I’ve talked a lot about my tumblr blog, I know I have. I have a 5SOS blog on tumblr where I have over twenty thousand followers, I’ve made or reblogged almost thirty thousand posts (as of 12-07-15 00.17) and I’ve written so much fanfiction it’s not even funny any more.
I write fanfiction and I’m not ashamed of it – people who think fanfiction is embarrassing really don’t know enough about story writing and assume that all fanfiction is writing disgusting smut about twilight characters. It’s not – there is some incredible fanfiction out there from people who have gone on to become authors (not E L James, she shouldn’t consider herself an author) and I hope to become one of them (not E L James, I don’t want to be anything like her).
But this post isn’t about fanfiction – it’s about how this blog means the world to me and has helped me find my path in life. That sounds like a big claim but here me out.
February 27th 2014, I started this blog on a whim – I didn’t think it would go anywhere, I didn’t think I’d get any requests, I thought it would just be fun to write some fanfiction.
I woke up the next day to 50 followers, the next day to 100 followers – there was a point where I was getting 100 followers a day. I have posted over 400 short stories in so many genres, different persons and my writing has got better – it’s a really good writing exercise.
But I’ve learnt so much about running a successful blog – I’ve learnt about when to post things because most of my followers are online at different times of day and it’s more likely to be seen at night (when the Australians are awake, I see you Australia) then in the middle of the day GMT, when the Australians are asleep, the Americans are asleep and the my British audience are at school.
I’m aware I’m being incredibly stereotypical, but I have to view my audience as a majority I guess.
I’ve been writing, making blog posts and YouTube videos and with the success of my tumblr I realised that was what I really wanted to do.
And I found a university course that develops that – Multimedia Journalism will help me develop what I know and apply my skills in bigger fields and I might get to work in some really amazing places within the music industry because of this.
All because I started a blog and fell in love with making content online.
In some respects, you could pin it all back to 5SOS – if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have set up the blog and none of the other stuff would have happened but I really want to thank the people that follow my blog – you have literally no idea how much you’ve done for me.
Thank you for reading, thank you for everything,
That’s where you’ll find me: