Friday, 1 July 2016

Six Lessons Learnt From Six Months of Blogging


1. Blogging is NOT a piece of cake.
There are tears. There is frustration. There is an incredible amount of potential stress hiding around the corners when you can't find inspiration. But it's also a wonderful hobby that makes all of the negatives worth it. Like most hobbies - blogging requires a serious level of commitment. I treat it like a part time job, even though my blog is small, it literally takes that much time. Never look at blogging as an easy way to get followers, free products and money because it most certainly is not like that at all - at least not for a very long time, maybe even never. You have to do it solely and purely because you love it. 

2. Scheduling is everything. As is being organised. 
I have only just come back into this habit. After having a bit of an erratic and emotional June, I fell back on my usual blog organisation and it wrecked havoc on my stress levels when it came to this blog. Just a simple notebook is enough, a calendar too - I love writing out and planning my posts well in advance so that I'm not under pressure the night before. This is a habit that can take time to get used to (it's so time consuming) but in the long run, it definitely helps both you and your blog.

3. Editing your photos makes a world of difference. 
I don't mean hundreds of filters so pictures become grainy and you can't see the contents of them anymore - I just mean turning up the brightness, and a little bit of contrast to keep it looking fresh and crisp. Here is a copy of the original photograph from this particular blog post to give you an idea:


I feel like the photos explain this point well enough on their own. 

4. Reading and commenting on other blogs is great, but comparing your own blog to others is not.
I still fall into this trap from time to time, the most recent being literally only two weeks ago. It's so easy to start comparing your blog to other bloggers and finding faults in your own work when you're so impressed by theirs. You have to remember that often, those bloggers have years of experience and have found their feet and personality which is reflected through their blog. Getting to that same place is definitely something that takes time. My blog is still far from what I want it to be but I'm working towards it - and that's what is most important.

5. Interacting with your readers is one of the most rewarding experiences as a blogger.
I love reading all your comments and replying to them all - it's honestly one of the most enjoyable parts of my day. Knowing that someone has taken the time to read my post and then tell me that is very rewarding. It's also a great way of finding new blogs to read through the links left in the comments - I always love to click every link and leave a (meaningful) comment on the blog posts that I come across.

6. Being yourself is the best thing you can be for your blog.
I learnt this more recently in my Feeling The Pressure post, but keeping things real with your readers is so important if you want to feel truly proud of your blog. Creating good content is all well and good but your readers really need to be able to identify that it's you speaking behind what you've typed. Having a fun personality which shines through your posts is what will draw people to your blog, make them want to follow you and appreciate the content you create. At the end of the day, being yourself means that you'll be able to upload posts that you'll be proud of. And that's one of the most important lessons I've learnt from the bunch.

I'd love to know what you've found from your experiences of blogging/reading blogs. Do let me know in the comments! 
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