5 Things I've Learnt About Blogging

7.31.2015

In Winter, I'll have been blogging 3 years- crazy! Over the 2 and a half years I've been blogging, I've learnt a few things along the way. The blogging world has changed drastically since 2012, that's for sure. For starters, blogging has now become a career. Not only that, but the Irish blogging community in particular has grown majorly. When I started, there was definitely only half the amount of bloggers there are now! Here are some things I've learnt about blogging over the past few years, that will hopefully be helpful/relatable to new and old bloggers alike.
  1. It's ok to say no: This is something that I've only really started to learn in the past year. As a blogger, there's always new opportunities and emails arriving in your inbox daily. You don't have to say yes to every single one, and that's totally ok! Not every new product will suit your blog, and you won't be able to make every event. Learn to be choosy about what you say yes to, rather than saying yes to everything and working too hard.
  2. It's not easy: Not everyone will be supportive. It takes up a lot of time, and it can be frustrating when you have no inspiration. Thankfully, almost everyone I know is super supportive over my choice of hobby but you will meet a few question marks along the way!
  3. Followers aren't everything: When I first started blogging, I didn't pay attention to my followers at all. In fact, for my first full year of blogging, I probably only had about 30 followers! Now I've realised that a large follower count doesn't mean more oppurtunities. In fact, many brands will just ask for your monthly view count, not your following on bloglovin'.
  4. Comparison comes easy: .. but it's a dangerous thing to do. It's easy to wonder "why didn't I receive an invite to that event?". It's easy to look at another blogger's following and wonder how they got xyz amount of followers in the space of the year. We all do it, as much as we hate to admit it, but it will do no good. Everyone grows at their own rate!
  5. It can be really frickin' cool: I'm not gonna lie- blogging really has its perks sometimes. From swanky event invites to new clothes, there's always something new and exciting in my email inbox. I'm so grateful for all the oppurtunities that blogging has given me!
There you have it- a mixture of negative and positive truths about the world of blogging. Let me know if you can relate to any of them!

-Rachel x

15 comments

  1. I am SO with you on number 1 - for a long time I was so grateful for any PR interest that I accepted everything. While I'm still grateful, I'm now also happier turning down things that aren't a fit or that I know I don't have time to do justice to.

    Claire | Stylingo.co.uk | xx

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    1. Definitely! To be honest I STILL find it hard to say no to PRs some times but I'm learning! x

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  2. I agree with all of these! Not everybody I know really gets blogging but once you know you love it, thats it kinda haha
    Emma xo | missemmalouise12.blogspot.ie

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  3. Great post I agree with all of these points xx

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  4. Brilliant post! Comparison definitely does come easy. I'm guilty of looking at other blogs with envy.

    Jess
    Philocalist.co.uk

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  5. I'm always comparing myself to others, never good!!

    sophiejc.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Great post, Rachel. Blogging can be hard, and comparing yourself to others is never a good thing! It's so true a bout saying no to things as well, although it can be hard in the beginning. :)

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    1. Thanks very much, its hard even now!

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    1. Aw I'm so glad you found it helpful! Best of luck with your new blogging adventure x

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  8. This is Such A Good post. I have been blogging a year now and it's crazy how much you change xx

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  9. This is Such A Good post. I have been blogging a year now and it's crazy how much you change xx

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