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Friday, 12 June 2015

PERSONAL || A Blogging Birthday Promise.

So LydiaLulu reached the one year milestone on Wednesday. It seems crazy to me that it was one year ago that I signed up to Blogger out of sheer boredom and then lay in bed and wrote the most waffly, irrelevant post of all time. It's funny to think how much has changed since that day in June 2014. I had just left my first university, had started working in retail for the first time, and was navigating the ups and downs of a long-distance relationship that would blow up in my face only a few months after starting this blog. Flash forward to the present and I've completed my first year studying English Literature at the University of Southampton, have challenged myself in ways I would have only dreamt of last year, and am happily single and surrounded by loving friends. LydiaLulu has witnessed a lot of change in my life over the past twelve months and has also undergone three blog redesigns until I found one I was completely happy with. It was only after six months of blogging that I decided to take LydiaLulu in a beauty/fashion/occasional lifestyle post direction - it's safe to say it took me a little while to find my niche! 

Of course 10th June snuck past without me being able to commemorate the anniversary - LydiaLulu's birthday fell on the same day as my Grandma's 90th so naturally it was devoted to family time. But I thought I'd combine this otherwise soppy, sentimental post with a little announcement. When I was in the midst of final essays last month, I received two of these cute little Personalised Notebooks* courtesy of the lovely folks at Getting Personal. Seeing my blog logo on a notebook was one of those pinch me moments - any other stationery addicts out there? Initial excitement aside, they've inspired me to organise my blogging routine because at the moment... well there is none. Of course I have pages of notes on my iPhone for when inspiration strikes but when it comes to keeping to a schedule, I'm the first to admit that I'm pretty terrible. 
So to commemorate my first year of blogging, I thought it was about time I committed to some set dates and times. I have regular posts planned for this weekend to make up for lost time but from then on I'll be publishing four times a week going live at 12pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. That's the aim. Who knows? I might even end up blogging daily - I always find that the more active I am with posts, the more inspired I feel and the more content I am able to produce.
Although I would say I'm primarily a beauty blogger, I still like to dabble in fashion and some of my more general interests (books, coffee, and cats are the ones that instantly spring to mind!). I have two exciting holidays to Cornwall and New York planned in the coming months which will be meticulously documented on the blog and two new series that will be debuting in coming weeks. Having lived in another city for the past nine months, I'm also planning on making the most of London this Summer and will be including some more lifestyle posts just to spice things up a bit.
Now that I'm home from uni, I have three whole months to devote to my favourite pass-time. Before I sign off on this slightly unusual post, I'd just like to thank any one who has taken the time to read my blog, leave a comment, or followed on any social media platform. It's the best feeling knowing that someone out there is reading. I have a feeling this is going to be a good Summer...

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