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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Fran's Beauty Blog Turns One | Reflections

So this post is a little overdue as my blog birthday has already been and gone - 17th May 2016 to be precise. However, I wanted to take a little time to reflect on the past year of blogging; what I have achieved, how far I've come and what blogging means to me. A whole year of blogging seems to have passed in the blink of an eye, so here's an update now Fran's Beauty Blog has turned one.

It goes without saying that this part of the post won't be for everyone, but stats and figures are all part of my blog's progress and development. I figured some of you would want to see/ have a nosey at how far my blog has come statistically in 365 days:

Twitter: 2, 445 followers
Pinterest: 401 followers
Bloglovin': 630 followers
Page Views: 21, 904
DA: 20

Stats wise, while my blog is by no means 'well known' or 'recognised', it's still quite overwhelming to go from creating an account on Blogger in the hope that one person in the world may possibly read your posts, to building a loyal following/readership. I'm so happy and grateful that I've managed to hit 20K+ profile views, 2K+ Twitter followers and over 600+ followers on Bloglovin' all of which have been significant milestones for me personally. Some may not agree, but I'm a firm believer that number of followers does not equal success; engagement and retaining the interest of my readers is much higher on my agenda.

I love nothing more than engaging with other bloggers, taking inspiration, discussing common interests and just generally having a good ol' friendly chat. I'm not going to sugar coat it though, the blogging community is one of the best and worst parts of blogging in equal amounts. It is a fact that you will never see eye to eye with everyone, personalities will clash and people will not always agree with your point of view. I'll openly admin that I've thrown shade and people have thrown shade at me, it's just life and life is not all sunshine and rainbows much though we would love that to be the case. Don't get me wrong though, I have struck up some incredible online friendships with the most innovative, kind, supportive and creative individuals and that is something I wouldn't change for the world.

It's a common misconception that every blogger receives PR samples/'freebies' from brands on a regular basis. I have rarely been contacted by brands in my first year of blogging and that aspect is only starting to gain some traction now as my blog reaches a slightly wider audience. I have collaborated with Hugo Boss on this fragrance post and Debenhams on this ChloĆ© Perfume Review  here , both of which were fantastic experiences and have given me a small insight into dealing with brands professionally. I am, however, extremely picky as to who I choose to work with and what I will review on my blog. I have rejected around 90% of PR/brand opportunities because my blog will only ever include relevant product reviews that I believe my readers will find interesting/helpful. If you're considering starting a blog in the hope that you will receive several 'free' products, I can promise you you're starting a blog for all the wrong reasons.

As it stands at the minute, I don't measure my blogging success/achievements in terms of numbers. While I have included my stats in this post for any of you that are interested, that is not something that is overly important to me  - I get excited when I reach a milestone, but blogging is much more than that for me. Before starting my blog, I felt that my life was lacking in something but I couldn't quite put my finger on what that 'something' was. My blog is my hobby and it hasn't been life changing but it has given me an outlet to explore my creativity once again which I thoroughly enjoy and it was definitely as aspect of my life that needed reigniting.

Here's to another year (hopefully 10) of Fran's Beauty Blog - thank you so much to every single person that visits/engages with my little space on the internet, I'm forever grateful!


  1. Congrats on one year of blogging! My blog is like a hobby too, I love reading your posts and chatting to you on Twitter, your tweets always make me smile.

    Heres to a lot more years blogging lovely! xo

    Beth | Polishedcouture

    1. Thank you Beth! This comment made me smile a lot :) x

  2. Great post! I can't wait to see what your blog brings in the future! I agree stats don't mean everything but it's important to remember the small milestones in order to appreciate the big ones xx

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  3. Congrats on your first year. I'll be celebrating mine in October. I've learnt so much already in a few months.

    I really enjoy your tweets, always very entertaining and that fact that we are both called Francesca Jayne means you must be really awesome ☺️

    Francesca x

    1. Haha it's the best name ever! Everyone is constantly learning in the blogging world it's a great place for creative people x

  4. Congrats on a whole year! Apparently 3 months is the cut off point for most people who try to be bloggers so you should be very proud!!

    Your stuff is great so keep doing what you're doing!

    Lucy xx

    1. Thank you Lucy! I'm really surprised I've kept up with blogging as normally I lose interest with things so quickly haha xx

  5. Well done you!! Those stats are so good for only a year!!!! You are one of my favs to follow on Twitter :-)

    Leah x

    1. Thank you Leah! What a lovely're my absolute favourite on snapchat as you know and I'm so pleased at how well your blog has been going for you this year xx

  6. This was such an inspiring post. I started my blog last year too and only recently was my 1 year blogging anniversary. I didn't do aswell last year but as from Jan to now- in these 6 months my blog has hit 43,000 page views and I'm still hard on myself as I feel my blog isn't growing properly. I definitely need to work harder on maintaining social media as I find it hard to keep up.

    good luck and wish you all the success.

    1. That's absolutely incredible - just goes to show that if you work hard, you will get the results :) keep up the amazing work x


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