One Year Of Black Tulip Beauty!

10th August 2018

Hey everyone!

So today marks one ENTIRE year of this website being live on the internet and yes I did buy myself a cake. 365 days of Black Tulip Beauty. I can’t quite believe it. This intro is going to be short and sweet as this post is not. You may have noticed my site has had a complete makeover and I am unbelievably happy with it! A huge thank you to Pipdig for all the help and the incredible theme that I have customised and tweaked to the high heavens to my liking! Let me know what you think of it and let’s dive right in.

Personal Favourite Achievements

  • Hitting 25,000 views

A month or so ago I realised I was relatively close to this milestone and you bet I wanted to hit it before the big day came. I’m so pleased to say that I hit 25,000 views on my blog on the 8th August! I know it’s not the hugest number but we all grow at our own pace and most months I have exceeded the one before in views and interaction. Blogging obviously isn’t at all about those things but my god is it good to know that people actually want to read and engage with your content.

  • Becoming A Bomb Babe And Getting My Own Bath Bomb Made And Sold

I’ve been a brand ambassador for Bomb Cosmetics for around a year now. They were (and still are) one of my favourite brands so essentially becoming a part of their promotional team was a dream come true. They were the second brand that I set up a collaboration with and still to this day are my absolute favourite to work with. I also won a competition with them last year to have my own creepy bath bomb design made and sold for Halloween. I did write a whole blog post on it but when updating my site at some point, it got wiped and I have never been able to get it back unfortunately. If you weren’t around when this happened, here is my design “Dead Cute”. Its scent is chocolate raspberry and I really hope they bring it back some day!

  • Photography Progression

I don’t mean to toot my own trumpet but my progression in this area has been quite incredible. I know I’ve still got quite a way to go but the difference between my photos in a year is crazy. Admittedly, upgrading equipment has really helped but I’ve also put a lot of time and effort into practicing and finding ways to improve my work. It’s really paid off as over the last few months especially I’ve received so many compliments about my photographs!

  • Collaborating With 56 Brands/Businesses And Counting

Like with the views, this isn’t what blogging is about but for once in my life I actually feel like I deserve these opportunities. I work incredibly hard on my blog and to have brands and businesses noticing it and wanting to advertise theirselves through me is amazing! Don’t get me wrong, they haven’t been all sunshine and rainbows. There have also been far too many occasions where I’ve had to turn down opportunities due to follow links, the products not being suitable for my audience, underpayment and a whole load of other issues.

I’m also proud to say that I’ve sent back products I haven’t felt inspired to write about and I’ve declined collaborations on arrival of products due to bad quality or the fact I wouldn’t personally wear them. My blog is a place for me and I wouldn’t promote something I didn’t think was worth the money or that I wouldn’t actually use/wear. I’m also learning more every day not to undersell myself and how valuable my work is!

What Blogging Has Done For Me

I’ve honestly spent the majority of my life being a bit different and feeling super out of place. I’ve been bullied and still get looked down on for it at times, which obviously doesn’t make me feel the best about myself. Life also decided to give me a pretty awful autoimmune disease, as if I needed anything else to make me feel different. Coming into the blogging world was scary, sharing more about myself online was even scarier because of this reason. I know there are probably people close to me reading this thinking, “what on earth are you talking about, I love how different you are” but for every person who loves my differences, there has been someone who isn’t so fond of them.

Funnily enough, the blogging community has been more accepting of me than any other place I’ve been. I’ve always been much more creative than academic and I’ve had more hobbies than you could count on your hands. This blog has given me a means to channel the majority of that creativity into something quite amazing. I never believed I was talented enough to make a career out of my creativity until this blog has showed me I could if I set my mind to it.

Starting up Black Tulip Beauty and the support I’ve received has given me so much more belief and confidence in myself personally aswell as professionally. My writing may not be the most eloquent and I may not have the widest vocabulary but I think people come to my blog because it’s relatable and easily readable, which is far more important in my eyes. Blogging has made me fall in love with creating again and I’d happily do this every day for the rest of my life.

Goals For Year Two Of Black Tulip Beauty

I’m a super organised person but I don’t usually like setting solid goals as otherwise I get really upset and demotivated if I don’t hit them. I’m just going to say they’re aims as that’s a less serious word, right…?
  • Get at least one sponsored post per month
  • Go to a blogging event in London (this one is health dependent)
  • Upload more posts containing makeup looks
  • Meet more of my favourite bloggers (also health dependent)
  • Work with 3 more high street/popular brands

Questions From Others…

Is There Anything You’d Do Differently? – Alice

I actually don’t think there is. I’ve seen a lot of people in the Blogosphere progress a lot quicker than I have or that have a lot more connections but I think sometimes that take on things can make you burn out just as quick, too. I’ve always stayed out of the drama and had my own style that’s a bit different from the normal whitewashed blogs (which are super beautiful, just not very me). I’m really happy with where I am currently and If I did anything differently it’s unlikely I’d be right here!

What’s Been Unexpectedly Hard About Blogging? – Jake

A lot of things to be honest. I think the thing I’ve struggled with the most is having to constantly be on the ball with social media and promoting my content. Sometimes I really just want to switch off but it’s like with any business, you have to be putting it out there for people to see it. Even when I do have a break, I’m still thinking about content and ideas etc or feeling guilty about not working on it, it’s a bug!

What Is Your Number One Blogging Tip? – Angela

Just always be yourself. There’s no use copying other people or trying to be someone you’re not. It will eventually show through in your content and writing that it’s not from a genuine and passionate place. There’s always going to be people out there who find you intriguing and want to read your content. It might not be the most popular or the best on the market but if you’re starting your blog for popularity then maybe you need to re-evaluate anyway. Just upload what YOU want to.

Blogger Love

I’ve also been featured in a series called “Blogger Love” that went live today over on Em’s World. Go check out the post here if you want to know a little more about me and my blog and please give Em’s blog some love whilst you’re at it. If you want to get involved in the series as a blogger, you can pop her an e-mail which you can find on the site to get yourself featured, too!

Special Thanks To…

Now this blog wouldn’t be half as fabulous as it is without some people that have helped me. I mean the first thanks has to go to anyone that has clicked on, read, shared, commented, liked or interacted with my blog or posts in any way! Also a huge thank you to any one I’ve made friends with in the blogosphere, I surprisingly have quite a lot of them and if I named them all I’d be here forever. I appreciate your support more than anything and I’m so excited to hopefully meet you all one day at events or meet-ups! I do have to give a special thank you to Alice Hobbis and Becky Lane though, I feel so blessed to have found such fabulous friends through blogging and I hope we have many more days of nugget eating and complaining about getting out of bed to come.

A special thanks to any of my friends and family that have also supported me, especially my mum as she always gives my posts a read and an occasional comment. Which reminds me I definitely need to introduce you guys to more of my actual friends as right now, I look like a bit of a loner on here. A special thanks to Jake for helping me with literally every aspect of blogging – photographs, writing, coming up with post titles, not getting mad when he has to sit and watch friends/play with my hair whilst I’m furiously typing away, again. Selflessly buying products for me to review when I have £3 to my name. Celebrating my successes with me and also being the greatest support when things don’t turn out the way I wanted them to. I’ve also discovered recently that he’s a dab hand at flatlays (I’m still taking the credit for them though, sorry…). Last but not least, thank you to Nacho my little furry friend for providing the best cuddles, encouraging licks/boops, motivating me to take her out for walks when I get too swallowed up by blog work and just being the best and cutest dog ever.

On an ending note, Black Tulip Beauty has made me SO happy. Thanks for being here and I just know the best is yet to come. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t yet!

’Til Next Time,

60 responses to “One Year Of Black Tulip Beauty!”

  1. Adrian Lewis says:

    Hello Alice! Well I was simply going to congratulate you on a year’s blogging – but now I see you’re living in Bristol too – very good to hear from someone else in the city! As you say, blogging can be quite hard work, that’s true but, as you do, I love the creativity – I’m 7 years in now, and its really become a part of my life. Good luck – keep on keeping on!!! Adrian 🙂

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Aww thank you for such a lovely comment! Bristols a fab place to live ☺️ it really is hard work, people don’t realise! But yes it is a great way to express creativity, I love it so much!

  2. This is such a lovely positive post and happy 1 year!

  3. Bexa says:

    Firstly, wow Alice, your new blog design is BEAUTIFUL and so you! I love it! Secondly, a huge congratulations to all your awesome achievement this year, you are doing amazingly. I’m always in admiration of your photography skills and each new picture never fails to impress me. You are one of the most friendliest and supportive bloggers and always leave such lovely blog comments. Thank you so much, you deserve all the success and I’m so happy to be following your blogging journey (also, yay! I’m glad those gorgeous Dr. Martens made an appearance in this post too!). Keep up the fab work girl 💖 xx

    Bexa |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you so much Bexa, I’m totally in love with it! This comment means so much to me, you’re too kind! Hehe my new DMs are my babies, I can’t wait to wear them more this Autumn! X

  4. Em says:

    Congrats on 1 year of blogging! I love your new design, the colours are gorgeous! Thank you so much for mentioning Blogger Love and thank you for participating <3 xx

    Em ~

  5. Miranda says:

    Hard work paying off sweetheart ❤️ Xx

  6. Molly says:

    Congratulations! You’ve got some amazing achievements there to be proud of. I loved reading this! I wish I could get my hands on your bath bomb still?? It looks brill and the scent sounds like my kind of thing 😍 x

  7. Congratulations!! You’ve achieved so much in a year ❤

  8. YAY FOR A YEAR OF BLACK TULIP BEAUTY!!! I am absolutely obsessed with the new layout – perfectly you and bloody beautiful!! So proud of you for such an amazing journey and creating such an amazing place on the internet, you’re one of my favourite bloggers and I cannot wait to see what the next year has in store (would also love to meet IRL – health permitting obvs!) ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      CAN’T BELIEVE IT!! Thanks Gaby I still love it ☺️ Hehe thank you so much and I would LOVE to meet you too, girl! Xx

  9. Happy blogiversary, love! Some amazing accomplishments in such a short time!

  10. glowsteady says:

    Aw Alice! This post was beautiful! Huge congratulations on a year and you deserve absolutely everything you’ve managed to achieve. I love that you’re focusing on success in this post. I can’t wait to see what year 2 brings! x


  11. Jade says:

    Huge congratulations on hitting 25,000 views (thats a huge number to me!) working on so many amazing collaborations and on blogging for a whole year! 😀 I love your blog and you are honestly one of my favourite people on twitter – I class you as one of my close blogging friends 🙂 Best of luck with your goals for next year and I hope there will be an opportunity for us to meet up at some point (both our healths permitting!) xx

    Jade |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you so much Jade! It is quite surreal, I remember celebrating my first 100 views and how ecstatic I was hehe. Bless you, I class you as the same too and I’d love to meet you at some point, it’d be wonderful! Xx

  12. Congrats on your first year! such a big milestone! 25k views is amazing, well done! and so many amazing collab! i’m sure you’ll do even better on your second year!

  13. lifeofshar says:

    YAY I was so smiley reading this, congrats on literally everything you mentioned. I would LOVE to became an ambassador for Bomb Cosmetics so that’s amazing (teach me how hehe). I have no doubts that you won’t achieve your goals for next year as you are an amazing blogger! Yes toot your own trumpet because that photography improvement-WOW!!! Lots of love xxx

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Hehe bless you Shar, thank you! I’ve been working with Bomb for over a year now and they’re the best! That’s so sweet of you hehe, thank you so so much! Xx

  14. Happy One year🎉 I didn’t even know you had your own Bolb Cosmetics bath bomb that is so cool!☺️
    Brooke x

  15. Kate says:

    Happy blog bday!! I love your new blog theme, it’s perfect!! You have came so far, you should be so proud of yourself as your achievements are amazing!! I’m glad your blog has built your confidence, I can agree with you on that one, I definitely feel like I’ve gained confidence from my blog!! Can’t wait to carry on reading!! (Hope you enjoyed the cake !!)
    Kate Xxx

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you darling!! I’m loving it too hehe. You’re such a sweetie Kate, thank you! And I did enjoy the cake although my mum ate more of it than I did hehe xx

  16. Louisa says:

    Congratulations and happy birthday to Black Tulip Beauty!!
    I can’t wait to see what the next year brings you. I hope you smash all your goals and more.

    Louisa |

  17. carson bohdi says:

    I just found this blog! I love the design so much!! I remember for my first blog anniversary getting a cinnabon so I am glad I’m not the only one who celebrated with food 😛 congrats on a year! I can’t wait to read more 🙂

  18. CONGRATS ON ONE YEAR! You’ve done an absolutely amazing job and I can’t WAIT to see where that leads you next year! This was such a sweet post and I agree – it can be harder to grow when you’re not the typical whitewashed blog and that can be a bit disheartening sometimes. However, you’ve done a brilliant job, keep going girl!

    Jas xx

  19. Happy blog birthday! Love your post

  20. You’re website is absolutely adorable. I love it!! 25,000 is HUGE!! Can’t wait until I’m at that level!

  21. paintthefaceofanxiety says:

    congratulations! yeah growing is that much harder when you dont fit the “mould” of what everyones think you have, but you show you can do it!

    cath – xx

  22. Julia says:

    First off congratulations on a year of blogging, and this new site design is gorgeous!! You’ve done such an amazing job in this year, it’s such a sweet post to read all your achievements and goals for the future of your site. I hope you achieve them all and your health improves to make them all possible. I’m so happy for you and the growth you’ve made despite not being a typical white washed blog. You’re such an inspiration and you’ve done brilliantly so far, keep going!!

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you so much! ☺️ I’m very determined to achieve my goals and hopefully my health will improve soon ❤️ This means the world, thank you! Xx

  23. sophhearts says:

    Aw happy one year, I love this post! You’ve had a great first year and I’ve loved so much of your content so can’t wait to see what you have planned for the future! I completely relate to blogging increasing confidence and it’s done the same for me too!

    Soph – x

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you Sophie! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it, that means so much to me ☺️❤️ And I’m so glad it’s improved your confidence, too! X

  24. Congratulations on reaching this very exciting milestone! It looks like your blog has progressed so well, and your photography skills are so good now! I’m still working on mine 😀 I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  25. Nancy says:

    MAJOR CONGRATS on hitting 1 year with Black Tulip Beauty! It’s great that you’ve been blogging for this long – I thought you’ve been blogging longer. This shows how good you are at kicking off the blog to such a success. I love that you have a custom bath bomb – fits your style! I like that you’ve been getting better with your photography as time goes by. Hey, don’t worry about tooting your own horn. You deserve the bragging rights.

    I’m glad that you’ve learned so much and it’s been great reading your blog! Sending you lots of positive vibes for your journey to year 2!

    Nancy ♥

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      THANK YOU NANCY! I have worked very hard in a short space of time so thank you for your kind words! Hahaha everyone’s gotta toot their own horn at some point, right!? X

  26. hanmorris97 says:

    Congratulations Alice! Reaching one year is so exciting, and I can’t wait to see your content in the future! I remember the bomb cosmetics bath bomb competition, and I’m so happy that you won- hopefully they bring it back. Also toot your own trumpet with your photography as it’s amazing! Good luck with all of your goals xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  27. eviebraithwaite says:

    Ah congratulations on one year! It’s incredible how much you’ve achieved in such a small space of time, 56 brands is insane! You are such an inspiration to us smaller bloggers out there – you are nothing but yourself and look how far you’ve come because of it. Your new blog design is also stunning! I’ve been eyeing up a few new themes on pipdig for a while now, and I might just bite the bullet and make a purchase, your blog looks amazing! I can’t wait to continue following you on your blogging journey! Congrats again Alice! x

    Evie x |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you so much ☺️ I have worked so hard on this little blog and I’m so excited to continue it! I’m definitely still a smaller blogger, too!! Pip dig were brilliant, I’d highly recommend getting a theme! X

  28. yvonnewabai says:

    Congratulations on this milestone! 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊 Seeing all the things you’ve accomplished just left me feeling, “Wow!” You go, girl!

  29. helloaycan says:

    Happy Birthday and congratulations!! You have done so, so much in a year, you should feel so proud! You’ve built this beautiful blog from an idea and look what you were able to do. I’m so glad I discovered your blog, and I’m so excited to see what the next year brings.

    Aycan ///

  30. I’m so so proud of you!! Not only am I so proud to be a huge fan girl of your blog but I’m also super proud of being your friend. Just look at how talented you are and how much you’ve achieved – I hope you realise how bloody fab you are Al! I’ve still got my Dead Cute bath bomb, I do want to use it but at the same time it’s too cute to dissolve away! I love that you stay out of drama and stay true to yourself and your own style, it’s something I think everyone should be influenced by. And it’s so cute that you included me, I loved meeting you (and lil Nacho) and I can’t wait to see you again! Also the photos of you and Nacho are my absolute faves, you look beautiful! Happy blog birthday xx

    Alice //

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Hehe you’re the best, gal! I’m so so glad we met, you’re definitely one of the best things that has come out of my blogging journey! Bless you hehe I’m excited to hear your verdict on it! I don’t really know how to be anything but myself so it’s quite easy for me to do, I guess! Our day together was the BEST and I can’t wait to see you again ☺️ Thanks Al ❤️ Xx

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