It seems that every year I miss the milestone of Wandesworld.com. When I read Lily’s post about 6 years of blogging, it suddenly hit me that I too have been blogging for 6 years!
Although we’ve been blogging for the same amount of time. We’ve both learnt with completely different things in our time. What I find fascinating is that blogging is everyone’s individually journey in life of what they choose to share. Here are 6 things that I have learnt:
Don’t Check The Stats
In my first 2 years of blogging, I used to check the stats daily. There were posts that would take 2-3 days to get write, I’d be so proud of it. Hit publish. Check the stats an hour later after publishing, and be disappointed that only a certain number of people had read it. I realised that I was blogging for hits, which isn’t the reason why I started. I started blogging to share my love for beauty, and to also look back on my progress in pictures. It’s easy to be sucked into the checking the stats daily. Blog for yourself and the love if it. Your happiness will always remain. If you blog for people’s approval, you’ll get let down as everyone’s opinion is different. Slowly but surely the audience will follow.
Real Life vs Virtual Life
Since the internet has become a place where you show your best self, it’s almost impossible to find people who post about real life problems or not so great experiences. I’ve decided to share the ups and downs with you, and not just the ups. Life isn’t just about ups! Let’s be real!
Content With Content
As a blogger, I’m not always content with the content that I publish. I’m always finding ways to put my spin on it, or produce better photography. However in this oversaturated market of blogging it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out. I’ve had days where I’ve looked back at the content and thought aarrghh I don’t like that post anymore, or you can be completely inspired by someone else’s posts or style of post, and suddenly think that your content isn’t so great.
Comparing Yourself With Others
Everyone in life starts from a different standpoint. Whether people care to admit it, we all have insecurities. We all want something that we can’t have. In a world where we are currently shoved this perfect life from people especially through social media. It seems there’s no such thing as down or bad days. I read a quote one by Steve Furtick who coined ” The reason we struggle with insecurities is because we compare our behind-the-scenes self with someone’s highlight showreel”.
Through the explosion of the social media, people have learnt that they can suddenly say what they want, and how they want. The thing is no one will ever come to your face and say anything nasty. I’ve learnt to take things with a pinch of salt! I must share the first time someone told me that I had one cheek bigger than the other. I don’t think I left my bed for a few days. I am used to the negative comments, and I used to take them to heart because I genuinely believed that everyone with a comment loved me. Oh, I was fooled! People will watch your every move because they are literally waiting to say something nasty when you “do something wrong”.
Feeling guilty when you take a break
When real life hits, I used to hate taking a break, in my stress of real life, all I’d be thinking about is when can I update the blog. Although I’m still striving to blog every day, my current circumstance doesn’t allow. Now I will only do what I can with what I have, rather than feel guilty for taking a break.
If you are a blogger, whether you are starting out or having been blogging for a while. I’m eager to hear the things you’ve learned since blogging. Do share in the comments!
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Have a fab week ahead 🙂