Amandabootes.co.uk turns two today. (all the cake and balloon emojis)
That’s crazy. It really is. I never ever thought that I could fall in love with blogging as much as I have, and continue to do so every day.
I actually started my blog a couple of years before this under the alias MandyPumps, because I didn’t want people to know it was me, and what I was doing. I remember spending about 3 days straight on a post- the A to Z of Summer, only to publish it but never share it with people as I was too scared that I was going to be judged. I carried on publishing for a few more days and then gave up. Then 2 years ago, at 11pm I had the sudden urge to blog. I had just watched the John Lewis and Sainsbury’s Christmas ads and felt like I needed to write a comparison between the two- and thought FUCK IT. I’m going to share it this time. A whole re-brand. I want people to know I’m writing. I want to share my thoughts with the world. And so amandabootes was created late at night in the garage of my Mum’s house.
Now I would love to say I never looked back- but the truth is, it has been a long, hard BLOODY STRESSFUL but 100% reward-able journey.
I’ve spent days and weeks crying over my content, over my blog. I’ve spent other days on cloud nine over the opportunities that I’ve managed to have.
Now in reality in terms of numbers I’m still only a baby blog- I haven’t been able to put as much time into it as I would like due to work, health and other commitments. But this little thing right here. Is still my baby. And my baby is now 2. I’ve had 2 wonderful years of learning, growing, writing. Meeting some sassy AF da bomb type people. Got to work with some insane brands and its opened the doors for a whole new Amanda. So in celebration of little ol’ AB turning 2. I thought I would do something that celebrates 2 in the best way!
I asked you all over on my twitter to tweet me some ‘2’ type questions and I have all the answers for you- as well as an extra special giveaway!!
2 Things I love about blogging.
This is a hard one to cut down to just two things. Blogging has given me so much, and there’s so much I love about it. But to choose, it has to be the community for one. I have met some absolutely incredible people- people that just support and love you, and most importantly understand everything blog-wise. They understand when you get angry about brands, get upset about views and celebrate with you when you get to do something amazing. And that’s got to be number 2- I LOVE how many amazing brands and companies I have discovered and worked with through my blog. Places I have never heard off but now love. The ability to discover the unknown so easy!
Top 2 favourite Bloggers.
Of course you guys know how much I love me some HannahGale I have been a HG fan since as long as I can remember, and it just grows alongside her. She is honest, she is real, she makes me pee my pants laughing and crying into my pasta all within seconds of each other. She has this way with words that I can only aspire to be like. She has this love for the world and passion for what she does that is just a complete inspiration to anyone in the blogging world- actually scrap that. To any modern girl trying to make something of herself. Plus she is as crazy about cats and food as I am. So we are practically sisters rn.
And another blogging babe that is my all time fave is the undeniably sassy and risqué gal that is VixMeldrew whose sex stories, dating faux pas, and penis stories make me LOL IRL, make me nod in agreement until my neck hurts, and makes me literally want to hire her as my wing-women.
Top 2 favourite YouTubers
Carly Rowena whose butt is to die for, whose dog makes you want to squidge his little face, and her love for life just makes you feel that surge of motivation to get up, and move around makes her my all time fave YouTuber. Her carefree attitude, her honesty and real-ness make her feel like your bff fo lyf.
Charlotte Hole has become my go-to on the ol’ tube more and more over the last few months. There’s just something about the way she talks to camera, and her incredible amounts of sass that just makes her an easy person to watch and enjoy. The kinda girl that you can binge watch (I have) and just want to be her galpal in real.
Top 2 blogging tips.
DONT WORRY ABOUT WHAT ANYONE ELSE IS DOING. JUST DO YOU.
SEO, Page Views and Followers don’t define you.
2 most important things I have learnt about blogging in the last 2 years.
Surround yourself with people that support and understand your blog but don’t neglect your social life and friends and family. Having a break from the blogging world and having something else to focus on can do wonders for your blog and life.
Be organised. Create ways to keep track of things you need to do, posts you need to write, invoices you need to send. Keep everything clean and easy to find. AND BACK IT ALL UP.
Top 2 blog posts I have written.
Why people need a refresher in their body positive education.
10 Things people with PCOS are sick of hearing.
2 things I would change about my life right now.
I would love to be able to stop worrying about money and debt and all those adult things. Also my health is still pretty awful- so to be well again would be amazing.
2 things I couldn’t live without.
My fur babies. Both my cats and my dog. I couldn’t imagine my life without a fluffy animal in my life for cuddles.
And also- nachos and Lindt chocolate. Actually just anything food wise.
What 2 things I would do differently if I was starting my blog now.
I would learn about SEO, Editing and all the technical things that come with the blog and vlog side of things. I’m awful at doing it and it stresses me out so much. Especially when I have an idea in my head and have no idea how to execute it.
I would just write what I want to write, without having to worry about what other people thought and if it ‘fit’ in with my niche.
2 brands I would love to work with.
Lululemon- because a girl can never have too much athletic wear right? Especially when it is as beautiful as Lululemon!!
Anything travel wise- now that I’ve gone freelance I have more time to do what I love and that has always been travelling. To be able to loose yourself in a different culture is something that puts that fuel back in my heart.
2 places I would love to travel too.
Iceland 100%. It’s such a beautiful place and the Northern Lights have been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.
Anywhere in America- preferably Texas. Because I’m a country gal at heart.
2 goals for the future.
To vlog more, and get better at it, because lol at my current videos.
To just keep going, keep writing, keep learning and growing and meet as many of you sassy readers as I can.
I have been so lucky to be able to do what I want, to be able to go freelance with my writing- to be able to write for companies such as Metro, Unmissable and Active in Style. To be able to help out friends companies with PR and Social Media, and to be able to share my life with you all.
And to say thank you for all the love and support, I am giving away something super exciting.
2 Free Tickets to the biggest and baddest New Years Eve Party London has ever seen. Fitssi are hosting their Rave and Behave event as the launch of their new Fitness app. Expect lots of fitness workouts by some incredible headline acts, special DJ’s, Shakes, Healthy food and Prosecco as you welcome the New Year in with a BANG.
All you have to do to win these free tickets as well as a few other little healthy goodies is head over to my Twitter and do what my pinned tweet says!!
And if you don’t win you can still pick up your tickets here