1 Year Yukova Blog Anniversary

1 year blog anniversary Yukova by Yuliya Oleynykova

Can we just take a second and wish a Happy 1 Year blog anniversary to Yukova Blog! I can’t believe the year has passed so quick. It was a very tough year full of hard work, long hours and stress, but at the same time it was filled with amazing events, meeting talented people, attending fashion week and lots more.

When I moved to the UK for good in July 2014, I was fascinated by the fact that I can do my own project and work for myself. And actually, I can make it work. It sounded absolutely surreal to me! But I thought I should give it a go and try to turn my dream into reality. Some of you may know that I have 2 degrees. Masters in Marketing, Kiev National Economic University and Bachelor’s in Fashion Design, Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts. I always knew I want to work in a fashion industry, but I never quite understood where do I fit the best and what my options are. Well, you never know before you try, do you?

Frankly, when I studied at uni I didn’t even know what fashion blogs were and that there was such a thing. My first thoughts were: “What? Why would people spend so much time writing about fashion and beauty and taking lots of photos?”. And here I am, 3 years later celebrating my blog’s first anniversary! Moreover, I’ve managed to create tons of content – 261 articles and tons of photos.

Things I’ve learnt from 1 year of blogging

The first thing I’ve learnt is that you should never stop learning. Being on top of the things, using new apps, editing software, developing your social media presence and improving photography skills is the key to success.

Think about your branding. I think it’s important to stay true to yourself and write about things you truly believe in. I know that my blog is a very good reflection of who I’m and what I like. I’ve realised that I’ve become much stronger person during past year and it’s affected my blog and brand to become stronger too. It’s important to develop your blog in accordance with your personal improvements.

Be nice! Not only if you are a blogger, just in general, being nice is a key to a happy life and less grey hair haha. Sometimes, unfortunately, I meet people or face situations, when somebody being rude to me for almost no reason. I feel like it’s important to stay calm, polite and nice. And trust me, over a time you will build an amazing circle of people in your life, who support you and trust in what you do. They will be your own oasis of happiness and motivation!

Work hard. The blogging world is very saturated at the moment. And I understand why – to be a blogger is an amazing experience and can potentially become your full-time job. But for this, you need to work hard, produce unique and useful content, create spot-on visuals and invest a lot of time in your blog. Don’t think that you can become a successful blogger spending 2-5 hours a week doing it. It just doesn’t work this way. And never will! Being a blogger is a hard work, but with amazing rewards.

Have fun!

Things I celebrate the 1st year Yukova blog anniversary

The first thing I want to celebrate is how much I’ve grown during past year. Last year proved to me that I can do what I love and make a living of it. When I’ve launched my blog it was a hobby, but very soon it started to overtake my life and I had to make a decision – to give it up or make it work and forget about my other projects. I continued and very happy about it. I’m very content now.

Lots of great content created and published. If you ask me if I regret publishing or don’t like any of my articles I would say ‘No’. I find it interesting for myself to see how I developed during the past year and my blog was improving accordingly. Some people think that in order to show your personality more, you have to write about personal things. But in my opinion, the content you create perfectly tells readers about you.

Engagement with my readers. It has always been important for me to know who my readers are. I’m grateful for every one of you, I honestly have the best readers and followers. I hope the Yukova community will grow and we can all become friends.

I’m grateful for

I’m so happy that I have you guys coming back every day to read my blog, share your thoughts and support me. You are my biggest motivation and will always be.

I’m very grateful for my family and boyfriend, who supported me during this year and didn’t let me give up. Even though my parents – Alexander and Inessa – and boyfriend Chris couldn’t understand how am I going to turn a blog into a career, they just wanted (and still want) me to be happy. So they just let me be.

I’m grateful for my sister Genia, who always helped me managed the blog and take the photos. Even though she has a small child, she always finds time to take some pics, read my blog and proofread articles for mistakes.

I’m grateful for all the companies I’ve met last year. For all who believes in my blog and supports me along my way.

And thanks to the building manager Steve, who let me take pics in front of the building haha.

I think it’s all for now. I’m going to have a champagne and a cake now. Just because I deserve to have a half-day off and drink champagne at 12am to celebrate my blog anniversary.

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    • 15th June 2016 / 10:31 am

      Thanks June, will do x

  1. Inessa
    9th June 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Oh! my dear! My best wishes to you! Ofcause you deserve to drink champagne at 12 afternoon to celebrate your blog anniversary! Have a great day! I wait for your new interesting articles and outfit ideas!!!!!!

    • 9th June 2016 / 1:28 pm

      Should I save some champaign for you? ^_^
      Thank you for supporting me, it means a lot to me, mum x

  2. 9th June 2016 / 1:43 pm

    Congrats on completing one year! My anniversary was Monday so I definitely understand your sentiments. Keep pushing and once again congrats!

    -Courtney from thirty30courtney.com

    • 9th June 2016 / 1:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Courtney! Congratulations to you too x

  3. Genia
    9th June 2016 / 2:18 pm

    Congratulations! You rock x

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:31 am

      thank you Genia, rock-chpock xxx

  4. Amy Arnold
    9th June 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Happy one year anniversary! A special milestone for sure.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:32 am

      Will do, Aiko thanks x

  5. 9th June 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Congratulations for your amazing blog Yuliya! Love, A

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:32 am

      Thanks Angie, you are a star x

  6. 9th June 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Happy bloganniversary! You totally deserve a champagne and a cake to celebrate coming this far, as so many people give up after a month. I hope you will achieve your goals and never give up chasing your dreams, to many more anniversaries… xx

    Ela BellaWorld

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:33 am

      Thank you so much, Ela! x Will never give up.

  7. 9th June 2016 / 4:16 pm

    Congratulations, beautiful; a very Happy Birthday to Yukova! I couldn’t agree more with all you’ve mentioned about growing a blog and achieving levels of success. Blogging often looks so easy, since only the best moments and highlights are shared, but it takes A LOT of hard work, focus, and determination to persevere and generate content that’s not only presented well, but relevant! I enjoy the content you share and I wish you many more years of success! I hope you have a wonderful day!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:34 am

      Oh Jalisa, I agree with everything you’ve just said. Thank you so much, have a lovely week x

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:34 am

      That champaign was so tasty haha x

  8. 9th June 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Happy One Year Blog Anniversary lovely 🙂 Congratulations! I absolutely love your blog and can’t wait to see more from Yukova 🙂

    Have a great day,

    El xxx

    http://www.elsfashionfix.co.uk

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:35 am

      Oh thank you o much Elise. You are so kind x

  9. 9th June 2016 / 5:48 pm

    Happy one year anniversary! You are such a beautiful person, read your article and I can totally relate to most of the things you wrote in there. Staying true is the key to success, and not giving up no matter how hard it is.

    Andreea
    http://couturezilla.com/

  10. 9th June 2016 / 6:05 pm

    Oh, dear Yuliya, congratulations! And I’m very impressed about the degrees you have and about your personality in general. What you are writing about blogging is so true and I experienced this by my own, too. Fortunately I’m blogging only for my own pleasure so I don’t feel competition pressure 🙂 I appreciate it you are always friendly as this belongs also to my key points in life general – in the virtual one and in the real life, too. Wish you further the success you deserve!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com
    P.S. Many thanks for your super lovely comment, you really made my day! Now I’m only curious what your mum is thinking about my blog 🙂

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:36 am

      Hi Rena, I need to say that I don’t feel too much competition. I think there is a room for everyone and everyone is so different!

      My mum said she loves your blog 🙂

  11. sasha
    9th June 2016 / 6:13 pm

    Happy Blog Anniversary! So great to have people who support you! I wish I had people around me who supported anything I did! I just started blogging a few months ago. Boy, you are right about the fact that you never stop learning. Everyday I think about content and what I can do to improve. Can’t wait until my blog anniversary to see how far I’ve come 😀

    Great post!

    xoSE
    http://www.sashaelizabeth.com/

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:37 am

      i hope you enjoy blogging x

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:37 am

      thank you so much love, I try to do my best x

  12. 10th June 2016 / 1:05 am

    Congratulations, my dear! For many more years! You have a amazing blog, I love it 🙂

    xoxo ❤
    Melania | modeintechnicolor.blogspot.com

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:38 am

      thank you so much, Melania x

  13. 10th June 2016 / 4:15 am

    Happy one year to the blog! Loved reading about all you’ve learned, too. Cheers to many more!

    Kathryn • The Fashionography

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:39 am

      thank you so much, Rina x

  14. Nisha Rawat
    10th June 2016 / 8:19 am

    Congratulations! and cheers to many more to come 🙂

    Nisha|http://simplistique.com/

  15. 10th June 2016 / 9:16 am

    Congratulations doll! Cheers to many more years ahead.
    Happy Friday!
    Xx, Raysa

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:40 am

      thanks love, i try to do my best x

  16. 10th June 2016 / 11:29 am

    Happy blog anniversary my dear! This post is amazing! I am so glad to see you giving such important to thankfulness and kindness. Yes I don’t understand how people are so rude sometimes without even a reason. (not that there’s a reason to be rude at the first place but anyway 🙂
    I am really glad to see you are happy with your accomplishments, and wish you all the success and happiness in everything you do! Keep up the great work, you’ve got a fan in me for sure 🙂
    Kisses from Mykonos!
    Stella
    http://www.stellaasteria.com

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:41 am

      I agree, there is no reason to be rude at the first place. but people are different. We just choose people we are comfortable with, right?
      Thank you so much for your kind words. With such a great support I can achieve more xxx

  17. 10th June 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Congratulations on a whole year of blogging lovely!! What a beautifully written post. I’m so glad I found your blog :’)

    Katie // Words By Katie

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:42 am

      thank you so much Katie, I will go check yours x

  18. Siffat Haider
    10th June 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Congrats girl, that’s a huge accomplishment – so happy for you! Here’s to plenty more years of fabulousness!
    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:42 am

      Thank you so much, Siffat! I love your blog x

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:43 am

      oh yes, i can’t wait to see what second year is going to teach me x

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:44 am

      thanks Mary, i’m glad you like it x

  19. 10th June 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!
    That is so awesome, it is hard work, I’ve been doing this for 5 years now and I could never let it go!
    Engagement with the readers is always good, I just love doing it, it makes all the work worth it! 🙂

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:44 am

      Wow Anaivilo, well done on 5 years. Yes, readers are my everything x

  20. 10th June 2016 / 4:26 pm

    Happy Anniversary to your blog, Yulia!! You’ve done a fantastic job growing it and the champagne at noon is well deserved. We both celebrated since June 9th is also my marriage anniversary!! So, we’ll be having champagne and celebrating milestones every year together.

    As far as the reflections, knowing that there’s always something to learn was one of my biggest lessons! Working for yourself takes a lot of motivation and a lot of willingness to stay open to new ideas. Always learn something new! I make it my goal to research and learn one new thing a day!

    And OMG, hit the nail on the head about how much work it takes to build up a blog. It took me a long time to realize the importance of putting in the time in order to reap the rewards. At this point, I look forward to long days with no breaks, because blogging full time is such a source of enjoyment!

    Again, congratulations on all your success and to many more years!
    xo
    N
    Style Tomes ||ST on IG

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:46 am

      wow Nataliya, that’s good! So we can celebrate together every year from no on)))
      Thank you so much for your support, it’s always a pleasure to see you coming back x

  21. 10th June 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Congrats on your 1st year!! I grew so much in my first year and I can see you did too! I wish you the best of luck on the next year to come!

    -M
    http://www.violetroots.com/blog

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:47 am

      yes m, i can’t believe how much i’ve learnt in 1 year honestly…

  22. Tamara
    10th June 2016 / 8:00 pm

    Congrats beautiful! To many more!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – loveofMode.com

  23. 10th June 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Hello Yuliya! I just discovered your blog today and I am already a big fan! I love your photography and styling aesthetic. Can’t wait to see what your second year has in store. Congrats on the anniversary and great accomplishments!

    xo Gennifer
    http://www.GenniferRose.com

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:48 am

      Hi Gennifer, welcome to the Yukova family xxx
      I’m so glad you like my blog 🙂

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:48 am

      will do thanks x

  24. Sofia (coffeeatpradas)
    10th June 2016 / 10:28 pm

    Congrats! Reading this gives me confidence and motivation in this blogging jorney. It’s amazing what a person can acomplish in one year!

    http://www.coffeeatpradas.blogspot.com

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:48 am

      Good luck to you, i’m sure you can make it work x

  25. 11th June 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Happy Blog Anniversary! Can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:49 am

      thanks you are a star!

  26. Caroline Jones
    13th June 2016 / 4:36 am

    Happy anniversary to you. You must be feeling so amazing with your anniversary, I do feel the same way when I had my first anniv. too 😀
    Have a great day!

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:49 am

      truly feeling awesome xxx

  27. 13th June 2016 / 5:06 pm

    aaawww congratulations gorgeous! I’m almost on my year 1 as well! wishing you more years of blogging and happiness from it. Love your blog!!
    thenewgirl.me

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:50 am

      Can’t see your 1 year anniversary blogpost! x

    • 15th June 2016 / 10:50 am

      definitely, with champaign and a cake x

  28. 7th July 2016 / 6:19 am

    Congrats on your one year blog anniversary! I like how genuine you come across in you way of writing and sharing. It’s great to read how much you have achieved in one year. Keep going for your goals 🙂
    x
    http://www.solasulu.com

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