Sunday, 27 November 2016

Five Years

Where to start?

Hmm.


Today is the five-year anniversary of this blog. In total, I have been blogging around 8/9 years. And it's just not the same anymore.

I know it's frowned upon by the blogging mafia to talk ill of the 'community' or whatever but I have found many others who agree with me that it is not the same. Most people see it more as a career opportunity, not a hobby. Talk of stats, DA, followers and 'opportunities' outshine the general passion for documenting our lives...which is what started it all really.

My first ever blog was a Project 365 one. I took, edited and posted a photo every day...it ended up failing and fizzled out. My next blog was in early 2010 and documented my first adult trip to Disneyland Paris. I actually paid to use the computers in our hotel and updated it each night so my Mam could keep up with me, then I carried it on upon our arrival home.
Then came a bad time in life and so it had to be deleted.
Underland to Wonderland then followed, when I moved into my first flat in late 2011.

Long story short my blogs have always been passion fueled, fun filled and to document my life. That being said it doesn't mean I am disregarding or undermining those who do blog for money or those who don't enjoy it and feel it a chore. I personally just think this kind of world isn't for me.

I don't think (and hadn't expected) people to notice, but I haven't used Twitter since the 20th and can't say I've missed it. Obviously, I had planned on getting a break from it while on holiday but I began my break early and can't see the end of it to be honest. Twitter is one of the main parts of the 'community' that I feel has taken a decline in recent years and I'm too old to spend my time on something that makes me feel so awful. You never know what you're gonna experience when you go on there and unless you're in with the in crowd, cool enough to have a following who hang off your every word, or are someone with super thick skin who can just tell people where to go when they get arsey with you, you don't seem to have a voice on there. Seriously, some of us have hard enough times in our daily lives without the stress of social media.

For too long I have tried to do something with this blog, gain more followers, make more friends but it's impossible. I guess I'm just an unlikable person like I have been my whole life, and so I'm stopping. 2017, my 6th year of Underland to Wonderland is gonna be just for me.
I love taking and editing photos. I love researching and writing up posts. I love my little blog and I'm not letting a so-called 'community' and it's judgemental, high school bullies make me want to stop.

So it's goodbye Twitter and goodbye sassy, sarcastic, stuck up, opinionated people who don't let others have an opinion if they differ to theirs.
If you are still reading and want to keep in contact more than just through blog comments I have a little group on facebook for like-minded, respectful bloggers who want to genuinely share their blog posts and give each other company and support. It's likely to be a very small group haha.

Yeah. In conclusion, this post was pointless. Just an update of sorts I guess...should have probably done something a little better to celebrate five years of Underland to Wonderland, but then again I'm not the giant helium balloon type.


Couldn't afford one even if I was.





30 comments:

  1. Happy anniversary! It's quite hard to say what you think online without getting somebody annoyed or upset and this happens quite often on twitter.
    I hope 2017 will be amazing for you. xx

    BTW, today it's my 5th anniversary of moving to UK. :))

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    1. Thank you! Oh 100%. It's ridiculous these days, such sensitive people even about things that can in no way be offensive. Urgh. No time for it.
      And you lovely. Oh wow, that's awesome!! Do you celebrate it??

      xo

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  2. I can completely relate to this. I've only been blogging for just over two years and even I can see a major difference in it now. I've unfollowed so many blogs I used to love because it seems like every post they write now is polluted with sponsored products or affiliate links! Not that there's anything wrong with getting "gifts" or trying to make a little money on the side but jeeze sometimes its just too much. I like when bloggers write about their lives, their interests, etc. Not about products they don't even like!
    Much like yourself I've always felt like the unlikable one. Especially in my day to day life and it totally sucks when you still feel like that when it comes to blogging.
    I for one love your blog and as long as its still up and running, I'll be stopping by to read all about it :)

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. It' so refreshing to hear I am not alone in this. Obviously I don't want anyone to feel unliked (and I definitely like you haha) but it's nice to hear from someone who can understand where I'm coming from.
      Thank you so much!! Yours is one of my all time faves and I'll always be swinging by to keep up with your beautiful little families adventures <3

      xo

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  3. Congrats on five years on this blog. I've heard a lot of bloggers saying that blogging has changed. I've been blogging for two years and I'm sure the pressure of having a perfect blog got to me. I took a few months out and I'm back to blog for myself. I only use social media to link my posts I've never seen the allure of it. =^-^=

    Sam | Momentarily Dreaming

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    1. Thank you!! At least it's not just me I guess, but it's a little sad. I'm glad to hear you're doing it for you. :)

      xo

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  4. Oh no. This is a very sad read. Unfortunately I agree with a lot of what you have said. I also feel like an unheard whisper in a sea of shouting. I'm currently having a twitter cull and it feels good! Delete all the negative bringers and only keep the goodies :)
    It will be a shame not having you on there. You are one of the extremely few bloggers I've followed since I began blogging over 3 years ago and I'll keep following too :)

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    1. Aw bless you Helen, you're such a sweetheart. Thank you for sticking with me! I think I must have been reading yours since around then too!!

      Ah the thing with unfollowing is it causes more stress! Last time I unfollowed someone without having them unfollow first or something I ended up getting a nasty message from a mutual friend having a go at why I had unfollowed - I have no time for highschool games.

      xo

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  5. Aw, going to miss you on Twitter. Not that I'm super active on there, haha. I am happy to hear you are not stopping Underland to Wonderland. I can see you put in a lot of effort and time and that your blog is way more personal than just PR requested reviews.
    I would like to join the FB group, is it the one I already liked?

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    1. I have to admit I haven't missed it too much but I have missed certain people, you being one. Thank you so much for always supporting me :)

      Yes! I will message you next week when I get back from holiday with the group!

      xo

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  6. First of all, of course, happy blogging birthday! It's always nice to meet other people who have been blogging for as long as I have (though I've only had my main blog now for the last 4 years) it can also mean that people like us see big changes in how people use blogging and while it is disheartening to see a move away from passion and towards business, don't let it dull your drive and sparkle. Your photography inspires me every day to actually learn about the hobby, get better and (one day) invest in a good camera so I can share my passions with others because I love making people smile and your blog is one of my main inspirations - which I hope you know, because your posts mean a lot to me. Twitter has become very mean and opinionated over the last few years and I will miss your Tweets, as I messaged you wondering where you were, but don't feel that you're not a part of it. Many people have said to me, it's quality, not quantity, and a few good blogging friends is far better than lots of followers. Hope you're doing OK lovely <3 Always here if you need someone to vent to. - Tasha

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    1. Thank you! I know! I love seeing others who have kept up with it. I have had a couple blogs that I loved but they fizzled out after a year or so and I end up missing them haha.
      You are one of my main inspirations not only in blogging, but in everyday life. I really am very thankful for you.

      I would 100% rather have a few awesome mutual friends who comment on my blog, than thousands of people who couldn't care less and get me down.
      Thanks as always for the encouragement <3

      xo

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  7. Oh no! That's a big shame! I've only recently found your blog and I really enjoy it! Completely hear what you are saying though! I'm not in the 'in' blogging crowd - much like in life haha! I'm just not cool enough lol.
    I'd love to join your group if at all possible.
    I'll miss you on twitter! I use it quite a bit, but more for life not blog.
    Xx

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    1. Aw thank you, that's so sweet to hear you enjoy it! It's cool to not be cool ;)
      I just got home from holiday today but I'll get in touch about the group asap!

      xo

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  8. You speak a whole lot of sense! I miss a community excited to read about each other's adventures. Not one all in it to get freebies. Have a wonderful time in Disney lovely �� I'd love to hear more about this FB group when you're back! x

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    1. Haha thank you! Yes, it's exactly that.
      I just got back today but I'll be in touch about the group soon!

      xo

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  9. Happy anniversary! 5 years is a real achievement. I have to be honest it does always slightly irk me when I read that people view it as a potential career. I worry that for younger girls especially it's a very unrealistic expectation. I have deleted my Twitter many times over the years, sometimes it feels too negative and I agree completely if it's not adding something to your life, get rid of it! I'll miss your tweets on my timeline but will continue stopping by here as I enjoy your blog. Good luck for the next 5 years <3

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy x

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    1. Thank you! In some ways it doesn't feel that long, but it also feels like forever haha. Yes!! Definitely agree with what you're saying about younger girls. I see so many idolize Zoella and think that anyone can do that...when really she got lucky. I'm not saying she didn't work hard, but so do many others and they never get the recognition she has...if you get what I mean.
      You are so sweet! I'll still be here if you or anyone needs me haha. Thank you so much for everything.

      xo

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  10. I think the best blogs are exactly when they are what you want 2017 to be - just for you. I think its so cool when people just document life & share it with others.
    I've learned to use Twitter with a side eye myself. People take some of the social media things & turn it to a miserable experience. Again - use it for the fun you want - nothing for gain :)
    I'd love to know more about the FB group
    ... but also know you could care less today - you're DISNEY BOUND! YAHOOO!!!!

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    1. Oh I couldn't agree more! It's so easy to fall into the trap of thinking otherwise but I really can't wait to do it all from a new perspective.
      I will get in touch about the group for certain!! I just got back from holiday yesterday and was straight back to work so hope to sort it all out in the next couple days. :)

      xo

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  11. Happy blogging anniversary! I totally know what you mean; Twitter drives me insane. There's always arguments, bitchiness or general nastiness. And I've definitely noticed that blogging is seen as a full-time job now; people seem to be all about the follower count, the numbers, the opportunities. Don't get me wrong, I like increasing my follower count, getting great opportunities etc as much as the next person. But blogging, for me, started as a creative outlet; a hobby. And that's what it still is. I think it's fantastic you decided to put these thoughts out there on your blog; someone needed to say it! And I would love to be a part of your Facebook group, too, if you'd have me! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thank you!! Right?! Every time I go on it's either arguements, pointless moaning or saying nasty, indirect things or a lot of in your face type bragging. I'm too old for it all. Feels like school.
      Oh me too, I get so excited when a new follower joins our little family but I need to remember why I started and not care about the numbers or I'm just gonna get down.
      Thanks so much for saying that. It's nice to hear some people agree with what I had to say. I'll be in touch asap about the group!!

      xo

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  12. Congratulations on your 5 years lovely, that's such an achievement! But I'm so sorry to hear that blogging/the blogging community has been getting you down recently :(. You shall certainly be missed! Hannah xx (Courage and Kindness)

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    1. Thank you very much!! I wish I had kept my original one and then I'd be at almost 10 years haha but 5 years is pretty cool too ;)
      Ah you're so sweet. Thank you! I may pop on on the rare occasion!

      xo

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  13. Oh noooo babe, I thought you were not tweeting because you were at Disneyland. I definitely get where you're coming from but I'm gonna miss you on there cause I like you. :) But did I understand you correctly, you're still keeping this baby but just quitting Twitter? You should definitely do whatever makes you happiest, no matter what others think or do. Whatever you decide to do, I wish you all the best and hopefully, I will still read from you. :*

    xx Hailey - www.haileyjaderyan.com // www.instagram.com/haileyjaderyan

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    1. I was away at Disneyland too, the next again week but beforehand I just couldn't be bothered with it all any more haha. Oh I can't see a day when I won't have this blog, if there is it'll be a long way away hopefully!!
      You are a star, thank you always for your comments etc!

      xo

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  14. You know I agree :)

    I'm quite looking forward to next year and blogging, I'm very much in my own world and I quite like it there. I don't want to spend my time trying to be part of the "community", or trying to make my blog into something... it's just not that much fun. It's nice to just entertain a few people, that's enough for me :)

    Here's to a relaxed blog year in 2017!

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    1. Oh definitely. If only I'd taken a leaf out of your book sooner.

      Yes. Here, here!!

      xo

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  15. Hey, sorry I'm coming to this late - I'm just getting caught up on reading as it's been a busy few weeks!

    I know exactly what you mean about twitter etc though... I don't know if things have changed massively over the last few years, or if I'm just seeing things a little more clearly now, but it's definitely not always a good place! Glad to see you back on there today though but if you'd rather keep in touch other ways, facebook, emails, semi-regular postcards, whatever - that would be great :D x

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    1. No sorry needed, I am in the same position! I read as much as I can but don't always get to comment with being so far behind!

      I'm glad I wrote this because it's nice to hear I'm not just a pessimist and others see what I mean too. I definitely agree that they are all better ways to keep in contact! We've set up a little facebook group if you'd like to join? I'll message you the link.
      xo

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