends who saved me, make me laugh, help me, support me and I couldn't honestly live without them. They are friends for a life time I feel and I'm so glad I've got the opportunity to meet them in the coming months.

Thank you everyone for supporting me in the past year, you rock!


Marc



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14 comments

  1. I really enjoyed reading this Marc! Instagram is so difficult to master at the moment isn't it �� And what a brave but well paid off decision to blog in English, amazing!

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  2. This is such a lovely, genuine post Marc, I loved reading it! I never would have believed English wasn't your first language, it's amazing! My blog just turned 1 a couple months back, so everything you've said really resonates with me!

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  3. Happy Bloggerversary! We've loved following your journey, there's so many things you've said that we completely agree with. We've never been able to attend a meet up either being based in Jersey but it's SOOOO exciting that you're attending your first in April! Can't wait to read all about it :). You have become a master at Twitter and we love seeing your tweets and as for insta, we love it but it's hates us, growing and gaining followers there is so damn hard! :) Laura and Danny

    www.twohumansliving.com

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  4. Happy 1st blog birthday. It's such a great feeling knowing you've stuck to it for so long. Well done!

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  5. Such a lovely post! Happy one year! I agree blogging helps with so much I have made but loads of friends and it has made me more confident! Glad it has helped you too!

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  6. Happy 1st Blog birthday Marc!! Well done for sticking it out, your blog is fab! And even more amazing that you're blogging in a second language!

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  7. Happy birthday to your blog! Hope you get to attend a meet up this year!

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  8. Ah Happy Blog Birthday! I've nearly been here a year too now! You should be proud of how far you've come and I'm so glad we've met here :) I'd love to attend a blogger meet up one day you too so that's something I want to tick of my list as well! X

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  9. Happy Blog birthday! Even though English isn't your first Language you certainly wrote better than I do and ever will! Love this post Marc

    Sare x

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  10. Ah Marc Happy birthday to your blog! I'm so surprised that English isn't your first language. You should be so proud! Well done on your first year and I look forward to reading what else you'll get up to this year!

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  11. Yay!!! 1 Year! Congratulations!! Love this post <3 When I first 'met' you, I didn't even realize you weren't English because you are so good at it - like, better than half of the people in England haha.
    Here's to another fab year!

    xo

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  12. Yay for one year of blogging...and many more to come! I'm really excited for you getting to attend your first meet-up soon too- blog meet-ups are so fab!
    xx
    Tasmin | www.grandiosedays.com

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  13. Lovely post Marc! Great to read how your blogging journey has evolved over this period of time :) Happy 1 year bloggaversary! :D

    VioletDaffodils
    x

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  14. Happy 1 year of blogging! :D sounds like you've already crammed so much into this year! :)

    hannatalks

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