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19 Jun 2016

Things I've learnt while blogging

Dear readers! I decided to write this post after reflecting on my blogging journey recently, remembering the ruts I fell victim to, and the advice that didn't quite agree with me in the past.
There are loads of tips out there, but my belief is that something different works for everyone. Here's my own little two pence! I hope this might be helpful to my fellow bloggers and those curious about beginning their own. I would encourage my past self to never...

. Be realistic - I am completely against being 'realistic' when it comes to thinking of a future in blogging as most things pretty much come by chance. There's only so much you can control and that's the part you should focus on - creating a beautiful corner of the internet that is uniquely you! Having fun discovering other blogs and attempting small friendships on social media! But never try to predict what your blog might be in the future, as you never know how it could change, blog-wise or you as a person. Having an idea set out in stone - either 'I will make a living from this' or 'let's be real, it will never go anywhere' - make the practice feel tedious and that it only has one purpose. Do it as you love it, for the present moment only! 

. Await the day that your blog will be 'perfect' - what is the perfect blog to you? Chances are, if you have an idea in mind, it may be based on another blog that's out there. Sometimes in the blogging community we may feel roped in to competing with each other, which does nothing for our own blog in the meantime! Make peace with your blog and self - you have a right to experiment, put anything you want on there, heck you could even create a virtual flower garden (which would be amazing!). No blog will be the same and you are completely individual. Distancing yourself from your 'dream blog' creates peace instead and a freedom to create that you never knew you had!

. Determine a blog's worth by its popularity - 95% of the blogs I always come back to in my spare time are not considered huge blogs, but I'm just hooked on the content and they sing to me in a certain way, that makes me feel hugely inspired and excited! This will be different for each person and  - well, what is a 'huge' blog anyway? Likewise, there are a few blogs that I can't get in to, even though they are very popular, a majority of the posts PR based, and they are especially lovely people! I think that perhaps the subject choice is too broad for me, but that is purely my reading preference haha. When I'm reading on my tablet I never leave comments either - so don't miscount us silent readers who are secretly utterly in love with your blog.

. Feel alone in your hard times - I'm learning that, for every issue I come across in blogging, there are so many who can relate. Taking any break from blogging will never be a bad thing and sometimes you just need to, sometimes it might be the best, most productive thing you can do. Maybe you need to sit back and be the reader, study first, have a bit less on your plate, deal with your feelings in a different way. There is no such thing as being 'late to start' and it is never a case of 'race to the finish' to achieve an end goal (see .1) it's all about your personal development for you as a person. Have confidence that you will do whatever you need to do at the right time and enjoy yourself doing it.

. Put pressure on finding a 'niche' - Forget about finding one and just write or create what you find beautiful, what inspires you, what sort of content you love to read! Maybe this will change over time, often in most cases it will, but it's all part of evolving as a person and blogger. I always think that consistency is key and eventually defines our niche for us, we don't need to do anything. Consistency doesn't have to be keeping up with a 'blog schedule', but exposing yourself to all aspects of the world and writing about anything that inspires you or you take a particular reaction to.

. Believe everything - Unless it agrees with you! It is a wonderful thing to be able to pick out parts that resonate with you, when information is flying at you from every direction.

Aside from these, I'm so grateful to have discovered the Afterlight photo editing app, the amazing communities and chats on Twitter, and the many amazing blogs I'm inspired by. I wrote a little more about my favourite blog mantras over at Talented Talkers here.
My goal is to always keep learning and be completely a thing in progress! What advice would you give to bloggers - as a reader or writer - or both? 

37 comments:

  1. This was such a lovely post to read! I love it when bloggers reflect on their experience, that's when you realise that the only important thing is to enjoy what you're doing! You are right about trying to have the perfect blog and finding a niche. A blog is supposed to be an online version of ourselves, we should always try to be real - not perfect. I think readers can definitely feel when we are being honest and sincere or not, and the most pleasant blogs are those where you feel like the blogger is addressing you and confiding in you with all the things they love! :)

    Julia x
    Last post: My Palermo Holiday Diary | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr/2016/06/holiday-diaries-palermo-sicily-part-1.html

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    1. Aw thank you so much Julia! I'm so glad it was useful, that's so true, I have learnt a lot also from twitter chats and hearing from other bloggers :D I love when a blogger unapologetically puts art out in to the world and isn't afraid to express themself, they do it purely for enjoyment! ♡

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  2. Awesome post! I too am more drawn to smaller more personal blogs rather than "huge" blogs that only seem to write PR related posts!

    Renee | Life After Lux

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    1. Thank you so much Renee! I feel that way too, maybe with a larger audience a blogger needs a common ground everyone can relate to :D ♡

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  3. Aw this is such a lovely post, I really enjoyed this for a little Sunday afternoon reading. I'm so hooked to smaller blogs. Big ones don't interest me more, it looses the personal connection & community feel. They also tend not to include more personal posts, which are my favourites too, sadly. I like feeling as though I'm reading about a friend, not a magazine.

    Katie // Words By Katie

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    1. Yay thanks so much Katie! I'm so happy you enjoyed it and I'm really with you with the personal connection aspect :D sometimes a whole team of people take over where there was once a blogger and completely looses its appeal for me, I love to read weird things like what socks someone is wearing or which fresh flowers they bought, I love that "diary" aspect of a personal blog :D ♡

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  4. I think everything you wrote in this post makes total sense! I try to live by these things myself, both in life and with my blog. If we put a lot of pressure on ourselves then the blogs will cease to be something we enjoy. I created a blog to have a space where I could be happy, honest and express myself, without too many rules. And I try to keep it that way. These pieces of advice are so good - thank you! This post was a lovely read.
    Hope you're having a great weekend.
    Much love,
    Mona

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    1. Thank you so much Mona - that's so true! I adore the idea of keeping a magical space on the web and that's why I blog, I want to be unapologetic about it and create my own kind of beauty :D I don't wanna be measured by material things or stats, I just want freedom to put art out in to the world! Yay, so glad you found it useful :D hope you're having a lovely week! ♡

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  5. Lovely post! I completely agree with your points, especially the one about not being pressured into finding a 'niche'. We're all so different with varied passions, hobbies, loves and little quirks - why should a blog only have one sole focus?
    I also prefer finding unique 'smaller' blogs with more personal, interesting posts than general 'PR' branded posts!

    Jamie -x-x-
    bibbity-boppity-boo.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Jamie-Lee! That's so true, being restricted in that way can really kill creativity :D that said, sometimes I need to stick to a theme to stop me bouncing off in ten different directions, I find myself with too many thoughts and ideas and my mind won't be quiet haha xD Same, I love reading and supporting smaller blogs with great content! :D ♡

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  6. Loving the advice! I agree with taking breaks and self improvement; blogging these days seems like a competition for followers and it gets exhausting to live in that mindset. Its so great when I find smaller blogs that are carefree with great content :)

    x | Mish

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    1. Thank you so much Mish! It's so freeing to find bloggers like that and let yourself be the same, I find that so much creativity emerges when I let go of comparing myself and just be :D ♡

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  7. I adore this post! It rings true to me so so much, and is written in such a lovely way! Thank you so much for sharing it :) x

    ellie etc | a personal style & lifestyle blog

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    1. Awww thank you so much Ellie, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D ♡

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  8. Written perfectly.<3 I'm sure we've all been there, but this post is by far he most relatable.

    VEGETARIAN COURTESYFACEBOOK

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    1. Thank you so much Adi, that means so much! So glad it was useful! ♡

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  9. I love this post, and you make great points. The niche point is one I always love to mess with. I see so many blogs telling others to "find their niche," but a blog doesn't ever have to be one specific thing. Why put yourself in a box? This is a really lovely, thought-provoking post.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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    1. Thank you so much Amber! I love how you put it, to mess around or experiment with a niche and find out how it works for you and your blogging style :D it's definitely all about trying things and learning for me! ♡

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  10. Hi Elizabeth, I am about to post an blog on my reflections of blogging and your article have given me confidence that I'm not alone. I love your blog template too xx

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    1. Hi Abbie, thank you so much! I'm so glad it was helpful and I'd love to read yours, I will pop over! Awww thank you, it means so much :D ♡

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  11. What a great post to read! I agree that smaller blogs are more interesting because they are my all time favourites to read because they arent competing with other blogs to make theirs the best they are just doing what they love!
    My Blog

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    1. Awww thanks so much Kate! I'm so glad you liked it, that's so true! I think there are so many undiscovered gems out there, it's honestly one of my favourite parts of blogging, it's easier to find them :D ♡

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  12. This is such a wonderful post! I agree, you should never determine the worth of a blog by it's readers. There are so many lovely smaller blogs out there! ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. Thank you so much Amy! That's so kind and I completely agree, it shows that popularity isn't as important as the content you make :D ♡

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  13. Thank you for sharing this!
    Great things you say, other things that I usually read.

    x Hannah

    http://theadventurouslifestylelab.blogspot.be/

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    1. Thanks so much Hannah, glad you liked it! :D ♡

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  14. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Elizabeth. I love taking photos and sharing experiences with my readers, but I find social media quite difficult at times...Instagram, Twitter, bloglovin, Facebook...it goes on! I just like to blog :) Have a great week! Angharad x

    welshandwonderful.com

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    1. Thank you so much Angharad! Aw same, I'm not that kind of person either haha :D I'm learning, which makes me happy, but my favourite blogs aren't always in to social media, which gives me confidence that it's not everything and always completely optional :D awww you too! ♡

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  15. This is a perfect post.
    I completely agree with all your points, especially the ones are the huge bloggers being PR based, and not having a niche.

    I also very rarely comment on posts, but that doesn't mean i'm not reading! :)
    Sarah xxx
    www.whimsicalmumblings.co.uk

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    1. Awww thanks so much Sarah! I'm so glad you liked it and same, I do 99% of my reading without commenting haha, but if I'm on my laptop I will because I'm signed in to my accounts :D ♡

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  16. Great post & great advice, I can only agree with you actually. Determining your blog's worth by its popularity is really sad and very inaccurate. 'Popular' bloggers are often just good at promoting their content and then popularity and numbers are overrated - for me it's quality over quantity any time - I'd rather get 2 thoughtful comments than 15 'follow for follow' ones for example. Oh and finding a niche really isn't that important, I gave up on that a while ago haha. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Mira! I completely agree, for me, relying on stats and how much I'm growing in popularity kills my creativity and it's harder to enjoy it :D thoughtful comments are the best! Haha aw yeah! ♡

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  17. I love of all these! You make so many great points. I think it's important to remember what blogging means to you personally and remember why you started it in the first place. I didn't start my blog to become some huge blogger. I started it because I needed an outlet for myself and it's helped so much. I have to keep that in mind.

    Via Sora || instagram · twitter · pinterest · bloglovin

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    1. Hi Sora, thank you so much! That is very true, I agree :D I'm in love with my little internet corner that is essentially 'me', I wouldn't want any other! Having that kind of confidence can be powerful :D ♡

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  18. I completely agree with all of these points. It's not about making money or gaining big stats, just write about what interests you! It's difficult to forget these points though and become swamped by overthinking.

    http://fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

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  19. This was such a lovely post and I cannot agree more with everything you've said! P.S I never leave comments when I'm reading blogs on my phone either, so you're definitely not alone in that!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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  20. Such a great post! It's always interesting to read about other (more experienced) bloggers and their experience. I've only been running my blog for a little under 6 months, so I often can find myself feeling stuck or lost. This was a wonderful post!

    --Kellie
    inanorganizedfashion.blogspot.com

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