Feeling Nostalgic: Blog Evolution

I wanted to quickly write this post while I’m on my lunch break as I’ve been feeling really nostalgic now that my blog is all nice and pretty and SIMPLE! So I decided to go back and look at how my blog used to look like when I first started (which was nearly 10 years ago!) I can already tell that it’s going to be cringey lol.

2011

So this was how my blog looked back in 2011 when it was called “mysticthorn”. I thought I was super mysterious and cool with that name haha but it’s kind of cringe. Back then I was super into gyaru as it was a whole new world to me and I wanted to be an everyday gal! But gosh look at the cringey words I used to say. “I has a new belt”. Ewwww.

2012

Things got a little bit better in 2012. I’m so glad I stopped using a dark coloured background because it’s so hard to read! This is when I wanted to ditch the name “mysticthorn” but I wasn’t able to change my url back then, and I was really into learning French. The layout design was definitely a bit more elegant!

2013

This was the beginning of my agejo era and I started to blog more seriously! So everything is now pretty in pink. I started limiting my blog posts to only 1 a week, every Sunday. Unfortunately this was also the time where less people were blogging in the gal community and I felt quite lonely…

2016

My blog design then didn’t change until 2016, and that’s when I became more immersed in the blogging community and I stopped having gyaru-focussed content because I wanted to fit in with other UK bloggers (as at that time there were only maybe 1 or 2 gyaru bloggers left). I also changed my name to Lizzie Bee instead of Eternise-Moi!

2017

This was a very important moment – I was finally able to change my url to what it is now! I was so, so happy, because I felt like it combined both my love for Hello Kitty as well as my name, hence Hello Lizzie Bee! Other than that, my blog design didn’t change that much but I changed the way I wrote and preferred to write longer essays. My blog posts were a lot more structured. I guess you could say this was when I finally abandoned doing casual posts as I wanted to be a “proper blogger”.

2018

I made a huge leap from blogger to wordpress in 2018! My content changed ALOT. It was more… Shall we say, professional? I don’t know. I was very much influenced by famous bloggers on instagram and wanted to take fancy photos. No more selfies! Only photoshoots!

2019

I changed my theme again to be even more professional, gearing my blog to helping other newbie gyaru. And it’s been that way until…

2020

After years of trying to be “THE gyaru blogger”, I snapped. I was so upset and so fed up of creating content because I felt like I had to, and I was no longer enjoying it. I took a trip down old memory lane and began reading super old blog posts from 2011 and I just… Missed it so much. To be honest, I began to lose myself from 2016, when I wanted to fit in with the blog community. It’s no one’s fault but mine! But now I feel like I’ve returned back home and writing blog posts I want to write in a way I want to write and not for SEO or to look super professional. This is me!

This is still a work in progress, but at least it’s a step forward!

And that’s all for today! Thank you so much for joining me on my blog journey. See you next time!

Love,
Lizzie xx

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13 Comments
  • Lynn
    December 15, 2020

    I love it Lizzie!! Especially the first one…that’s a layout I’d use haha xoxo Lynn

  • Natasha Evans
    December 15, 2020

    Ahh I loved this post – I have a few screenshots of my blog over the years and it’s always so much fun to look back on and see how it’s changed. Glad you’re making content you enjoy now!

    Tash – A Girl with a View

    • hellolizziebee
      December 15, 2020

      It really is lovely isn’t it? Brings such good memories! Thank you so much 💖

  • Reila Less
    December 16, 2020

    I love your current theme! It looks to old-school yet clean and modern. It’s perfect for your new himekaji journey too and matches perfectly your cute personality. I’m glad you’re feeling your blogger roots again! ❤

    • hellolizziebee
      December 16, 2020

      Thank you princess ❤️ I’m so excited! 😍❤️

  • Reina
    December 16, 2020

    your new blog design made me so happy when it loaded, i feel like i’m really seeing you here again 🙂

    • hellolizziebee
      December 16, 2020

      Omg thank you so much my bby, that makes me so happy 😭❤️ it’s as if I’m returning home ❤️

  • Kieli
    December 17, 2020

    Omg. I’ve been following your blog since 2013. I remember that specific theme. Time sure flies. Also, I realized I have never tried to go professional as I should have been. My blogs even from my first one were so laid back XD Maybe one day I can. Love this new look though.

    • hellolizziebee
      December 17, 2020

      Going “professional” was both a good and bad thing… I began to write longer posts but they were often not related to gal at all and I kind of lost myself 😭 I hope I can strike a balance this time though but for now I’m just going to take it easy and have fun!

  • Mily
    December 18, 2020

    I realised I follow you since a long time so I see all the evolution, hihi!
    To be honest I regret old blog we talk about life, what we try or interested things of our day. Sometime it was funny!
    Writing professionnal post is cool but it should not become an obligation. Blogging is to be free to write what you want.
    I feel like even you change your blog way of writing article was always interested with nice pictures!
    So don’t worry write and share what make you happy 😊

  • Felicia Karlsson
    January 6, 2021

    Love this post, and love the new layout! ❤

    I love your blog so much, I have been following your blog since 2016, I were just searching for gyaru bloggers while that I could follow but no one really catched my interest until I click in to your blog and it catched my interest in an instant, ever since then I have followed your blog!

    You are my gaijin gyaru role model!
    Keep on being you and write about the things you love!

    • hellolizziebee
      January 7, 2021

      Oh my gosh this was such a lovely message to wake up to, thank you so so so so much for all of your support and for writing such kind comments 💖💖💖