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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