It’s hard to believe that I’ve been bouncing around the blogosphere for coming up to 7 years! At times it has been a very steep learning curve, and other times I feel on top of my game; it seems to be a cycle of things running smoothly, and then burying myself in SEO tips, editing tutorials, and pouring over Pinterest for inspiration!
Blogging has undoubtedly helped me in my professional career as a marketer, and is a brilliant thing to have on your CV! If you dream of a career in marketing, the skills you’ll pick up from blogging can translate perfectly into your job role. When I landed my first marketing job, I had no prior work experience, but my blog meant I could tick social media, scheduling, event planning, Photoshop and more off job description straight away!
Anyway, without further ado, here are the top 10 things that I have learnt during my time blogging, and being in the blogging community!
1. How To Pretty Photographs
I studied Photography at A Level, but I’ve definitely learnt more through trial and error and experimentation as a blogger than I ever did in my studies! It makes me so happy to look back at my photographs from blog posts over the years and realising just how much the quality of my images has improved.
2. Editing With Photoshop
Before blogging, Photoshop terrified me. I dreaded having to use it at A Level, and spent most of the class asking our teacher to explain over and over how to do the most basic of edits. Blogging really motivated me to tackle my fear and learn how to use Photoshop properly.
I binge watched tutorials, and spent hours mucking about with images seeing what I could create. In my marketing role, I was using Photoshop every single day to create all sorts of promotions to tight deadlines, so already knowing my way around the software was invaluable.
3. Developing My Writing Style
Writing for pleasure, and writing about your passions really help you develop your own unique style of writing. Visitors may initially come to your blog for your beautifully edited images, but they’ll very often subscribe and return for the personality that shines through the words!
This is arguably the most important and valuable gift blogging has given me. Since I started blogging, my confidence in my writing, photography, and in socialising, has sky rocketed!
Just last week I attended a blogging event, knowing no one, which is something I’d never have been able to do a few years back! At school I was so shy I wouldn’t be surprised if my classmates thought I was mute! But now I can chat to anyone, about anything,
and probably bore them to death but you get the point.
5. Working With Brands
I’m so grateful for the opportunities blogging has presented me with, and my experience in negotiating, meeting deadlines, and generally working with PRs has definitely helped me in my professional career.
It’s also made me realise just how much I love what I do. I’ve wanted to work in PR or Marketing for as long as I can remember, but now I’m absolutely certain that it is where my dream job lies.
6. To Not Compare Myself To Others
Blogging has taught me how pointless it is to compare yourself to others. There will always be another blogger with better photography than me, more followers than me, but honestly, who cares? I’ve learnt to just focus on working hard and enjoying every step of the journey.
Everyone is on their own path, completing their own journey. Celebrate the success of others and show them your support, just as they will hopefully do for you one day!
7. Blogging Is Not An ‘Easy’ Job
It can be easy to look at your favourite bloggers online, living the life of luxury, and turn green with envy. However, what you see on a glossy blog and on beautifully edited social media feeds is only a teeny tiny snippet of that person’s day. Blogging means hours writing, shooting, editing, planning, out buying new things to feature, contacting brands and pitching yourself… etc etc.
There’s a lot of work that goes into running a blog, and yes the rewards can be wonderful, and look gorgeous on Instagram, but its not the whole picture.
Props to everyone who manages to work full-time and run their blog, ya wee legends, you! I struggle balancing uni, blogging, and generally having a life, but I’m getting there.
8. Creating, Creating, Creating!
To be really successful in blogging, I feel like you need to offer something a little bit unique. Blogging has taught me to become more creative, and have confidence in my ideas. You’re your own boss on here, you can post whatever you like!
In a professional environment, you may suggest your own great ideas only for them not even to make it out of the meeting room! Here, you decide what direction you want to take your blog in, you don’t have to get it signed off by anyone else so just go with it!
9. It’s Not About The Money, Money, Money!
For a wee while I got a bit down in the dumps that I just could not afford to keep up with high end fashion trends, or buy the latest coveted, extortionate beauty products, but then I remembered; there’s absolutely no expectation for my to buy things I can’t afford.
As above, your blog is your blog. Let your real life help you find your niche in the blogosphere. Mine? Making affordable look luxurious, showing you can live your best life without spending a bomb, and promoting ethical beauty, always!
10. Blogger Friends Are The Best
I couldn’t write a post on my blogging experience without acknowledging the amazing people that have been brought into my life through this lovely little hobby. I met one of my very best friends, Charlotte, right back in my first few months of blogging. We planned a small meet up for South East bloggers and became best friends. Years later I still adore her and talk to her all the time.
There are so many lovely bloggers who have become real life friends to me, and have been so much more supportive than any of the friends I had at school ever were. I could not be more grateful to these people for their constant encouragement, and truly hope they stay in my life forever.
Thank you so much for reading! What has blogging taught you? I’d love to know down in the comments!