I wanted to do this post as a sort of follow-up blog post from my ‘One Year‘ blogging post. This idea came to me when I realised, looking back at my old posts and photos, I have learnt so much. From blogging, the internet and things about myself, it has really opened my eyes and given me a perspective over many things. One year is now where near as long as many other bloggers out there, but nonetheless I still have picked up tips and tricks. So this post is going to be a sort of reflective and blogging tips post.
Everything is a learning curve for me (that’s a deep sentence…). Example A, I made a birthday cake for my mum today and I learnt from the hard way that putting sprinkles onto the side to he cake is not as easy or mess free from what it looks like in the books! I did actually did take blog posts photos for it, however considered they cake looks like it was made by a five-year old, I decided to spare you from that post.
Blogging is not easy!
I totally underestimated how hard blogging is. I didn’t know about blogging schedules, how picky I get about photos, and don’t get me started on social media… However looking back I was insane to think that. Some people blog for a full-time job so of course a lot of effort has to be put into it.
I need to be more confident in myself.
I really lack self-confidence when it comes to a fair few things, whether it is with school work, what I am wearing or with blogging. I have seen this with my photography, because I can take 100 photos and only think 2 or 3 are any decent, where as probably at least half are okay to be posted after editing them. It worry that the composition isn’t very good, or the brightness will look bad etc.. but in theory i shouldn’t worry because nobody’s the same person. No blogger has the same blogging style or photography style. Hence why I should embrace mine.
Social Media is NON STOP.
Blogging isn’t the end of blogging. Social media plays a big role in it too. I frequently update my social media accounts daily, and because of likes and comments etc.. It never stops. Unless you physically sign out of your account you will get instagram pod notifications or facebook notifications, and I am not going to lie, it does get tiring, however I have made so may friends through it I am so grateful!
I learnt how to use a camera.
Sounds a bit weird and boring but I did. I started taking photos for my blog on my phone, then my old Lumix camera and now I take them on a Canon camera. Many people might think that when using a Canon camera you can just take the picture and its perfect. You don’t need to edit it or change set ups etc.. but it is so complex. It took me ages to work out all the different settings and what to use to make my photos look how I want them too. Even today I had to look back in the manual to see how to record videos on it.
Having multiple planners or notebooks is a life saver!
I like to think I am an organised person, to a certain extent.. This is probably debatable but when it comes to blogging I am. I have one notebook for blog post ideas, and I have an idea a page so I can write any extra notes, I have another full of revision for school, I have my happiness planner which I do my daily to do list in and I am pretty sure I have another one full of shopping lists and what I want to get in the future. Save to say, if I receive any notebooks or planners as a gift, it will be used.
Timing isn’t key.
I always would panic if a blog post wasn’t up in time or if an instagram post wasn’t up in time either, because I thought posting blogs and photos at a certain time would get me more likes. And don’t get me wrong, many bloggers believe that and stick to that routine as it works for them. However I realised that for me, that wasn’t the case and I was able to post at anytime and still get a stable amount of likes.
I learnt grammar.
Yes. I learnt how to spell. What I mean is that I really believe that blogging helped me with my writing, especially for my English exams last year. They say that people who read have a bigger vocabulary, however I am not much of a read, so by blogging, I think it has had the same effect.
Don’t blog everyday.
With blogmas being the exception, I would often blog everyday. And I would like to apologise to my email followers for that because I now realise that I was bombarding you with emails EVERYDAY. Every two days is good I think!
Every blogger is different.
Like I touched on before, I found myself comparing my blog to others and thinking so negatively about it. People may have the same themes or create similar content, however the way everyone writes is so different. You may use a bit of slang here and there or have a comical approach to your writing, because you put your own personality into your writing even when you don’t realise.
I want to blog as a full-time job.
“Every blogger says this… BLAH BLAH BLAH” however I do think this. I want to do media and marketing at uni because my blog can be incorporated into it. I love blogging, despite what people think that it isn’t a ‘proper job‘ and I won’t let anything stop me. I want to get to that place where I can make a steady income off my blog, whether it is just something extra to add to my purse each month, or whether it is my full-time job.
I have realised this has been a bit of a chatty and long post, it has actually gone over 1000 words!
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