According to my WordPress blog site, the SpiceGoddess blog was offically born on the 21 August 2012. Prior to that I was writing blog posts on another site. The closure of this site prompted me to start my own site and save my work before it was lost in the world wide web.

WordPress seemed to be the best option for a newbie blogger. I navigated the site and after much playing about with words the name SpiceGoddess was born. I am by no means a techno expert and at the start I got some things very wrong. But I plodded along and slowly found my way. It took me a few changes before I found a theme that I liked and this is what it looked like.

SpiceGoddess 1st Blog

 

I was rather impressed with my site. The theme I found was rather adorable with the paisley design and it reminded me of an intricate mendhi design. Several of my early blog posts do not contain images because ….. wait for it …. I did not know how to insert one in. But I learnt and I firmly believe learning is lifelong. At this point I simply wrote and shared my blog posts on Twitter and shared the link with family and friends. I wrote about everything and nothing. There was no routine or categories on my blog. Somedays I posted two blog posts a day pretty keen I was.

So why did I take to blogging so easily ?

Two simple reasons :

  1. As a teenager, I was keen to follow the career path of being a journalist. My mother disapproved and spoke about all the reasons I should not. So instead I opted to become a teacher which was a pretty secure and stable career. Then the idea of blogging was introduced to me and I thought well it is time to live out that dream.
  2. Having returned from living in London for roughly a decade ,I came home to a place of strangers. Blogging became my hobby and outlet to just write.

I continued writing, started meeting local bloggers in Durban and ultimately learning more about blogging. I did not at any point write because I wanted FREE STUFF but wrote because my words needed a canvas that could be preserved. Slowly but surely brands started noticing me and there was a trickle of invites and blogger drops arriving. I could not believe it , people were actually reading my blog and I existed on the world wide web. When I look back at this blog ,I realise that towards the end I lost my passion and my blog ended up looking like a magazine with all the sponsored posts. My greatest regret is not having started my blogging journey earlier while living in London.

In April 2014, I took the plunge and www.spicegoddess.co.za was born on launched on the 20th of April (My birthday). Two amazing friends of mine made my dream a reality 1 by designing the site and the other by designing by gorgeous logo. At that point everything about me was Pink and my blog reflected that too.

SpiceGoddess 2nd Blog

The more I read the more I learnt about the world of blogging. My following on various platforms grew and the blogger drops and invites started to increase. I was now identified as the SpiceGoddess or my Twitter handle @verushka143. I have been very fortunate to have worked and continue to work with some pretty amazing brands. My WordPress blog has just under 14 000 views and my current blog now has on average 6000 views a month sometimes more.

One of my biggest highlights, was going to London for a worldwide launch for Lenovo. I was over the moon getting a chance to go back to my old stomping grounds for six magical days. I have met several local and international celebrities and all this has been possible because of my blog.

5 Tips for Blogging :

  1. Write about what interests you.
  2. Do not start a blog for freebies.
  3. Read different blogs.
  4. Connect with bloggers in your hometown and around the world.
  5. Share your blog links

This year I decided the blog needed a much more grown up look. The pink background was taken away and this was born. I worked on creating this setup on my own. There are several things to still work on but hey learning never ends so I will continue.

My ultimate would be to be able turn my passion for my blog into a full time paying job. This means I could focus more on what I really love and not do my blogging on a part time basis.

2015 has been a year of adventures for the SpiceGoddess. The blogger drops have increased ,weekly invites arrive in my inbox and often I am flown for the day or overnight to events. I have worked with some really fantastic brands and met some of the most amazing people. BUT most of all I am writing and fulfilling my dream of a journalist.

To all my readers ,fellow bloggers ,family and amazing brands I work or have worked with I THANK YOU for supporting the SpiceGoddess. Without you believing in me I would not have made it so far. I believe that there are greater days awaiting the SpiceGoddess and that someday my ultimate dream will become a reality.

When did you start following my journey? Do you have a favourite post ?

Be Inspired !

Ciao

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The Tao of the SpiceGoddess
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53 thoughts on “The Tao of the SpiceGoddess

  • November 5, 2015 at 7:49 am
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    Inspirational! Love this! Excited to follow your journey and see a post similar to this one in 2016!

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    • November 5, 2015 at 8:40 am
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      Thank you for reading.There will defo be a catch up yearly post on my journey. This is just the start of my amazing journey. x

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  • November 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm
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    What an interesting journey the Spice Godness has made! You’re doing fab. Congratulations. So glad to be connected!

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  • November 5, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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    Hi Verushka…..Please please take me under your wings.Yes, I am a late bloomer but I am ready to learn.I am touching 52 and had no clue about blogging being commercial. I started my career at 40 when my husband died.Took up various jobs since then from teacher to Communications manager but cannot work full time now because of my spinal surgeries.I am a freelancer now and can devote more of my time to blogging.Please guide me.

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    • November 5, 2015 at 7:40 pm
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      It is never too late. Well done you ! Loving your blogs.Humbled that you have asked me.Pop me an email x

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  • November 5, 2015 at 5:34 pm
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    Go you!! It’s lovely to hear that things you love become successful. You are doing something right, keep at it and keep learning. I feel in transition right now. I have been using Blogger for a number of years and want to start running e-courses. I also want to develop more as a blogger, so think I should start looking at getting a domain and WordPress. Enjoyed this post, inspiring. Thank you for sharing it.

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  • November 5, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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    Nice Post. I enjoyed it so much while drinking my morning coffee. Makes one feel grateful. Thanks.

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  • November 5, 2015 at 9:03 pm
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    Verushka this is beautiful! I hope one day I can make a living blogging as well. I am happy to have found your blog! You are an inspiration!

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    • November 5, 2015 at 9:07 pm
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      Thank you for those beautiful words.Glad we have connected x

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  • November 6, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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    Congratulations on your evolution as a blogging writer. I have found you very recently via the Comment Club and have been enjoying your posts for a few weeks. It has been a pleasure to meet you and I look forward to reading more posts.

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    • November 6, 2015 at 1:07 pm
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      Thank you Gilly.Comment Club is such a great way to connect with other bloggers.Glad we have connected x

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  • November 7, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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    I love your signature Btw…. And uour multi-layered journey is a beautiful one. I do hope to one day do an event in Durban with you!

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    • November 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm
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      Thank you so much my dearest Wenchy. It has been an interesting journey of learning. Would love to work with you some day x

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  • November 9, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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    🙂 Wonderful reflections, Verushka. Those five tips are spot on. It is great to read about your blogging journey from when you started to where you are today. May you grow and grow, and may your dreams come true!

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    • November 9, 2015 at 1:35 pm
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      Thank you so much for the lovely comment and visiting my blog x As we often say from your lips to God’s ear 🙂

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  • November 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm
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    I’m glad you took to blogging to easy! I love what you do and getting to know you better makes me love you more!!

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    • November 10, 2015 at 5:03 pm
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      Awww Robyn that is such a lovely comment. The 30 day challenge has allowed me to grow as a blogger and meet some amazing people like you x

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  • May 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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    Thanks for sharing your amazing journey from starting to where you are now.

    I went into blogging purposefully not posting photos in my posts, because I want readers to get lost in my words so to speak, but I do share some images sometimes. I’m not very good when it comes to changing things – I looked at hundreds of themes last week, tried a few out and kept going back to my current theme.

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    • May 18, 2016 at 2:36 pm
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      Change can be scary and we love our comfort zones. My blog seems to have a nee make over every around my birthday.Will check your blog later.

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    • May 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm
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      Thnk you for reading glad you know the story behind the Spice Goddess.

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  • May 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm
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    Thanks for sharing your journey Verushka! I love your blog. Big ups to your designers. They did and amazing job. I wish you great success! You are uber cool 😀

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    • May 18, 2016 at 7:21 pm
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      Thank you Shelley ! I will be writing a post about the design team very soon.

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  • May 18, 2016 at 8:54 pm
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    Love this post Spice Godess.I stumbled upon you blog late last year.I was immediately drawn to your posts.You are definitely are a mistress of words. I binged read for a few days 🙂

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    • May 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm
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      Aww thank you for such kind words.Am so happy to see you blogging and doing The Blog Tag prompts.

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  • May 18, 2016 at 10:38 pm
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    Hahah! Hey Happy belated birthday V. Hope you had a blast.
    Got to know alot more about you. Mad respect for your story.
    Ahhhh you lived in London? Lucky Packet. The English can make any sentence sound Epic.

    Started blogging in April. Yeah it’s “A Life without Traffic” post

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    • May 18, 2016 at 11:30 pm
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      Thanks for the visit and comment. Yes indeed the Spice Goddess has lived in London and is mildly addicted to all things British.Welcome to blogging !

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  • May 20, 2016 at 7:39 pm
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    Such an inspiring post and good to learn where it all started and how hard you’ve had to work to get where you are today. I agree…one should write for the love of it, always! The rest will come in time.

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  • October 14, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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    Congratulations! Your blog is growing and now you are achieving something that we couldn’t expect, and that’s really awesome! Keep on sharing your inspiring stories, and we are here together to your journey 😀

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  • October 14, 2016 at 6:02 pm
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    This is a lovely review of your blogging journey. I can definitely sympathize with the desire to make blogging a career, but the enormous challenge of it as well when all you wanna do it write your soul and not worry about the rest.

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  • October 15, 2016 at 9:49 am
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    Nice to know the story of how you started blogging!
    Finding the niche is most important. A blog started for freebies will die soon.

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  • October 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm
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    ” wrote because my words needed a canvas that could be preserved.” Beautifully put and I love to hear your story. I just started blogging and had no idea there was a whole world out there. I am inspired by your words and look forward to hearing more.

    Love the name of your site too!

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  • October 15, 2016 at 6:43 pm
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    Wonderful post! 🙂 so inspirational, keep up the good work 🙂

    ~ Jasmin N
    littlethingswithjassy.blogspot.fi

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  • October 16, 2016 at 2:19 am
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    Such an inspiration post! The header is everything. Very nice and good luck in your blogging journey.

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  • October 16, 2016 at 5:49 am
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    I really loved this insight into your journey. I began blogging as a creative outlet away from my studies in finance.

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  • October 16, 2016 at 9:32 am
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    Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us, such an inspirational blogging story 🙂 i love how successful you are now and that you show that it comes with passion that you have for blogging 🙂

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  • October 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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    Your advice is always so fun and casual, it feels like I’m sitting with a friend. Thanks for the blogging inspiration and motivation – I also have to say that I love your old design too. Looks like you’ve always had great bloggy taste 😀

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  • October 16, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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    This is such a great tips post! I took to blogging pretty easily too 🙂

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  • October 16, 2016 at 9:34 pm
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    I fully agree on the 5 tips of blogging! Connection is a must, and thanks to that we get to know eachothers!

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  • October 16, 2016 at 11:47 pm
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    The tips and advises are so personal and the whole journey is kind of inspiring. I personally love the way you write your thoughts out. Have started following your journey too 😀

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  • October 17, 2016 at 3:21 pm
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    you are one blogger who truly gives me reason to write well, you inspire me with your posts and now with this, its higher than it used to be … thanks for letting me in.

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  • October 18, 2016 at 1:16 pm
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    I just loved reading the article. It is so inspiring. Blogging does open many doors. I ama newbie and I really up to you. All the best 🙂

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