One Year Of Blogging And What I’ve Learned

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I can’t believe this little blog of mine is a year old! Is this a good enough excuse to buy myself some cake? Please say yes. Sometimes it feels like I only started blogging yesterday, but at the same time it kinda feels like I’ve been doing it for years.

After being an avid blog reader for years and always secretly wishing to have one myself, I’m so glad I finally plucked up the courage. I didn’t expect it, but blogging to become such a huge part of my life over the last year. It’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever done.

Soppy blog birthday moment over. Let’s talk about what I’ve learned and what I love about blogging…

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There’s a real sense of community. I don’t have a “girl gang” and I’m obviously not joining a sports team anytime soon, so I can sometimes feel a bit lonely. However, blogging has definitely changed that. It really does feel like I’m part of something and I love it!

Creating content is harder than it looks. Whether it’s an Instagram picture or a blog post, a lot of time and effort goes into it. I’ve managed to post at least one blog post a week since the beginning of the year, and I’m so proud of myself for that. It may just look like a couple hundred words and a few pictures to you, but it’s a lot of work for me.

Everyone cares about the numbers, even if they say they don’t. I try not to work myself up about the numbers, but there’s no denying that I look at them. I get disappointed if my page views aren’t as high on a certain day or if I notice I’ve lost some Instagram followers. You’re always hoping for that next milestone, but does that have to be a bad thing? I don’t think so. I think it’s good to set yourself goals, as long as you remember it’s not all about the numbers.

Getting pictures of yourself is awkward as hell. Poor Lewis has officially become my designated photographer, and I’m surprised he’s still with me tbh. Can you make me laugh please so this looks natural? Could you maybe take it a bit closer up? Oh make sure you don’t cut my feet off. Is that a smudge on my glasses? These are all things he’s had to deal with while I awkwardly pose and pretend there’s not several pedestrians giving me funny looks.

Don’t write just for the sake of it. Quality over quantity always. Initially, I felt pressured to write just so I could get a blog post up and I quickly realised it’s not worth it. Chances are your readers will realise when you’re not being genuine. Write about things that matter to you, not about what you think your readers want to hear. If you’re writing honestly and passionately, your readers are much more likely to enjoy it regardless of the topic.

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Write down an idea as soon as you think of it, or you’ll definitely forget. A lot of my blog ideas come at the most random of times. Whether it be right as I’m stepping on a train or right as I’m about to fall asleep, I always grab my phone and make a quick note of what I’ve thought of. Some of my favourite blog posts have come from these random little ideas!

It’s important to log off sometimes. Sometimes it can feel like blogging and social media consume me. I’m constantly promoting blog posts, adding something to my Insta stories or trying to think of a funny tweet (spoiler: I can never think of any). Over the last year, I’ve learnt that’s it’s okay to log off sometimes. Whether it’s just putting airplane mode on for an hour and reading a book or taking a full on break for a few days, taking a break really helps.

Meeting other bloggers is kinda cool. You’re actually a real person and not just an imaginary person on my phone? You don’t mind me taking a million and one pictures of my coffee? The bloggers I’ve met have all been so kind, and it’s nice to meet other people who understand what I do!

Last but not least, the support really does mean everything. That sounds cheesy, but I can’t believe that so many people care about little old me and my blog. A year ago, I didn’t even expect one person to read my blog and now there are thousands of you!  Whether you’re family, an old friend or a complete stranger, I truly do appreciate you reading my blog.

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How long have you been blogging? Can you relate to any of the things I’ve learned over the last year? Let me know in the comments! 

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13 Comments

  1. Loved this post! I also love the blogging community especially as I don’t really show off my blog much to my own friends and family in fear of being judged so it’s nice to have the support online!

  2. I’ve been blogging for about 5 years, although I am just now taking it seriously. All of these are so true!!! For me, the stressing about numbers is a big one. When I have day where page views drop drastically, I find myself scrambling to promote. repin, tweet, etc. because I fear that it will go down to 0 overnight. Also writing down ideas when they are first thought of. I have lost so many great ideas because I thought I would remember it later. (stupid forgetfulness!!!) And taking a break now and then is so important and it IS okay! After working a 9-5, then coming home to blog for hours…sometimes that break is needed. This used to make me anxious, but I’ve found that it’s not the end of the world and my blog will be there tomorrow. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. I’ve been blogging for just over a month now and I have the same feelings about the community and how positive it’s been for me so far. Thank you for this post, definitely helps me know my feelings are normal and I should keep plugging on!

  4. Go get that cake! Blogging is hard work and one year is something big to celebrate. I’ve only been blogging for a little over a month now. Many times I feel like I’m spending all my free hours promoting for very little return when I look at my numbers. Hoping as I continue working, I’ll learn to be more organized.

  5. I’ve just recently celebrated my 1 year blogging anniversary as well! Congrats 🙂 I love all of your little blogging lessons because I feel like I’ve learned the exact same things in my year of blogging x

  6. Congrats on one year — of course it means you can have cake! My one year is creeping up slowly and I couldn’t agree more with your list. I have two friends that take my photos and I do the same thing to them — “Did you get my shoes?” “Is the background okay?” “How does my hair look?” They’re troopers, just like your boyfriend.

    Congrats! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

  7. I’ve only been in the blogging community about a month, so this is really helpful to read. Especially the posting-just-to-post feeling. I’ve had to let that go.

    Thank you for sharing your insight!

  8. “Getting pictures of yourself is awkward as hell”

    True this!

    I always stress on numbers. I can’t go to bed until I hit a certain number. I just take a break but I want this blog to succeed. I am very anxious.

  9. Congrats on a year! Blogging is the biggest girl gang, and I love it for that. For me the community is really the best part, as it’s so easy to make such genuine friends. And you’re right, they’re definitely not the kind to judge when we’re taking 20 photos of our coffee from different angles.

    Megan // https://pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

  10. It’s definitely an excuse for a cake!! These are great lessons, especially for people who are just getting into it like I am. I second “write down ideas” – I’ve made the mistake of not doing this a few times and then it’s gone forever.

    Looking forward to seeing where your blog goes in the future! Keep up the great work.

  11. I’ve only been blogging for two months but I have learnt so much and “met” so many amazing people already! Congratulations on your first year, happy blog birthday 🙂

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