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 along the way.
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. Finally, when you’re ready to upload, the name of the image needs to be changed to help search engine priority. As I said though, completely worth it. By the way, if you want to know how I edit my photos, check out my latest post.
2. Its not all about views
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.
3. The community is one to be in
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. Brands use bloggers to advertise and review their products, and everyone else use these reviews and honesty to determine whether they want a product. 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, its nice to acknowledge the influence the internet has over everyone.
Blogging is not an overnight success. I learnt 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”. Being a blogger means that you are aware ALL THE TIME. 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 just a normality.
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. 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 .