What I’ve Learnt In One Year Of Blogging

What I've Learnt In One Year Of Blogging

So today officially marks one year since I published my first blog post and have posted around 110 posts since. I can’t quite believe that I have not only stuck to this fantastic hobby, but also how much it has benefited me and helped me develop myself as a person. 

I am so glad one year ago I decided to go ahead with the idea of starting a blog, to push away all those worries I had a couple of months before, when I published posts and then deleted them days later, too scared to have them online for all the world to see. But now I couldn’t really care what other people think. Blogging has enabled me to not really (excuse the language) give a sh*t about other peoples opinions on me or what I do. But this isn’t the only thing blogging has taught me over a year. Here are some of the things that I’ve learnt in one year of blogging.

It’s a lot of fun – I didn’t actually realise how fun blogging would be until I actually got into a routine of doing it. It is honestly so much fun. I love planning posts, being creative, taking pictures, being able to express my thoughts and opinions through writing which is one of my favourite things to do, getting to talk to like minded people and form friendships, as well as build on skills and improve  my confidence. If you want to try blogging, I’d definitely say go for it!!!!

It’s a lot harder than it looks – From the above point, I only listed a few of the tasks that blogging involves. It’s simply not just writing and publishing a post, there are so many other things that you have to carry out that don’t even involve your latest post, such as building a following and designing your blog. 

A massive confidence booster – I wouldn’t say my confidence has grown massively and in person my social anxiety rockets, but online and in relation to my own content I feel super proud. I am confident enough now to approach brands, make conversations with other bloggers and share my posts online without that fear of judgement. 

You learn lots of new skills – Blogging is a great thing to put onto your CV and talk about in applications, purely because it gives you a great opportunity and experience to learn lots of beneficial skills for you to take into the working world. I know for sure that it has helped me to stand out amongst other applicants when looking for a marketing and social media apprenticeships, because I have already been putting the skills you need into practice through my own work of running a blog.

Helped me to figure out what I want to do in life – As mentioned above and before on my blog, I really would love an apprenticeship in marketing and social media. I have been looking for the longest time for an apprenticeship, but due to set backs and my own mental health, it’s been a bit of a struggle. But blogging has only made me realise that this is the field I want to go into. I want to be able to take things further and apply it to more of a professional level.

Promotion is so important! – When I first started blogging, I had no idea how to promote nor did I even bother to. As I got more into it, I realised just how important it is to promote your posts to engage an audience. As much as I find scheduling tweets tedious sometimes, it is so beneficial to do and stick at.

It’s very time consuming – It may sound silly or even a little weird, but I pretty much have blogging on my mind most hours of the day. It is highly time consuming. I am constantly thinking of new ideas and wanting to get on with creating posts. Because I work to a schedule, some posts are planned weeks in advance and I like to try write one week a head of everything. So you can imagine that I am always on go when it comes to my blog. It’s very time consuming but every minute is so worth it!

Bloggers block really is real – I think any blogger can relate to this point! Even over the course of a year, I have found myself struggling to write or think of new ideas, which I personally believe is normal for anyone who produces content weekly. But once you get your inspiration back, there’s really no better feeling!!

The reward when hard work pays off – One of my favourite things is working really hard on a post and it getting the exact or even a better response than you were intending for. I absolutely love reading comments on my posts, it’s really encouraging and so lovely to read positive feedback. Also I love hearing that a post has been helpful to at least someone. That’s all I could ever ask for in a response!

How lovely, kind and support some people are – Despite the dramas and disagreements that can happening in the blogging world, most of the time it is a supportive and positive environment. I have been able to chat to a few people who have been nothing but support, kind and lovely to me regarding things aside from blogging. It’s always great to feel welcome in such a large group of people.

Before I finish this post, I just want to say a massive thank you to anyone who has ever read, commented or shared one of my posts or blog over the past year. It honestly means so much to me and I’m so happy that I have been able to blog for a year. Everyone’s support is so encouraging and I hope my blogging experience can continue on for another year. Right, I’m going to stop being soppy now before emotional Lauren makes an appearance (hahaha). But thank you so very much!!!!!

What have you learnt from blogging?

Lauren x

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  1. Elisabeth Hayes
    June 23, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    These are all great lessons! Congratulations on one year of blogging!xo, Lizhttp://lipstickandconfetti.com

    • Lauren Victoria
      June 24, 2016 / 8:48 am

      Thanks so much Liz xx

  2. Nicole Marie
    June 23, 2016 / 7:49 pm

    I couldn't agree more with these points! People really under estimate the work that goes in to blogging but also the benefits to your confidence etc. Congrats on your 1st year of blogging! I can't wait to see how far your blog goes in the future xx Thrifty vintage fashion

    • Lauren Victoria
      June 24, 2016 / 8:48 am

      Thanks so much Nicole!!!xx

  3. Alice Rowe
    June 23, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Congrats on your first year and I hope you continue for many more! x-Alicealicejlorna.blogspot.com

    • Lauren Victoria
      June 24, 2016 / 8:49 am

      Aw thanks so much Alice!!xx

    • Lauren Victoria
      June 24, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Thanks so much!!!xx

  4. Julia Bluhm
    June 24, 2016 / 1:53 am

    Congrats on blogging for a year! That's a really great feat. This post was really inspiring to me, I have only been blogging for 2 months but I am already starting to understand some of these lessons you've mentioned! It's very fun. 🙂 Love your blog! Julia || Julia in Bluhm

    • Lauren Victoria
      June 24, 2016 / 8:54 am

      Aw thank you so much!! I hope you continue to blog :)xx

  5. Cloe Louise
    June 24, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Well done for sticking at blogging! I started blogging half a year ago and I can honestly say I've truly found my passions for it! Hahaha i can totally relate to what you said about bloggers block, when I first started blogging I thought there was no way I'd get it because I had so many ideas for posts, but 6 months in I'm now starting to struggle with ideas and motivation, haha!Cloe X http://clxelouise.blogspot.com

    • Lauren Victoria
      June 24, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Cloe!! Haha you're definitely not alone there xx

  6. E
    June 25, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    well done on one year, you have a beautiful blog xwww.57-days.blogspot.co.uk

    • Lauren Victoria
      June 26, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks a lot xx

  7. Heather Nixon
    June 25, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Congrats on one year of blogging! I've been blogging for over four years and it's still a bit difficult and harder than it looks but it's so so fun and rewarding!Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

    • Lauren Victoria
      June 26, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Aw thanks so much!! Wow congratulations. Four years is a long time xx

  8. dreamofadventures
    July 6, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Happy 1 year anniversary! I loved reading everything you've learned =o) I agree with how time consuming blogging is. But it is rewarding to see people from all over the world respond to what you have written. http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

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