Three days ago Writing from the Tub turned a whopping seven years old. Time flies, eh?
I usually dedicate my anniversary post each year to dispensing tips or advice I’ve picked up over the years but I want to turn things a bit more introspective this time around. Seven years feels like a significant milestone so I’m going to get self-indulgent and take a look back at how my life has changed over the past seven years.
I started this blog in my final year of university but didn’t start using it properly until January 16th 2010, when I made the transition from sporadic lifestyle blogger to YA book blogger. My first few posts were reposts of reviews that had been previously published on the wonderful (and now sadly defunct) Chicklish, which is where I first tried my hand at book reviewing.
So who was I when I first put together that clunky Blogger blog with a mismatched background and a blogging calendar packed to the rafters with memes (In My Mailbox, Teaser Tuesday and Waiting on Wednesday, be there or be square, am I right?)?
Well, I was a recent graduate who’d just joined the workforce as a phone answerer/tea maker at a local IT company. I was in the process of untangling myself from a university relationship that had quietly and calmly fizzled out. I yearned to spend my days doing something fulfilling, something I was passionate about, something for myself. However, it wasn’t to be. The credit crunch was impacting us all and I was grateful to have a job and be steadily earning an income, even though it wasn’t quite what I’d dreamed of.
I felt a bit displaced after graduating from university and wanted something to anchor me, a place to record my thoughts and feelings about both books I’d read and my own writing projects. And so, Writing from the Tub became my favourite hobby.
Fast-forward seven years and I’m still here, typing away whenever I have a moment to spare. Life has changed a lot over the past seven years and I feel a little wash of pride when I think about the things I’ve achieved throughout my 20s (a decade I’ll be saying goodbye to this year!).
I’m happy to report that my career has taken a turn for the wonderful and I’ve been running my own digital marketing business for the past three years (three years in March, to be precise). I adore my job and feel incredibly lucky that I get to wake up every day and enjoy my chosen career path.
It’s not often that I reference my private life on here or on social media but things are fine and dandy in that area too – my boyfriend’s top notch, I’ve got my loyal hound and the best set of family and friends a girl could ask for.
I’ve worked hard to reach my goals over the past seven years and, for the most part, I’ve achieved them. I’ve transformed my attitude to exercise and nutrition and have lost 50lbs in the process, I’ve learned the importance of self-care, I’ve discovered that mindfulness is the way forward to keep anxiety and stress at bay, I’ve written three novels and started tens more, I’ve reviewed roughly 500 books, received over 1,000,000 page views and hopped across from Blogger to WordPress, enjoying two or three site redesigns in the process. I’ve been to almost fifty bookish events, made lifelong friends both from blogging and writing and, through it all, the ups and downs, my love of the written word has been my constant companion.
Anyway, self-indulgent introspection over… It’s been a pretty swish seven years, big love to all you superstars who are reading this, whether you’ve been reading from the beginning or this is the first post you’ve stumbled across. Here’s to the next seven!