Monday, 10 January 2011

BLOG BIRTHDAY #1



So today marks my blogs first birthday, a whole 365 days of blogging and a brand new layout. It doesn’t feel like a year, but I’m so pleased I stuck with it because this blog has become a big part of my daily life. I try to set a couple of hours each day to reading/commenting your blogs and i genuinely look forward to that part of the day. I find myself constantly thinking about what posts I’m going to do and what I'm going to write. I put a lot of time in to researching certain posts such as Lookbook of the week and answering your fashion related Formspring questions. Taking outfit pictures every few days has made me make a lot more of an effort with my appearance and I've now re vamped my wardrobe! It's also given me more confidence in myself and I've realised that you don’t need to look like a stick insect, have the latest designer gear and a crazy amount of ‘followers’ to be accepted in the blogging world. I started off with 0 followers, and a year on i have 1200+ people reading my blog. Something i could never have imagined, nor could i express just how thankful i am to have you all here.

What does VIPXO stand for?
VIP are my initials and XO means a hug and a kiss in the online world!

What made you start writing a blog?
I lived with 4 girls last year and it was horrible, it was the worst year of my life and it’s something I’ll never do again. Writing a blog was an escape, and it was a great place to talk to people with the same interests as me.

What tips do you have for making your blog better known?
Be original. As a reader I don’t like seeing repetitive blogs/ posts from different people but with the same content. It’s really not nice to see copycat blogs.

How often do you think it's okay to post and how'd you get ideas for posts if you don't have a new outfit to show?
I think it’s a personal thing. I know blogs that post everyday, some who only post once a week. I try to post at least 5 days out of 7. It all depends what I have on and what I want to blog about. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ll know that it’s not just about the outfit posts. I do blog other things too!

Do you ever feel pressure to blog about certain things in a certain way because of other blogs and bloggers, and how do you keep your blog current but also original and unique?
No not at all! Like I said before, if you’re going to blog make it different and stand out. I know there are a lot of blogs like mine, but at the end of the say it’s all about the writing style that makes them different.

Your often referred to as a ‘bigger blogger’ does that bother you?
I don’t get why it would bother me? I’m quite flattered people talk about my blog anyway, if they want to call me a big blogger then that’s fine because I'm quite content with the way I look. I just want to prove the point that you don't have to be a 'model' to write a blog. If i can give someone the confidence and inspire them to start a blog then i guess I'm doing something right.

What has been a highlight for you since starting your blog?
Making some pretty amazing friends! I honestly would’t be able to cope with some things people say to me if I didn't have a handful of these girls by my side. It's made me learn a lot about myself too and to not let things get to me. If i enjoy something i should stick at it, even if people don't always agree with what i say.

So once again, a massive thanks to you all for your continued support for me and my blog. I love doing this and wouldn't want to give it up for the world <3 br="br">

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49 comments

  1. Congratulations on your blogs first birthday!
    Love your blog and your style :) x

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  2. congratulations on your blogs first birthday, to me i love your blog because i can relate too you and when i 'visit' your blog i feel that you are a normal girl with a passion, i love it =) xx

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  3. Happy anniversary!!!
    Glad you're feeling so good about your blog!!

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  4. Congratulations!!! Love the new look :) x

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  5. Happy 1 year anniversary :) Congrats :)
    I've loved reading your blog, so keep up the good work :)

    L x

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  6. Happy Birthday VIPXO! (: Congratulations on the huge success of the bloggy as well Victoria! I love reading your blog for the variety of posts and to sit in envy/awe of your boootiful hair! Love you. xxxx

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  7. N'aww, Happy Birthday to VIPXO! I adore reading your blog and love checking out what you're wearing/how amazing your hair always looks! You deserve all your followers!

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  8. Congratulations! This was a really nice post. You work so hard on your blog, and it pays off because your blog is amazing.


    thatssofletch.blogspot.com

    xo, Jay

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  9. Happy birthday (to your blog anyway)!

    Although I've only recently found this blog, one of the reasons that I kept coming back to it was because I liked how 'real' it was. Your posts are interesting, well thought out and unique, and as a blogger I liked how you sounded friendly, approachable and relatable towards your followers.

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  10. YAY!! Happy Bday to your blog!! So glad I found yours and got chatting to you :) You are ace! Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for you hun <3 xxxx

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  11. Happy blog-day lovely :)
    Yours is a blog I always look forward to reading, I think you have such a good way with words, and you've never been one to hide behind a facade.
    And your pictures are always so lovely :)

    Jess xx

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  12. Happy blog birthday again (said it on twitter). I've loved your blog since I first found it and I hope your blog has many more birthdays to come :)

    xo

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  13. Happy Birthday VIPXO! I'm so glad you decided to start your blog - I always look forward to reading what you have to say!
    Keep it up :D

    xxx

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  14. Congrats on the big first birthday. I really enjoyed reading this, and hope there are many more to come x

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  15. Happy bloggy birthday, gorgeous girl! Here's to more posts and more fun! xox

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  16. happy blog birthday =) well deserved and you have an amazing blog xx

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  17. wow :) Happy Birthday to your blog. You've done so amazing in your first year, and I, like others adore you blog
    xx

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  18. awwwwhhhh your blog has a birthday muffin "make a wish"

    i loved reading this victoria, when i first started reading your blog, you had 300 readers, and i thought that was loads as i had 6! and look at VIPXO now hey :)

    love, emma xx

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  19. Happy birthday to VIPXO! I found the little interview interesting, it's always nice to hear about how bloggers do their own thing. x

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  20. Happy Birthday, VIPXO!
    Your blog has grown so much in such a short time! You really deserve it. I still recall when I started my own blog, you were one of the first people who actually followed. You were interested in widening your horizons, and I'm 100% sure you still are and that the popularity of your blog hasn't changed you a bit. The haters that say you are stuck up clearly have no idea what being stuck up is! You certainly are not!

    I really wish your blog many, many, many birthdays more! <3

    xxx
    Vikki

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  21. Happy Birthday! You've done an amazing job with this blog. Love your blog, keep up the fab work!

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    Check:
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  22. Happy first birthday VIPXO! yaay so glad i discovered your blog, It's been a daily read ever since i did and i love it, your real and down to earth and a very lovely person! xxx

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  23. HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY! I wish you continued success and I look forward to reading your upcoming posts =D

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  24. Wooo, happy birthday VIPXO. This blog is so inspirational, and i love readibng through your posts, never the same, and always interesting! xx

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  25. happy birthday to your blog! :)

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  26. congrats. i like your blog sooo much and it's so cute that you took a picture of you and that birthday muffin. great idea!

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  27. Happy Birthday to your blog :) that photo is so cute with you holding the little cake! x

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  28. Happy Birthday to your blog! You look gorgeous in all the outfits you post, and yes, you don't need to look like a "stick insect"!

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  29. Aaaawwww this is lovely! Happy blog birthday! Here's to the next year :) xxxxxxx

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  30. Happy blog birthday chick- loving the new layout!! Are you still coming to the meet up?? xxx

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  31. Happy Birthday VIPXO. I always look forward to your posts they are such a pleasure to read. I'm off to order a scrabble tile ring now :) x

    Kittenish Behaviour Blog

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  32. Happy Birthday to ya, happy Birthdayyy. Love ya xxx

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  33. Happy blog birthday to you!

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  34. Happy Blog Birthday, woo!

    The layout is beautiful (as are you! *cheeeeese*)

    That's probably one of my favourite things about blogging, too. I feel so blessed to have met all of these wonderful girls, sometimes because you're all so supportive and amazing to me :-) x

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  35. Happy blogging birthday! :D

    I really love your blog and how you style your clothes and aren't afraid to give your opinion which is lovely :)

    Maria xxx

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  36. Happy blog birthday yay!!! You've done really well, love the new layout!

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  37. congratulations! love your blog and happy 1st bday :) x

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  38. Happy blog birthday! Great answers:) x

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  39. Happy Blogger Birthday! Love the new layout :) and you look lovely in the photo, I'm forever jealous of your perfect hair!

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  40. Happy Blogger Bdayy hun, Love your lil Q & A, im currently in the same situation as you were last year with the girls bloody nightmare :(. Love your blog, keep it up x

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  41. Naww happy blogger birthday. I love how unique and original your blog is, its inspiring really :)
    \Scrapbook de la Emma

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  42. Congratulations on your blog's first birthday! I hope your blog has more birthdays to come. :)

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  43. Happy Blog-aversary! I remember subscribing back in the summer and your blog has grown so much! Congratulations on your success. Keep up with the good work!

    xx

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  44. Happy blog birthday! I look forward to seeing how you develop your blog during 2011. (No pressure!)

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  45. Awww, congrats! & I love the new layout!

    xoxo.

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  46. Happy blog anniversary! I always enjoy reading about your life and seeing your pics, so keep up the good work :) Also I'm liking the new layout too, it's really easy to navigate x

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