Twenty-four months from where this blog began, and I’m sat here in my office thinking about everything that’s changed. Not just with my blog, but with life. In that time I’ve changed jobs, travelled to six countries, been through a number of events which have tested my patience, lost friends, gained friends, and moved into my first home. The older I get the more adventurous I get, so I can only image the sorts of things I’ll be writing about in any future reflection posts, if and when the time comes. So, what have I learned?
Don’t wake up & expect to have crazy stats
It took me a good few months to realise this, and you know what? I still don’t have crazy stats. Between periods of inconsistant content, a lot of competition and ideas which I’m not at this stage able to fully utilise, I was silly to think I could achieve what the full time, extremely hard working bloggers do in a matter of months. Lesson learned. Good things come to those who wait, right? You won’t see me giving up any time soon.
The more you get stuck in, the better you’ll become
This will vary from individual to individual, but for me, the more events I go to, the more I get involved in the blogging community, and the more I actually blog all play a part in my progression. I look back at old posts and I see an old version of myself sat there, with half the confidence and half the inspiration. Now, I look at a place and think ‘can I blog this’?, I accept every possible event invitation and if a post requires me to stay up until midnight to improve and perfect despite my 6am alarm, then so be it. It is what you make it, after all.
You will never please everyone
Yes, I am a victim of trolling. By someone I new, and by people who I’ve never met or spoken to. It’s crap and nothing can make you feel worse about yourself, and what you do, but it happens. The blunt, honest truth from what I’ve seen is that the more popular you get, the more haters you’ll have calling you out on things, turning readers against you and being outright nasty. But hey, nothing’s ever smooth sailing in life, and if a few comments is what you have to go through to gain respect and grow in this industry, then count me in.
How much I adore writing
I knew this before, or so I thought, but now it’s a whole other story. I write like a mad woman sometimes because I am so, so passionate about it. I was never arty at school, but I knew I was creative in one way or another, so when I realised I could channel it into writing this blog, I felt like I’d struck gold.
How many doors blogging opens
Put simply, I wouldn’t necessarily have my job without this blog, as I had minimal experience in writing. Now, I have a year’s of experience with content, more specifically blogging, social media, product descriptions and press releases. These are skills that I can carry with me for the rest of my life, all thanks to this little space on the internet.
Don’t be a blogging sheep
In the past I’ve bored myself with posts, but I felt I had to post them because I thought I had nothing else to talk about apart that lipstick that I half-liked and that outfit that actually, I felt like a slug in. What I’ve learned in 2016 is that blogging about something that makes you tick, something you know will be of interest to other people, is worth a thousand words more than something written with a half-assed attitude.
Here’s to another year of blogging, let’s see where I’ll be on 21st October 2017.
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