The blogging experience continues…
If you haven’t read the first part of my blogging experience here is the link click here
After I started my YouTube I was getting into rhythm and routine of posting consistently on my blog and YouTube. My experience with blogging was constantly changing. I used to post a blog post and always link in a YouTube video to match the blog posts. On average I was posting around 2/3 blog posts a week, I was on a roll. However, the end of 2016 took another break up. A break up which turned me into a different person.
After another break up with a boyfriend of a year. I wanted to reinvent myself. This particular ex told me that one of the reasons he was breaking up with me was because I appeared to be too gay, with the clothes I wore. I appeared too feminine. Those words resonated with me and stuck in my head for the next coming months. I didn’t want to change myself to make him happy. I wanted to reinvent myself to make me happy. In the past I had combat eating disorders and dark thoughts, so I owed it to myself to take some time out and become a better version of myself.
In a dramatic bid to change my appearance I dyed my hair the darkest brown money could buy. I was tired of the blond sandy colour that was my natural colour. Talking to my best friend I got her to join a gym with me to workout. I felt my body was very child like. my appearance of my body was very underweight and I wanted to become more toned and more defined. In addition to this, I started to grow a beard. Looking in a mirror I felt this would help with my child like look to give me a bit more of an edge. The photos above and to the right speak for themselves in the transformation I have embarked on.
Now it sounds like I did all this because he told me I was too feminine. This was not the case at all. For a while I was in serious thoughts of changing up my style and reinventing myself but this break-up was the big push I needed. It was the final push to create something different. I was getting bored of my style and wanted to introduce new things so that I could create something new.
In addition to my reinvention process of myself I wanted to change my Fashion blog. Currently it was called “Quirky Curls Fashion” With my reinvention I wanted something that people would remember, in other words I wanted my name to be in the blog title. This is why my blog now is called “Luke Heywood Style” I wanted my blogging experience to change, I didn’t just want to focus on fashion. Therefore I started to branch out into mental health,fitness, lifestyle and travel. Branching out into the categories gave my blog more of an appeal to a wider audience.
With the blog reinvention I started to focus more on instagram. I started to get a good following on my profile link here. 2017 I started to focus more and more on my instagram and less of my blog and YouTube. With my full time job I was finding it hard to balance my blogging, Youtubing, Instagram and my social life all at the same time. I gave myself a little break from the blogging and tried to focus on one thing at a time.
I found instagram a lot more easier to engage with people rather than writing blog posts and making YouTube videos. From time to time I would write the occasional blog post but I found I was just struggling with the whole coming up with content. Instead I found creating unique content for “the gram” so much more appealing that writing long and lengthy blog posts that didn’t inspire me.
However, going on holiday twice that year inspired me to write two travel blogs and do 2 YouTube videos for the holiday experience. Tenerife blog & Fuerteventura blog I had so much fun filming the videos for these holidays. Here is the Fuerteventura YouTube video I created on the holiday.
A New Year Of Blogging
With a new year came new challenges. I stupidly got back with my ex and I moved out into my own place, the first part of 2018 was so good with my blog. I started interacting more with other bloggers which really helped me get inspired and get into my own blogging more. Also, I realised just how important it was to help lift up other bloggers. From when I first starting blogging I never really interacted with other bloggers as I was worried they would never speak to me or they would think that I was trying to hard. Interacting with bloggers made me realise very quickly just how supportive and how helpful doing this was. I had to remember that I had a platform that I have a voice on. I’m in a place where I have somewhat a presence and platform to do good.
Commenting on someone’s blog post took 2 minutes out of my day. But it would give the blogger who posted it a boost to them knowing someone was reading their post. This is something I now make sure I do every other day. I take the time out of my busy life to go comment and interact with other bloggers.
I started getting a lot of collaborations in 2018. Living alone I found it so much easier to start doing blog posts more often and creating way more content as I had my own space to do this in. The collaborations coming in were from so many different companies that I really enjoyed creating content from. Here are just a few examples of the content I created for the companies I’ve worked with.
BoohooMan (On multiple occasions but this Mickey Mouse collaboration was my favourite)
Boxr Box Underwear (Multiple times)
Picking up these collaborations made me feel like I was starting to get noticed and be heard. The feeling you get when a brand wants to work you to showcase a product is one of the best feelings in the world. Working on a collaboration is very scary too. You want make sure that your giving 100% towards the product and the content itself. When I got my first collaboration I was so nervous to showcase it to the brand. I checked over and over again that the wording was correct, that I was 100% real within the post and that the photography for the piece was the best it could be.
Once you have sent the post link to the brand it’s completely out of your hands till you get the dreaded email back whether they like it or not. Every-time I’ve done a blog post for a brand I’ve had a very positive email back which is amazing. The boost of confidence you get once you’ve received this email is amazing. I’ve continued to receive more blog collaborations which really has been so fun to participate in. Being able to inspire someone about a product or about clothing they wouldn’t think about wearing is something I love doing. It’s one of the soul reasons I started my blog. To create and inspire people to think differently.
To Blog And Beyond
After another break up with my ex I realised it was time to focus on me and what made me happy. This was focusing more on my blog and instagram once more. After dedicating my time to someone who wasn’t interested in my time or effort I decided to dedicate that time and effort into something I know would love me back. Yes, I was really upset and down but I really wanted to channel that energy and effort into my blog, which is what I did. I created some of the best content I’ve ever done and it really showed. In the space of over 8 months I’ve created some amazing content that people have really been impressed with.
Creating content is one of the things I love doing. I love the creativity and how much you can be yourself, which is something so very important to me. I’m also trying to think of the next content. Since I’ve moved back to my parents for a while before my move to Manchester it’s given me more of a chance to create more content as I have more money, more time and more inspiration to do more. I still focus more on my instagram by posting daily and making sure I connect with other bloggers alike.
I’ve loved my blogger journey and everything that has happened to me over the years. It’s made me who I am today. I have so much respect and admiration for other bloggers who are creating fabulous content and blog. Also juggling a job, uni, college, or family life. You guys inspire me to be a better blogger and create such inspiring content.
I hope that I too inspire people to create content, be happy with who they are and have become. So many people are quick to judge you but most of the time they’re just not comfortable within their body. That’s one thing I know I can stand proud about. I love the person I’ve become, I love who I am and what I stand for. I will forever have my platform to have a voice and inspire. To combat negativity and to showcasing my creativity.
Luke Heywood Style will always hold a piece of my heart regardless of what will happen in the future. I’m trying so hard to go forward with my blog and create a wider range of content.
I want to thank everyone who has shared a piece of my journey. Who has inspired me to create, to the people who said I couldn’t do it, to the people who judged me, to the people who have been lovely and stood by me and my choices. You people are the reason I create. I will continue to create and keep bettering myself in the future.
Here’s to the future of Luke Heywood Style!