IT’S THE BLOG’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SOON. I feel like the blog has come a long way since the start. My photography still isn’t amazing but it has definitely improved and I’m looking to continue to improve it as the time goes on. My content has also changed ever so slightly and this is something I’m very happy about. I feel like my blog focused on solely on beauty for a little too long and I became really repetitive so it was like a breath of fresh air to change things up a little bit and add more lifestyle to the blog.
Even though I took a few months off, which affected the blog, but I’m still very proud of myself for getting back into it recently. In that time, I got a job where I was made to feel anxious and uncomfortable at work so when I recently changed job, I got all my motivation back to do things I love, blogging being one of them. I’m happy with how well this little adventure has gone so far. I had no idea how this would go when I started but I have received so much support from other bloggers as well as my readers and that is definitely a motivation boost too.
I chose to start blogging at a time when I was going through a fair few things. My son was also very young so he was at that stage where he was still sleeping a lot, so I had TONS of free time. I wanted something to focus on during that free time so I enrolled on a course at Open Study College and started blogging the same day.
To celebrate the one year anniversary of the blog, I wanted to come up with a list of things I have learned during my first year of blogging. In fact, I have learned a lot more than I initially expected.
- Blogging isn’t easy. Trust me, it may all seem easy but it really isn’t. There is so much work that goes into a single blog post. There’s photos you’ve got to take (if your post requires them), writing also takes time, and writer’s block is actually a thing. I don’t think anyone realises this unless they are a blogger themselves. Whenever I have told anyone I’m a blogger, they just assume I don’t do anything, I’m lazy and am blogging because I’m too lazy to work. But for many people, their blog is their job and it’s a hard thing to maintain.
- Don’t be afraid to write about whatever you want. Honestly, there’s someone out there that will love reading your content. I have learned that it’s super important to write for yourself too, not just thinking about what others would want to read. At the start, I felt the need to stick to just beauty on the blog and I started feeling like I was being repetitive and I stopped enjoying writing posts as much. But when I added lifestyle to the blog, I loved re-reading my posts, writing them and reading what others thought of the posts. But I started writing things I would love to read.
- Unfortunately, not all bloggers are supportive. From the very start, I was always keen to make blogger friends. In fact, I’ve made some of my bestest friends along the way. But not everyone in the blogging community is supportive. There will be people in the blogging community that just won’t like you, ignore that. There will always be people that will go on witch hunts just because someone said this and someone did that. I have seen some drama in the blogging community in my first year of blogging that wasn’t pretty. Don’t let the negativity scare you away. There are still amazing people in the blogging scene. Just know some people will see you as competition.
- Being patient is key. A blog takes a while to grow. Don’t worry if you don’t always meet your blog targets. It’s okay. My blog still isn’t where I wanted it to be after a year but I’m happy it’s still something I want to do. Everything good will come in good time.
- Social media presence is important. I’d heard about it being important before I started blogging but I didn’t make much of it. But it’s true. I feel like most of my blog’s traffic is from people checking my blog through my social media. I don’t always have time to be 100% active on Twitter and Instagram but my blog has done so much better when I’ve given my public social media a little more attention.
I have really enjoyed my first year of blogging. I haven’t achieved half of what I wanted to achieve in the past year but I’m happy with all the things I have learned and all the other amazing bloggers I have gotten to know along the way.