One year of blogging: what I learnt – 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,
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