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Happy 4th Anniversary Fashion & Style Police

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Today makes it exactly 4 years since my first blog post went live on Fashion and Style Police. And I can’t believe I am still here doing what I know how to do best. It has been 4 long years, full of ups and downs, opportunities, regrets, meeting great people, dealing with trolls and everything else in between. It has been a hell of a ride but I don’t see myself ever giving it up. I see myself evolving as a blogger (and I have evolved, still evolving) but quitting my blog has never ever crossed my mind. I am obsessed with the adrenalin rush I get every time I get a lovely comment, every time I hit publish on a new blog post, every time my post gets shared on social media and every time a fab opportunity lands in my inbox.

Me setting up a blog was a style course requirement for my fashion styling course at London of College Style (LCS), but it became my escape spot long after my course ended, and I lost interest in pursuing my style career. I was spending so many hours on social media and on other blogs, so putting that time towards Fashion and Style Police was easy. I am happy with how far my blog has come and I am looking forward to what the future holds for us.

To celebrate this 4th anniversary, I have a few giveaways running, so have a look and make sure you enter anyone that interests you. I am also sharing a few facts and funny stories that have happened to me, in these last 4 years, since I became a blogger.

 

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Publishing Outfit Photos Everyday

In the beginning, I used to take outfit photos and publish them everyday. I would get up extra early to make sure I could get some outfit shots before heading to work. I did that for the first year or so, and now when I think back, I wonder what I was thinking. I don’t know of any fashion blogger who takes outfit photos everyday. Some fashion bloggers publish daily outfit posts, but majority of them take many different outfit shots in a day, to achieve this. And many of them can afford to have full-time professional photographers at their beck and call (aka boyfriend/husband = photographer).

 

Missing My Train

Still on the daily outfit photos, I was so obsessed with publishing daily outfit photos, that I once missed my train to work because I was taking outfit photos outside the train station. Can you imagine the craziness? I live in Cheshire, and my job was in Manchester. I use to have a daily commute to and fro work of over 2 hours and it was killing. Missing a train meant I had to wait an extra 45 minutes for the next train but in my head then, all I cared about was getting the outfit photos taken, lol.

 

32 Days Radio Silence

I gave birth to my twins in November 2013, and for the first time I didn’t  blog for a very long time – 30 days. I was blogging for just over a year then, so I didn’t have the readership I now have, so it was easy to stay away. Plus I really couldn’t be bothered to talk about fashion and style, I was barely sleeping.

 

A Second Blog

I was feeling quite adventurous in 2014, and decided to set up a another blog solely for reviews. That didn’t work out and it has now been deleted. The only reminder I have of what a bad decision it was is the Facebook page of the blog I still have. If you have any ideas of what to do with it, please let me know. And yes it was a bad decision then because I had no time for the blog, no direction and no passion for the niche. It was a bore.

 

No Pregnancy Outfit Photos

I stopped taking outfit photos once my belly bump began to show because I didn’t want to share that part of my life with the whole world. I doubt I can get away with doing that now but I did then. I did post some pregnancy photos after my delivery though, if that counts.

 

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So here is to many more blogging years. I hope Fashion and Style Police continues to entertain, inspire and educate.

Thanks for flying with me.

 

 

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56 responses

  1. Wow! Congratulations for these four beautiful years. Your blog has been exiting, revealing, educative, informative and inspiring. I love going on your blog everyday. More grease to your elbow. Congratulations.

  2. I loved reading about your journey as a blogger. It’s amazing how far you come and i love the pregnancy picture. I think it’s great that you dont have to travel all the way to Manchester now that was quite a commute.

  3. Wow what a four years! I love your blog. Especially your outfits and posts about freelancing. I’m glad your blog has opened so many new doors for you. I love that you missed the train because you loved doing your outfit shoots so much. It shows that you loved it more than your job. x

  4. Wow four years! How fantastic. It’s so great to look back – I have only been blogging two years but already I can’t believe how much life has changed!

  5. I am so happy for you! I just recently got paid and one of the first things I will be getting is a copy of your book because I am planning to migrate my site to WordPress and you are a very good entrepreneur . Happy 4th birthday! xx

  6. Congratulations Stella. You should be very proud of yourself. It’s no mean feat feat, as my late Mom used to say. It’s a maize when you start your own business.

    The 1 thing I learnt in life that applies to anything that the mistakes we make are not mistakes if we learn from them. Plus you would have never have known they were mistakes without doing them.

    LOL at the things you did early days like getting up so early. We are all a bit OTT in a new venture I think. I know I am. It’s the desire for perfection and we think we have to micro manage. Ah we learn to relax.

    Has for your FB blog. I hope your not paying for it. Maybe you be best just closing it down now. Or perhaps you could make it a closed group and keep back up material there. Or turn it into a chat page for your blog. Though it would give you more to manage do closing it might be your best bet if it isn’t used.

    Anyway have a ha ha happy birthday to you and enjoy a glass of champers and a pamper for all your hard work.

    I am glad I found your blog. It’s my must go to blog of all the blogs I am signed up for around fashion, style and so on

  7. Congratulations, next month will be a year for me and I didn’t think I would still be doing it but I love doing it and it fills my spare time with being a stay at home mum

  8. Congrats on the 4 years! I love your blogs, you should be really proud of what you have achieved ❤️ A x

  9. Pingback: The Highs & Lows of the Self Employed World 2016 « fashionandstylepolice

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