WHAT ONE YEAR OF BLOGGING HAS TAUGHT ME

A year of blogging, a year!? Really? Well actually a year and 3 days as my blog celebrated its birthday on Friday but I seriously can’t believe how quick time has passed since I started blogging. I have had this idea on my mind for quite a long time on sharing with you how I have found blogging and what it’s taught me so what better way to do it but on my blogs first birthday!

So what has one year of blogging taught me?

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HOW MUCH I FREAKING LOVE IT…

When I first started blogging I never thought I would get to where I am now, I remember writing my first blog post and taking images of the product I was reviewing and I was dead happy with the picture. Let me tell you, I’m no photography or photo editing expert but my photography has come a long way since that day!

I spent yesterday looking through all my blog posts since day one and actually realised how far I have come in both writing and photography terms (I’m not bragging I’m just pretty proud of myself!).

THE FRIENDSHIPS IT MAKES…

One thing for certain is that I never thought I would get a best friend out of blogging and certainly didn’t think I would make so many other friendships both with local people around me and ‘online friendships’.

When I first started blogging I had no idea where it was going to take me, how to do it and what was going to happen. I just bit the bullet, created a WordPress account and went from there. I started off as ‘rachelsbbox’ which I have no idea where the name come from, well I do, I wanted something on the lines of ‘Rachel’s Beauty Box’ but it wasn’t available so I cut it down.

Anyways, when I started my twitter I followed all the bloggers who’s blogs I had been reading before I started mine and trying to interact with other bloggers. I remember the first blogger I properly spoke to was Bow from www.debrabow.com – who is now one of my best friends.. Honestly, a friendship like mine and Bow’s is unbreakable, albeit we are a distance from each other we still chat every minute of every day and meet up as and when we can!

Bow is the loveliest, most supportive blogger out there and I am so glad I made friends with her through blogging. Another really close friend I have made through blogging is Ashton from www.ashtonjade.co.uk I first started speaking to Ashton on twitter when I realised she was from the same area as me, to my realization she was only around the corner from my house! Ashton is such a lovely girl, caring and very supportive, oh and how can I forget my little Costa Coffee buddy!? Another friendship I know will last a lifetime.

Then we have to talk about EVERYONE on twitter and instagram, I have made so many friendships that I couldn’t even name them all on here. I am go thankful to all of you and you all certainly know who you are.

THE OPPORTUNITIES IT BRINGS…

When I first started my blog, I remember going to boots and buying loads of products for me to review on my blog, I was happy doing this as it’s something I loved. Then came opportunity one, a brand emailing me asking if they could send me their product to review. What? What was this? I was so confused!

I remember getting the email and thinking ‘oh this is a wind up’, ‘why do they want to work with me’, ‘I swear they only work with big bloggers’, but nope next day a package arrived and I was speechless! I literally had no idea that brands worked with smaller bloggers and I can’t believe the opportunities I have had.

From starting with nothing to having unexpected opportunities with brands such as Liz Earle, Roger & Gallett and World Duty Free it’s safe to say I am appreciative of everything blogging has brought to me.

Not only brands wanting to work with you, the blogging event opportunities are amazing.

IT’S NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS…

 It isn’t just, grab a product, take a photo and write a few words about it – it’s so much more than that. Finding suitable products and subjects to write about on your blog takes a lot of time, never mind trying to string the first sentence together, or even the title of the post!

Then you have got the photos, taking photos, finding the right lighting and background then editing them takes a whole load of time and is sometimes really difficult! Then you have SEO and inuring everything is in place – using keywords, tags and writing the text in your post in good format to help gain Search Engine Opitimisation from it.

On top of this, you then have publishing and promoting the blog post. Tweeting about it, sharing photo’s on Instagram and Pinterest and scheduling things for future dates. Never mind meeting deadlines.

It’s not always that easy.

THE SUPPORT IT BRINGS…

The support from fellow bloggers and brands is unreal. I never ever thought anyone would read my blog, maybe my cat? But never thought many people would – never mind having so many people who help me and support me and my blog.

From RT’s to comments on my blog, the support from bloggers is everything and more.

 From good day’s to bad day’s I know I can count on my fellow blogging friends.

TO NOT LET OTHERS SUCCESS BRING YOU DOWN…

For weeks on end I worried that my blog was rubbish, no one would read it and no one would pay interest. “Who would want to read my blog when you have a lot better and bigger bloggers blogs out there?” 

Getting that thought out of my head was the best thing I could of done. We are all fabulous, whether your day is one week old or one year old.

I like to now think “I write for myself, not others”.

IT’S NOT SO HEALTHY FOR MY BANK BALANCE

I swear, I read a blog post review on something, think to myself “Oh, I need that” next thing is I have checked out an order of £100.00 on Beauty Bay, oops!

I find peoples blog so influential and have found so many new products from peoples reviews, I guess I want to thank you all for this but I guess my bank balance doesn’t?

AND FINALLY, THAT I SHOULDN’T CARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK…

My blog, my life, my writing and I love it.

People think of me as a “secret blogger” as I don’t really share personal information as such on my social media or blog and my twitter picture is digital photo of me. I guess when I first started blogging I got so caught up in thinking about what people around me would think of me for having a blog, anxiety hits and that’s that.

I’m so ready to share me, myself and my blog with the world and those around me.

So there we have it, what blogging has taught me in a year. Everyday is a learning curve and I am looking forward to what the future holds.

Thanks for reading,

Rachel, xo

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  • I LOVED THIS!!

    I recently celebrated my blogs and youtube channels 1st birthday so I can relate to this. I have made some really great friends, become part of communities (like group chats) and the support I’ve got is amazing!!
    There is definitely a lot more work than expected, but I love doing it so much!!

    Mike || MikeVlogsYT.blogspot.com

  • Great post. I can relate to a lot of these points. It’s hard to not care what other people think but I definitely think blogging has taught me that I really shouldn’t care!
    Great post as always 🙂
    xx
    http://kezlablogs.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Really wonderful post babe! I can relate to so many of the points you made!! Lovely read whilst I sipped my cuppa tea 💜💫✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    http://www.AlishaValerie.com || http://www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

  • I LOVE this post! I’m so proud of you and I’m glad you blog because you love it. Genuinely, I love your blog and am always inspired by your amazing reviews and photography.

    P.S. Can I come on your next Costa date with Ashton? I need to meet up with you lovelies! 🙂

    Sian x
    http://theenglisheverygirl.blogspot.co.uk/

  • The bank balance thing, yes! I used to be so good at saving and then when I started blogging and reading other blogs…not so good at the saving anymore, haha

    http://www.thesundaymode.com

  • I completely agree with your photo point, I loved my photos I took but now I kinda cringe at them!! Great points, I agree so much!!! xox

  • Debra-Bow

    CONGRATULATIONS ON ONE YEAR OF BLOGGING! I’m so proud of how far you’ve come on this whole crazy journey. Also, your metion of me! SO CUTE!! I bloody love ya Rachel! Couldn’t imagine my life without you now, heres to the future xxxxxxx

  • Amie Cadwallader

    Happy blog birthday my angel! I’m so proud of you and to see how far you’ve come and grown, you’re such an incredible lady with the most fabulous blog! Congratulations and I can’t wait to see where the next year will take you!
    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan | Instagram | BlogLovin | Twitter| Facebook

  • Oh Rachel this is such a good post, it’s really good for bloggers like me who are relatively new to see that there opportunities for us too! I especially love the part about the friends you make, I have made so many new friends in Leicester from blogging and I love them dearly, congratulations on your first year of blogging! You’ve done so well! xxxx

  • I really enjoyed this post – although a relatively new blogger, I can relate to a lot of your points! The friendship you and Bow have is amazing, that’s one aspect of blogging I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing (yet!) 🙂

    http://www.lovefrommaira.co.uk

  • Fantastic post. I think the most enjoyable blogs to read are the ones where you can tell the bloggers are being completely true to themselves and not trying to ‘copy’ some of the big successful blogs to appeal to their readers. I was always worried that no one would want to read mine but I’ve past caring now and just want to focus on enjoying the journey xxx http://www.hannahscloud9.com

  • Absolutely loved this post, it’s so true about how supportive the blogging community is, I was genuinely so positively surprised that I’ve made SO many lovely friends from blogging!! Yay! ❤️ Also it does frustrate me when non bloggers just assume that no work goes into the ‘free products’ you get sent. But ah well!

    Such a good post, lots of love

    Izzy | http://www.ADoseOfChatter.com