Friday, 12 May 2017

5 Years Of Little Piece Of Lynda...

Five years ago today the date would have been May 12th 2013, a day that is of no importance to you but for me, it was a life changer.
I remember it well, it was a Sunday and I was just the average sixteen year old girl. I was in transition year in school, obsessed with rugby, working on the school magazine and more than likely starting to think of vodka and going out but for me the most important thing at that time was my dream to become a radio presenter/ journalist and at sixteen believe me when I say there was nothing going to stop me.
 Looking back now I was probably one of the most ambitious kids on the planet I knew what I wanted and nothing was going to stop me I was willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to get there but being honest this was a downfall that I wouldn't realise it until I got into my twenties. When you're working your arse off from such a young age making contacts, getting experience, doing interviews, getting articles published, editing the school magazine, knocking down doors and gaining as much knowledge of the industry as you physically can it's only naturally that five years down the line when things haven't gone the way you always wished they would that you start to realise that if only I had that determination I had at sixteen then things might be different now, you can't help but think to yourself 'If it was going to happen it would have happened by now' but one things for sure blogging changed my life and for me going into a field of media having the blog was crucial and the opportunity's that have risen from it have been incredible.
So why did I decide to get into blogging? With no disrespect to any other bloggers before I got into blogging I had never read a blog in my life and I had no interest in doing so. Any journalist I ever spoke to always gave me the advice of starting a blog as it was a good way to 'get my name out there' so I did it. I loved writing and telling stories is my forte, so if doing this little blog was going to better my career in the process then I was going for it. There wasn't any other young girls in my area that had a blog at the time so I was really on my own and of course having no knowledge of blogging wasn't ideal either to top it off I had never shared any of my writings so it was a huge step, and being honest if I had to start a blog from scratch right now I wouldn't be able to do it so I'm glad I had the balls back then.

I didn't know what kind of blog I wanted, I loved fashion, beauty and sport but I didn't have it in me to
dedicate full blogs to them so I decided to label myself a 'lifestyle blogger' a little bit of everything and that's where my name 'Little Piece Of Lynda' actually came from. Originally it was supposed to be 'Little Bit Of Lynda' but I messed up my first blog and then that name was used so I had to settle for LPL, I'd love to say I spent hours thinking of creative names but it was genuinely me sitting at the kitchen table trying to fill in the gaps as quick as I could and so the name was born and it's actually quite fitting now because I want my blog to allow readers to see a little bit of life, through my eyes and I feel the name really reflects that now, even though I had no idea what I was doing at the time.

As a blogger for 5 years now (can't believe it) it's safe to say I've had some incredible opportunities. I'm not talking the likes of what some beauty bloggers get like holiday's to LA or bags and bags of Inglot makeup but I mean opportunities that have pushed my 'career' further and really changed my life.
I got to work with amazing campaigns 'Because I Am A Girl' still being my favourite, writing for some of the most amazing websites The Secret Obsession, Just Jen and, getting into a broadcast journalism and presenting course and my favourite thing of all, having the opportunity to meet and chat to new and interesting people.

When I sit back and look at my interview section of my blog I can't help but smile. My first ever phone interview was with my Idol Laura Whitmore and for a seventeen/eighteen year old to say the first interivew they ever did was with their hero well, it still boggles me. Then from Iskra Lawrence, Danny Miller, Jack Derges, Mike Sherry, Courtney Smith and Lisa Cannon the list goes on and I learned something from every single one of those people and I feel so blessed and honoured to have gotten the opportunity to meet them and chat to them something I could have never done without my blog.
 Because of my blog I've gotten to work with some incredible firms that I could only have ever dreamt about like Beat 102 103, Tipp Fm and TG4 and also having my first ever article published in a newspaper by the Limerick Leader and being invited on Limerick Live 95fm for a debate about the Leaving Cert points which was my first time ever on air, in terms of what I've gotten out of blogging? -It's been priceless!! 
I just can't help to think that if only I got into blogging a bit later in life then I might not have taken all these things for granted but when you're young you never appreciate how quick the ball is rolling for you....that is until it stops!!

Blogging is becoming more and more popular with new blogs being started every single day but you need to realise that if you are one of those people who are starting a blog for the 'free stuff' you won't last and actually you'll just annoy everyone along the way. It's true bloggers do get a lot of things for free but believe me when I say there's a difference between having a fashion/beauty blog to having a lifestyle blog, having a lifestyle blog means you won't get 1/3 of what bbloggers get but if you are in it for the right reasons you won't want anything anyway and that's all I have to say on that topic!! 
If you've followed my blog from the beginning you'll genuinely have grown up with me, from going to school, doing the Leaving Cert, repeating the LC, meeting Conor Murray, doing a course in broadcast journalism, going to college, moving to Carlow, dropping out of college every piece of my life has been documented and I just want to thank you for coming on this journey with me. 
 I'm not like So Sue Me who gets thousands of emails/messages/tweets a day but it's the odd little messages off young girls who make my day and everyone who's ever messaged me or spoken to me in person about the blog it really does mean so much and thank you!
 I'm never going to have a huge following and get tonnes of free make up and products but that's not what I want anyway, I started this blog to get the career I wanted there was no other reason but it back fired drastically when I realised I was in love and obsessed with my little blog that's been my get away place for the past five years.
 It's true I don't have as much passion as I did all those years ago but I could never stop blogging, it's my life and I really hope you enjoy every little journey I go on...
Thanks so much for reading,
Lynda Xx

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