2018 has been quite the year, both online and offline. Coming into this year, I didn’t expect to start blogging again OR that I would end up being half decent at it and loving it as much as I do. I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned about blogging this year, and potentially help out some fellow bloggers who are also just finding their feet.
1. Blogging is a lot of bloody work
It is. Anyone who says it isn’t is a liar. So much work goes into the planning and writing of every post and don’t even get me started on the photos. A blogger’s eternal struggle is either having photos to use but no post to put them with, or having a post ready to go but no photos. UGH.
Another thing is trying to find the time to write/take photos, especially if you work full time like I do. It’s like working two jobs. I spend all day at an office as a pension administrator (woo) and then I come home and sit on the couch and try to brainstorm ideas or take photos. Weekends are usually spent doing outfit shoots for Instagram content and if not, I’m lying on the couch watching Strictly Come Dancing when I really should be writing.
2. You’ll hit that brick wall a good few times
There’s been so many times where I’ve just been in the mood to sit down and bash out a few posts but the inspiration just isn’t there, and that’s okay. I’ve learned to just kind of expect to hit that brick wall from time to time and to not force any content out. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I literally cannot force myself to write if I’m not inspired. I can’t just make a blog post appear out of thin air – no matter how hard I try. Take a break every now and then, watch some telly and eat some biscuits and come back with a clear mind and a full tummy ready to go.
3. Taking outfit photos in public does get easier
The thought of having your photo taken in a public place with strangers watching sounds absolutely terrifying, I know. When I first started going on shoots with Lauren I was so self conscious and froze up if even saw someone in the distance. Luckily for me though, going on shoots has become such a regular thing now and I always have Lauren to kind of boost my confidence and get those good shots. I think it’s just a matter of not really caring if anyone sees because if you worry about it too much, you’ll hate the pictures in the end… TRUST ME.
4. It’s expensiiiiiiive
I know it doesn’t have to be but I like to make life difficult for myself by constantly buying new clothes for Instagram shots or by buying a million new blog themes because I’m picky and indecisive. Investing in a good camera is another thing, it can be vvv expensive when you think about it but trust me, my camera is one of the best things I’ve ever bought because I use it all the time; so in hindsight it was worth my PayPal credit suffering. There’s also your hosting and your domain and little things like that, that are easy to forget about until the direct debits come out every month.
5. Blog friends are the best friends
They’re the only ones who really get it and don’t judge you for taking 5000 photos of the same cupcake at different angles. A lot of bloggers I’ve met in person or chatted with online have been the sweetest people I’ve ever met and always so supportive – something that’s super important in the bloggersphere because it’s so easy to feel competitive against other bloggers. Fashion bloggers are also great friends because you can always count on them to tell you that yes indeed your bum does look big in those jeans but WORK IT.
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