Today marks the second year since my first ever outfit post, which is where this blog truly began. I want to start this anniversary celebration by saying thank you. For reading, watching, commenting and (hopefully) enjoying my content, thank you! The blogging community is filled with such creative and insightful people and I find it amazing that I'm able to talk to you all everyday. I've made internet friends all over the world, but I have to give a special mention to my fellow teen bloggers who are the best people to turn to if you need a pen pal or fashion inspiration.
I also want to mention that this is only the beginning. It's been a great two years, but I plan to keep this up for a while. This blog has sort of become central to my existence, and we've got so much more to come.
|A feature from earlier this year in the French magazine GeoAdo|
To kick it off, I want to talk about honesty and integrity. Companies are always partnering with bloggers and this can create some amazing collaborations. Most companies will offer you something in return for content, but some want you to produce things for nothing. Although I'm all for building a portfolio of work, it's important not to be taken advantage of as a blogger - your content is worth something. Then there's the controversial matter of sponsorships and free products. I'll admit, when you're offered free things it's really tempting to accept. But I've learnt that being honest with your audience is absolutely key in terms of being a trustworthy author. I have turned down products which I'm not interested in, or don't think are good enough to post about because I work hard on this blog, and I want you to trust me. That doesn't mean I'm not open to 'free' things, but I think it's important to be selective about what you think is good and what is relevant to your blog.
|From 'Do Kids Read Books Anymore?'|
I'm really pleased with the development of my content this year. Not only have I changed over these two years, but in turn this blog has too. I'm still very much interested in fashion, but I love how my content has been able to reach new areas, with everything from Do Kids Read Books Anymore? to The Romance of The Pre-Digital age. Although this blog began with outfit posts, I've now developed as a writer and content creator. I like writing about art, culture, current affairs as well as showing my outfits and photography. I've also developed a real passion for film making. My youtube channel is growing more and more every day, and I'm pretty proud of the last few vlog/short film style videos I've made. I know I have a lot to learn, and it's always a work in progress but I plan to keep trying, building and growing.
The opportunities I've had in the last year have been great. I attended fashion week, press days, exhibitions and more. This little space on the internet has opened a door for me to the world of creativity and journalism, and I can't wait for the future.
Thank you again, Lexi Likes readers. Here's to another great one.