I’ve got some pretty bloody big blogging news for 2015

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It’s happened.

It’s officially happened.

The day is here.

I’m a full-time blogger as of next Friday.

Someone wanna pass a girl a glass of Prosecco?

I started the year as Digital Content Editor across LOOK.co.uk/MarieClaire.co.uk and InStyle.co.uk and I’ve ended it as a self-employed bad ass. I’m pretty haps with that.

The truth is, living outside of London means I don’t need to earn anywhere near as much as I was earning earlier on in the year and I’m now in a place with my blog where advertising is pretty much paying me enough to do things like eat and have a gym membership and run a car and that’s pretty bloody exciting.

I’ve been working part-time at Metro.co.uk since September (prior to that I was a full-time Senior Reporter there) and now the time has come to get back my Mondays and Fridays and use them to really amp up my blog.

I’m pretty amazed at where this has all come from. Although i’ve owned this domain name for a seriously long time, i’d never done anything real with it until March, and I still can’t understand how all the weird thoughts I have every day seem to be the same weird thoughts the rest of you had.

I never for one moment thought that there’d be so many of you suffering from depression, from anxiety, from the loneliness that follows graduating. So many of you feeling lost, so many of you obsessed with avocados and McDonald’s and Primark pyjamas. So many fellow basic chums who sometimes cry because life is just so darn confusing, and I’m glad i’ve found you all. You make me feel less alone and like i’m part of some weird big old support group, I love it.

I remember that day back in March when my first post went viral vividly. I remember texting my friend like OH MY GOD MY BLOG’S HAD 5,000 VIEWS. Oh wait, 10,000, no 20,000, 30,000. I had no idea how quickly this blog would grow, how much it would be shared and how many of you would reach out to me and make me smile so much i’d sometimes cry. True story. When i’m overwhelmed with happiness, I cry. Like that time on my 25th birthday when I couldn’t go longer than 10 minutes without sobbing relentlessly (although that also may have had something to do with turning 25, so yeah, that).

I’m excited to see where the next nine months of blogging take me, although it’ll be very, very weird to say goodbye to the journalism world. It’s been a huge part of me for the past 7 years and I’ve no doubt that my blog would never have been the success it’s become without everything the industry taught me about writing online.

I think i’ll always think of myself as a journalist rather than a blogger, but i’ve started referring to myself as a writer to strangers now, which is weird, but pretty bloody fun.

I think one of the strangest things for me to come to terms with will be how my relationship with PRs change after this. I’ve met some lovely new people through my blog, people from brands i’d never worked with at LOOK or Metro and i’m so excited to continue those relationships, but I know it means that my relationship with bigger brands won’t be as tight.

I’m really excited to see where digital journalism and content creation goes, it’s such a rapidly changing business, but I feel like self-employment and blogs and working for your own brand rather than an established one is entirely the right place to be in 2015.

So that’s my advice troopers, build your own brand. Make your own name mean something, cause waves, ruffle feathers. Because it’s inspiring and exciting and guess what? Some days you’ll actually want to get out of bed and that feeling is indescribable.

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  • Lauren

    Wow! Congratulations Hannah!!!

  • Sam

    Well done! I’m so pleased for you because your blog is definitely becoming a firm favourite of mine xx

  • LR

    Congratulations Hannah!! I’m so happy for you. I always enjoy reading your blog and find myself smiling along with you – you have such a good way of putting things into words.
    Congrats again, really hope 2015 is fab!

  • Congratulations Hannah! That really is awesome news, and just before Christmas! Hope you have a good knees up to celebrate.

    I work in digital marketing and started blogging myself about six months ago. Your news has inspired me to really go after what I want and make it happen. So thanks!

    Gaby xxx

    http://Www.GabriellaManchester.me

  • Nell

    Congrats Hannah!! I just started reading your blog a coupla months ago here in LA (I’m from England) and after a frustrated 5yrs in London post-graduating, getting engaged/breaking it off… Living off bachelors super noodles & custard creams I left for Bali in March with a midi keyboard and I’ve been creating electronica ever since – and halfway through 6mth programme at music school in LA! Creating every day is the sh*t and its so inspiring to read your posts & story. Well done girl!!!!!
    Happy holidays & here’s to an exciting 2015!! N xx

  • Chrissy

    Congrats, Hannah! Can’t wait to see what you do with your blog in 2015!!

  • jayem

    So happy for you Hannah! And delighted this means we get even more posts on your blog! You’re amazing at what u do. Hope 2015 brings you a ton of success x

  • Aww congratulations! Best of luck going forward – you’ve got a great blog πŸ™‚

    x

  • Nicola

    Congratulations, what brilliant news! Brilliant for us, I mean, as now we’ll get to see extra posts I hope πŸ™‚

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

  • L

    Well done Hannah! You totally deserve it!
    Your blog is one of my favourites, I wish you every success and I hope your blog gets even bigger in 2015!
    Congratulations!

  • Bee

    Congratulations! So nice to read how your readers have made you feel too πŸ™‚ Good luck

  • Congratulations darling – well done!

  • Wow! Well done!!

    I only found your blog a few weeks ago and I’m hooked. I feel like I can relate to you.
    I also love Primark PJ’s and cry because l’m so confused by life. I’m in a very different place from you but I believe it doesn’t really matter where you’re at, the feelings can still end up being very much the same, weird isn’t it?

    I look forward to your future posts!

  • Heather

    A big Well Done! And exciting news! Good Luck with this new adventure. I look forward to future blog post by self employed Hannah πŸ™‚ x

  • Eeek congratulations!! πŸ˜€

    I’ve been following your blog on and off for months and in the last few weeks I’ve been slowly making my way through your backlog of posts, as well as loving all the new ones.

    I’m so excited for you finally being able to do what you love!! It gives me hope that one day in the future I’ll be able to do the same πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to see what 2015 holds!

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • Hannah

    Go on girl!!’

  • Char

    Congratulations Hannah!! This is the only blog I have ever read and check every couple of days to see what’s new. It honestly has helped me a lot recently! I have depression and anxiety and you put a smile on my face. Your pieces on depression etc also make me realise I’m not the only one feeling like this and you explain the illness perfectly!! Thank you!

  • Congrats Hannah! So pleased that you can do this full time! Your blog is certainly loved by a lot of people, you should be so proud of that! πŸ˜€

    x

  • Thank you so much for writing this post, I found it hugely inspiring!

    I started my own career in journalism in January, but my end goal has always been to make a full time living from my blog at some point.

    Your success shows me what I’m doing is possible!

    Congratulations!

  • Laura

    Your blog is literally getting me through the dissertation I’m doing as part of my big scary career change, I’m so delighted for you that you get to do it full time now!

  • Louise

    Well deserved success! I love your blog, you are a brilliant writer, I can identify with your style so much! Well bloody done! Long may it continue x

  • Lisa

    Congrats, you really deserve this, big fan of your blog!

    Would love to see a post on how it all works, ie. affiliate links, ads, your agency (if handpicked is an agency?)

    Don’t blog myself but find how it all works pretty interesting stuff, and totally agree that being your own brand is where it’s at right now! X

  • Congrats!! What a place to be. Good luck, we’ll be with you all the way xx

    http://www.missyred.co.uk

  • Lynn

    I hate to be the downer here, but I really think it would have been good for you to keep the two days a week. If you ever get sick and can’t work (for example), you will probably not be entitled to any type of unemployment or disability allowance, as you live with a partner who has a job*. Keeping the Look and InStyle jobs would have allowed you to spend most of your time as a self employed person, yet keep the social benefits of a permanent job. The system really isn’t supportive of self employed folks with partners. We are sadly not entitled to most benefits, even stuff like disability benefit.

    Just sharing my own experience as a married self employed lass who became very ill.

    *Nowadays they count living together as the same as being married.

  • Big congrats, Hannah! Very well deserved! You go, girlfriend πŸ˜€

  • Nomes

    Well done Hannah!

    I’ve just read your blog for the first time and its put a smile on my face. πŸ™‚ I have what I want for the moment a wonderful fiancΓ©e and soon to be step son when we gain custody of him. (he’s 3 years April)

    I have kidney failure and have been on dialysis for two years since I lost my brothers kidney. But I keep a smile on my face and try not to let it get me down.

    Hope to see more advice about life, health and anything else you may think will help.

    Hope to hear from you

    Nomes (Naomi)

  • Suz

    I always end up reading every single word of your posts. I love how honest and open you are about everything. I know this is a bit of an older post but I just came across it while perusing your site, and damn girl. Congrats on everything. Being a self-reliant adult human is difficult and you’re killing it.

    Keep it up.

    http://suzandthesun.blogspot.com

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