What I’ve Learnt From My First Year Of Blogging

I have been blogging since October 2015 and have learnt A LOT! I originally started my blog because I didn’t really have a hobby – I would go to work, come home and binge watch crap TV, basically do nothing valuable with my time.

My big sister; Emma, runs a blog (Em’s Mixed Bag) and I loved keeping up with it and looking through her photos. So I thought, I want to create my own!

I started quite nervously; who would want to read me waffling on? But I love photography and beauty so threw myself in the deep end and created Sophie Loves Beauty. So after a full year of blogging I want to share with you my top 10 realisations of running my blog…

It Is HARD!

Of course I didn’t expect it to be a walk in the park but I have found it difficult to really get my head in the game! At first I didn’t really know what to write about;  What if I’m boring? What if no one is interested in what I’m writing about? Am I doing this right!?!?

I don’t think you really understand how much running your own blog involves. When you’re an “outsider”, looking at blogs and reading through their posts is a great thing to do after a nice bubble bath before bed or on your lunch break at work. But until you have created your own blog you don’t fully appreciate the hard work and time that has gone into each post, photograph, set up… Which is something I can now site back and admire when looking at other blogs – some days I do sit back and think WOW, how have they done that and why can’t I do that! But I’ll come to that in another point.

There Is An Element Of Pressure

I started blogging as a hobby for it to be something I can do to stimulate my mind when I have nothing to do. I suffer from Hyperthyroidism and low iron – which results in me sleeping A LOT! So I chose blogging as something to occupy me when I feel sleepy. I can easily get in from work at 5.30pm, fall asleep at 6.00pm and not wake up until 11.30pm… Some weeks have been awful and blogging was the last thing I wanted to do; some weeks all I want to do is sleep 24/7! Which is when I start slacking. I’ll go onto my blog and think “SHIT, I haven’t posted in how long!?”. That is when the pressure kicks in. I start fretting about the fact I haven’t posted in a while and start panicking about getting one live. That’s when I need to learn to sit back and just breath… I haven’t promised a blog post a day or 20 social media posts a week. This is my blog, my adventure and I can post as little and as much as I want. Some times I need to scream STOP STRESSING! But that is me in a nutshell, a “stress head”!

It’s Hard Not To Compare

I often look at blogs and their incredible photography and think “hmppphhhh, mine is crap compared to that!” But that’s when I think to myself you can be as good as them, surely? I am a newbie to the blogging world and I need to accept that and be patient – but have the ambition to improve.. Which leads me on to my next point.

It Makes You Improve

You look at everybody else and wish you can have beautiful photography and blogs like them – but turn them into inspirations not jealous bitterness. I am inspired daily by the bloggers I follow and love taking little hints, tips and styles from their posts and adapting them into my posts. They really do teach me so much. I look at these other bloggers and think; I want my blog to be that inspiring and beautiful. My main aim of 2017 is to be more open on my blog and inspire myself.

You Have To Make Time

Like I said previously, you don’t appreciate a blog until you’re a blogger yourself. How much work goes into the photography, content and promotion is unreal and some times it is hard to keep up with it all. In the Winter when there is no natural day light to take photos so you have to postpone it to the weekend and do hours work of photographing in one day because, when else can you? Or when you have taken all of the photos and have to go through the hundreds and find a half decent one, to then go on to editing… But that’s when I remind myself… this is your blog, no on else’s. Don’t feel bad if you haven’t posted in a while or taken a while to edit some photos; no one is going to be angry.You have a personal life behind beyond the screen and everyone knows that! I have found it over whelming some times and thought “what a shambles” but I have a full-time job, relationship, I need sleep and I need time to just chill and read or just do nothing!

You Shouldn’t Be Embarrassed

This is one thing I need to overcome in 2017. I review makeup but never do a “makeup look”. I’m not a very confident person anyway and think people will look at my mediocre make up skills and think “WTF”. But when I feel confident I need to capture that and share it with the world. If I think my eyeliner flick is amazing one morning – I am going to bloody share it with you! Whether or not it is like Nikkie Tutorials – rather like a 3 year old has done it! But HEY, I need to be more confident and share my positive moments and that’s just what I plan to do!

I would love to know any hints and tips to help me become more inspired in the blogging world! How did you find your first year of blogging vs now?

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