Happy 4th Birthday, TAPE PARADE

March 13, 2017


Today is the fourth anniversary of this very blog! I don’t think I’ve ever celebrated, or even acknowledged, blog birthdays before. The blog milestones (first viral post, getting my own domain name, going self-hosted, outing my blog to irl friends, coding this theme) don’t really align with a yearly anniversary – but then, that’s the same with real life and we all celebrate our birthdays just fine!

I started this blog with no real knowledge of the blog community. I didn’t read many blogs, I had no blogger friends and I thought the only types of blogs were fashion blogs. Early posts consisted of awkward photos of myself accompanied by brief, thrilling (not) paragraphs of what I’d been up to. Longterm readers may remember that truly gripping time.

After about a year I changed my tune and started writing about whatever I felt like. Over time things have gotten a little more structured. My output is more refined, my writing more focused and my photos are a lot, lot more interesting. At the end of my fourth year, I’m at a point where I’m fairly happy with this place. It’s brought me a lot of opportunities and introduced me to some of my best, best friends.

Sure, there are still things that bother me and that I’m trying to work on. For example, I have no idea how to promote the many posts I’m proud of, and finding the time to stick to a blog schedule can be difficult. Don’t get me started on the padding of the featured photos which annoys me SO MUCH! (Seriously, any coders throw me a bone please). But overall, I’d say this is a project I’m almost a little bit proud of. Let’s see what year 5 brings, shall we?

Thanks for reading! 🙂 X


17 comments so far.

17 responses to “Happy 4th Birthday, TAPE PARADE”

  1. Yay!! Happy 4 years!! When I started it was pretty similar too. I read 3 blogs but knew of none others really nor much more about a community other than a forum/social media type site called bloggers.com or something. It’s weird to see what it used to be and how we progress, but so fun to have a lot to look back on from previous years.

    A little bit proud? I think you should be a lot a bit proud 😉
    Congrats and heres to 5!

    Danielle xo

  2. Gemma says:


    Here’s to many more! : )


  3. Sade says:

    Congratulations on 4 years of blogging Laila, what an achievement! I totally feel you on the blogging schedule thing, so many things to write, so little time to write them. Hope to see more of your writing in 2017 <3


  4. Denise says:

    Congratulations! I did the same, I don’t really celebrate blogversaries, just some milestones (number of posts, 1001 days 🙂 but it’s nice to celebrate it! I like your posts very much and about photography, I like that too! I think that when we are glad with what we share, that’s amazing and I see you are happy with your blog now! I am glad that some of your best friends you met through the blog, it’s really something so good, to interact! Hope you have a very beautiful week!

  5. Laura says:

    Aww congrat on 4 years – that’s a great milestone and well worth celebrating! 🙂

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  6. Congratulations on four years of blogging! I’ve only been blogging for about 6-7 months, but that time has flown by. I can’t wait to reach my first full year of being The Small Adventurer; I hope I hit some other blog milestones along the way too!


  7. Alyse says:

    Happy 4 years! I think the most important thing is that you wrote what you wanted and not letting precedent define your own blogging journey.

  8. Natasha says:

    Awww, Happy 4th Blog Birthday Laila! Your blog has quickly become one of my absolute favourites, you’re always making me think, introducing me to new ideas and concepts and your photography is always stunning too, so here’s to many more years of Tapeparade, because it’s one of my favourites, and you should be proud of it! – Tasha

  9. Happy blogiversary!! I’m glad you’re happy with this space and I think that’s the most important thing! 😀 Something A Beautiful Mess is really good at is making round-ups of posts for their readers in case they missed it, so you could do that with posts that you’re proud of but that have gotten lost in your archive 😀 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  10. Jane says:

    Happy blog birthday! You’ve got an amazing thing going, keep doing what you’re doing!

  11. Laura says:

    happy belated blogiversary! you should definitely be proud of your blog:-) xxx

  12. Omg 4 years of blogging must feel amazing, congratulations, more years to come!!

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