Setting the scene for the creation of Little Babble will be incredibly similar to the start up stories of many other fashion and lifestyle blogs; after reading other blogs for ages and procrastinating university work one afternoon, I decided that I wanted a piece of the blogosphere pie for myself as a place where I could ‘babble’ on about clothes, make up and whatever else took my fancy for fellow shopping obsessives to (hopefully) swing by and have a read; maybe they’d even leave a comment or two. Over five years later (yep, February 2016 marked my five year blogiversary, crazy) I am still sometimes in awe of how big an impact this little space has had on my life despite how tiny a fish I may be in this massive blogging pond.
That blogging would help me get a job
When I was graduating, competition for jobs was absolutely fierce and eighteen months on I’m still in shock that I began the first step in my career a mere month after my graduation ceremony. I am pretty much 96% sure that making reference to my blog on my CV helped me get my first job as a graduate. Blogging gave me skills and experiences that were directly relevant to the online marketing assistant jobs I was applying for. Content creation, using a CMS, social media promotion and understanding how influencer/brand relationships work have all been key aspects of my career so far and having a blog was a huge help in giving me the base knowledge of this.
That blogging would allow me to collaborate with amazing brands
Did I realise back in 2011 when I started this blog that brands worked with bloggers? Did I realise that brands actually paid to work with those bloggers? Did I realise that brands would put on amazing events and ask me to attend? No, I had absolutely no idea. In fact, I remember the first time I was contacted by a PR agency to work with one of their clients; I was scared and confused and ended up ignoring the email. Luckily, I’ve since gained confidence and have partnered with some cracking brands that I would have otherwise had no opportunity to work with due to being tiny and as un-model-esque as they come!
That I’d meet so many amazing people
Keeping the best until last… one thing I definitely never thought would happen when I started my blog is that I would make friends. We’re told constantly when we’re younger not to trust people on the internet, not to give out personal information and definitely not to meet them so meeting fellow bloggers ‘in real life’ always seemed like a bit of a strange thing to do. Fortunately, I got over this and I’ve met some incredible people; a few who I have just clicked with and am absolutely positive will be friends for life.
These are just a few examples -blogging has affected my life in so many more ways than this; my confidence has grown, I’ve become (arguably) a better writer and my photography has improved. Has blogging impacted your life in any surprising ways?