Monday, 11 September 2017

The Things I've Learnt From Blogging



I started my blog up two years ago, and what a busy two years that have been for me. I started this up just to try and give people a hand. I never wanted to make money from this blog, I just wanted to write reviews and try to help people out before they go out and spend their hard-earned cash on something. At the time when I started it up, I don’t think I really understood just how much work went into a blog.


Don’t get me wrong though, I am so grateful for what my blog has achieved in a short amount of time and I am so happy with the progress that my blog has made over the years. When I look back at my first blog posts I am mortified to read them and see the photography, but it just makes me even more proud of where my blog is now. So, I thought I would share with you in this post, some of the things that I have learnt from my blog…


1)       People can be mean
There have been may times since I started my blog that people have been mean. It may be on a post that I have wrote or just little bitches fighting in the comments section of my post. I have absolutely zero time for arseholes here on my blog. I don’t care what people say about me, but my blog isn’t a space for negativity. I just want this to be a helpful space, not a hateful one. I think it is just part of life that people will say nasty things, and I guess it is to be expected when you put yourself out there, but comments like that here on this blog will get deleted.
2)       Perseverance pays off
There have been times when I have been doing my blog where I thought of jacking it all in and deleting it. Sometimes there is just so much to do and it can be so much pressure and it just made me think, why am I doing this? But I kept at it and I soon got out of my funk. Now, looking back I am so glad that I didn’t quit when I was struggling, I just stuck at it and it has all payed off in the end. It can still get challenging at times, but I am so proud when I overcome the obstacles and get through it.
3)       It doesn’t have to cost a fortune
When I first started my blog, I thought that I had to upload a new post every single day and have loads of new reviews in there. With that it meant that I had to buy hell of a lot of products to review, and at the time I wasn’t making any money from my blog. In the end, I just had to stop and think about my spending. I created a little budget and schedule of what I wanted to spend my money on and when and now it just regulates my spending and keeps a check on it. You don’t need to break the bank in order to have good content.
4)       Keep it simple
People don’t want to read War and Peace when they click onto your blog. Yes, for your blog post to be good in terms of SEO it does have to reach a certain character count, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be pages long. Also, it doesn’t have to be packed with images. I know 1 image says 1000 words, and they are visually impactful, but there is no need to have 20 images of the same things from different angles, it looks good but it just over complicates your job as a blogger, when you have already achieved the most important thing and that is getting people on your website in the first place.
5)       Do what is right for you and enjoy it
Over the years, I have had ideas and then scrapped them because they didn’t fit into the conform of the blogging community. You just have to do what is right for you and what your style and tastes are. Don’t want to do all white, pink and gold on your blog like thousands of us out there, who cares, just do what makes you happy. At the end of the day, your blog is yours to do anything that you want with, if people don’t like what you do, they don’t have to read it. But, there will be people out there that want to read what you have to say in your own style and they are the most valuable visitors to have to your blog.
I know there are only a couple of things, but they are just really true. This has all been a little bit of a rollercoaster for me, with many highs like when big brands contact me, but then there have also been some struggles. But, overall it is incredibly rewarding. If anybody out there is thinking about creating a blog, I would just say go to it, it is such an amazing thing once you just bite the bullet and get on with it!
Make sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know what you have learnt from your time as a blogger!
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6 comments

  1. I do agree we don't have to spend a fortune keep it realistic is even better for the readers
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    1. Exactly, that is my aim from here on in!

      Danielle xx
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  2. Loved this post Danielle and agree with every single point, particularly the last one. Your blog should be a reflection of you and your style, not what you think people want to see!

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    1. Thank you for reading, so glad you enjoyed it!

      Danielle xx

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  3. Haha I know what you mean about old posts, I am too scared to read mine but I don't want to delete them since it shows my progress and where I am now. And yes, posting whatever make us happy is really important, it's our little corner on the internet and it should make us happy! x

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    1. Exactly, just got to stay true to you!

      Danielle xx

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