My Story

My name’s Kirsty, and I’m a 22 year old blogger based in the UK. I’m a bartender by trade, but write novels and run this blog in my spare time as well as studying Business and Accounting with the Open University. I live in Sheffield in a small flat with my boyfriend, Joe, and we spend most of our downtime watching Marvel films and denying that we’re nerds…

I’ve been a ‘vegan’ for two years, and put the term in quotes because I live by the phrase ‘everything in moderation’. At home, Joe and I are completely vegan bar the occasional box of eggs (straight from the farm, where we can see the chickens happily plodding about). However, if we’re out for a family dinner and there are no vegan options available, we’ll go veggie for the night; if it’s a special occasion and we really fancy a cheesy pizza, we’ll go for it. I call myself a vegan because it’s the easiest way to sum up my eating habits, but I’m more of a 90/10 vegan/veggie hybrid. Imagine explaining that to everyone who asked why you don’t eat meat! All of the products I review on this blog will be vegan, unless otherwise stated.

I love trying out new household items, beauty products and restaurants, but more than anything, I love writing about them! When I started my first ever blog over on Blogger I had no idea how big the blogging community was nor how much I would fall in love with it. After just a few months I left that blog behind to go self-hosted with my first proper site, kirstyisabella.com.

It was just beginning to take off when, a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my blog traffic had plummeted. I began to look around for what may have caused it, and found that Jetpack Protect was reporting to have blocked over two thousand malicious login attempts to my account! I panicked and asked Joe to take a look, and when he tried to go onto my blog an error message appeared letting him know my SSL certificate was invalid and entering my site was potentially dangerous! I knew for sure that my SSL certificate had been a long way from running out, so something dodgy was going on.

I don’t know for sure what happened; I changed all of my passwords and got my SSL certificate back, but my views stayed at an all-time low. I don’t know the ins and outs of what happens when a blog is hacked, but it had irreparably affected my SEO. I’d been thinking about rebranding for a while, so I decided to bite the bullet, leave my old site behind and start a fresh!

As you can imagine, it’s still a little sore but I have high hopes for this new launch, so do make sure you subscribe to my newsletter, leave a comment and all that jazz! If you fancy a chat or want to work together, click here! Here’s to new beginnings, and what I hope to be a much longer-running blog.

K x

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