One of the most exciting things happened last month, five years ago… My blog was born! I have been part of the blogging world since late 2009, but 2013 was the year I plucked up the courage and started my blog and I have to say it was the best decision I’ve ever made. All these years later I never thought I’d still be sat here writing on my little corner of the web.
I’ll admit that over years I’ve defiantly not be consistent and have taken more breaks than I can count, but I’ve never once given up or wanted to quit. It may take me a lot longer to reach my goals than most bloggers, but as I always say slow and steady wins the race. (Not that I see blogging as a competition or anything, I think whether you you take your time or you go fast you can still achieve your dream/goal)
I would love to say after 5 years of blogging I’ve had all these amazing experiences, PR packages and made loads of blogging friends, but haven’t. Sadly, where I live there isn’t a lot of blogging event’s and there is hardly any people my age blogging. I have hover found my dream job and hope to one day make this my full-time job.
Or if not do something else online that pays my bills so I can quit my day job and spend my days writing blog posts, taking photos and making YouTube video’s. So thought today would be a perfect time to share with you all 5 things I’ve learnt from 5 years of blogging.
One of the biggest things I’m guilty of and always tell people to not to do is to focus too much time on your layout/design. I mean everyone want’s too have a nice design, but with that many blogs out there in the world now most people are more focused on how great your content is and what they can gain from it. It took me so long to actually start my blog as I spend 3 years trying to master graphic design/coded, so I could design my site. Which is a great skill to have, but 8 years later there’s still so much I don’t know. I’ve also said this a lot in previous post, but I’ve now band myself from looking at themes as I ended wanting to change mine every few months. SO whether your new to the blogging world or already established, just picked out a clean modern theme and focus your time on getting amazing content out there.
Nothing comes easy.
To the outside world blogging looks like the easiest job in the world sat at your desk all day writing or out and about at cute coffee shops taking photos. But in reality blogging is the most stress full job I’ve ever done. As you work from home doing it there is no set switch off time like with a 9-5. Where you have you set hours, do you work and go home, then come back the next day. With blogging it’s a 24hr job. I’ve stopped checking now as people would be shocked how many hours I work for zero pay, but I’ve worked out from taking the photos, editing them, making the post layout, writing the post, all the back end stuff and scheduling. I can easily spend anywhere from 30 to 40+ hours just on one blog post.
In, a world of numbers it’s so easy to compare yourself to others. Although where all on the same journey, everyone’s journey is slightly different. You will spend your days analysis why you and other bloggers who started 8 years ago haven’t even hit 3k on Instagram and one blogger who started a year ago is a 30k. Just don’t! There is no rhyme or reasons why, so just spend your time focusing on yourself and growing you and your blog.
Just be you.
Easier said than done with all the perfect-looking lives on the internet, but when it comes to blogging just be you. Just because it’s popular/trending you don’t have to do it. The odd trend I will buy into, but 90% of the stuff I feature on my blog I feature, because I saw it in a store and fell in love with it.
It’s the best things I’ve ever done.
Apart from the day I got my first dog. I have to say this is the best thing I’ve done. It may have consumed 90% of my life over the past 8 years, but it’s been the best 8 years and defiantly be worth all the long hours I’ve put into it. It’s also been that long, that’s it hard to think what my life would be like without blogging and YouTube.
If you’re new to the blogging world I hope you found this helpful. If your part of the furniture, let me know something you’ve learn’t over the years from blogging.
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xoxo The Alexandra Edit