The big, the small, and the in-between

Achievements (and disappointments alike) come in many shapes and sizes. They can range from getting out of bed in the morning, to taking risks that extend well beyond your comfort zone. I set up this blog, 'Sadhbhers' in 2014, at just fifteen (!), and I've spent the past six years creating an endless stream of content, whilst learning how to run my own website. I posted my very first blog post on the 2nd of March, 2014 (it's still there, for those of you looking, please don't). Since then I've written over 300 articles, I've shared over 750 pictures on Instagram and I've been endlessly nagging friends, family and acquaintances alike to read my blog.

The decision to set up my own website was one that was not made in haste, but rather a long process that required a lot of thought in how best to persuade my parents that I simply had to have my own blog. My own corner of the internet to share my thoughts, my writings and my photographs. Although I set up my blog at the beginning of March in 2014, I kept it under wraps for quite some time, telling only a select few, whom I knew would value my work and provide ample constructive criticism. Back then, my website averaged less than twenty page-views a day; and I was delighted.

Sharing 'Sadhbhers' with all of you for the first time was certainly no easy feat. Putting yourself on a platform for everyone to see can be daunting, and although some of my peers had questionable reactions to my newfound hobby, I'm lucky to live in a small community of supporters, and to have had a great support system of family and friends. People who help me celebrate the highs, and also support me through the lows. 

On the 11th of April, I attended the National Student Media Awards (a.k.a. the Smedias), with the UCC Express team, whom I had been writing for as Fashion Editor for 2019. 'Sadhbhers' was up for two awards. 'Blog/Vlog of the Year' and 'Website of the Year.' Continuing to create content and write new posts in an industry that's known to be 'dying' and sometimes 'dead' is never easy. There have, of course, been times over the years when I've wanted to throw in the towel, but losing 'Sadhbhers' could be likened to losing part of my identity, so I haven't. 

I was awarded 'Blog/Vlog of the Year' at this years Smedias, (in case you haven't already guessed), by Pete Wedderburn, (Pete the Vet). The award, along with the encouragement and kind words shared by Pete, was a gentle reminder that my platform is not a waste of time. It never has been. Rather, it's a space for me to share my thoughts, my advice, and my journey through life. 

So, to all of you reading this, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to listen to (or more accurately read) what I have to say. Thank you for coming back again and again every time I post, and thank you for all the likes, shares and endless support. I write this blog not only for me, but for you. Thank you for helping me celebrate everything that comes with this journey; the big, the small and the in-between.

Until next time, 

1 comment

  1. Congrats on winning Best Blog of the Year, you deserve it so much. You put so much effort and time into your blog and all the socials that go along with it.


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