I’m a day late, but that doesn’t mean there is less of a reason to party. By now this little space on the WWW has been around for 7 whole years. 7 years! If you’d told me seven years ago, this blog would still be around and I would still be doing this and enjoying it, I’d have probably told you, you were nuts. Because what started as a fun experiment because I missed writing, became so much more. This post will take a look back and a look forward when it comes to the past, present and future of this blog.
Happy Birthday Floating in Dreams
I have told this story before, but since I’ve gained many new followers in the past year, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to say it again. This blog was literally started on a rainy Friday evening in September 2010, because I felt I needed a creative outlet. I started this place because I wanted to write and share my interests that I felt were neglected in my everyday life. None of my friends or family were into makeup, fashion and music like I was and so I wanted to share my passions online.
Posting online is something I had already been doing for years. I became a member of many message boards and chatrooms in my late teens and early twenties and even was an administrator and a moderator for some of my favorite web pages for a while. Since I knew little HTML, I never started my own website in those days, but I kept a live journal and a travel blog in 2005 and 2008. Mainly to keep my friends and family updated on my goings on, but it did also sow the seeds for this blog.
At first I didn’t have a clue what I was doing and very often I still don’t. I never started this place thinking I could make money out of it and it’s still something I am not actively pursuing, even though I probably could. The thing is, I love my teaching job too much to give up another day at my job which is what I would have to do if I were to try to convert this place into something more professional. I could, but it simply would take me away too much from that other thing I love doing: being an English teacher.
Over the years, I have noticed that maintaining a blog has helped me practice my English much more consistently on a day-to-day basis, but it has also brought me a lot more. For years I was a loner in my own little corner until some friends of mine started blogging too and by now there are quite a few fellow bloggers that I talk to. Either via their blogs or mine but also outside of it. I sometimes receive products for a review and those moments are still pretty cool as it doesn’t happen too often.
I mostly enjoy writing beauty reviews and going into my 8th year of blogging, I have decided to change things up a little bit. The two days I find hardest to fill are Tuesdays and Thursdays when I write about random things such as food, lifestyle, nails and music. So what I am going to change is that those days I might also add in a bit of beauty or makeup, or I could do something completely different. I am not entirely sure yet.
The aim is to get 2 – 3 reviews up every week and then to supplement the other days when necessary. It pretty much means I will be less strict on myself with what I post online. In short, Tuesdays and Thursdays are going to be my wild cards. And I have a few ideas what to do with them, but if you have any input: I’d love to know. Fridays will still be reserved for fashion related posts and Sundays will still see a video going live as well. So that won’t change.
Other than that, my goal is to still keep going with this blog for as long as I feel like it. Sure, I’ve had moments where I dreaded making another post. For the most part though, I really enjoy this. It’s a nice moment in my day to get away from life and just think about make up, fashion, books and all other things that I think make life a little bit more enjoyable.
Here’s to another 7 years!
6 responses to “Happy birthday Floating in Dreams”
Yay for 7years! That’s amazing! I’m so glad I found your little corner of the web, keep the good stuff coming!
Thanks for visiting! It’s nice to read your comments so regularly.
Van harte gefeliciteerd met je blogverjaardag!!! Op naar nog veel meer jaartjes
Thanks! Ja ik hoop het wel. Zolang ik het nog leuk vind ga ik zeker door.
Congratulations on your milestone, Maaike, and here’s to many, many more years of your thoughts. 🙂
Thank you! I hope to keep going for a long time.