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And Then Charlotte Said… Hello!
My name is Charlotte Emily, I’m 23 years old and I’m the luckiest girl in the universe! I get to do the thing that I love more than anything in the world every single day of my life and it’s honestly the best feeling ever!
I can’t even put into words how much joy it brings me to say that I’m a full time blogger!
I’ve been blogging for 8 years now, I used to own Charlotte-Emily.com through another blog provider but I felt that WordPress better suited my needs so in January 2013 after 6 years as Charlotte-Emily.com I packed my stuff up and moved on over to WordPress.com and became Charlotte-Emily.net!
It’s been a whirlwind 8 years to say the least! Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a writer, I’d always write stories, poetry, family newsletters and magazines with my friends. I never imagined I’d ever actually get to do it for a living, never mind as a self-employed blogger, stuff like that doesn’t happen to people like me! Or so I thought…
On the 27th April 2007 a blog was born, originally called And Then I Said… I started my blog because I was 15 about to turn 16, I was in my final year of high school about to do my GCSE’s and I’d just dislocated my knee for the first time and was pretty much housebound. I had a very rough time in school and I needed somewhere that I could vent my feelings and get it all off my chest.
I searched the internet for something like “internet diary” I wanted a place online that I could put my feelings where nobody would see them, that’s how I stumbled upon my first blogging site. I set up my blog never actually expecting anyone to read it.
Looking back I probably shouldn’t have been on the internet at all, I was very naïve I never imagined anyone would read my blog or even be able to find it, but they did.
I never told anybody about my blog, and in my first week I got 6 views. I was amazed! 6 people I didn’t even know were reading the things I was writing! The next week I had a few more people read my blog and people started commenting and telling me they were in the same situation as I was in at school and they had the same feelings that I had, I wasn’t alone.
I soon became hooked on blogging, it felt like home to me, my blog was my safe place filled with all of these people that felt the same way as I did and understood what I was going through because they were going through it or something similar too!
Flash forward 8 years and I now have tens of thousands of people reading my blog each week, I’m definitely not alone anymore… and as of 27th April 2015 it’s my full time job too!
Don’t be fooled though, I didn’t go on to train as a writer or anything, far from it in fact! I left school aged 16 with really good grades, I wanted to be a writer but I didn’t want to stay at that school so I left and did a Beauty Therapy course and became a fully qualified Beautician. I know, that makes no sense right?!
It didn’t make any sense to me so at the age of 18 I decided to go to college and do my A Levels so I could go to university and study Journalism like I’d always wanted. I did my A Levels, got the grades and got accepted into one of my local Universities to study Journalism.
You’re probably thinking that it’s great that I got to go to Uni and study what I wanted and that must be why I’m sitting here today as a full time blogger! The truth is though I turned the university down. I was suffering severely with depression, and it just didn’t feel like the right thing for me to do. I think I just hit an educational wall, I was 20 by this time and I’d been learning for 15 / 16 years, the prospect of another 3 years in education felt more like a prison sentence than a chance to achieve my goals in life, I’d had enough.
I’ve filled my time in the last 3 almost 4 years don’t you worry I’ve not just been sitting around doing nothing. I’ve actually worked really hard, and I’m starting to see that hard work pay off now that I’m officially able to become a full time blogger!
Being a full time blogger is made all the more satisfying by the fact I did it all by myself, I’ve had no training or help, all I’ve had are my words and my incredible readers.
I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my blog, through all the change I’ve gone through over the last 8 years my blog has been the one thing that’s not really changed. I mean, the content has changed but the blog itself with my amazing readers never changed.
I’m not going to lie, my blog and I have had a turbulent love affair over the last 8 years, there’s been ups and downs and content dry spells as I’ve let other unimportant aspects of my life get in the way of blogging..
But the tides are turning, things are the best they’ve been in a very long time and I’m now able to do the thing that I love more than anything every day!
You really must believe me when I say I never expected this to happen, I never set out to make money from blogging, I did it and indeed I still do it simply because I love blogging, the fact I can make a living from doing it is just a happy consequence.
Please don’t think I’m bragging either, I’m honestly not. It’s just that I’ve always been 100% honest with my readers and I don’t believe it’s right to turn my blog into a business and not tell you about it, I know there are bloggers out there that do just that but I firmly believe it’s going to come back and bite them one day so I’d rather just be honest up front.
I’m assuming that because you’ve read this far you must be new to my blog and you’re on a quest to find out more information, so please allow me to tell you a little bit about the sort of content you’ll find on my blog.
I’m never entirely sure what to classify my blog as, I generally say Lifestyle because it covers a broad spectrum but my blog is so much more than a typical lifestyle blog.
Yes, I do blog about my life, its ups and downs, my experiences caring for my Grandfather who has Alzheimer’s, my hopes, dreams, fears and everything in between.
I also write and share my own poetry, as well as granting my readers an exclusive look into my record collection which consists of over 400 vinyl records in my weekly Music Monday series.
I write about other areas of music too not just about my own personal collection, as well as writing about books too, all things book related.
And travel, I write travel posts too, admittedly not as many as I’d like too but I will change that soon. I recently went to New York for an absolutely amazing adventure which I blogged all about!
I blog about lots of other things too like certain computer games such a Minecraft / Tekkit and so much more!
See I find it really hard to categorise what I write about because I write about whatever I feel like writing about and that right there is why I’m the luckiest girl in the universe. I don’t have anybody telling me what I can and can’t write, I don’t have anybody setting me deadlines, I’m my own boss and it’s fantastic!
I’d just like to take this opportunity to once again thank my readers for all of the amazing support over the last 8 years, I know that there’s a lot of content out there on the internet and I’m incredibly grateful to you all for being so loyal and sticking by me through it all.
You’re all wonderful, beautiful, amazing people and I love you all millions.
I’m going to end this post now because at 1430 words so far I doubt there’s many still reading…
But if you are still reading, and you’re going through some sort of hard time and you feel like there’s no way out, hang in there. I felt the same once and I can honestly tell you that it really does get better!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read all of this, I really appreciate it!