What I’ve Learnt From Blogging So Far This Year

Blogging is a never ending cycle of excitement and opportunities! Around every corner there will be obstacles and hiccups a lack of motivation and moments of wondering if to stop and many a moment of comparing yourself to others. But let me tell you, without those lessons along the way I wouldn’t be half as clued up as I am in the world of digital content creation! I thought it’d be nice to share with you guys the lessons I’ve learnt from blogging so far this year.

Something good will come along | Back when I first started blogging, even two years down the line at the start of this year I would see people going all over the globe in return and working with massive brands and it was hard to look at my blog wondering what I was doing wrong. Thing is, you aren’t doing anything wrong and your time will come! I’ve learnt that this year with the amazing brands I’ve had the opportunity to work with, TooFaced being one of them! It’s really encouraging when you do land a cool collaboration and something will come along for you!

 

The world carries on even if you stop blogging | Do you know how many blog breaks and ‘I dont think I want to blog anymore’ moments this year?! TOO MANY! I had it in my head that something would go drastically wrong if I took a break for a while, stopped what I was doing and took a breather. Seriously, it’s no big deal and the world will in fact carry on like nothing has changed! I always put my blog pretty much before my life in general. ‘cant go out, need to take blog photos’ or ‘oh I cant im super behind on posts’. It’s not worth jeopardizing every social situation opportunity you have as it’s pretty isolating and didn’t do my mental health much good either.

Photos really aren’t the be all and end all | My photos have always really been important to me on my blog, they still are. However, I’ve learnt it really doesn’t matter if there is a rose petal slightly too much to the left in your shot. It doesn’t matter if your makeup you are photographing has been used and I’ve stopped with the ‘I cant swatch this till I’ve photographed it’ crap because it really isn’t going to change much. I still spend alot of time on my photos and I’m quite meticulous with the placement of products but that’s just because I enjoy doing it. I don’t cry over the fact they aren’t perfect (no lie, I actually cried over a flatlay once!).

 

I read more books than I do blog posts | Shows how little I read blogs now…considering I rarely read a book ha! I used to catch up on bloglovin every single day and today was the first time in about a month or two that I’ve even logged on to have a read of some posts. I still keep up with my faves and my regulars when I want to but I read blogs 80% less than what I used to. It’s a shame and I really do feel like the community has changed. I think we all feel it and we need to bring back that spark..but how?!

 

Instagram is a bitch | Accept it guys, until Instagram sorts their shit out we aren’t going anywhere on that platform. They have well and truly wiped smaller bloggers out with their algorithms and god knows what else they are doing behind the scenes. I post to Instagram but I no longer get hung up on it when engagement is low, when I cant see whos posts I want to because it shows me what they want to be popular and accepting that has been a game changer for me. I still enjoy the platform as it’s another place for me to share my photography and rambles but as a blogging platform, I don’t quite see it the same as I used to!

Be yourself or you will never be happy | I feel like I kind of learnt this pretty early on but I quickly realised that being someone I’m not and trying to be this pristine, well spoken, not a swear word in sight just wasn’t me. You’ll never be happy with a version of yourself that you can’t maintain as mean as that sounds! You might as well show people how freaking amazing YOU are!

Numbers don’t really matter | Last year and the beginning of this year I’ll hold my hands up and be the one to admit, I got a little numbers obsessed. Instagram’s bullshit kinda dragged me out of that you know? The constant fluctuation of followers on Instagram, the difficulty to grow in the end gave me the ‘why bother’ mindset at first and then when I realised I bother because I enjoy it I decided to start doing that, ENJOYING IT! In the end numbers really don’t matter if you love what you do, keep doing it!

 

I’d love to know if you agree with anything mentioned in this post! If there is anything you’ve learnt this year about blogging then please do comment it below, I’d love to know!

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10 Comments

  1. 21/08/2017 / 11:30 am

    This is a great post, it really helps put things into perspective and the last one is my favourite. I have been so impatient to reach specific numbers and I feel so disheartened when my followers don’t grow or my page views are low and I just need to get over it. It doesn’t matter. As long as you are doing what you want and like and are proud of it that should be the most important thing. Stay true to yourself, thank you for sharing. This has been quite helpful actually, have a great week x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • throughthemirror
      22/08/2017 / 10:01 am

      So glad you enjoyed the post lovely! Keep working hard and it’ll all fall into place! 🙂

  2. 21/08/2017 / 1:31 pm

    I wrote a post similar to this and I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve said! Instagram I am so done with, and i’m so over beating myself up about it because as you say there is nothing we can do unfortunately! Great xx

    • throughthemirror
      22/08/2017 / 10:00 am

      Instagram has been the pain of my life! Soon as I gave up caring about the constant loss of followers, things got better!

  3. 22/08/2017 / 5:46 am

    I completely agree with you! I used to think if I took a break or my photos for one post were a bit off, no one would want to read my blog anymore! It really doesn’t matter and I think it’s come with not caring about the numbers anymore xx Nikita

    BLOG//Jasmine Loves

  4. 23/08/2017 / 11:59 am

    Loved this post – agree with all your points! It’s okay to take a break, if you need one, and although we all love seeing the numbers rise, it isn’t all about the numbers. Honestly, I can say that if I had zero readers and zero followers, I’d still blog because I love it!

  5. 23/08/2017 / 8:47 pm

    Loved this post and a great source of encouragement. I wish my time would come!! Either way I agree you gotta keep at it but not let it take over your life either – it’s all about balance. Instagram is such a nightmare and although I try not to it’s hard not to get disheartened x

    http://www.franklyflawless.com

  6. 26/08/2017 / 5:58 pm

    I cannot stress enough that numbers are NO important; words > numbers ALWAYS! Yes Instagram is horrible at the moment, and I’m sure that around 98% of bloggers will agree! xx

    Jasmine || http://www.blogsallbeautyy.blogspot.co.uk

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