Sunday, 3 January 2016

Hello 2016

Hello Everyone!
I am fully rested now and back onto the blogging scene, along with my weekly uploads every Sunday. Since it is a new year I though I would do a blog post reflecting on my year, in terms of this blog and also personally.
So lets start in February which was the month this year that I started my blog. Before that I had travelled to Slovenia where I had the best time of my life going somewhere that I hadn't been to before. It was a new experience for me and I believe it was the trigger for me wanting to start a blog because it was there that I discovered my love for photography. Being in a place surrounded by natural beauty it was so amazing to be able to immortalise it in my memory by taking all of these photographs for me to look back on when the holiday was finished. So, soon after this I began to photograph my makeup because of its nice aesthetics, exciting colours and varying textures. Then this gave me the idea for a blog where I could publish these pictures and also talk about them in a detailed way. Also in February, the Introduction To BlogElla received 117 +1's on Google + and also Makeup Of The Day received an amazing 4.3k (4,342) +1's on Google +. Not really sure how that happened!
So nothing totally big happened in March or April but my blog views were slowly but steadily increasing and I was reliably posting about 4 or 5 times a month. During this time I was building my makeup collection and also learning more about makeup and discovering new brands. At the end of the month my post Revlon Update! reached a staggering 9.7k (9705) +1's on Google +. Imagine if all of those people followed!
Unfortuneatly, after that my life started to get extremely busy with its workload and since the weather was hotter I found that it wasn't really acceptable to other people that I was sitting inside and typing away on my laptop. Also during this time I went on a two week long holiday to France visiting many places such as Bayeux, Rouen and Paris. It was an amazing trip where I finally discovered everyone's obsession with the Sephora chain! After all of this makeup excitement, I was finally ready to start on my blog again.
In September I posted about 4 posts and was really getting back into the swing of it all. The days were still long and bright which made for great blog post pictures! One of my favourite posts from that time was Bedroom Snippet. Then, again, life took its toll and I stopped posting again because of the short gloomy days that had no place in my photographs. However, I did publish one post in October which actually happens to be my favourite post of all time! Top Five Favourite Drugstore Lipsticks
After previous absences I really felt like I wanted to make it up to you in December, the season of Christmas. So, I came up with the idea of Blogmas, publishing one post a day for the entirety of advent and Christmas Day. I knew it would be hard and I don't really know how I persuaded myself to do it but I was successful. There are 25 posts from December sitting nice and neatly on my blog ready for anyone to binge read! After completing a challenge like this I felt so fulfilled, if a little tired, but fulfilled nevertheless.
I feel like it was the perfect way to end a great year of blogging and with 1,260 blog views this year, 16 followers on Bloglovin (https://www.bloglovin.com/people/soellaa-12143565), 17 followers on Twitter (https://twitter.com/So_Ellaa) and 22 followers on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/so_ellaa/) I cant wait to see what 2016 holds! Even just for blogging and social media in general.
I would just, last but not least, like to thank all of you reading this for anything that you have done to support me, whether it be to +1, follow, tweet, like share and so on. I hope this year is even better than the last for all of you!

SoElla Xxx

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