I’ve always loved writing, for as long as I can remember. I recall being asked the classic “what do you want to be when you’re older?” question at around nine, I replied “a writer or a wrestler.” Clearly the latter didn’t work out for me so I sat at the family computer one day and started off writing short stories. I was around thirteen at this point. I remember thinking about the next chapter all day throughout school, drawing spider diagrams to expand on the personality of my characters. It was the first thing I remember ever actually getting me excited, being able to run away to my own little world where I could make anything I thought of, happen.
I’d rush home from school, get on the computer and tap away to my heart’s desire. I wouldn’t even reread the chapter because I was too impatient for spell checking, I just wanted to read it as quickly as possible. Sometimes the site would crash and I’d lose an entire chapter so I’d have to start over again but nothing swayed me. I had a handful of people on twitter and in the comments section demanding new chapters and trying to guess where the storyline was going and I was eager to please and driven by the feedback and support.
Little did I know, this was just the beginning.
I kept up with the short stories for a while, two years to be exact. That’s when I heard about blogging, around the time that I decided I wanted to be a journalist and focus on that field of writing. Blogging sounded like an ideal beginning. There were only two problems – one, the home computer was full of viruses from years of illegally downloading N Dubz songs on Limewire and two, I actually had no real idea what a blog was. Or SEO, or how to get site traffic or HTML coding or any other specifics for that matter. However, I’ve always been rather impulsive so it wasn’t about to stop me and after reading one Zoella post, I decided I had seen enough and was ready.
Originally, it wasn’t a blog I had made, it was a website called The Secret Project and I had gotten a bunch of people from school involved to write about specific things like make up, music, movies and so on but it appeared I had gotten way over my head thinking these people would ever get round to doing anything for the website considering it was like extra homework so I quickly dropped that idea, taxed my then boyfriends laptop and got to work on misssophiablog.
My first post was on face products for oily skin, i used pictures straight off the Boots website and my profile picture and banner were made in powerpoint. Obviously, we’ve stepped our game up since then. A year after it started, I was on my way to have tea and cake with the PR representative for the designer brand, OSPREY London. I didn’t have a fucking clue what I was doing – to say that I blagged my way through most of this blogging malarkey is an understatement. And that’s just how I carried on.
Due to the fact that this blog post is already so long, I don’t want to drag on for too much longer and I won’t delve into every detail of my blogging journey because I’d be here all day but I will say that this experience has been wild and I never thought that my little space on the internet would open the doors it has opened. From working with brands like Eylure and My Protein World to attending launch parties and award ceremonies, starting MissSophiaBlog was truly the best decision I ever made and I will treasure the lessons I’ve learned, the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had over these past seven years but I feel as though it has come to a natural end now.
I have grown as a writer and as a person and for that reason, I have to say goodbye to MissSophiaBlog.
However, I don’t want to stop blogging as a whole because it seems to be my only effective form of catharsis but writing about fashion and makeup is no longer my calling. My passion lies elsewhere and if there is no passion in something, there is no drive or excitement and writing becomes a chore. I’ve been toying with the idea of deleting the blog for almost a year now but I feel as though now, i’m ready. I don’t fear making the wrong decisions because I’d rather fail trying than live my life thinking “what if?”
So as sad, and slightly difficult it is to say this because this blog has literally been my livelihood for seven years now, this will be the last post on MissSophiaBlog. I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone that has ever left a comment or taken the time to message me, to anyone that has ever shared my links or sent me a guest post. To all the supportive tweets and emails, all the lovely PR people i’ve interacted with, brands that i’ve worked with, and finally, the lovely people I have met through blogging and made lasting friendships with throughout this seven-year endeavor.
I look forward to seeing what my new project has in-store.
If you want to continue reading my writing, the new blog posts will be posted on thegoodnamesaregone.com