What I’ve Learnt From My First Year Having A Blog

Yesterday marked my first anniversary of having a blog, and what a year it’s been!

This time last year, I had finally decided, that after years of dreaming, I was going to set up the blog. I had tried before to set it up on another website a couple years back, but that ultimately failed so here I was, back at it again. After hours of fiddling around with the controls, figuring out a name and watching Youtube videos about how to customise my blog, I had created it. Sure, I didn’t physically make a post until late January, but this was my big start.

The first thing I learnt about the blogging space was how kind everyone was. There were initially a couple of people that liked my posts, and a few months in, I received my first comment and everyone’s so friendly, supportive and relatable. Some of those people still follow and comment to this day, and it makes me so so happy. Bloggers are very sociable and interactive, which makes this space so much nicer to be around.

The second thing I’ve learnt is that Rome definitely wasn’t built in a day. The process to actually come up with a concept, then write and produce content can be very difficult and quite trying, especially when you love doing it so much and become stuck for ideas. When I set up my Instagram, that was the biggest sign that building a following and a readership doesn’t come overnight. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished thus far and I can’t wait to see where we go with the blog.

In saying this, I will slightly contradict my writers block by saying that I’ve been more aware of opportunities to blog or take photos of since I’ve started. Whenever I go out or try something new, I think to myself, “could I write about this?” or “this would look so nice in a picture.” I’ve learnt new angles blog-wise and quite literally with photos, and I think I’ve improved on both ends (although my grammar might have slipped occasionally!)

One of the biggest things I’ve learnt during this experience is to care less about what people do or think. I’m the classic overthinker: I overthink every single situation inside and out, and starting a blog was no different. I’ve learnt (finally) to stop thinking about every negative situation possible and realise that even if there are some negative things being said, there are most probably ten nice things being said too (I’m lucky to have quite a supportive system of friends and family). Although I do get the occasional “someone’s shared it and I don’t know what they’ve said” or “this person’s seen it and they normally hate this kind of thing”, I’m learning not to care as much, but this is a gradual process. I love what I’m doing and I’m not going to let anyone take it away from me.

Lastly, I’ve learnt that blogging brings so much joy into my life. I couldn’t be more grateful that I got the courage to start this year ago, as it’s unlocked a level of happiness and passion I didn’t realise I was missing. I feel like this is something I was meant to do, even if it’s just a hobby. I love it so much and I’ve learnt so much about myself and the world around me. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.

Take this as a sign: start that thing you’ve always wanted to start! You don’t know where it might take you.

I want to thank you for reading this and being on this journey for me – your support has been incredible.

I would love to know what thing you wanted to try or have been doing that you’ve always wanted to do, and how it impacted your life.

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