It’s March 31st, 2018. One whole year since I first hit publish and posted my very first blog post.
365 days, and 70 blog posts later, I’m still blogging and loving it more and more every day.
A lot of things happened during my first year of blogging. I started blogging during a dark time in my life where I was extremely unsure of where I was headed and lost all sense of personal direction. Blogging gave me something to focus my energy on and got me through some tricky times over the last 12 months. I’ll always remember my first year of blogging as a year in which I experienced the most personal growth, and really developed and matured more than I could have ever imagined.
Over the course of a year, it’s fair to say that I’ve learned some things. About myself, about life, and about blogging.
Here are a handful of lessons I learnt during 1 year of blogging.
Inspiration will hit at random times
A lot (and I mean A LOT) of blog posts have been thought up while in the shower, waiting at the doctor’s office and while lying in bed, just about to fall asleep. If only our brains were as productive during the day as they are while we’re trying to sleep!
Your most successful posts may surprise you
And blog posts that you think will do well won’t be as successful as you first imagined. At one point, my most popular blog post was my June Favourites. Definitely surprising to me.
Sometimes you won’t feel like blogging
And that’s okay. Sometimes you’ll go weeks without blogging, and that could be for various reasons. You could be really busy, or you may just have a case of writer block and not feel inspired to write. When this happens it’s better to just take a break, rather than force yourself to write up a blog post. In my humble opinion, I’d rather go a couple of weeks without blogging, and get back into it once I’m proud of what in producing, rather than publish a few half-arsed blog posts, just for the sake of getting a post out.
It’s more time consuming than you think
Think blogging is just writing a paragraph or two? Think again. Promoting a single blog post across all platforms can sometimes take more time and effort than writing up the actual post itself.
You don’t have to put yourself in a box
I see a lot of people talking about their “blogging niche”. While it’s great to have a clear direction of what you want to write about, sometimes it can be better to have fewer restraints on what you want to write about. Initially, when I first started blogging, I heavily categorised myself as a beauty & lifestyle blogger and found myself writing a lot about makeup, skincare and beauty. These days, I pay less attention to that label, and whilst I still refer to my blog as beauty and lifestyle, I let myself blog about whatever springs to my mind, which right now happens to be more lifestyle related. This is my blog, and if I want to write about lipstick one week, and rom-com movies the next, I will.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me and my blog over the past year, here’s to many more years!
– Karen xx