Happy 1st Birthday, The Diplomat’s Digest!

 

IMG_4590.jpgIt’s finally here: the one-year anniversary since I started my personal blog! And so, without being too sappy, I just want to say thank you to everyone who reads my articles and leaves nice comments for me. I’ve always been a writer, but I never really shared my work online until I started The Diplomat’s Digest. It’s been a really rewarding experience for me, and additionally, it keeps me motivated to keep writing and trying to inspire people.

I have never been an eloquent speaker, or an athlete, or a genius, or a prodigy of anything. The only thing that I have ever truly identified with is being a writer- and it’s something I take pride in as a part of my identity. I have struggled with anxiety and bullying throughout my life, and writing has always been my way of coping, and my therapy. When you’ve lived your entire life feeling like people don’t listen to you, being a successful writer is such a rewarding experience!

I don’t know what the definition of a “successful writer” is, but I think I’m on the right track. My goal is to eventually support myself as a freelance writer, and work from home, but I know it’s going to take a long way to get there. I’m going to continue to work hard on my blog, and eventually (in the near future), I’d like to expand my media presence into other areas. Like I said, I’m not a great speaker and I’m not too good in front of the camera, but I’d like to try YouTube!

Lastly, I’ve been thinking about potentially holding a giveaway on my blog. I mentioned it in my New Year Resolutions post, and now seems like the right time to actually pursue it. What do you guys think? And what kind of things would you like me to give a way?

So, now that I’ve gotten all that mushy stuff out of the way, let’s take a look at how much my blog has grown over the course of 365 days!

I have achieved:

-105 followers

-116 posts

-3,322 views

-1,956 visitors

-250 likes

-And I’ve written 54,658 words!

It may not seem like much, and it’s really not, but it’s better than nothing. Thank you again for being so sweet and lovely, for reading my posts, and inspiring me to keep writing. Blogging is a key part of what keeps me going, and I can’t wait to see how my style evolves!

Coming up next: Fashion Journal: 1980-1989

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