As of March 2019, my blog will be three years old. After finally sparking up the courage to create my wee space on the internet, and chat to anyone who wanted to read, I was happy with my fraction of a corner here on the web. I still am, and that’s why I still carry on blogging!
There have been times I’ve stopped blogging, took a break or just didn’t have any inspiration. This occurred most often when I was at school, and I was worried about what other people in my school would say if they found it. Now I’ve left school and I’m in University, I care a lot less about what people think and I think that’s the best way to be!
I was sixteen when I started blogging. I’m now nearly nineteen and I feel a lot has changed, and I would tell my sixteen year old self a few things about blogging if I could. This is what I would say:
Don’t be embarrassed. I still get a bit embarrassed to this day when someone mentions my blog, as I think they’re being sarcastic or mocking me. There are so many creative people out there on the internet, writing and babbling away – so why can’t you?
It’s okay if you don’t have a niche. I still don’t! I don’t think I’m passionate about any one thing enough to blog about it constantly, and I’m happy with writing different things depending on my mood and motivations at the time – just as much as I love reading about various topics!
Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers. Every single blogger has a different style and way of doing things. You’ll find yours, or you’ll change it up whenever you feel like it! There isn’t any rules holding you to what you have to do and when. Don’t look at the numbers and compare, just have fun.
You’ll learn a lot of new stuff! If you could see what my blog looked like when I just started to what it does now, there is a massive difference – and there will probably be more changes over the next while too! I’ve learnt different skills, got better at photography, editing and organising. I’ve challenged myself and learnt that blogging isn’t as easy as it seems. I’ve found inspiration from others, and hopefully inspired a few too!
Be social and interact! I wish I had joined Twitter sooner than I did, and figured out how to interact with other bloggers! Twitter is an amazing way to keep up to date with your favourite bloggers, find some new ones and engage in each other’s posts and life. There are always “Blogger Trains” and weekly meetings where you can discover fellow bloggers and it’s such a positive community to be in.
It takes longer than you think it would. So not only do you have to plan what you want to write about, you have to also take photos for the post, edit these photos, construct it into a blog post and write the body. You then have to re-read and edit out the typos you missed the first three times reading it over. Once it’s uploaded you then have to promote it, and direct people to where they can read it.
Whatever you do, have fun. If you’re trying to force a blog post out that you haven’t really enjoyed, then don’t bother. It will probably show and you’ll look back and dislike it. No matter how irrelevant or weird you think a post is, publish it if it made you happy when writing it!
I hope you enjoyed this post!
~ K x