Three hundred and sixty five days ago, I posted my first ever blog post (it was absolutely terrible, in case you’re wondering). I’d never had a blog before, had never written a blog post in my life before, and had no idea how to set up a blog, but I muddled through and Sophar So Good was quietly born one Saturday afternoon.
Forgive me for doing something so tremendously self-involved as dedicating a whole post to that tiny and in many ways insignificant fact, but I tend to get very reflective about this sort of thing and as it’s drawn closer I’ve naturally been thinking about my experience so far.
On the one hand, it has flown; perhaps its something to do with the fact that this time last year it was summer-dresses-and-bare-legs weather and yesterday it rained, so it doesn’t quite feel like we’ve come full circle yet. And on the other, it feels like I’ve been doing this forever, in an oh my god I don’t remember the last time I didn’t have blogging in the back of my mind while doing any other thing way.
Blogging is so, so much harder than I imagined. My second and third posts were on a cruelty free shampoo and conditioner, and a trip to Marseille, and I had planned them in my head before hitting publish on the first one. Imagine my surprise when I’d published those, and then realised that I’d need to write another, and another, and another, forever and ever or until my brain explodes. The fact that your work is never done came as quite a shock and it’s still something I struggle with now.
It’s also more rewarding than I imagined. Being able to write all the nonsense I think about down somewhere has been a joy, as has been the fact that some people even seem to read the things I write. It’s so strange and so wonderful. I am completely in love with it.
It’s brought me a handful of very lovely friends and a great deal more who I intend to make be my friends one day. It’s brought me the chance to work with lovely new brands I’d never previously heard of, and ones I already loved. And I put all the money from my first sponsored post towards a basic af ‘blogger’ camera which I now love unconditionally and barely know how to use, so there’s that.
Sometimes, I think about the fact that a lot of people seem to have had other blogs before the one they currently have. I do wonder from time to time if this is my ‘practise run’ – I have no idea what I’m doing, after all, and I feel like I could do it a lot better now – so I have thought several times over the past couple of months of saying goodbye to this space and starting again with what I know now. At the same time I know I couldn’t bear to see the hours of work disappear by starting a whole new one, so I guess we’re all stuck with this.
What will the next year hold? We’ll see. I’d like to find my style and voice a little more, as although I doubt I’ll be narrowing down my topics I’d like things to be a little less haphazard than they have been on that front. I’d like to write more travel posts, since those have been lacking a little so far this year compared to last, and more personal essays and commentary pieces. I’d like to improve my photography, and get that redesign I’ve been talking about for the past nine months. I’d just like to get better, basically, at all of it. Oh, and I’d like to stop stressing. I work full time and I can’t do everything.
So thank you, so very much, if you are reading this, especially if you’ve managed to get to the end without vomiting. I truly appreciate you paying my little internet baby a visit, and I hope you stick around for whatever comes next. Here’s an outfit – I dressed as though I was a child attending a birthday party for the occasion.
Oh, and yes, I’ve been waiting months to be able to use this blog post title. I’m going on my first ‘bloggers’ trip this evening as a result of this thing so I guess it’s so far so good, indeed.
15 thoughts on “So far, so good: one year of blogging”
Congratulations on your blog anniversary 🙂 That dress is so gorgeous! It looks amazing on you x
Congrats on reaching a year. I know how much dedication it takes. Keep it up!
Happy one year babe!!! This day is so special- I hope you enjoy every minute of it ❤ cheers to the first year and many more!! xoxo
Babe, honestly speaking I think you’ve absolutely NAILED it this last year!! Your blog is one I always read as I adore your content (always loving your outfits too!). Here’s to the next year and beyond love!
happy one year! Your outfit choice is amazing xo
Congratulations! I honestly can’t believe your blog is only a year old, it’s so well put together and has fast become one of my favourites! Always love your photos, style and amazing writing (I always have a chuckle when I read your blogs!)
Here’s to many many more years!
Congrats! One year – that’s awesome! I just put up a post a couple days ago about blogging for a month and it’s crazy that a month is such a short time compared to a year. I can’t wait until I get to that point. I loved this post, plus your outfit is so cute!!
LOVE this look lovely!! Congrats on your blog anniversary!! Great achievement!
Congrats on one year. That is truly an awesome accomplishment, and i love your content!
Congrats on your one year! 🙂
Happy blog anniversary – the year has really gone by SO fast! xx
Laura // Middle of Adventure
Congrats on one year lovely!! How amazing is that! I love your blog and look forward to reading all your posts (ps. LOVE this dress too). Can’t wait to see what the next year holds for you!
Happy blog birthday lovely gal! You’ve honestly absolutely nailed your first year, you’re doing so amazingly well and I’m so happy I’ve followed your blog from the beginning!
Congratulations on hitting the milestone!
Happy blog birthday! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year! I assumed you’d been doing this for ages, your posts are always so well written and your pics are gorgeous. I’m very jealous 😉 Hope you enjoy your year ahead, I’ll definitely be sticking around to see your baby grow