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A decade ago, I had a very successful blog which I maintained for over 3 years. I was completely immersed in the teen blogging community about celebrities. My blog was about Hilary Duff and maybe that should be on the top of this list. Hilary Duff was very popular. It is hard to compare because the celebrity culture and the measurements of their popularity rapidly changed with the advent of social media, but I think it is okay to say she was as big inspiration for young girls as Selena Gomez or Gigi Hadid are now.
Apart from being a great creative writing exercise, blogging in my teen years actually allowed me to find great friends too. I found two of my oldest friends (we are just celebrating decade of friendship now and that IS something when you are 24 and live in different parts of the world) online and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I am very aware of the fact how blogging has changed since then. It took me much longer to establish this blog and I find it more difficult to come up with interesting content. Not only because I am more aware of digital footprint, but also because I am aware of the surplus of existing content. I also want my blog to be original, helpful, fun and mine.
But what are the things that I believe changed most profoundly for me, blogs and the world in the decade?
1. Social Media. And their omnipresence. And then again, in the last couple years, realization how toxic they are. Recently, I’ve read an article about school campaign in which pupils are encouraged to let go of their phones. The participants were first very reluctant to take part, but found themselves more relaxed after disconnecting and are now asking to repeat the no-phone days. One of the main reasons why the kids enjoyed being without their phones was the lack of need to check social media and feeling crap about their own boring lives, looks … I am sure you can fill in how your friends Susan’s Instagram or Tom’s tweets are making you feel.
2. Jonas Brothers were thing, and my obsession.
Well my personal obsession was Nick. Awwwww, the curls. The rest of my friends seem to be obsessed with Joe. Who is now engaged to Sophie Turner, who is protagonist of Game of Thrones, which wasn’t thing at all. In fact, I also helped to run a blog about Jonas Brothers and wrote fan fiction. I cannot believe I put that online in the first place and that I confessed to it online now.
- Iphones were non-existent.
They were introduced in the US towards the end of my blogging in 2007, but definitely were not common in my country or globally for another year. I can’t honestly remember what phone I had, only that it was my sister’s old phone. I do remember owning a Motorola flip phone later on tho. I let that sink in.. Motorola… flip phone.
- I was sure LA is the best place to live and US is the best country.
I was crazy about everything American. Sadly, there were very few american things available in the Czech Republic at that point, apart from Nike and McDonald’s. I was convinced that LA is city where I want to live and absolutely sure I want to study at an university in the US.
5. I was single and convinced I will never need or want a boyfriend.
Everyone was dating and breaking up, usually within the scope of 4-6 weeks. How many guys like you seemed to be the only value you had as a girl. I didn’t participate in that, simply because I didn’t find anything interesting about teen guys trying to get into my pants. Naturally, this rendered me weird and brought unpleasant bullying. The same guys now try to get into my pants and swear they liked how mysterious and untouchable I was back then. Look how the table has turned. And look how not interested I still am.
- North Korea did not posses any nuclear weapon and there was no was in Syria
Many other serious things happened on the global scale. I could probably mention how US presidency didn’t worry me in 2007. However, those two conflict/realities symbolise something wider for me. For me they symbolize the failure of international organizations and treaties and show world full of insecurities. Maybe I was just less politically aware in my teens than I am now – probably. Still, those two conflicts now are reality which I now live in and I did not imagine when I was growing up.
- I have not been to London yet and definitely did not imagine I would be living there – see point 4.
My first trip to London was with my sister in 2010. Little did I know that five years later, I would be standing in Victoria Coach Station with two massive backpacks and eager eyes.
- Blogs were more of personal journals and less of marketing tools.
Even though my blog was about Hilary it was also very much a personal journal. I tried to keep it away from my real life friends. There were probably many adult blogs which were not like mine and resemble contemporary blogs more. For me however, blogging was like writing a journal about you and things that matter to you and sharing it with virtual community which was far more accepting then the real one.
- Umbrella by Rihanna came out
I had to put at least one throwback on the list, and I distinctly remember how excited we felt about the video and Ri’s new haircut.
- Skinny jeans were didn’t make their comeback yet
Fashion is really funny thing when it comes to recurring trends. I am only 24 and I already remember quite a few trends that made comeback or two. I also remember how one of my friends wore her mom’s old skinny jeans with high waist and how we all laughed at her. Now we would kill for that stylish and vintage piece.
In the end, those are probably not the things that has changed most profoundly. There were bigger hits than Umbrella.. Still, those are the things that I associate with early 00s when I blogged and how they are no longer true. What about you, which Jonas Brother was your favorite?