Thursday, 20 June 2019

FIVE YEARS OF BLOGGING

A shot of me wearing a navy and white striped t shirt dress, black gladiator sandals with a burgundy satchel
Age 15
Saturday 22nd June marks 5 years since I started my blog. I can't believe I've managed to keep this sh*t going despite receiving a lot of hate and criticism because of it. 

I started FRANCISCA ROCKEY formerly known as 'Fran's World', 'Fran & CO' and franciscarockey.blogspot.co.uk back in 2014. I remember coming home from Summertime Ball with my friends and waking up the next morning and saying "I'm going to start my blog". I had no idea where to start but I'd been an avid reader of Zoe Sugg's old blog for the longest time and saw that her site was made using Blogger and so I started my blog on Blogger and 5 years later, I'm still using blogger but have my own domain. 

Originally, I started my blog as 'my slice of the internet to blog about fashion, beauty and lifestyle'. My first ever blog post was a review of the Eyeko skinny liquid liner, I sourced an image of it from Google instead of taking my own and I was yet to learn how to describe things without using words straight out the Blogger dictionary like "fool proof", "perfect" and "sleek".

Confession, I've never been into makeup and wear it a handful of times a year and I only blogged about it because I felt I had to, to be a blogger. This was before I discovered other types of blogs and is one of the reasons, I no longer blog about makeup or accept beauty related PR. It's just not me, I tried to get into it but I'm far too comfortable being barefaced 24\7. 


My first attempt at fashion blogging was in summer of 2015. This blog post was deleted in 2016 due to a group of boys who thought it would be funny to laugh about it during an A level Maths class but I'm not 16 anymore and still have the photos so here, have another giggle:
A two picture collage of me wearing a striped t-shirt dress with a camel coat, sliders, a satchel and fedora hat
July or August 2015
Fashion blogging was definitely NOT my calling so I gave up on the fashion element very quickly, which left me with lifestyle and this is when I found myself in this industry. Writing about my day to day, sharing tips and advice, food, day trips and holidays etc came more naturally to me than any other type of blogging, so I stuck with it. 
Pushing a trolley into platform 9 3/4 at Harry Potter studios
November 2017
One of my favourite lifestyle posts is from 2017 when I took my sister to the Harry Potter Studios for her birthday. The photography wasn't the best, I had an iPhone 4s or 6s plus at the time. I also enjoy going back and reading my posts from when I finished my GCSEs particularly, 'So... What Next?' a post about my post 16 plans and how I wanted to 'pursue a career in either Nursing or Marketing and go to either Kings College, Edinburgh, Leeds or Manchester university'. Boy have I changed. 

Fast forward to March 2018, the month I started to take my blog seriously. This is the month I bought my first Pipdig theme, which at the time was a big deal but following that Pipdig drama, now feels like a slap in the face. I bought my domain, franciscarockey.co.uk from Godaddy and my "Instagram game was poppin" as they say.  

A few months later, I had my first "blogger" shoot with Jodie Mitchell, I'm not the most confident when I'm having my photo taken and for years, I didn't show my face on my blog or Instagram so this shoot was a big deal for me. 
A side profile shot of me wearing jeans, a floral crop top taken by a professional photographer
July 2017
And now we're in 2019. It's 2 days until my blog's 5th birthday and 6 months until I turn 20. My blog is now 'a no-bullshit blog documenting the journey that is adulthood'. I am not just a lifestyle blogger, I am a podcast host and soon to be a student again, a geography student to 16-year-old Fran's surprise.
A side profile shot of me wearing a black tea dress taken at the Moonpig Mother's Day event taken by a photographer
March 2019
I've had so many opportunities already this year and I'm excited to see where another year of blogging can take me. I'd also like to take this moment to say a huge thank you for the continued support on my blog, Instagram and podcast. All of your comments, reshares, shoutouts etc don't go unnoticed, I see them all and each of them warms my heart.

Read my post from last year: REFLECTING ON FOUR YEARS OF BLOGGING


Fran

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