Four Years of Blogging and the Joy of Online Friendships

Happy 4th blog birthday toooooo meeee!

Yesterday marked four years of Little Miss Katy.

Four years of food and travel and writing and food and beauty hauls (lol – anyone remember those days?) and photos and silly faces and food and wine and events and writing and tears and food and laughter and prosecco and travel and food.

As a funny coincidence, today is also the three month anniversary of my first day as a full-time blogger. (For those of you just stopping by, I quit my receptionist job in January and have been doing the freelance thing from home ever since.)

It’s been a massive learning curve, and I’ve learned SO much about myself and what I’m capable of. There’s been lots of ups and downs as I’ve started to figure out my new routine and work out where exactly I want to go with this business.

I’d got into a bit of a rut with my content when I was working full-time. I was writing the stuff I’d always written, stuff that I wasn’t necessarily passionate about, just because I didn’t have the time or energy to consider anything new.

So when I quit, I had so many ideas, things I’ve been thinking about for years, plans I’d been considering for months… that I froze. Suddenly all these options were available to me and I just didn’t know where to start.

I kinda lost my way a bit. I stopped looking after myself in the most basic of ways, my confidence dipped, and I felt like a massive fraud. If things have felt quiet around here, that would be the reason why. Nothing I wrote felt good enough, none of my photos were pretty enough, and I felt like I had no right to call myself a content creator anymore.

The short story is that I’m incredibly lucky to have an amazing network of friends who’ve been helping me get my brain back on track. I’m finally starting to feel like myself again, and with several new projects in the pipeline, I’m more excited than ever about my content and the future of my blog!

WHAT I’M WEARING

T-shirt: Mango (can’t find it online but should still be available in store)

Jeans: ASOS // Shoes: Matalan (currently 20% off) // Sunglasses: Primark

Friendship Bracelet: Pandora*

I met most of my current friendship group on the internet.

Gary and I met on Plenty of Fish. Jasmin was one of my first ever blog readers, and now she’s one of my best friends. I discovered Erica’s blog and immediately set out to make her my friend (readers, it worked).

I met Charlie and AJ and Emma at a Jack the Ripper blog event. Katie and I bonded over theatre reviews and gin. My Bangarang girls are all bloggers, wonderful women who I’ve been introduced to through the internet.

And then there’s the online-only friends. The people I talk to regularly on Twitter and Instagram, but who I’ve never met in real life. The kind of friend that’s hard to explain to offline people, because they just don’t understand how a “stranger” whose face I’ve never seen, could possibly be called a friend.

But why shouldn’t they be?

I went to an event with Pandora last month (an afternoon tea at the Ritz which was v snazzy), where they launched their fab new sliding clasp friendship bracelets. It made me really think about how my friendships have changed over the years, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, is that friendships come in all shapes and sizes. Virtual friendships are just another color on the spectrum, as valid as the friends you know from school, university, work…

I don’t have office colleagues anymore. My best friend moved all the way to Australia last year, and even my London friends live at least forty minutes away. Things are different now. We’re growing up, moving away, building families and homes… The internet is what helps keep us together when we’re apart.

But it’s also where I can connect with people I haven’t met in “real” life. YOU are my colleagues. You’re my community and my social network. You are there at the touch of a literal button, with your jokes and your support and your memes and your friendship.

You’re a part of my daily life, and I’m so grateful to have you here.

So here’s to another year of fun and friendship and delicious online content.

I hope you all have a lovely bank holiday! ♥︎

My lovely silver sliding friendship bracelet was a gift from Pandora.