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2015: A Year in Review

On December 4th, 2014, I created The British Gent. I wanted to primarily focus on mens lifestyle, travel and technology as well as a few other topics from time to time whilst my old personal blog would concentrate primarily on life topics. I was starting to begin feeling tired of blogging about my life. It was also difficult to promote guest blogging on my blog to other bloggers as I felt their thoughts would be assumed as my thoughts and their personal identities would be swallowed up under my branding and personal blog style.The first few weeks were difficult as I had to construct my trust with readers again as creating a new brand for yourself is almost like creating a new personality on the Internet. No one trusts you or wants to read what you have to say. I setup my social media profiles and started following new individual bloggers who were starting out around the same time as me, along with popular bloggers such as Steve Booker and Sam Squire. In the first month or two, I had around 100 followers on Twitter and it was slowly starting to climb as I started to write more and more meaningful and fresh content.After the New Year, my writing started to slow down slightly to a speed I was comfortable to write at. I didn't want to overload myself and run out of things to say nor did I want to stop. I wrote about things I found interesting at CES 2015, things small PR teams sent me via email that I thought were worth making something of. I then started to get back into my personal blogging flow again before stopping abruptly around July.At the same time, I was quitting my first job, taking some time off to relax and celebrate my 21st birthday and plan content to put up once I got home from London. Outside of my high school exams, it was probably the busiest time in my life. In early September, I started to get back into my flow and shared the story of where I had been and what I had planned. Around that time, I was still on around 200 followers on Twitter and just started a Facebook and Instagram page.I got involved with the UK Bloggers group which has increased my blogging motivation massively and since, I've worked with major brands including Panasonic, Acer and Shave Club UK. I've virtually met some brilliant bloggers who blog about the same topics as me and we've built our communities together. I began getting involved with the #UKBloggers Twitter chat and now I'm involved in #girlgang - another Twitter chat.I know blogging isn't all about the numbers but I've grown my community by around 30 people month on month since January 2015 and I'm incredibly appreciative of the support different communities and bloggers have shown me. 500 people across different networks are connected with The British Gent and I regularly see 1,000 visitors per month on thebritishgent.com.Going forward into 2016, I'm planning a major redesign for The British Gent which I'll reveal more details about soon. I'm also planning a new series for those who are just starting blogging called "Starting a Blog", with four guides scheduled to be published in January and more throughout the year. I also have a few trips planned for 2016 already, including Manchester in January, Glasgow in March and Liverpool in August.What I also look to achieve in 2016 is being able to continue to grow The British Gent and travel a whole lot more. I already travel as part of my new job but I want to take more social trips. I'd also love to work with any brands which fit the Mens Lifestyle too.How has your 2015 been? Have you succeeded in your blogging goals? What do you have planned for 2016? I'd love to hear in the comments below.As this is my last post of 2015, I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and every success in 2016!

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