The key to success is to start before you’re ready – Marie Forleo.
Ever feel like you’re a very enthusiastic cheerleader, shaking your pom poms for all to see? That is exactly how I have felt in the blogosphere recently. More than one (seems small but is detrimental to the change that is coming) blogger who I follow on Twitter have announced they are going full time with their passion (blogging, duh!) and I couldn’t be more happy or excited for them. Yes, I don’t know them personally – after following someone’s journey for even a few months makes you feel like you know them inside out – but it is a leap of faith, followed by a hell of a lot of hard work to get to that stage where you can say yep, this is now my job and career. How couldn’t you be weirdly super proud of that person, or those persons?
We all know that blogging could erupt in a flame of fire at any moment; it may not be here forever, or it could flourish and outshine all other forms of creative content and media. And so, if someone is grabbing that moment with two hands – and teeth – absolutely yes! to them. The World of Influencers is so vast, with hundreds of little niches to fill every nook and cranny, and so I declare 2018 as the Year of the Blogger, more so because of others, but also a little bit because of myself too.
In The Frow
Always my number one inspiration for anything blog-related. I’ve talked about her so much already that I feel like I’m the ringleader in the Victoria fan club. Nevertheless, I have a massive girl crush on this woman because she is an epic rock star! Her travels and her style are incredible, not to mention her authenticity as an influencer and human being. If I need to be inspired, all I have to do is click on inthefrow.com and be wowed.
Em is like that best mate that you can’t help but love. She shares all the positive vibes which are reflected in her blog posts, Instagram pics and tweets all day long. We all need that extra boost of positivity in our lives, no matter what time of day it is. It’s also especially vital because – as like the rest of us – Em is a normal, everyday girl with her own struggles and she is very open in order to help others. And, she travels to the most amazing destinations – records it all on emtalks.co.uk and has a walk-in-wardrobe to die for.
Grace F Victory
The internet’s big sister. Grace is an incredible woman. She is completely herself and pushes women to be their true selves, no matter their size, appearance, disability, health – everything that the world deems outside of the perfected box. She empowers us all, and with that, teaches us all to believe in ourselves. Plus, she’s brutally honest which I love – about poos, waxing and custard creams; all of which you can experience for yourselves here.
I’ve been following Jess’s blog and travels for a number of years now, from before she made that leap to full time. I love all of her recommendations and the destinations she travels to seem all the more extraordinary. Plus, she is so down to earth and someone I would definitely call a blogger friend. She convinced me to go to #BlogAtTheBeach last year and I am so glad; all of her luxury adventure are over at thetravelista.net.
THE UP AND COMING
Little Miss Katy
Katy’s photography is incredible, especially of her travels and recipes; the places are wanderlust-filled just as the recipes are mouth watering. Just scrolling through her Recipes tab makes me want to crack out Mum’s Christmas apron (it’s not Christmas themed btw) and make some of the most scrumptious food I’ve ever seen – not that mine would ever look as delicious.
I started following Kirsty just before her mahoosive helpful guide on LinkedIn – which I have more than glanced at as it is incredibly intricate and detailed; it needs a mug of hot chocolate and snacks to devour whole. She is a travel blogger first and foremost, and I am all about travel blogging – obviously – and finding new places to lust over and explore. As another blogger who has just gone full time, I’m excited to follow Kirsty’s journey all the way to Los Angeles this year.
It won’t be long until Lucy goes full time. I can feel it in my bones. Having followed her journey for a number of years, I’ve seen her solo travels throughout Australia which spurred me to book my own one-way ticket outta England. Lucy is a huge inspiration of mine in both blogging and life; we were lucky enough to cross paths in Cairns, Australia last year. She grabs life and shakes it, leaving no stone unturned and having an adventure every single day; she influences me to do the same.
Hello Miss Jordan
Jordan’s Instagram is magical, and she continually updates it daily. Her editing, clothes, locations are all fit for a twenty-first century princess. She writes about her travels and shares her favourite spots in London with epic photoshoots of her amazing wardrobe. Plus, she shares Behind The Instagram moments on her stories which are both insightful and hilarious.
Lauren is a magical writer. She’s written for the Guardian to prove it. Mostly, I adore her posts about books and I love to know what is on her reading list. Getting personal isn’t something she shies away from; she takes it on full force, opening doors for discussions. With reflection posts that make us think about our own life, Lauren is definitely doing something right: inspiring others. And I love her header, too.
A local to Liverpool, with an aesthetic that makes your eyes pop out of your head and an exceptional eye for architectural detail, Sophie takes the clean, minimalistic background to another level. Her career advice and personal posts are completely relatable to every twenty-something, with an orientation to goals and aspirations. A perfect pick-me-up for everyone, whatever your age.
Wander With Laura
Laura is without doubt a travel superstar; she’s gone all over and captured such colourful memories. Her blog is a travel haven with a lot of posts to satisfy any foodie’s palette. I am especially invested in her New Zealand posts which is the next wanderlust country on my travel to experience list. Laura is also incredibly supportive, and a local gal from Liverpool which means wanderwithlaura.com is a webpage I returned to regularly.
Blush & Noise
Abi’s personal space on the internet is a joy to look at. Her style is one of my favourites in Liverpool and wider – the baker boy style caps are an absolute favourite accessory of mine. The backdrops she finds around the city are both fun and astounding, making you look at Liverpool in a different light. And the topics, infused with beauty favourites, an abundance of style and personal reflection every so often, makes Blush & Noise is a joy to read.
LITTLE OLD ME
I am by no means running in the leagues, but I am getting somewhere. I’ve started receiving those very exciting emails and I’ve upped my own game a little already. Fayebeline, as always, is a passion and one that I want to face head on, bulldozing at full speed kinda like a Spanish bull, but always sticking to what I love and topics that make Fayebeline mine. Will I ever become a full timer? Who knows? Definitely not yet. It certainly seems an exciting concept from the outside, but making Fayebeline into a brand is a little crazy right now.
2018 is a year for blogging all around. There are so many other influencers I adore such as Lydia Elise Millen, Charlotte from CH32 and Em from My Pale Skin Blog, however these are primarily YouTubers – rather than bloggers – who I’ll sit and binge watch in an entire evening, regularly well into the early hours.
What do you think this year will hold for the blogosphere, especially your own blog.
Love, Faye xo