It’s nearing the 7 month mark of me having this slice of the internet. Over the last 7 months, I’ve introduced myself to strangers on the web and allowed access to parts of my life and brain. Blogging was a long-awaited hobby of mine and it feels surreal to have been doing it for 7 months now. I wasn’t all that consistent to begin with, but with the help of me starting my Chatty Tuesday series, I’ve incorporated a bit of a schedule into the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Blogging has been a whirlwind so far. I’m still very much settling into the community and learning every day. I want to genuinely push my blog as far as I can and over the past 7 months, my own eyes have been opened as to the direction I wish to take all of this in. So without further ado, I wanted to share the 7 things I’ve learnt in my 7 months of blogging.
- Taking a leap could be the best decision you’ll ever make. I really don’t know why I was so scared to start a blog. I think it was the generic fear of people I know talking about it or more importantly, nobody reading. But neither of those have been true! I mean, people have spoken about my blog – but only in a positive way, which has been a really pleasant surprise! And nearly over 150 of you follow this blog, I can’t wrap my head around that. Thank you!
- Being a “smaller” blogger doesn’t matter. Of course “bigger bloggers” will be on PR lists, emailed about collaborations frequently and generally generate more views/interaction, but this doesn’t mean smaller scale bloggers can’t reap the rewards of these things too. I thought you had to have thousands of people reading your blog before anyone wanted to work with you, but it’s not true! I’m not part of the blogging scene for the freebies or collabs, but even I have had opportunities I didn’t think would come my way. I’ve been sent a face mask, sleeping eye mask and paid for a post – just from doing what I love! They may sound silly to some, but that hat-trick of achievements still make me smile.
- This community is full of the loveliest people. I’ve been on social media for many years now, and for most of that time had a pretty shrouded view of the communities involved and personalities that gave it a bad reputation. Blogging has been such a breath of fresh air! Since day 1, I’ve interacted with the most supportive and kind people I’ve possibly ever come across – and we’ve never even met. Whether you have 20 or 2000 followers on Twitter, people will care for you and support you like a real friend. Of course, you get a sour apple in every batch, but the good really outweighs the bad in the blogging community – I chose a good one!
- Blogging has made me realise the path I’d like to take in life. Since being a child the one thing I’ve always been the most indecisive about is my career. I’ve passed from pillar to post in regards to what jobs I’ve wanted to do, but from having a hobby in writing (something I truly adore), I’ve considered more options – but all of them centre around writing. One route I’d love to trial is advice column writing and getting round to posting stories! Writing a novel would be a dream.
- The inspiration won’t always be there. I had a blank patch a few weeks ago, where I didn’t want to blog when I came in from work, didn’t know what to post and felt a bit disheartened. But time heals all. A well-needed break can be the best refresher in order for you to shed the skin of your lethargic self and shake it all off. When I sat back down to write again, I felt ready and motivated. Don’t push yourself.
- I’ve learnt to be more creative. As much as blogging is about writing and creativity anyway, there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes. Instagram captions, photo editing, blog post image creating; just to name a few. But getting stuck into these aspects can be just as enjoyable as writing actual content. My routine is to write my blog post, then spend an hour creating an image, writing an Instagram caption ready for posting and spending time enjoying what I’ve created.
- It’s best to stay true to you. There are millions of bloggers out there, but one you. It sounds a bit cliche, but it’s important to write the content YOU want to write – people will gravitate no matter what. If you’re not inspired and are producing content you’re not passionate about, it’s going to show eventually. It might not necessarily show publicly, but in your mind, it won’t feel right. I think it’s normal to be a bit apprehensive about posting something that perhaps hasn’t been done before, or isn’t a “popular” style, but different is exciting.
“Don’t trade your authenticity for approval”
I could have kept writing and writing about what the last 7 months have taught me, narrowing it down was harder than I thought. I decided not to plan this post, and just dig deep and realise myself what I have learnt. Like I said, I’m learning every single day about a multitude of things – but I am LOVING it. I feel less lonely, more purposeful, and I cannot wait for what the future holds in store. One thing I know is I’ll never lose my love for writing.
What has blogging taught you?
Until next time,