After I got back from Italy I took a look at my editorial calendar and realized there was only 10 weeks left in the year. In some ways 2020 has been going on forever and in other ways it is flying by. As we are in the last quarter I have started planning out content through the end of the year. You can expect holiday gift guides, end of year wrap ups, consistent Fashion Fridays and tons more travel posts but planning like this made me take a look at the numbers and realize that today is my 2,000th blog post!
That means over the last 98 months I have averaged just over 20 blog posts a month for you all – pretty astonishing, I should think. There have been eight Sparkles and Shoes birthdays since I started this passion project in August 2012 and I could have never have imagined it would evolve into this! In my walk down memory lane I also took a look a 2016 post that I shared called 1,000 Blog Posts and many of the sentiments I shared there also ring true today:
- People still ask, “are you still doing that blog thing?” and by this point, I think the answer is clear.
- I love that the blog offers me a creative outlet and I still love sharing my favorite things with you.
- The topics covered are still quite varied from Fashion and Style and Beauty to Delicious Eats and Travel (and solo travel) plus so much more!
- I still love nearly all of the brands, topics, and activities I shared in my very first post with the Sound of Music lyrics and a branded self portrait.
All in all, most of the major elements are the same from when I started in 2012. However one big thing that has changed since that post is the monetary element of Sparkles & Shoes has shrunk since my last update in 2016. And that is quite frustrating to me, especially as the readership and following of the blog has grown, but it is for good reason. As you all know I am an American living in London and with that fun combination comes all sorts of international tax and employment laws. As blogging is still a part time hobby I need to ensure I do everything I can so that my full time job is my top priority and I follow all of the government guidelines relating to that. Hopefully one today that will change but for now, this is a great diary of my travels and life adventures.
If you would like to share what you would like to see in the next 1,000 posts I would be quite interested and make sure you are signed up for the weekly Sparkles and Shoes newsletter where you will get a recap of the posts for that week as well as any details on fashion finds or great deals!