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On the flipside though, my 2nd year of blogging has seen some small rewards. I've started to get out there a bit more, commenting on more blogs & following those blogs as well. Watching some of those same bloggers return the favour & come over here to comment has been pretty cool, I must say. It's also been pretty cool watching my audience grow at times (is it lame that I still get a bit excited when I gain a follower?), even though I suspect several of my newer followers are/were just spambots & not actual people. That paranoia will never go away I'm afraid!
I've also had some companies & people approach me to either guest post on TNL or ask me to spruik their product this year; but as exciting as it is to be feted in some kind of way, I haven't accepted any of these offers as (a) I'm uncomfortable with letting others guest post on TNL if I don't know them & (b) if I'm not interested in a brand or a product, then I see no sense in featuring it just to gain exposure. I'd rather remain true to myself than sell out, let's put it that way.
I'm also pretty proud of myself for being more comfortable this year & letting you guys gain more of an insight into who I am. Whilst I think this may have come at a cost sometimes (e.g. I've worried about pissing people off with my #nofilter commentary), overall I feel it's paramount for bloggers to allow their personality & unique voice to shine through. There's been a lot of talk about people wanting/demanding authenticity these days & I'm happy to say that at The Novice Life, what you get is absolutely me.
Before I finish this post, I'd like to thank anyone & everyone who has passed comment on my posts over the last year or is lurking in the background reading (unless you're a bot, in which case f off). I know some of you don't always comment; but to know that you're reading my ramblings anyway is lovely, so muchas gracias mi amigas!
Where to from here? I don't really know, but I hope to continue plugging away regardless.
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