Blogging: Six Months On

Friday, 23 October 2015

Hello lovelies!

Happy half-birthday to my little blog! I can't believe how fast six months have gone by and how much I've come on as a blogger since April.

When I first set up this blog, I never would have thought that blogging would become such a big part of my life, and how much I'd love doing it! There have been ups and downs, and periods where I've just disappeared from blogging but now I feel like I've hit my stride and I can't wait to see where my blog takes me.

Here are six things that I've learned in the last six months;

1. Success is relative.
In early September, I hit 1000 views on my blog and I was absolutely ecstatic. Amongst the excitement, a little voice in my head told me that there were bloggers out there who get 1000 views a week, or maybe even a day and I should probably calm down. But I quickly realised that comparing myself to others was probably the worst thing I could do. To me, a blog is successful when you achieve what you set out to do. For me, that was getting my voice out there, writing about things that I love and meeting new people, and in the last six months, I've achieved all of those goals. And if my goals are different to those of another blogger, or I achieve them differently, that doesn't make my blog any less successful.

2. The blogging community is the best.
You'd never think that the blogging community would be such a lovely bunch of people! Everyone I've spoken to has been incredibly supportive, they've encouraged me to develop my blog and they've made me laugh so much! I can't wait to carry on getting to know people, and who knows, in the next six months I might even make it to a few meet-ups!

3. It isn't all about the numbers.
Your views statistics are a good way to look at your following, but it can be all too easy to get weighed down by the numbers. I deliberately haven't set myself goals based on views or followers because it's so disappointing if you don't achieve them. My goals are based on building confidence and producing content that I'm proud of, which is way more important to me than statistics.

4. Inspiration is everywhere.
Ever since I started blogging, I've been terrified of running out of post ideas. But I've learned that sometimes really simple ideas make fab blog posts. Cooked something yummy? Share the recipe with us. Watched a film? Review it. Been on a day out? Tell us about it. You can make a blog post out of pretty much anything, you just have to keep your eyes open for inspiration!

5. Write about what's important to you.
As much as I love blogging about beauty and fashion, I really wanted to write about things that are important to me. Mental health is a topic which is close to my heart, but for a long time I was too scared to post about it, because it would mean making myself vulnerable to a load of people on the internet. After a lot of thought and a lot of worrying, my first mental health post went up in September, which is now one of my most-read posts, which is so encouraging. If you don't write about what matters to you, your blog won't fulfil you. It might be scary, but you just have to be brave and go for it.

6. Be YOU.
I've worked out recently that your blog is a little piece of your personality. At the minute, I'm working on making my blog reflect me more, both in writing style and how it looks. My favourite bloggers are the ones who let their personality shine through their blog, and that's now what I'm aiming for too.

In the next six months, I have so much that I want to achieve. I'll be giving my blog a shiny new layout, the lovely Jemma will soon be designing a fab new header for me, and I'm working on my writing and photography all the time. Who knows where my blog will be by April!

What are the biggest lessons that you've learned from blogging?

Love,
Sian Kathrine xo

4 comments:

  1. HAPPY 6 MONTHS! ๐Ÿ˜ Can't wait to see your new layout!! I'm here for the ride! ๐Ÿš˜
    Jess @ JuicyyyJesss

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  2. Lovely post. Those six things are lessons I've learned too since I started blogging. Another lessons I've learned is that you just have to experiment and go for it. I didn't really know what I was doing when I started, but I just went for it and tried out different things until I found my voice and style!

    - Courtney
    courtneylthings.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes that's so true! You kinda just have to jump in and see what happens. I was quite lucky because one of my best friends has been blogging for quite a while now and is doing really well so I've had her to give me tips but it's still been quite a bit of trial and error to figure out what works for me! xo

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