Well hello everyone! Firstly I must say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has supported me in the last 2 and a bit years, as I can finally say I have 1000 followers on my blog! When starting out I honestly did not think that anyone would be reading my posts – let alone be interested, but the support has been overwhelming. It honestly sounds like such a cliche but I had to thank you all. Here are some things I’ve learnt through 2 years of blogging experience.
1. How Long It Takes To Edit Photos
In fairness, it is totally worth it, but editing photos surely takes time. Within a blog post, all the photos have to have the same form of filter, meaning that all settings used need to be uniform (contrast, exposure, saturation, sizing – the list goes on). Then it has to be the right file format – JPEG if there is less colour, PNG if there is more. The title needs to be changed according to keywords, in addition to alt tags. Don’t even let me get started about social media too – the need for “Instagram Aesthetic” really is a nightmare! As I said though, completely worth it.
2. It’s Not A Numbers Game
Okay okay, I’m not going to say its not nice to have views, but it isn’t the primary reason why I have a blog. And it should never be. Some of the best bloggers are not focused on becoming someone different to up their views, but remain loyal to their current readers which is what I personally strive for. Obviously great content and networking will lead to views (hopefully), but being a blogger should mean that you strive for great content regardless.
3. Make The Most Of The Community
The community is awesome. There are so many people from all different walks of life all brought together by one common theme. Every day there are blogger chats to get involved in, meetings, events – what’s not to love! The best thing, we’re all there to support one another as much as ourselves, there may be some competition, but the majority of bloggers I know would help anyone out in an instant if they needed it!
4. The Importance of Bloggers
I didn’t actually realise this, but the opinion of bloggers really does matter. Bloggers can also openly broadcast help and advice that is super useful, which could be used to inform people, reassure people or to find others like themselves. Although this is “normal” now in this day and age, it’s nice to acknowledge the influence the internet has over everyone.
Blogging is not an overnight success, no matter how much blogging experience you have. I learned the hard way – it took 2 months to get my first 100 views. The saying is true, however: “you get as much out of it as you put in”. Blogger mode is ALWAYS ON. You are constantly watching out for good photo opportunities, or every notepad/scrap paper is covered in random blog ideas that came to you at the most inappropriate times (I had one during an exam). And then, any spare time is spent scheduling posts – (hate to break it to you but we do write them in advance). Of course, being active on social media is now just standard procedure – how else can you scream and shout about your blog?
With so many bloggers out there, it is different to stand out from them all. Personally, I am contempt with the position I am in (#lovinglife), but my standpoint of where I was 2 years ago vs. where I am now is so different. Gaining Blogging Experience always helps in self-confidence – as soon as you believe in your product the job gets 10x easier. Blogging has increased my confidence tenfold, as I have been assured that people actually want to listen to what I have to say. Its also a good place to talk to others, some I would have never have dreamed of, and learn about other people and their opinions. Building my portfolio with brands is also such a huge self-achievement and one to be proud of.
Blogging is never going to be easy – the more committed you get, the harder the workload will be. What I can say for certain though, is that is does pay off. Every comment, every email, every read really makes a difference and makes it all worth it. Also, if you have inside knowledge about something, why not tell everyone and spread the message?
Have any of you learned anything while blogging?