Sure, it may have officially been back in August and it's now the 19th of September, but ah well... Anyway, we have a lot to celebrate, so I thought I'd just run you all through what we have achieved this year!
1. Getting off the ground
It may not seem like an achievement, just to get started properly blogging, but it took me about two years to get together all my energy and ideas and start a blog. And part of that is down to you. I would never have kept it up without constant encouragement from you guys, so thanks for that!
2. Drastically improving my mental health
Writing has always been important to me, but I've gone through a lot this year (losing a grandma, doing a professional opera in Germany, surviving the agonies of GCSEs, as well as just all the plain old struggles of growing up), so being able to just vent and get stuff off my chest in a productive way has been brilliant for me. I'm pretty sure that if I didn't have Not All About Boys, I would have completely lost it this year, and you'd have almost definitely seen some headline 'Teenage Opera Singer goes on Killing Rampage in Germany Rampage' in the papers.
3. Getting archived by the British Library
In February of this year, after just 6 months of blogging, Not All About Boys got archived by the British Library and now represents youth blogs for them! That's quite an honour, really.
4. Helping me to decide that I want to be a journalist
Before I started blogging last year, I had considered journalism, but I'd not really had any experience of it, and was playing with the idea of law as a career too. But now I've lobbed that idea out of the window and am throwing myself into journalism- much to the dissapointment of my parents, who were hoping I'd earn enough as a lawyer to put them both up in a house in Spain when they grow old! Well, sorry parents- I've made up my mind, and you're almost definitely not getting a European villa anytime soon...
5. Together, we wrote about 20 million signs.
As my long-standing readers will know, I love making signs. And this year has been my most productive sign-making year EVER!
And now I present to you... an EXCLUSIVE montage of loads of the signs I've made this year. Enjoy!
Comment which of my signs you like the most, and I'll be writing again soon!