Thursday, 5 October 2017

What I've Learnt In My First Full Year Of Blogging

Hey everyone! As I mentioned in this post, this blog is officially one year old as of October 1st 2017! I'm beyond happy and proud of myself to keep it going this long, even if I have had a few breaks in between. Today I wanted to talk about what I've learnt in this year of blogging, both good and bad. Remember to leave me your Blogtober links or latest blog post on Twitter!

It's not all about numbers. When I first started blogging, I was obsessed with page views and how many followers I had on social media. I used to think that without thousands upon thousands of followers my blog wasn't successful. Not long ago I wrote a post about the topic of successful blogs, so I won't go into too much detail here, but I'm definitely happier with my blog now than I was before.

Not everyone is who you want to be friends with. Don't get me wrong, a huge chunk of the blogging community are absolute stars and I wish I had the confidence to strike up a conversation with them. Unfortunately, there are people who seem to run their social medias -if not their blogs too - on drama and gossip. There will always be people you don't get along with, that's just the way life is, but "calling people out" constantly, or making drama into popularity contests really isn't necessary.

I'll never keep to a schedule. I'd love to be one of those bloggers who can set themselves a schedule, and somehow manage to keep to it. Life just seems to find a way to make me busy! That might be helping out on the farm for a moment, or tending to my chickens, watering the vegetables, walking our dog, etc. In my world, all that comes before blogging, and the universe definitely knows it! Probably doesn't help that I go to bed at 8 most nights either.

I fall in and out of love with being a blogger. Mainly, I love it. I tend to fall out of love when there's a lot of drama on my social media feeds, so I take a break and let it blow over. I've also found unfollowing drama ridden profiles, or muting/ blocking accounts that I don't follow but somehow have their say in absolutely everything on my feed has really helped. It's even helped with my anxiety too! Now I'm mostly left to wonder what's happened, if anything at all, because I don't see any of it.

Writer's Block is a thing. I never really thought about it, but it most definitely exists! I can write and talk for England, but as soon as I think "I'm writing this for my blog" I go blank. In my case, it's most probably myself putting pressure on what I'm writing as I know many others will see it. I think it's a good and a bad thing, good if I can get through it because I'm much happier with the work I produce, and bad because if I don't I end up with no posts or very bad ones.

I've accepted I'll never fully know how Google Analytics works. I think the app is easier to use for me, probably because it's not so overwhelming. The actual desktop version I have no idea how it works or what is what. I have it linked to my blog but I hardly ever check it because no matter what I do I know I will never fully understand it all and I'm okay with that. I used to think that I wasn't a proper blogger if I didn't use it and use it well, but since then I've seen many other bloggers who are in the same boat as me. As long as I can give accurate information on my page-views and the really simple bits, it doesn't really matter about the rest.

I've found apps and tools that literally save me when it comes to blogging. I've read many an "apps all bloggers need" post, but many of them I can't agree with. Not only do some think I have £3.99 to spend on each of the 6+ apps they tell me I need, but when it comes to organization and writing, everyone is completely different. Some like to write their posts straight into Blogger or Wordpress (or any other site you use) and some like to write in a separate word document, or personally I like to use Word Counter so I know if I'm babbling for too long. The only app I've found that pretty much everyone agrees on is Evernote, purely because I can write posts while I'm out and it'll update on my laptop.

I'm not a photographer. Many bloggers have made this another skill on their CV, but when it comes to photography I'm just not the person to ask. I can just about take what you see on my Instagram with my phone. I'm getting better, but I'm okay with not being the blog with the lovely crisp white background in their photos or having a blurry background.

I think I've learnt quite a lot over the last year, both about myself and about blogging. What did you learn in your first year of blogging, or what have you learnt so far? Let me know down in the comments!

Thanks for reading,
Love, Bella xo

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