5 Things I’ve Learnt in the Last Year of Blogging

5 Things I've Learnt in the Last Year of Blogging

Today marks my first Blogiversary – yay!  On the 7th January 2015, I created my page and posted for the first time. Honestly, I hadn’t a clue what I was doing – I just threw myself full force into it; I was thirsty for a new hobby and loved the idea of a challenge. But, I was very naive and didn’t realise how time consuming or challenging it would actually be, (or the reality of being engulfed by beauty products). I also didn’t realise the amazing connections I would form and the friendly community I would be involved in. It’s safe to say it’s been a rollercoaster, however, I have no regrets (well, apart from the giant hole in my bank account), because I have fallen in love it and can’t see myself ever stopping.

Are you new at blogging? Or just after some useful chatter? I have gathered together the top five things I’ve learnt in the last year to help you, whatever your situation.

Let’s connect. Are you a beauty blogger? Get in touch and we could do a collab together, or just have a general chit chat. 

keeping-organised
With so much going on in life, it’s very easy to become lost and disorganised. Things can quickly become chaotic if I don’t keep on top of them. I keep a strict diary where I log everything including when i’m posting what, possible collab dates and new ideas. This makes things so much easier for me because everything is in one place and viewable at a glance. I also like to create post drafts with notes in. This is basically how all of my posts begin.

I may do a full post on how I keep organised. Let me know in the comments if this is something you would like me to do.

blogging
It’s sad, but it’s true. I went into blogging very light-heartedly and I honestly didn’t realise the work it would create. It was only when I began to network and visit other blogs that I realised the potential of how big someones personal blog can become. That’s when I began to create aims of my own and the work really started. Published blog posts are only 10% of a bloggers work. You don’t see the planning process, photographs being taken, editing etc. Nevertheless, it’s a very fun job that often doesn’t feel like work!

beauty
I’ve always said, the second I stop enjoying blogging and doing YouTube is the second i’ll stop. I admit, it’s been tough trying to juggle life, but i’ve not wanted to quit because I love it. Rather than stopping, a break is sometimes all that’s needed. If I was ever feeling overwhelmed and uninspired, I would stop posting so frequently; you make your own rules so don’t feel bad. It doesn’t matter if you skip a day or two, quality is always better than quantity anyway. Got writers block? Try listening to some music or reading through other blogs for inspiration. Still stuck? Sack it off and come back another day!

5 Things I've Learnt in the Last Year of Blogging
I’m probably the most impatient person ever, but with blogging you must be patient. Don’t expect to start a blog and it become so popular and reach top search results on Google straight away, these things take time. You must first build up a community with fellow bloggers and post regularly; the popularity and stats will grow over time. Read my post ‘How To Grow Your Blog‘ for some more handy tips. Some people begin blogging for the money. They expect by writing a couple of blog posts and splashing adverts all over their page to become rich overnight. Nothing happens like that. You should constantly be trying to improve each post from the previous, as well as keeping your home and about pages updated.

risks
Like anything in life, you need to take risks to progress and grow. Taking risks such as hosting giveaways or blogging about something you wouldn’t usually touch up on can really pay off. They’re both great ways of gaining more of an audience and you’ll probably notice a nice healthy peak in your stats and a boost in followers.

What have you learnt in your time as a blogger? What advice would you give to new bloggers?  Let me know in the comments.

 ♥

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0 comments on “5 Things I’ve Learnt in the Last Year of Blogging”

  1. Love this post – it’s all so true!! X

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed reading xx

  2. sarahpratley says:

    This was such an interesting and useful post, thanks so much for sharing! I completley agree with the work involved, it is a full time job! x

    http://sarahpratley.com/

    1. Clarina says:

      Glad you found it useful! It really is a full time job – a lot of people have said they didn’t expect it to take over quite like it does. I still love it though! Xx

  3. CiCi David says:

    I agree with you on the blogging process! I never thought about the amount of work you dedicate for your posts until I started. I’m new to blogging and your post really helps! Thank you! 🙂

    1. Clarina says:

      It’s sometimes very tough! But don’t forget you set your own rules. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I always remember that! I’m glad I could help 🙂

  4. Jinjin Raina says:

    You are such an amazing writer!! ✌🏻️✌🏻❤️

  5. Yes, those 5 points literally suit to any hard working blogger and give away one of the details that I need to concentrate this year.

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! Yeah, you should. I think two a year is a good amount!

      1. Yes sure. That is a sensible option.

        1. Clarina says:

          I would love to be able to do giveaways all of the time but it’s obviously quite an expense!

          1. Yes, it is a pretty pricey deal albeit.

          2. Clarina says:

            A couple of times a year is good enough 🙂

  6. Chanelle says:

    Great post Claire! I second (or third or fourth etc.) that organisation post x

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you Chanelle! Woop, i’ve scheduled it in for 1st March. Xx

  7. Congrats 🙂 Yep I’d love to know how you stay organised 😀 Please do a blog post about it. Btw your posts always keep me motivated to keep on blogging 🙂 since I just started a few days ago, I don’t know where to begin and I don’t even know if I’m doing the right thing but your posts always help me. Thank you so much ♡ 🙂 Wish your blog grows even bigger than this 😊

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you so much – what lovely things to say! My aim for posts like these is to of course help new bloggers most of all, because I wish i’d read posts like this when I started. So i’m really pleased you found it useful 🙂 It can be daunting but just keep at it, look at other blogs for inspiration and you’ll start to grow! I’ll schedule in a post about how I stay organised 🙂 I do a blog advice post on the first and fifth of every month, I know it’s quite a way away but i’ve put it down for 1st March. Thanks for the request. Xx

      1. I will look forward to it 🙂 Btw Thank you so much for following me 😊 I can’t express how I feel right now 😀 You are my favourite blogger and you followed me 😀 Omg I’m screaming right now xD

        1. Clarina says:

          No problem at all! Haha bless you, thanks so much! Xx

  8. Congrats on blogging for a year! 🙂

  9. Love this post. Congrats on blogging for a whole year and I definitely agree with all of your points 🙂 xxx

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. Here’s to many more years!

  10. stashmatters says:

    Great list! I agree that posting blog entries is just the tip of the iceberg – there’s so much that does into each post!

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! Yep, I honestly didn’t realise how much work a post could produce but it’s all worth it 🙂

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