Written on 02-11-2018 so I have changed a bit as a blogger since and have learnt new things but I will talk about those in a 2 year blog experience.
So this is a bit of a throwback post!! So here we go…
Today we have a blog related post, my first one and as I am writing this on the 02-11-2018, I have 130 followers and have been blogging for just over a year. I have published 23 posts and drafted 26 posts (that has been in the past 3 days though) so I haven’t done that many posts really but I started my blog in October 2017 with my little idea of the blogging world so I have spent a lot of time learning and certain times procrastinating. But I have starting planning recently even made a chart (fancy, I know) but I thought I would share what I have learnt and what I think of blogging. I would love to read what you think about anything I talk about so please comment down below.
Things that I love about blogging:
- The positivity of the blogging community
- The ability to push yourself and learn new skills. I’m always learning, changing and developing
- Seeing your post come together and feel proud of what you have produced
- To ability to try new creative things
- A honest outlet– help you to write things down/process things in a written format
- Interacting with new people and building relationships
- Making your own goals and working towards them
- Building your confidence in your own work
Concerns I had/have whilst blogging:
- Not having a theme. I don’t really fit into a brand of blogging (e.g. book, lifestyle, fashion)
- That others progress at faster rates to me
- Confidence- I don’t want to annoy someone by continually talking to them or become annoying with self-promotion
- Things not turning out how you expected it to can be disappointing. It can leave you feeling low.
- That I have no idea what any expert blogging things
- It is very time consuming and hard work. But it is important to remember what you enjoy about it and focus on that. I always feel the best when I am excited about a new idea or post and engaging with the community.
Now I know I am far from an expert at blogging but there are some things I have learnt which I think are useful so I will share it, if you have anymore advice, please tell me:
- Research before you start, read peoples blogs and get a feel with the whole community
- Interact with other bloggers. Comment, tweet, like. If you like their work, tell them. They will really appreciate it.
- Join on twitter chats and use twitter to engage with people, not just follow them.
- Set yourself goals to motivate you to move forward. E.g. twitter followers, blog followers, views. Push yourself.
- Show your personality through your blog– you have a unique voice and we want to hear it
- Write your post, check it then leave it a day and read it again. You spot more mistakes (or at least I do)
- Don’t get discourage if other people seem to be doing better than you– Don’t compare your life to others. There’s no comparison between sun and moon. They shine when it’s their time. You do you.
Things that have become a thing in my life since being a blogger:
- Many pictures of the same things but they are different I promise
- Taking pictures takes a couple of minutes?? Nope taking pictures take centuries.
- The joy of taking pictures of reflective surfaces. Yes I wanted me hunched over trying to get a picture in the picture.
- Everything can be a potential prop for a photo- that trinket dish, that mug, that thrown out box (only joking with that last one– mostly)
- The fear of your neighbour seeing you whilst taking a picture of a notebook with a pen but you need the good light so you keep your blinds open
- Re-reading your post multiple times and still there is an occasional mistake you did not notice
- You all of a sudden need many fairy lights
- You want to have perfect hand writing
- The joy when you get a like or a comment- lifts up your whole mood for the day
- You starting off having perfect notes, now they are scribbles
- Blog post ideas coming to you in entirely random times, the shop, the hair dressers, grandma’s birthday party, dusting the shelves. Which is why may need to invest in a carrying a notebook everywhere.
- Whilst working time takes massive jumps and before you know it is had been 4 hours
- You love the blogging community
- You get nervous about putting yourself out there
- You love a good quote to inspire you
- On twitter. A LOT.
Thank you so much reading and being a part of my blogging journey. I really appreciate any support and good luck with all your blogs. I love reading them.
It really means a lot when people take the time to read my post and I am so grateful for all the support and love in the blogging community. It is so nice to be apart of it and I don’t think I can word it eloquently enough about how grateful I am but thank you so much.