3 years! Wow. I can't quite believe it.
This little space on the internet of mine has become a little bit more than just that... a little space on the internet. It means more than you can imagine and I feel as though if one day I woke up and it was gone and I couldn't blog anymore it'd be like losing an arm or a leg. I love it that much and its a part of me.
The world of blogging and YouTube now has changed so much since I started and it's got a whole lot of different connotations and feelings associated to it than when I decided to start, but I want to let you know that my feelings towards it haven't changed since I started. I do it because I want to, not because I might be sent XYZ product, or get to go to XYZ, that's just a bonus and I'm not going to lie and say it isn't nice. I love writing and taking pictures of things I love and this has been my outlet for that and I can't explain how happy I am that I bit the bullet and started this. It's given me so many opportunities and has changed my entire outlook on life and I'm so grateful for that.
I thought I wanted to be a Photographer or Artist before I started Studs and Dreams but this has given me the opportunity to see something I loved - digital, social media, writing etc. - in another light and I'm excited for the places it will continue to take me and give me the opportunity to experience. But overall, I just bloody love writing about the things I love... mostly beauty and food at the minute... and it makes me so happy that some of you seem to enjoy reading it too. Who'd have thought anyone would have ever stumbled across this site after I started it? I surely didn't.
Like I mentioned before, blogging has changed so much and although it's incredible that it now has so much more importance, relevance and is respected a whole lot more, it just means that people are jumping on the bandwagon for the wrong reasons and I just want to let you know that it's okay to be writing about the things you love just because you love doing it. And you know, it's likely you'll go a whole lot further as you'll keep going too.
I'm not saying it's been an easy ride to this point. I haven't loved every day, I haven't always blogged regularly and I always take breaks from it, but I'm not a full time blogger and this isn't my job, so that's okay and I make sure not to pressure myself about it because at the end of the day, I do this solely for fun. It's my hobby, a time consuming one maybe, but it incorporates all of the things I love and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Perseverance is key, and I'll carry to persevere and write and upload to Studs and Dreams until it doesn't become fun anymore. And don't worry, I can't see that happening any time soon... I wouldn't describe it like an arm or a leg for no reason you know. You don't just wake up one day and decide you don't like having your arm there anymore do you? Well this is the same thing and I'm going to keep writing and loving doing this.
Thank you so much for the past 3 years and I'm so excited about what the future holds.