7 Things I’ve Learnt in 7 Months of Blogging

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Β 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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,

Emily x

 

 

54 Comments

  1. May 12, 2019 / 9:36 am

    I loved this post! I find posts like this so interesting and I definitely agree with your blogging lessons!! πŸ™‚ xx

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 10:05 am

      Thank you soo much Rachel, your comments mean a lot!😊xx

  2. May 12, 2019 / 10:14 am

    I love this post, I can relate to everything you wrote about your blogging experience. My favorite part of blogging is that it forces me to learn new skills every day, and I have to always challenge myself and be creative in more ways than just with writing. Also, getting to discover so many creative writers and bloggers is such an inspiring benefit that comes with blogging. Hope you keep growing and enjoying it.

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 10:31 am

      Thanks a lot Madi! I’m glad you can relate too, it’s always nice stumbling across likeminded people! Have a lovely day x

  3. May 12, 2019 / 10:30 am

    I can definitely agree with the one about it’s best to stay true to you! I love reading blogs where their personality really shines through and they are genuinely passionate about the topic they are writing, so I try to do that in my own posts too. And the blogging community is one of the best things about blogging as I never feel anything other than supported! I hope the next seven months for you are just as positive and you continue to grow!πŸ˜„x

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 10:29 am

      Hi Chloe! Absolutely, it makes it feel like you’re actually connecting to a real person with feelings and hobbies etc – so much more authentic! Thank you so much, have a wonderful day x

  4. May 12, 2019 / 10:58 am

    I love this! I agree so much with the blogging community. I had no idea that the blogging community was full of so many amazing people.

    And I love your quote “Don’t trade your authenticity for approval”

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 11:10 am

      Thanks so much! I wish I knew who created that quote but I guess it was anon!

  5. May 12, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    That although in general, the blogosphere is full of the loveliest people, there are also quite a few bloggers who seem to be always caught up in pointless drama. Also that a lot of people cheat by using bots & buying followers etc. To be fair, they are the two biggest negatives but I feel I had to mention them because you can’t have the good without the bad, sadly. Most things are positive and overall I love the blogging community. I love that I can be myself & write about things I feel passionate about and know that someone is going to relate to it. πŸ™‚

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip || Latest Post

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 3:03 pm

      Yeah there is definitely bad points to it, there is with anything – I just think we’re lucky that the good seems to outweight the bad in the blogging community! As long as you know you’re authentic and interact with genuine people it can be really fun 😊 thank you for reading and commenting x

  6. May 12, 2019 / 12:50 pm

    This post really hit home for me especially since I’ve only been blogging for 5 months. I love seeing what people ahead of me have to say about it. I took a leap of faith too and I was so worried about people that I know finding out that I have a blog but they’ve been nothing but supportive.

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 3:04 pm

      It’s such a nice surprise isn’t it! I’m glad I could be of help somehow, we’re only 2 months apart πŸ˜‰ but best of luck on your adventure and thank you for commenting!

  7. May 12, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    Thank you for this post! I’ve been blogging a while now and your 6th point is spot on! Though I knew this in the back of my mind, I think, I was still surprised at the amount of work outside your actual blog! All the social media postings and the photo editing. It’s a lot I didn’t fully acknowledge at first. Congrats on 7 months!

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 4:50 pm

      There is much more than what meets the eye isn’t there! I think it’s a fun process though and I like seeing where it takes me! Thank you for reading and commenting!😊

  8. May 12, 2019 / 4:33 pm

    This is such a wonderful post Emily! Thank you for sharing your lessons and congrats on 7 months of blogging, that’s awesome! πŸ™‚ It’s brilliant that blogging can open so many doors, it’s such a great way to discover passions, improve writing and creativity and be part of a fabulous community! I 100% agree, it is best to stay true to yourself even if you are not following the latest trends. Being different is what keeps blogging interesting! Thanks again for sharing and wishing you all the best on your blogging journey. Have a lovely week <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 4:51 pm

      Hi Bexa thank you so much! Blogging is definitely a door opener, both career and hobby wise and it’s people like you that make it all worth the while! Thank you again, have a beautiful day x

  9. May 12, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    These are some great lessons. I agree wholeheartedly about the blogging community. I am amazed every day at the inspiration and encouragement I get from other bloggers. Thanks for sharing.

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 4:52 pm

      It’s really nice to see so many people agreeing about the lovely community! Thank you for reading and commenting Scott 😊

  10. May 12, 2019 / 5:49 pm

    Time flies, doesn’t it! I love these lessons you’ve heard from blogging so far. There will always be something you’ll learn and it makes you a better person. It doesn’t matter what size blogger you are – as long as you’re having fun, it’s all good! It is great that blogging helped you decide who you want to be :). YESSS on staying true to who you are! Keep it up with blogging!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much Nancy for this lovely comment! Blogging is definitely a wonderful one!x

  11. May 12, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    Blogging is definitely a crazy journey but a great one! It seems like you have come pretty far since starting your blog and I hope it continues to go well!

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you so much that’s so kind!

  12. May 12, 2019 / 6:46 pm

    Love this post! Your blog is amazing and I really enjoy reading your posts every week. I also started my blog as an outlet for me to write and share my thoughts and it has been so rewarding. The creativity involved is so much fun and the blogging community is so so supportive πŸ’œ Such great advice about staying true to yourself as well, it’s so important to write about our passions and interests x

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 6:52 pm

      This is so lovely Shannen, thank you! It’s so nice that blogging is an outlet for you – it’s a nice break away from everything sometimes! It’s great to see people’s passions shine through 😊x

  13. May 12, 2019 / 7:30 pm

    Awesome blog! I’ve been blogging for about three or so months. I was really scared to start at first but I am learning as I go.

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you Chantal! It can be scary to begin with but there’ll always be people to support you along the way!

  14. May 12, 2019 / 9:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing this as it is very useful for me as I just launched my blog two weeks ago.

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 9:32 pm

      I’m so glad to be of help! Welcome to the blogging world!😊 Thank you for reading and commenting

  15. May 12, 2019 / 9:27 pm

    You’re absolutely right, being a smaller blogger doesn’t matter, I’ve been blogging for over two years now and I know I’m definitely not a big blogger! Great post!

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 9:30 pm

      Numbers are just numbers! Thank you for reading and commenting x

  16. May 12, 2019 / 9:30 pm

    Love this post dear, they’re definitely some great lessons. I love the ending quote the most, as authenticity is key to creating any type of content – whether it’s writing, photography, illustrations etc. Enjoy every minute of your journey dear!

    Tx. // Tajinder Kaur

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 12, 2019 / 9:33 pm

      Thanks so much Tajinder, wise words!

  17. May 13, 2019 / 8:04 am

    Great positive post! It is important to find things in life that bring you joy and stick to them! It is exciting to open up and reach people…keep it up! 😊

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 11:49 am

      Thanks so much Bethany, couldn’t agree more!😊

  18. Millie
    May 13, 2019 / 9:27 am

    AW I love this and omg 7 months ahhh!! Glad I can be that sour apple in the batch xoxo Here’s to another fab 7 months. (where hopefully we can have actually met!!)

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 11:47 am

      Hahaha u no sour apple X ahhh thank you and fingers crossed!!

  19. May 13, 2019 / 12:11 pm

    Being a smaller blogger doesn’t matter! Love that one! There are thousands of small bloggers posting amazing content. I think the day you get a blog you expect hundreds of followers and to be big straight away but it takes hard work for that!

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 12:34 pm

      100%! It definitely doesn’t come overnight, I just find in general I prefer the content of smaller bloggers – maybe that’s a coincidence, or there’s just less pressure om them so they write more freely! Thank you for reading and commenting 😊

  20. May 13, 2019 / 1:28 pm

    Lovely post! I’ve been blogging for over a year but decided to start anew and created a brand new blog. I’m excited for this new journey!

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 3:49 pm

      Oh wow that does sound like an exciting new start! Fresh page 😊 thank you for reading and commenting!

  21. May 13, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Congrats on your first seven months. It takes a while to build up readers but if you create content you will love you will gain followers.

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 5:40 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! Thanks for reading and commenting 😊

  22. May 13, 2019 / 7:46 pm

    So much love for this post! I do believe bloggings brings so many incredibly people from all over the world together and I am so happy to be part of the community! Also, I couldn’t agree more with the creativity blogging requires! I absolutely love coming up with different captions or picture ideas. I’m so happy you enjoy blogging just as much!

    Malena x

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      It’s a fab way of connecting with people worldwide, you’re right! I’ve found out I enjoy editing more than I thought – thank you so much for this lovely comment Malena!x

  23. May 13, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    Ah I love this post! Such good lessons, thank you for sharing

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you Abi!!

  24. May 13, 2019 / 9:27 pm

    Great post! I agree with the blogging community point – particularly in relation to Twitter. Best of luck in pursuing advice column writing and stories!

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 13, 2019 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks so much Paris, have a lovely day!x

  25. May 13, 2019 / 11:39 pm

    I love this advice. And I couldn’t agree more….stay true to who you are, your readers will love you more if you’re authentic…this is a lesson I learned the hard way as a blogger!

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 6:03 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Jen! I’m glad lots of people would rather stay true to themselves 😊

  26. May 14, 2019 / 4:32 am

    All of this resonates so much as a starting blogger. It is painfully slow to find your groove and get the recognition that keeps you going. But it is most important to keep going. Good job on pursuing what makes you happy!πŸ˜„πŸ’•

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 6:01 am

      Thank you for this comment! Starting is always the hardest part, but like you said you’ve gotta keep going, especially if you love it enough πŸ’ž

  27. May 17, 2019 / 6:03 pm

    I’ve been blogging for seven months myself and I’ve learned that I’m a good writer, bloggers are awesome people, be true to yourself when writing, be passionate about your topic and people can “feel” your words and emotions and never ever doubt yourself. Thank you for your post because it really made me think. I’m leaning my info on your Twitter post for return favor of following and commenting πŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’™β€οΈπŸ’œπŸ’›β€οΈ

    • emilygabriellax
      Author
      May 17, 2019 / 7:57 pm

      Thanks so much Melodie that’s really kind! I’m glad you enjoyed 😊❀

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