Today is my blog’s birthday. Yup Haveyouheardthelatest is four years old bitches!!!
And much like an actual four year old, starting school and getting to grips with life that’s not staying home all day with mum, watching Disney Films and eating tiny cheese & cucumber triangle sandwiches (those were the days eh!), I feel like I’m finally getting to grips with this whole blogging thing.
Haveyouheardthelatest isn’t as glossy or high end as a lot of lifestyle blogs out there but I like what it is and what it is becoming. It started as a place to share my thoughts, a place to jot down things I’ve done, places I’ve been and as somewhere for me to just write. I like writing you see. Even if it is absolute mumbo jumbo at times (seriously don’t read any posts from 2011 up to at least late 2013).
However this year and last year has seen a bit of a turning point for me in terms of blogging. I wrote THIS POST about being a girl in the 90s in August 2014 and it’s been read & shared an INSANE amount of times. Like, I had more hits on my blog in one day then I’d probably had in the whole three years before it. I mean, that shit cray.
So yeah, that was pretty amazing. It made me all giggly and happy which is always a nice way to feel. And then there were a couple more posts about the countryside and the early years of clubbing that got a similar response and that made me gigglier and happier still.
I can’t tell you how awesome it feels when people share your blog or post but it’s kinda like when a stranger tells you they like your outfit or y’know, Ryan Gosling says he wants to marry you. It feels pretty ok.
So thanks; thanks for reading and sharing and generally making me do weird little happy yelps before texting my Dad to be like – ‘Someone else reads it, other than you!!!’ and also so I can say to my friends ‘DARLING I’VE GONE VIRAL’ which always makes us laugh.
Other cool things that have happened thanks to my blog are that I’ve been asked to write for another blog – a proper travel blog called Top 10 (you can check them out HERE) and it prompted my boyfriend to buy me a present to tell me he was proud and that was a reaaaaally special feeling. Ain’t he a cutie?
I’ve also been invited to a couple of cool events (Martinis & Macarons anyone) and was even sent some chocolates last week to review. I know right, getting chocolates sent to you in the post is actually hashtag living the dream, like – LIFE GOAL ACHIEVED.
And obviously all these things are really great, so great that they half make me want to pursue the side of blogging that turns your life it to one big jolly (hey look at me I’M A BLOGGER and I’m going on holiday AGAIN for freeeeeeee!) but I also sort of can’t be bothered.
I know that sounds lazy but I kinda think if my blog and writing is good enough then people will come to me. I’m just not the sort of person to be emailing PRs and letting them know ‘HEY I WOULD LIKE SOME FREE SHIT TO WRITE ABOUT’ because I think it would change things. And I also feel like who am I to get stuff for free – so I’m happy to carry on as it for now, paying for things and writing about them because I liked and enjoyed them not because someone sent me something and expect me to rave about it.
I also don’t want this blog to become a chore. To become something too ‘work-like’. As at the moment it’s fun and I enjoy writing it. I don’t want to feel like I HAVE to blog about something ever which is why I’m not doing my darnedest to turn this into a business. Because although a business might mean freedom it also means – OH MY GOD ALL THE STRESS. And I don’t want nun’a that.
So yeah Happy Birthday to Haveyouheardthelatest, I’m really proud of what you are and what you might become in the next year. Now blow out your candles and let’s parrrrdaaay.
Although not really because it’s Monday and Mondays weren’t made for parties. Maybe party tomorrow as it’s PANCAKE DAY!!! Yes guys, pancake day is tomorrow. So have a pancake party and drown yourself in batter and Nutella and have a cheers to Haveyouheardthelatest along the way.
Oh and yes, I did go out and buy my blog a cupcake and a candle so I could take a picture of it for this post because THAT’S WHAT REAL BLOGGERS DO.
The cupcake is a delicious red velvet number from The Hummingbird Bakery and the photo was taken by my desk neighbour and super amazing photographer Marco Mori – check his website out HERE. Ain’t he a doll!
And just FYI – MY birthday (as in me Harry the person, not the blog) is a week today – that’s Monday 23rd February just so you know – I’ll be a a little bit older than four and will be seeing it in, in style by lounging on a beach in Mauritius – although that is weather permitting. I mean who books a holiday to Mauritius during cyclone season & in the rainiest month of the year! Why me of course.
If you want to send gifts then I like cheese – all kinds, Philip Lim handbags, Narciso Rodriguez perfume and facials at the Cow Shed. If you want to just send me some good old fashioned birthday wishes then you can do so over on Twitter – @killofox
Thanks for reading now and for the past four years. You guys are the best *insert kissy/winky emoji here*