In the midst of dream chasing and self exploring, I was recently reminded by LinkedIn that it has been 8 years since I started blogging in this space of mine. 8 years is a long time. One, it is longer than the one and only super long romantic relationship I ever had, which was 7 years long. Second, if this blog is to be in human-form, it will be attending Grade 2 in a primary school now. Yes, that’s how old my blog is.
For those of you who are new to this space and don’t know my history, I created this blog in October 2008 when I just completed my PMR exam and had nothing to do. I was 15 years old, and all I did was journaling my daily life and sharing about my thoughts. My sentences were written in broken English, there was no structure or flow, and the content was raw and unfiltered and some times offensive to many.
Here’s an evolution of me through the photos I posted on my blog. The first picture was the very first selfie I posted on this blog, second was right after high school, and third was after first year of university. I’ve grown up with my blog, not just my appearance, but also my writing and the way I chose to present it. Back then, I was a free-spirited, reckless teenage girl with raging hormones. I would say whatever I want to say and express how I feel, and let everything out without considering the consequences. But as I grew older, although still expressive of my thoughts, I started thinking twice before I post about something online. I started valuing my privacy, and would consider my readers in planning my content.
You might notice from the photos above that my watermarks were different links from where you are reading right now. After about 5 years of blogging, I realized that I was actually committed to blogging and decided to buy a domain for myself. Last year, I decided to rebrand my blog to make it something more lifestyle focused. Because of the area of studies that I was in, this blog somehow became an unofficial portfolio for my career. I made through an interview in UBC Commerce Undergraduate Society to be the Associate VP Marketing because of the dedication I had for my personal blog. My previous employer, Paul from Tangoo, stalked me on my social media profiles and loved what I did with my blog; same goes with my current employer, who did some background stalking before hiring me too.
It is not an overstatement to say that I am where I am today because of this blog. My interest in blogging sparked my passion in social media and content creation, which eventually became my career focus today. The stories and thoughts I’ve written here are a part of me, and I always come back here to reminisce and reflect and improve myself. It is where I share my thoughts, whether to communicate them with my friends and family, or to reach out to anyone who are going through similar things. It has become a part of my identity, and because of that, I would like to have something special for my blog this 8th anniversary (although it’s a little bit past October now, sorry I was too busy with work hehe).
I would like to have a small giveaway for those of you who are visiting, whether for the first time or 400th time. I am giving out a pretty notebook/journal of your choice from Paper Bunny, my current favourite brand for pretty stationaries. You can pick one of the notebooks available on this page, and I will send it to you wherever you are (yeap, it’s an international giveaway! ?). All you have to do is complete the tasks at the Rafflecopter below, and the winner will be announced by Wednesday night*. Good luck!
This is just a little token of appreciate for all the love and support I have received throughout these 8 years. You all have been amazing and I am just so grateful. I know I haven’t been blogging as much as I used to, as I am still looking for the sweet spot between work-life balance. But I swear that I am trying to blog and will never stop sharing with you here, you have my word.
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Winner is chosen by Rafflecopter and will be contacted via Instagram Message. Failure to respond to reply within three days will result to disqualification and another participant will be chosen and notified.