Saturday, 25 March 2017

5 years later

CiCi Marie

I had no idea when this blog began on March 25 2012 that five years later I would be sitting here, still very much at it. I've never really stuck to any activity in my life besides eating a lot of chocolate daily and internet shopping, neither of which can be considered much of an achievement. This blog, though? This blog I consider a big achievement. It's quite the irony that it's ended up being such an important part of my life, seeing as I was talked into doing it in the first place (in case you're a newer reader, this blog had a co-author in the early days!). But in that way, I like to think of it as blogging found me.

In an ideal world, I would have marked this momentous occasion with something special, because I'm a big believer in celebrating life's milestones. However, as you no doubt know I'm two months away from my wedding and working full-time in my day job alongside a fair few blog collaborations for the wonderful spring collections releasing right now, so it just didn't happen. But, while my dream of a big giveaway or balloon-filled photoshoot hasn't come to be, I still wanted to say something because what is life without celebrating the things that we're proud of?

Blogging has changed my life so much for the better. It gets a bit of a bad rep these days, as a dying platform and a place for trolls to breed, but there is still so much good in what it can do. When I started this blog, I was very lonely. I had come out of unsuccessful relationships and recently taken up a new job and moved to a city where I didn't know a soul. It was not a good time and I'm not someone who makes friends quickly or easily. But hold back those tiny violins because this blog came along and changed all that. It was and still is the vehicle to connect with so many of you who share common interests and goals and I'm so very grateful for it.

So, that's what I wanted to say and I didn't want the occasion to pass without saying it! Thank you to all of you who have been following along - some of you from almost the very start. And a huge thank you to everyone who takes the time to comment. I may not reply to every single one but I certainly do my best to and I hope I always will. It means the world.

Here's to another 5 years because I hope that me and my little corner of the internet aren't going anywhere just yet! (Even if I do ponder it every time I'm taking a photo set in freezing conditions ;) )

CiCi Marie

PS I'll be back with another spring outfit collaboration post on Tuesday!


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23 comments:

  1. Congratulations on five years of blogging!!! That's brilliant. I adore your blog and hope you continue it for many more years. I get so much inspiration from you, and I'm glad your blog has been a positive influence on your life.

    I'm so pleased to call you my friend, thank you for reaching out! Xx

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    1. And I get so much inspiration from you! You're one of the best things this blog has brought me :) xx

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  2. Hi Cici!,

    5 years is a big achievement! not many people can say that.
    That's why I will never have a blog on my own, because I don't know if I could post for such a long period of time.
    Anyway, Congratulations for sticking into it and many happy blogging years to come.

    A big hug,

    Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany).

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    1. I think in the blogging world it's even more unusual - so many fall before a couple of years are up... If you ever did write a blog I'd be there to read it :) thanks for your continued support Eva!

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  3. Well done girl! What a milestone!!! A huge congrats!

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    1. Thanks Christina! I hope in a few years I'll be congratulating you on your first five :)

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  4. Congratulations, I look forward to reading your amazing blog for many more years to come x

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  5. Congratulations! Five years is a brilliant achievement and you should be really proud. I may not always comment but I do enjoy reading your posts, so here's to many more years of blogging! xx

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    1. Thanks Cate :) same for me - I've been especially bad at commenting lately but I'm reading and think you are fab! xx

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  6. Happy Blog-versary!

    Five years is something to be celebrated!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  7. Congratulations! I love your style, I love your "voice" on the blog, and I love your sense of humor! Five more years (at least!) should be a piece of cake, right? :)

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    1. Aw that's the nicest comment - I try to sound like me, but I'm never sure if people get my sense of humour on here! So that does make me happy :) five more years sounds doable now but don't ask me again next winter ;)

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  8. Hey Girl! It's been so long since I've been on the blogging platform, but I am still a huge fan of yours and you blog. I congratulate you soon much on your 5 years of blogging AND your upcoming wedding! I am so excited to hear about how things are going for you :)

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    1. Hi Amanda! So lovely to hear from you - and it makes me happy that you're still dropping in :) hope you're doing ok, it sounded rough a while back. There'll be much more on the wedding front oh so soon I'm sure! x

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  9. A very big achievement indeed, and congratulations on consistently coming up with fabulous outfits and beautiful photos! I don't like that whole talk of blogging being "dead" and it makes me sad to see bloggers I have been following for many years walk away from blogging. Here's to another five years!

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  10. Happy blogoversary! Five is a good stint.

    I was thinking the other day about how many of the bloggers who started when I did no longer blog. It's lovely to see established blogs carrying on.

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  11. Congrats on blogging for five years, time really flies by! :)

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  12. <3 Congratulations CiCi! Such a wonderful post to celebrate your 5 year blog anniversary! While you understandably have too much on your plate with you fast approaching upcoming wedding, a full time job, and lots of blog collaborations you are working on to do the huge giveaway or balloon filled photoshoot you had in mind, I think you did this post justice with the sweet words and wonderful story about your blog, your readers, and what it all means to you <3 Here's to another 5 years! :D

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  13. Congratulations! I think you've really built something wonderful. It's been a real pleasure to watch your style evolve over the past couple of years, and I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

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  14. Congratulations on 5 years! That is really a very exciting accomplishment. Also- as long as people keep writing blogs I'll keep reading them :) They aren't dead yet!!! So, here's to the next five years :)
    The Artyologist

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  15. Happy 5 year anniversary. I always enjoy your posts and I look forward to the next five years!

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