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Saturday, 16 January 2016

Blogging - What I've Learned in 6 Months

The blogging community is very welcoming


I thought about starting a blog for ages before I actually took the plunge and made the first step. From the outside it looked pretty intimidating - lots of bloggers with thousands of followers, bloggers that had other blogger friends and amazing, professional looking photos and layouts. 

For some reason, I had visions of me being shunned and run out of blogger town by angry, torch-wielding, established bloggers. Well, maybe not quite, but I didn't expect to be welcomed as warmly as I was. Honestly, if you are thinking of starting a blog and have somehow stumbled upon this here post, not to get all Labeouf on your butt, but just do it. I dare ya. 

Social media is your friend

Once I'd gotten over the initial "OMG I'm a new blogger everyone thinks I suck" fear, I realised that the blogs I followed all had links to their various social media outlets and I wanted to get in on the action. I set up an Instagram account and a Twitter account and used these to connect with more bloggers, join in with Twitter chats and keep in touch more regularly with my favourite creators. Social media helped me move on from feeling like a total outsider to feeling included and a part of this pretty great blogging community. Even more so when I signed up to be a member of #TheGirlGang. (if you haven't already done so, check it out - you won't regret it).

It's okay to promote yourself

Why shouldn't you? We all put time and effort into writing posts for our blogs. I don't know why I felt so uneasy about this when I first started doing it. I'd tweet a link to my newest post and then get a little sweat on about it (the fear is a weird thing isn't it?!). I guess I thought that I'd be a total nuisance, clogging up people's feeds with my links. I was forgetting that my Twitter followers do in fact follow more accounts than just me. And that the majority of my twitter followers are bloggers themselves, also promoting their own work. 

Now it's a part of my daily routine - before bed I schedule tweets for the next day with links to my blog and I promote it on Instagram too. I actually find that the majority of my traffic comes from these sites. DO IT.

Write for you

Otherwise, what's the point? What enjoyment can you get out of it if you are just writing to please the masses, or just for the sake of it? I really enjoy sitting with my laptop and writing up blog posts about my life. Don't get me wrong, there are so many blogs out there that it would be almost impossible to have a blog filled with posts on subjects that no one else has ever touched on before, but what you have that everyone else doesn't is your own personality. Or, if you're like me, your own weirdo sense of humour. 

I'll continue to blog as long as I get enjoyment from it. It would be a really unfulfilling hobby to put time into to just produce content that you think will make people like you, or you think people will want to hear. As much as I might share some odd stories (The Ghost Story Cupboard & The Spider Cupboard much?) I share them with passion and I think it's pretty easy to tell when someone has just fired out a blog post that means nothing to them. 


What about you? What has been the biggest lesson you've learned since you started blogging? I still have so much to learn but I'm definitely still enjoying every minute of it.


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21 comments:

  1. 1, 2 and 3 for me!! It's crazy I felt those same emotions of feeling like how am I going to fit in, but the community is really supportive & friendly. TwitTerry really helped out my blog as well. Hapay 6 months

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    Christina
    Www.styletothet.com

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    1. Gonna go check out TwitTerry now! Thank you! xxx

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  2. Fantastic post :)

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who had those thoughts before starting my blog! I was so nervous about it, plus I thought that my posts wouldn't be interesting and no-one would want to read them. Signing up to twitter has really helped me in overcoming my worries about promoting my blog :) I am starting to slowly feel less annoying when I tweet about my latest blog posts.

    Blogging has taught me that it's okay to be open about my struggles with mental and physical health and that bloggers are a community of really friendly, supportive people. It's awesome x

    www.raiin-monkey.blogspot.com

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    1. It really is awesome, I've had nothing but support on even my most personal posts - really is a good feeling. Twitter is my current fave social media outlet, just wish I had more time to chat to people on it! x

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  3. Thanks for the tips! I only started this month but I've been trying to get more popularity. Your tips are probably the most helpful things I've read since starting!

    ivyholly.blogspot.com

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    1. Glad I could help lovely, thank you! x

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  4. Yes! All of this! Especially 1 and 2 and 3! I was lucky in that I already had a blogging friend when I started, who helped me in my initial stages and would share my blog every now and then. I was so scared when I started to promote my own posts, but I started gaining followers from doing it which has also let me make new friends [which is why sometimes I forget to check in with you :(] also 1000000% with the whole 'write for you'! I did write stuff for the sake of writing and I felt bad and the post just looked bad. That's when I did days 1-5 of blogmas, srsly they're so bad! Once I started writing whatever I wanted, it got easier and you'll know that they were actually quite decent posts! I'm glad you made this post, I'm glad the worries I had when I started were kinda the same as yours - we can all come together and be the new blogger takeover :P

    ~Gail www.sherbet-aurora.co.uk

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    1. It's funny looking back at posts and realising you just totally hate them haha. Promoting your posts is a totally acceptable part of blogging which I wish I had known from the start! Everyone is so supportive too, and lots of people promote other blogs they like as well as their own - we are all in this together :) x

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  5. yayyyy!!! I agree with everything. I can't believe how nice and supportive bloggers are... I love it so much!

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    1. So nice to have a place to come and just find lots of support!

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  6. I agree! Blogging wouldn't be the same without social media, that's where you can feel really feel the community. I joined The Girl Gang a week ago, and everyone is just so lovely it's amazing x

    Anne | annesmiles

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    1. Ahhh the positivity within the girl gang is just on another level, such a supportive group of people x

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  7. Great post,this was such an interesting read. Promoting oneself is definitely an important aspect of blogging, I've found some amazing non-invasive methods that are super effective.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. I think it's good to have that balance - I'm all for promoting but I guess posting blog links every 2 mins wouldn't go down well at all haha. x

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  8. Really great tips! =) I totally agree =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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  9. Thank you for this post, it so encouraging for new bloggers like myself to learn that okay to put ourselves out there more using social media and to write content that feels meaningful and truthful.

    http://obowelifelessons.blogspot.ie

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    1. I'm being serious when I say do it! It was almost like being instantly accepted into the blogging world x

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  10. I LOVE this post! The blogging community is full of wonderful, beautiful humans who are super supportive so that is definitely a big plus! I love that you added in promoting yourself! It's so interesting to me that we all have such a hard time (myself included) doing this, when, like you said, we put a lot of work into what we do! Love this post! XO -Kim

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  11. I love reading posts like this! It's so helpful to see what your doing to promote is correct. And you've just encouraged me to join twitter as I only had a instagram set up for my blog. Eek! Thank you!
    Aimee | aimeeandlucas.com

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  12. I can definitely relate to some of the points you made! I've been blogging for less than a month so I've definitely got the fears that you've described in this post. it's inspiring to know that I'll get over them though like you did :)

    sophiesnotebook.blogspot.co.uk

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