In 2012, I started off my very own beauty blog. I was 23 years old and was studying a degree in Geography whilst working part time for a high street retailer. Five years later, as a person I am very different and have experienced plenty, so much so that really I should sit down and write a book about the trials and tribulations of being in your mid 20’s. Although my penchant for a nude lipstick is still as strong as ever, my blog had somehow failed to move along with me; it needed a new look. I was, and to some extent still find myself stuck with my beauty reviews, I find it difficult to move past that. For the past two years now I have really struggled with my blog, it needed a re-brand, a change of tone and indeed name so that I could move past A Little Boat Sailing into something which felt more like me.
Over the past two years I have toyed with a new blog name, it really has taken that long for me to think of something which I liked enough to commit myself to. Having never changed my blog name in five years it was a big thing to do, I certainly don’t plan on changing it again so it was important to get it right. So, where did The July Rose come from? Well, I was born in July which is straight forward enough to answer half of that question. The rose element came into it because of two reasons, the first being that I adore roses, I always have done and always will. To me they symbolize love and romance; what can I say, I am a hopeless romantic at heart. The second reason is even more heartfelt than the last, that reason is that as a child I lived in a cottage with my mum, dad, brother and sister which was called ‘rose berry’ cottage. This was an extremely long time ago, however we had some great memories there and it was also the last place we all lived together as a family. Therefore, behind the new name there is actually quite a sentimental message tucked beneath it.
The July Rose is a new start, however all of my previous posts are still available for readers to browse through and access. I will no doubt spend many hours going through them to edit things now that I have moved over onto WordPress, which, I have to say is a completely different platform to Blogger. There are so many things to do and change and implement onto your blog, I am blown away by how professional it feels and how sleek it is. Of course, I would not have been able to move my blog over without the help from Pipdig. Once again, I have received excellent service in a quick and professional manner. If you are thinking of moving your blog from Blogger to WordPress, or even thinking about just having a new design to refresh for 2018 then I simply could not recommend Pipdig enough.