I can’t believe I’ve reached my 1 year blog birthday already. I’ve now been blogging for over a year. Actually, make that well over a year. Possibly 2 years in fact. But the first year was spent setting up a blog, figuring out designs, finding my blogging voice and just getting to grips with it all. I genuinely don’t understand all you girls and guys who start your blog and start publishing lots of fabulous content straight away, promoting all your posts and wracking up great numbers of engaged followers. I salute you all! For me, this is the opposite of what happened.
Starting a blog and making it public for the whole world to see was scary. By the time I started to form my own little space on the internet, there were already so many amazing blogs out there with fabulous imagery and huge followings. Knowing where to start and how to make everything look good took a lot of time, so I kept my blog to myself.
Just over a year ago, I created the blog I run today and started actively promoting it on social media. I feel like I’ve come so far since I first started blogging. I’ve learnt so much, developed my writing style and greatly improved my photography. Having said that, there’s of course so much more learning to do and so many ways I want to keep improving.
I’ve found that veering down the road of comparison is the worst thing you can do. It can be so difficult at times to celebrate how far you’ve come when there are so many blogs out there growing rapidly with insane photography and huge numbers of followers. The truth of the matter, though, is it’s so much more enjoyable when you focus on enjoying what you do and celebrating your achievements.
A little while ago, I wrote a post discussing 5 things blogging has taught me about myself. One of my favourite things from that post is that my blog reminds me how lucky I am. I think sometimes we can get caught up in comparing ourselves with others and focusing what we don’t have rather than what we do have. Writing this blog has served to remind me of the fabulous things I need to remember to be grateful for and the amazing moments I’ve experienced. From following the progress we’ve made to our home since we moved in, to reliving the memories of our road trip around France, even to reminding me of the small happy moments I would otherwise have forgotten about like enjoying tea and cake while we watch the world go by.
Being reminded of wonderful experiences and joyful moments is one of several reasons why I’m so glad I started a blog. Tying in well with this is the number of photos I have, that I otherwise would never have taken. Knowing I need to remember to take photos regularly for blog posts makes me take out my camera to capture things I would previously never have captured. Of course, living through a lens is never a great idea, so I’m careful to actually stop to enjoy the moment too, as well as making sure I’ve quickly recorded it! The best of both worlds.
So what’s next? Well, I’ve finally managed to get into the swing of posting much more consistently and regularly recently, and I’m hoping this will continue. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find that inspiration is a funny thing and can diminish for a while and then return again in full force. Fortunately, I seem to get plenty of ideas and things I want to write about all at once, so I’ve been doing my very best to make the most of it when it happens!
I’ve been thrilled to start working with several brands, so hopefully this will continue. I’m rather picky, only wanting to take on work that I think will benefit my readers/fit in well with this blog/be very interesting to write about. But I would rather be this way than take on any old work that I don’t enjoy and my readers won’t appreciate – there would be no point! It can be hard saying no to opportunities, but I would rather be really happy with my blog and have my readers be happy with it too. I want to feel I can trust the blogs I read and feel that the bloggers behind them are honest and trustworthy, so that’s how I hope my readers feel about me too.
Here’s to another year of blogging, and hopefully many more to come!