The end of another year. Like, wowzers, where has that gone!?
Rather than end the year, and the last post on Devoted To Pink talking about another new lipstick I’ve tried, I kinda wanted to end it with something a bit meaningful. You know the sort…. My highlights of 2017, goals for 2018 or life lessons of 2017 ……
But in typical Leah style I tend to stay away from the “popular blog topics” – which is why you never saw a Black Friday deals post on here, a Christmas gift guide, or any sort of gift guide for that matter.
So I put my thinking cap on (or in other words I poured myself some wine) and I’ve now found myself typing this post with no real direction other than to say that I want to talk about YOU, not me. Yes YOU, reading this.
In terms of blogging, 2017 was a very tough ride for me. I’m not going into detail, but my mental health suffered as a result of constant indirect tweets about me, group chats slagging me off (can you believe that’s actually a thing) and much much more….. I was literally so close to giving it all up, as it was just affecting me too much and nothing is worth jeopardising your health over.
On top of that I got to the stage where I’d lost all drive, passion and enthusiasm for it. I’ve been doing this blogging thing for 3 years now. After the excitement of things died down I soon realised that I have nothing unique about me that makes me stand out from the crowd. I’m not offering anything above all the other beauty/ fashion/ lifestyle bloggers out there. No sympathy needed by the way. I’m just stating facts.
Being online and reading constant digs about me was making me miserable, coupled with my loss of enjoyment for blogging I was ready to pack it all in.
But I didn’t. I perservived and looking back the only thing that stopped me was you.
Your messages, likes, comments, RTs, DMs – just your support. You are always so encouraging and some of the messages I receive from you guys simple make me well up.
My followers on Instagram stories are particularly supportive, and following a bit of an emotional chat on there in the summer I was drowned in messages of support from them. There were so many messages that it took me a few days to reply to everyone and it just made me realise that for the few nasty ones out there, there are so many more supporters.
Twitter seemed to be the main place of darkness. A place I tried to avoid while bitter words were spewn without a thought of the consequence. Many of my followers also saw what was being said and messaged me to offer some comfort which was incredibly touching.
I don’t think I can ever express my gratitude to any of you and especially this year when things have got me so down.
I still have no idea why any of you follow me and support me the way you do, but I’ll be forever grateful. So at the end of 2017 I want this meaningful post to be one where I THANK YOU, beacuse if it wasn’t for you all, Devoted To Pink would have ceased this year.
I’m not sure what 2018 has in store for me from a blogging perspective, but all I know that if I continue to have your love and support I’ll be OK.
P.s I have tried another fab lipstick that I will be telling you about in 2018 so watch this space! 🙂
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