One year of blogging: what I learnt

One year of blogging: what I learnt

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When thinking of writing this post I wasn’t sure when to actually count when I started my blog – the first post I ever posted on my blog was the 1st January 2016 but I didn’t start posting regularly until August of that year.
So do I count my blog anniversary as January or August? I’m not sure?

I initially thought I would celebrate it at the date that I had been posting pretty much every week for a year which is the 4th September.
The 4th September 2016 marked the day when I put up the first post after I decided I wanted to post every week.
I am super proud of myself because, apart from I think 2 weeks, I posted every single week for a year and I also did blogmas where I posted every other day.
I know to some people this might be nothing but to me it was a pretty big thing because blogging is something I have always wanted to do but never had the confidence to actually do it but I finally decided that I wanted to give it a proper go.
I am also proud of myself because I managed to achieve this while completing my final year at school and doing my A-Levels.
When writing this post now 1 year on I have nearly 200 people following my blog and I couldn’t be happier or more proud of how it has turned out and it was one of the best decisions I made.

I thought I would share some of the things that I learnt in this year of posting every week.

You do you and Write about what you love
I have learnt that is important to always write about what you want to write about rather than what other people are writing about.
If you are interested in beauty, write about beauty.
If you are interested in cats, write about cats.
If you write about what you love then that will come across in your work and people will be more likely to believe what you write and enjoy it more.
You will also enjoy writing a lot more if you write about what you love and you will want to write posts rather than feeling you have t.

Don’t compare yourself to others
It’s really easy when blogging to look at all the other bloggers around you and compare yourself to them in a negative way by thinking that their photography is better than yours or they have so many more followers.
You can very quickly start to feel that your blog isn’t as good as someone else’s but I have learnt to love and appreciate other blogs without feeling negative about my own – you should be proud of what you have achieved and take inspiration from other people.

Be prepared to be disappointed sometimes
When blogging you have to be prepared to be disappointed sometimes.
For example, a post you are really proud of and spent a lot of time on may not do as well as you wanted and this can be really disheartening as you loved it but why didn’t everyone else?
You just have to keep your head up and keep writing about what you love because eventually everyone else will love it too.

Progress and growth happens slowly
I never thought that my blog would grow quickly and it hasn’t but I was always prepared for that.
However, it is easy to look at other people who have thousands of followers and think I wish I could have that now but progress and growth happens slowly and you can’t get thousands of followers overnight.

Don’t beat yourself up about the little things
Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t post every week/ don’t stick to your post schedule – it’s better to be happy with the posts you are putting up and make them better quality and post less frequently than put up a post that you are not happy with just to have something up

Interact with other bloggers
I have learnt that you should always comment and like other people’s blogs and interact with them as that is how you find people with similar likes to you and they are more likely to read your posts and interact with yours.
I am still not great at this and it is still something I need to improve on but I have learnt that is important and I am going to try and make the effort to do it more.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thank you to everyone who reads my posts every week whether you are new or old followers, it means the world to me!

I really want to re-launch my blog and go self-hosted with a new design etc. – I have had this idea for so long but have never got round to actually doing it and I really want to soon so if you have any advice please let me know 🙂

See you next week with a new post,

EmiMarie x

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10 Comments

  1. September 24, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I’d say this is your anniversary because like you said “you started posting every week in the September” so the September should be celebrated! 😄 Happy blog birthday! I loved reading all of the things you have learnt since then especially write about what you love because I think there are less blogging ruts if we write what we want as opposed to worrying about what we think others want to read. Hope you’re having a lovely day 💗

    • September 24, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Thank you so much!! Yeah I think I agree about my blog Birthday 😊 thank you again! Hope you’re having a fab day too 💕

  2. Dani
    September 24, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Love this post! As a new blogger, posts like these remind me of why I started, and how much I have to look forward to! Congrats on 1+ year(s)!

  3. September 24, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    [ Smiles ] We might as well write about the things that we love, because it is easier to write about what we love.

    And, I love interacting with other bloggers.

  4. September 24, 2017 / 6:19 pm

    I enjoyed this post as it reminded me to keep doing what I’m doing. I only started blogging a month ago and I’m still incredibly overwhelmed. Blogging can be very discouraging and I have to keep reminding myself that I can do this and that being myself and writing what I want is most important. I’m glad you included that, its tough to remember sometimes.

  5. September 30, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I stumbled across this blog post under recommended posts and this blog post attracted because I just started blogging like a week ago. I was an active blogging a few years ago but stopped (due to lack of confidence & fear) but I finally have the courage to start again!

    This blog post motivates me to keep going as it is not easy to blog without self-confidence haha. Thank you for this!

    • September 30, 2017 / 10:15 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m so happy that it inspired you to keep blogging 😊 x

  6. September 30, 2017 / 8:43 am

    (btw, i posted a comment but somehow I don’t see it on here anymore.. not sure what happened.. but I will post again maybe it was a glitch?)

    I just started blogging again like 2 weeks ago, I used to be an avid blogger few years back but stopped (due to lack of confidence and fear). This post motivates me to keep me going! Thanks for this! 🙂

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