10 THINGS I'VE LEARNED IN MY FIRST YEAR OF BLOGGING

Manchester Fashion Blogger
So yesterday marked one year of blogging for me. I know, I know, time flies when you're having fun and all that jazz. I've spent tonight looking back at old posts and feeling a little nostalgic for the days of having a lot more disposable income at hand and also much thinner legs...note to self: stop raiding the office biscuit tin every day, you know exactly where its all going.

So, aside from vowing to get last year's dancer's physique back and then some, this post is all about celebrating the 10 things I've learned in my first year of blogging.

1) You will spend much of your first year locked in a love-hate relationship with blogging. Loving the fun and creativity and novelty of the whole thing, and hating the constant second guessing why your stats aren't going up or why your photos don't look as perfect as hers. But in the end it's all totally worth it when you remind yourself why you started this crazy journey in the first place.

2) It's not all glamour, events and freebies and actually a lot of what you see on blogs and Instagram feeds is heavily edited - in reality there's a lot of blogging from your bed with hair that could probably do with a wash and a needy Jack Russell sitting on your feet (I miss my furry blogging partner *sob*)

3) One of the biggest challenges you'll face is finding a schedule that works for you, and I'm still not 100% sure I've accomplished this. Daily blogging is too much for me when working full time, but then three times a week isn't enough. Currently Monday-Thursday is fun but then I worry my new posts are too close together for people to enjoy them. #bloggerproblems

4) You will get a lot of strange looks in the street when you do outfit shoots. To begin with, this will bother you - then you get so used to it you end up dancing round in front of the camera in a crowd of people without a care in the world because you're just so damn SASSY.

5) Mums and best friends make the best photographers in the world, and when you've moved away and you're trying desperately to figure out how the hell to get regular outfit shoots done you'll realise this even more.

6) Finding your niche in such a saturated market is difficult but not impossible. Again, I still don't know if I've found mine but I'm gradually starting to adore this little online space again and I'm looking forward even more to finding out exactly where I fit into this whole crazy community.

7) Your fellow bloggers will become some of the most supportive and important people in your lives. They're there for every update, every issue, and even that time when you suddenly get 2,000 page views in a day from Israel and wonder what the hell happened (shout out to Ally). I've made some incredible friends through blogging who I love to pieces (shout out to Fii and Aftab too) and I'd be lost without them all.

8) Stressing over what other people are doing or what PR opportunities they're getting really isn't going to help you. Work hard, and concentrate on yourself and everything else will follow. Plus it just saps the joy out of everything you're doing.

9) Don't be scared to network at blogging events! I remember the first one I went to and I was so nervous I don't think I spoke to a single person. Then slowly I learned to come out of my shell and I realised that really they're nothing to be scared of and actually it's so much fun spending time with so many like minded people!

10) Have fun! Do you, write about what you feel like and don't listen to negativity (unless you do something really un-PC or something). At the end of the day your blog is your space to be you away from everyday stresses. The minute it stops being fun, step away from it, have a break and then come back with a fresh head.

My first year of blogging has been a huge learning curve - I think I've spent a lot of this year trying to figure out where I fit in, trying to work out what I want to post and to try new things. Now I've come to the conclusion that maybe not fitting in is my niche, what makes me different and I'm totally ok with that.

Year one was all about learning the ropes, year two is where I really start making waves!

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16 comments:

  1. Awwwh you're such a sweetie, and these are fab things to have learned in your first year! I promise from September I'll pop by on enough weekends that we can bulk outfit shoot, because yep that's a thing that should happen. 4 is my favourite. 4 has had me literally doing that to make the other person(s) that needs photos done more comfortable :P

    (And ahh, that explains the Israel views...)

    You're such a babe tbh.

    Fii xoxoxox || little miss fii

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  2. Aww, this is so true! I don't think anyone really figures out their niche until their second year or something, but if we have the support of our great blogger friends, I think we can make it. And I totally agree with #1 and #2! Blogging is a love-hate relationship you can't really get away from...and yes, surprise surprise, most of the time, bloggers are just girls with messy hair on their beds...Hahaha <3

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. I'm so glad I'm not the only one! I feel like my blog is becoming more of a reflection of me now though and somewhere I'm a lot prouder to call 'home' xo

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  3. THIS! I couldn't have said it any better myself. Blogging isn't easy but it is so worth while, especially when you find amazing blogger friends ;-)

    Aftab | Fresh And Fearless

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  4. Kind of crying and laughing at the same time as I read through this because I relate to it so much <3 <3 <3 I'm still trying to get a hang of things in this massive blogger world and more often than not I don't feel like I do at all. I hope one day I can be friends with an amazing blogger like you~ Thank you for writing such an amazing post!
    xxx
    She Will Be

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    1. I'm so glad you could relate to it so much! That means such a lot to me :) You're definitely not the only one, I think we're all really as lost as each other trying to navigate all the ups and downs! xo

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  5. Wow I can't believe your blog has only been around for a year!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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    1. I know it feels so much longer!! xx

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  6. I just completed my first year of blogging to! I love the way you put this points together and it's very valid :)

    www.hannahjanewilliams.co.uk

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  7. This is so true! I've been blogging for a year and a half and it's still hard for me to keep up with my blogging schedule.
    Obsessed Fashion Blog

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    1. I am SO glad that's not only me! I always feel like I'm either posting too frequently or not frequently enough, I really can't find the balance! xo

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  8. I couldn't agree with you more! I constantly wonder if I should change my template or how my images look or what schedule makes the most sense, but it's true at the end it is important for it to fun and somewhat of a creative outlet!

    Much love xxx
    CHRISTINANISTA.COM

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    1. Yes exactly! Have fun first and the rest will follow :) xo

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