Tuesday, 8 December 2015

5 Things I've Learnt From Blogging

I'm currently sitting at my desk, in complete shock that I've just erased all the photos from my blog on my Google+ profile. I don't know how I managed to do this, I know I'm not the most tech-savvy person so I shouldn't have really been playing around on Google+ not knowing what I'm doing. That being said, I don't have a back up of photos on my laptop as it decided to completely break down and wipe itself over the summer. So, I'm kind of just sitting here frantically trying to recover the photos and blog content, but more importantly, I'm in a predicament: either I can worry about everything I've lost, the detailed photos I spent a good amount of time taking, or just take this as a lesson and know not to mess around with platforms I'm not experienced in. Today's blog post was going to be an exciting Christmas Party Outfit post, but with spending the whole morning and afternoon panicking and trying to get everything back up and running, I've decided to do a chatty post and turn this into 5 things I've learnt from blogging. Follow me here to see tomorrow's fun and exciting Christmas post! Let's get started. 

1. Don't Take It So Seriously
I think it's easy to get overwhelmed with blogging: deadlines, blogging regularly and the expectations that come along with it. With everything that just happened and losing every photo on my blog, I just kind of sat back and thought - it's bad but it's not the end of the world. Finding a happy balance with blogging is important and it will make the whole process a lot more fun! Everyone's in it together and we're all on the same page, so have fun with it and let the creative process flow.

2. Numbers Aren't Everything
It's easy to get lost in the number game and dwell on why other bloggers get more followers than you, and why you're blog hasn't got more. Trust me, it's not all about the numbers. Letting your blog grow organically is the best way to get a true following and expand your blog. Creating good content and blogging regularly is a good way of getting your numbers up, but go with your own schedule and not what you think you should be doing. Eventually you will see your blog growing and the hard work always pays off.

3. Your Beginning Might Be Someone Else's Middle 
Going off from the last point, it's important not to compare your blog with someone elses. I know it's easier said than done as we all have a competitive nature naturally within us, especially when it comes to something we're passionate about where we want to do the best we can. Believe me, you're already doing good. Don't get disheartened if another blogger is getting more recognition than you, because everything takes time and it will happen to you too. It's all about timing: with the exception of some blogs growing quickly, it takes time and effort to get your blog noticed and rewarded. 

4. Let Your Personality Shine Through
Blogging has become so mainstream these days that it's easy to get lost in the amount of blogs there are out there. It's important to have your own voice and let your personality shine through. Having a voice in your content makes the reader feel like they're talking to you and you will get a lot more followers if they feel like they can relate to you, rather than someone being cold.

5. Have Fun With Your Content
The most important thing I've learnt from blogging - have fun with it! It's an amazing platform where you can connect with others and learn a lot as a person. If you love what you're doing, you won't feel like you're working and I think that really applies to bloggers. People blog because they love what their talking about and feel passionate about it, so it makes for great content and lets the fun part come through!

What are things you've learnt from blogging? Let me know in the comments below. A xx


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