Where do I begin? I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started blogging already!
This time last year, I had come back from an amazing, last minute trip to Amsterdam and was filled with inspiration. I finally had that buzz to just write and thought that this was the perfect topic to start my blog: 72 hours in Amsterdam: the must-see sites. That’s how this blog was born.
If I’m completely honest, I’m not really one to stick to things, so this has been a massive achievement on my part. I’m so proud that I’ve managed to write once or twice a week (and more during Blogmas!) every single week since I started. I’ve learnt so much since the day I started, and I wanted to share exactly that plus some highlights of the journey so far.
Now you may be thinking, “where have I heard this before?” On the 13th August, I made a blog post called ‘what I’ve learnt from my first year having a blog”. As I said in the post, the creation of my blog was actually a few months before my first actual post. I was still figuring myself out and what I wanted to do with this space. I guess that leads me on to one of the best lessons I’ve learnt since: just do it! You don’t have to have it all figured out from day 1 – you’ll learn along the way. Just write (or do) whatever makes you happy at the time and you’ll grow from there.
Something I heard recently from Tiny Pretty Things actor Brennan Clost was that if you’re not even a tiny bit embarrassed by your past work, you haven’t grown. I’m the first to say I’m guilty of deleting a few Instagram posts here and there (and even one blog post) because I wasn’t happy with them looking back. Whilst I wouldn’t advise deleting things all the time, it’s okay to not feel your best about what you’ve produced – you’ve grown and you’re adapting to new situations and new ideas.
This lesson applies even now: there are topics that I haven’t written about a lot or at all that I still want to delve in to, but now, I’m not worried about doing so. Remember, there are no rules to blogging! I’m just happy to just write about whatever I want (and hopefully, you all will like it too!)
This all started as a hobby for me, and in a way, it will always be a hobby to me. But the more I’ve seen this site grow, the more serious I want this platform be. I want to make this space one of inspiration and information for all who choose to read. I really want to make a positive impact, whilst still discussing the topics I love. Now, a year on, I hope to grow my blog in so many ways (a major way hopefully coming soon!)
The world of blogging has taught me so much, especially in recent months. For non-bloggers or beginner bloggers, there’s so much more to producing content than you may imagine. I recently learnt more about SEO, social media outreach, Instagram story and reel ideas, affiliation links and so much more! There are so many people within the blogging community who write about this sort of thing, especially on Instagram. One major thing I feel I’ve gained this year is more knowledge about things like these I didn’t necessarily associate with blogging in the beginning. I just overall feel more knowledgeable (but I am in no way shape or form an expert at all!) I’m learning every single day and I’m really enjoying the process of finding out ways to make my space better.
Another thing I’ve learnt is that the posts you may not think are your best may be your most popular! I laugh about it sometimes, but every single day almost, I have people returning to one post in particular: I tried a Chloe Ting workout: the two week shred challenge. The reason I say I laugh about it now is because I only really ‘got into fitness’ last year, so fitness isn’t exactly my area of expertise (but maybe that’s why people like to see it – it’s not from a professional point of view). But also, looking back, I repeat myself so much in the post! And the picture quality is awful (and I really pride myself in my picture-taking abilities, especially when it comes to landscapes). If you’re trying something for the first time, expect the unexpected when it comes to views! (But also, don’t worry about the statistics – do it for you and no one else, otherwise you’ll never enjoy the process.)
I’ve loved learning about what I enjoy to write and diving into new areas. The best part about it is the support I get from fellow bloggers – as I mentioned in my August post, the blogging community are truly great and really support me, even when I feel nervous about uploading certain topics I’m not used to uploading. As someone who maybe may be considered to have a slow start to growing on social media, there have been some real highlights from the blogging community that have made everything worth it, from being featured in ‘favourite accounts’ Instagram stories when our content fields may not be similar, to being @dashofeverythingg’s blogger of the month, to being featured in @helloblogr’s New Blogr’s on the block quite early on in my blogging journey. Another lesson to be shared here: celebrate the small wins (even though to me, these were huge wins!)
As I move into my next year blogging, I just want to say thank you for everyone who reads my blog, whether you’ve been here from the beginning or this is your first time (hope you enjoy this space, if it is!). Whether you read every upload or once in a blue moon – it always means the world to me. Blogging brings me so much happiness and I’m so glad I started on this journey. I have high hopes for the future of this blog, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Thank you for reading and here’s your sign to start that thing you’ve always wanted to start! x