One Year Of Blogging: What I’ve learned..

To think its been a year since I started blogging on this blog is crazy. Its been a time of lots of ups and downs but I’ve learned so much in the last year, both about myself but also about blogging and how it works.

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Just be yourself

One of the biggest things I learned through blogging within the past year is that you do the best job when you are simply being yourself. It’s so easy to get caught up in writing posts simply because they are popular and not because you actually want to write posts on the topic. If you’ve been following my posts for a while you might have noticed that I was talking about my loss of love for makeup and how it doesn’t interest me as much as it did to write all my posts about it. I found that I was writing them for others and not for myself so lately so that’s why for the last while and for the future my posts, will be based on life and fashion. People grow, and as we do we change, its just a natural process so don’t be afraid of it.

Take time away and Log off

It’s so easy to get caught up in social media and blogging that you forget to just log off and live your life. One of the worst things I’ve seen people do is letting things that are said by people online effect them. One thing I’ve learned when blogging is that what someone says online means nothing to your life. Logging off and getting away everyday for a certain period of time does wonders and stops the stress of the virtual world from climbing up on top of you. So take time to yourself and live your life.

Running a blog is not easy or free

It’s a misconception a lot of people who don’t blog have. Lets start with costs. This blog is my little corner of the internet, that means that I own it and with most things you own, you have to pay for them, and its the same with the internet. Every year I pay to have my blog up and running but also pay for the name of my blog and the design. Then there’s the photography, we as bloggers must pay for equipment and a camera and to take it a step further a lot of bloggers pay for professional photographers to take shots that we can’t take on our own. I also have to edit those pictures so I have to pay for an adobe subscription every month. Those reasons above are why I really can’t stand when people say bloggers are just in it for the free stuff as that’s definitely not the case. A lot of us don’t even make money from blogging. Although I’m aware its my choice to pay for those things, its time people understood its not all fun and games.

As for it being easy, it’s definitely not, I never thought it would take half as much work as it does to run a blog, don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t change it for the world but it’s far from easy. I’m just going to list everything that goes into running a blog just so you can get a feel for what I mean, so yeah here we go…

We write emails daily, read and reply to emails, flagging emails and filing them into where they need to be, unsubscribing to email lists you’ve been added to without consent, if you’re working with brands you need to create invoices, send invoices, chase invoices, chase and chase again as some people are just impossible haha, calculating fees and then negotiating the fees you have just calculated, getting frustrated when someone only wants to pay a certain amount of the fees, reading contracts, redoing contracts to make changes and then signing contracts. Scheduling is a big thing so making sure tweets and instagram posts are scheduled and ready to go is so important, once they are published then you must reply to all the comments, share you’re blogs URL to get your blog out there, then style all your posts for both your blog and instagram, take said photos and edit the photos only then to try and get them ready to post and of course then you have to take the time to actually write and edit the blog posts to publish so many times a week…. Easy?? I wouldn’t quite say that, would you? haha

Don’t compare someones success to yours

Something that’s so easy to do is to compare yourself to others and its never a good idea. Your story is never going to be the same as someone elses, everyone is different and that means that people will find success in different areas of their lives. Don’t think that just because someone’s instagram portrays them as a put together person that they are, a lot of times it couldn’t be further from the reality. One thing we all need to remember is that social media is not a reality and therefore we can’t compare our real lives to it. We will be only set up for disappointment if we do, and that’s no way to live. So just live your life.

Write for you and not for others

I was caught with this recently and I wrote a few posts about the experience. It is so easy to focus too much on what others are doing and what others think that you forget why you started the blog and why you loved to write. I love to write about things I’m passionate about and that’s why for the last while I have just been writing about things I enjoy and want to talk to you guys about. It makes the biggest difference to your writing.

Know that you’re worth it

It’s one thing that every writer goes through, no matter what kind of writing you do. Contemplating whether you are good enough or if you will fit in with your style and how you approach things. You need to stop. That’s all I can really say, there’s nothing else that needs to be said… We all need to stop, you and everyone else has the write to write what they like, there is no such thing as fitting in, everyone is different and just because you are not the same as others you may look at, doesn’t mean that’s bad, in fact I think it means the complete opposite, seeing people do things different than everyone who sticks to the norm of the mainstreams, it exactly what I would look for. So do you, people love it!

Success doesn’t to any of us over night

Now I wouldn’t consider myself, not at all but what success I have achieved, I have worked hard for. What I realised in the past year when writing this blog is that people don’t see it when you first start writing, it takes consistent work to get to a level where people see your posts when they are posted, not only that though, when you work hard enough to get to the level where people come back on their own accord is when you know people actually like what they are reading from you.ย  Work hard and you will get where you need to be, but it can never be forced.

Keep writing and putting up content you are proud of and enjoyed writing and you are halfway there, I still have a lot to learn when it comes to blogging but these are some of the things that I learned in the past year. I hope you all enjoyed this post, let me know in the comments what you thought. See you in my next post.

Thank you for reading,

Lauren,

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81 Comments

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:25 pm

      Thank you! So glad you liked it๐Ÿ’•

  1. December 19, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Hi Lauren! I have to say, I am amazed at your fanbase, especially for only one year! I have been at it for almost a year, and though it’s not exactly the quality of yours like you said, it’s for me to decide. But I don’t have that many readers… I was wondering what you did, because I don’t think I’m doing that much wrong!
    Coco| pjsandstuff.wordpress.com

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment! I haven’t really done too much, I’ve just made sure to post content that I liked consistently and made sure to make an instagram and twitter account so that I could interact with others and post when I had uploaded a new post๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. December 20, 2017 / 7:59 am

    I like this read! I needed it. Thank you Lauren!
    Tiara

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you! Glad you liked it๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. December 20, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    So glad you posted this! I have been going through some anxiety over blogging lately, thinking that nobody really cares to read what I post. But Iโ€™m trying hard to take it one day at a time and be consistent with it. I have to remember that this is my hobby and not really my full time (paid) job lol.
    Thanks for posting this- its motivating ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:43 pm

      Yeah exactly, sometimes its hard yo remember that its just a hobby and not to take it too seriously, once we are writing what we enjoy and having fun with it, that’s the main thing๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

  4. December 20, 2017 / 7:11 pm

    writing for yourself is so important; and what wonderful lessons you’ve come to over the past year!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:43 pm

      Yes! I completely agree and thank you lovely๐Ÿ’•

  5. December 20, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    People 100% underestimate what goes into blogging! Keep up the good work!

  6. December 20, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Thanks for posting this! Iโ€™m a new blogger so itโ€™s important to post whatโ€™s important to you and be authentic.

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Definitely agree, once you are enjoying it, that’s the main thing๐Ÿ˜Š

  7. CharlotteShares
    December 20, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Everything in this post is so true! I’ve really been trying to write for myself recently and focus on what makes me happy! and it’s definitely true that success doesn’t happen overnight!
    Charlotte | charlotteshares.co.uk

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Definitely! Its so important to be yourself and do you๐Ÿ’•

  8. December 20, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Hey! Great post with lots of helpful tips. I’m new to blogging and this is a great reminder to be yourself, and write for yourself. Also not comparing yourself to others. Thanks for the list here-encouraging! Have a great day (and a Merry Christmas!)

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Completely agree! Hope you had a great new year๐Ÿ˜Š

  9. December 20, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    These are all great tips that we as bloggers should remember… Thank you for this ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ˜„,wishing you more bloggy years

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Awh thank you so much!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

  10. December 20, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Amazing post, i found it super inspiring!! Thanks for those tips!

  11. December 21, 2017 / 12:17 am

    These are all excellent tips and it’s always a good reminder for bloggers. Thank you for sharing this! โค

  12. May
    December 21, 2017 / 1:36 am

    These serve as great reminders of why I started to blog again. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. December 21, 2017 / 11:22 am

    This has honed in to me as just starting out blogging and all I seem to do in my head is wonder how honest should I be and is it even worth ALL this effort, but itโ€™s our niche and weโ€™ll see where it takes me ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:49 pm

      Exactly! Once you are you, everyone will notice and love your blog for being a piece of you๐Ÿ’•

  14. December 21, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    This is such a true post and great advice to anyone starting blogging or for people struggling to keep going. Success for me is helping people so as long as I do that I am happy

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      That’s definitely a good way to look at success, thank you so much too๐Ÿ’•

  15. December 21, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Always nice to read post like this about others experience’s with blogging. Some great insights. Taking time away is an important one for sure. As you mentioned blogging isn’t easy and keeping up with it and social media can be exhausting. Breaks can work wonders . Thx for sharing your experiences!

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much for this comment๐Ÿ’•

  16. Veronica M.
    December 21, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Thanks for mentioning that being a blogger is not breezy as we might make it appear! The truth is there is so much time and thought in putting up posts and keeping up our blog, whether we make money off blogging and/or its a passion of ours. ๐Ÿ’•

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Exactly! It takes a lot more work than people think๐Ÿ’•

  17. December 21, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I just took a two week blogging break to focus on work and i hated it but it was much needed! Sometimes you need to refresh. Great advice, love it xoxox

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      That’s definitely needed, I took a well needed break over Christmas and the new year and now I’m so motivated๐Ÿ’•

  18. December 21, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Congrats on a year of blogging! I can definitely agree that writing for yourself is so important and will ensure that you post consistently/don’t burn out. And it is definitely much more work than people think – there is so much more that goes into it than simply writing posts!

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you! Yeah I completely agree๐Ÿ˜Š

  19. December 21, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    All of these points are so true! I think it’s important to know that success doesn’t happen over night like all of us wish, but when we do make it, it feels that much more special! X great post:)

    • January 5, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Definitely agree with you๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

  20. December 22, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Congratulations on one year of blogging! Wonderful post, thanks for the tips!!

  21. samaracasteallo
    December 23, 2017 / 8:33 am

    Love this blog girl, as Iโ€™ve just started up xx

  22. December 23, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    Itโ€™s a really good post ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  23. December 23, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    A fantastic post! Which platform do you use for scheduling your insta posts?

    • January 5, 2018 / 9:01 pm

      thank you! At the minute I use buffer but they can’t schedule at a time as you can’t use a third party app for scheduling for instagram unfortunately๐Ÿ˜Š

  24. December 31, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    This was so helpful since I’m just starting off blogging. I had absolutely no idea what to do but you point out really good tips, “Just be yourself” is one of the most important ones I believe and this is what I’ll be careful about when writing my blog posts.

    • January 5, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Completely agree, once you are yourself that’s the main thing๐Ÿ˜Š

  25. January 2, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Amen! All of these things you’ve learnt are so true! I hope that I’ll continue to see your blog grow as the year progresses. Many Blessings, Grace.

    • January 5, 2018 / 9:17 pm

      Thank you so much! And the same to you๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

  26. January 2, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    I started my blog back in October and these are all good tips that I’ll keep in mind especially the comparing success and writing for myself and not others part. I used to think I gotta write what people want to read but I noticed I get more views when I write what I’m interested in or passionate about.

    • January 5, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      Yeah I felt the same when I started blogging, till I realised that I really enjoyed it when I was writing things that I felt passionate about๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

  27. January 5, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    I hope I’m as awesome as you when I’m a year old hahaha

  28. January 5, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    Reading this has really given me an insight into how much determination and sacrifice goes into professional blogging. As you can probably tell from my blog i just do it as a way to do what I love doing which is writing but i haven’t even come close to having as much stress as i imagine you must undergo so I really have a lot of appreciation for you x

  29. January 6, 2018 / 12:52 am

    These are definitely on point, thank you.

    • laurenellenscully
      January 7, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      Awh thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • laurenellenscully
      January 7, 2018 / 3:56 pm

      Yeah I completely agree! ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. MollyCluney
    January 6, 2018 / 11:05 am

    relating so much to this post! congrats on one year of blogging!!

    • January 6, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      Awh thank you! So glad you liked it <3

  31. January 6, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    What a great post! I do think a lot of people think blogging is just an easy hobby and don’t realize how much work actually gets put into it. I myself did not think the blog would take up as much of my time as it actually did so I can see where the misconception comes from. Congrats on one year of blogging!

    • January 6, 2018 / 4:56 pm

      Yeah I completely agree! And thank you๐Ÿ˜Š

  32. January 6, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    This is so insightful. Blogging is a lot of work which people really underestimate sometimes. Congrats on a year of blogging.

    • January 6, 2018 / 9:33 pm

      Completely agree and thank you๐Ÿ’–

  33. January 6, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Congrats on one year of blogging! Loved this post x

  34. alyssa noviani
    January 6, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    Reading this brings me some insight for my blog is fairly new! Thank you!

    • laurenellenscully
      January 7, 2018 / 3:48 pm

      Thank you, so glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. February 11, 2018 / 7:47 am

    I really enjoyed reading this beause it’s #realtalk. I would love to bring more to my blog but that costs money and I’ve been on wordpress making blogs for 6 years, so it’s always been an outlit for me and a place I can find people who have similiar interests plus i love seeing places from all around the world. i guess i’m nosey like that. But WP is expensive compared to other sites – i can build a website for half the price WP offers, but I just feel loyal to WP for some reason.lovely blog btw!!

    • laurenellenscully
      February 13, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      Yeah it does cost a bit alright, but wordpress.com is perfect for growing your blog and getting it out there ๐Ÿ™‚

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