Four Years On
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! I still can’t quite believe it, but as of August 11th, I’ve been blogging on this blog for four years. However, I have been a part of the blogging world since late 2009. It just took me until mid-2013 to actually start my blog. I don’t really want to waffle on too much, as I imagine you’ve read loads of these types of posts over the years and have probably even written a few yourself if you’re a blogger. So I just thought I’d write this post to give you a bit of an overview of my thoughts on my first four years of blogging and my plans for the future of my blog.
At first, when I started blogging, I’d just planned on doing a food blog, as I’d loved cooking. But after a while, I soon realised that I wouldn’t be able to think of enough varied recipes and wouldn’t be able to keep affording the food for the blog each week and wouldn’t have enough content to post regularly. So, in the end, I decided just to start a no-niche blog (now known as a lifestyle blog). I know a lot of people say it’s not best blogging practice and that you should just focus on one topic, but I really enjoyed having the freedom to talk about whatever I want to talk about.
Four years may not seem like a long time, but in the past four years, I’ve learned so much from blogging. So, here is a list of some of the things I’ve learned as well as my plans and ideas for the future.
1| I’ve learned how to write. Believe it or not, when I first started, I struggled to write more than one paragraph and was rubbish at spelling and grammar. Now, four years later, I find it so much easier to write longer posts. Most of you reading this will still probably pick up loads of mistakes in my post, but I feel like my spelling and grammar have really improved.
2| Blogging is a full-time job. I only blog as a hobby, but I’ve counted the hours I spend on a post, and on my more recent posts over the past year, I’ve easily spent 40+ hours from setting up for my photos to hitting publish on a post. There might be others out there who can create a post in an hour or so, but I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I like to ensure that everything looks perfect. Also, you may not notice, but since I’ve changed up my layout, I’ve tried to ensure that every post layout is styled a bit differently.
3| Just get started. I didn’t start my blog until mid-2013. I spent my time from late 2009 until mid-2013 trying to learn everything there was to know about blogging, including design/coding, writing, publishing, and promoting. I finally realised the only way I was going to learn it all was by just starting my blog.
4| Quality over quantity, I would rather read a short, high-quality post than an 800-word post that just waffles on.
5| Some people grow quicker than others. I don’t know how this works, but I’ve seen bloggers who started 3 to 4 years ago struggling to grow and get a decent following. Then, other people start a blog, and within the first six months have high stats/following and brands queuing to work with them. If you’re slow to grow, don’t feel disheartened. Just keep pushing and know your day will come.
6| Some people will never understand team internet. My mum loves the online world of blogging and social media and thinks what I do is great, but my Dad, on the other hand, doesn’t understand at all and thinks I’m just wasting my time and life with a stupid hobby. If you know someone like that, just ignore them and push on. Hopefully, you can prove them wrong one day.
1| Be more consistent. I feel like I’ve got the quality post down pat, but when it comes to being constant with a posting schedule, I suck. So my goal is to set aside one or possibly two days each week for posting so that I can be more consistent.
2| Improve my outfit photography. I feel like I’ve really improved my product photography, but I need to improve my outfit posing and photo taking
3| Work more on my YouTube channels. If you don’t know, I have two YouTube channels, THE SIMS EDIT, where I film myself playing Sims, and THE ALEXANDRA EDIT, where will one day be for sit down video’s and vlogs. So, I really need to work on more content for both of those channels and work on a more consistent schedule.
4| Work on all of my social media. I feel like I also need to take time out and spend time working on growing my other social media as well, as I feel like I’ve really let them slip over the past years, and I want to ensure that my brand is consistent.
There are loads more things I’ve learned from blogging and loads more things I’d like to accomplish in the future on my blog and the web. But as I don’t want to make this post too long, I’ll leave it here for now. If you enjoy reading posts like this, I may do more in the future.
If you’re new, welcome, and if you got this far, thanks for reading!
If there’s anything you’ve learned about blogging or something you’d love to learn, please share in the comments below.
xoxo The Alexandra Edit