My blogging experience so far

Hi lovelies! Today’s post will be a chatty one, I will probably ramble on for far too long, but I will try to keep it as short as possible! I have been blogging for almost three months now and it has been one incredible journey! I did a post similar to this after my very first month of blogging, so I thought I would do an update on what has happened over the past 2 months.

Going Self-hosted 

If you have followed me from the very beginning (well done for putting up with me for that long), you will know that I was originally on the wordpress.com personal plan. I still had this domain name and so not much may have changed for you, but for me, everything has changed. After the first month, I made the spontaneous, bold choice to make being-chloe.com self-hosted! That’s right, this baby is all mine! I won’t go into too much detail, as there is a whole entire post on my reasonings and the process. Let’s just say I am super happy with my blog now! Back then, I liked my blog but I hated how it looked. I wanted full independence to brand this blog to my tastes and make it.. well Chlo! Now I like looking at my site, and going self-hosted has motivated me more in making my blog a success! I strive to take better pictures, write better quality posts and actually promote my blog. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I am so happy that my post has encouraged so many of you to take the plunge and helped you with the tricky process.

I have learned so much

In my last post, I said that there were so many things I didn’t know about blogging… and that’s still true! Let’s take a look and see if any of them have changed!

  1. Whether to go self-hosted – Done! Clearly, I made the right choice!
  2. How to use Bloglovin – I am not gonna lie – still confuses the hell out of me! My followers have grown on there since I started, but I very rarely check it… is it still a thing?
  3. How to use Pinterest – Done! I am actually quite proud of this one, Pinterest now brings the most traffic to my blog, and I have become quite obsessed with looking at pictures of makeup and cute skirts.
  4. How to increase Domain Authority – Done! I wouldn’t say I sought out to learn how to do this, it just kind of happened. When I went self-hosted, I installed the Yoast SEO plugin which has really helped me to optimise my posts! Since going self-hosted I have increased my DA from 1 to 16 in the space of around a month. I am so proud of that!
  5. How to take good pictures – eh kinda! I do think my pictures have improved a lot since my first posts (I know they’re bad). They are by no means amazing, and I am looking into buying a camera/lightbox, but they are so much better than before! I now love taking photos for my blog and I am always on the lookout for more props! You can see my before and after below.

Blogging

So I guess you could say, for the most part, I have learned so much in the past few months. There is still so much to learn, but I am very excited to carry on the adventure!

Engaging with you lovely lot!

When I first started blogging, I did enjoy speaking to other bloggers but it did scare the hell out of me! It still does sometimes! But since then, I have interacted with so many of you, and can even tell who’s post is who’s by just a photo. Everyone is so supportive and I love that you guys are on the ride with me. I may not be the biggest blogger, but that doesn’t matter as long as my posts help someone, somewhere.

The little blog is growing

I see everywhere on Twitter, people saying that numbers don’t matter and that if you care about numbers you are blogging for the wrong reasons. I will admit when I see these posts I get so angry. Don’t get me wrong, numbers don’t matter. It doesn’t matter whether you have one follower, or 1000. Whether your insta post has a few likes or 100s. It doesn’t matter. But I think we all can secretly agree, that we get happy when we reach a milestone, or get a comment on a post, or more views than normal. And that’s great! There is nothing wrong with celebrating statistics!

My blog isn’t massive at all. But it is growing. Some days are good, some bad but that’s life! I like to look at my stats, as it helps me set goals and want to improve my posts. Believe me, I write what I want to write and that will always be the case, but it is nice to know there are lots of you enjoying my stuff.

I am actually quite proud that I have managed to keep up blogging for so long. I have never been any good with hobbies, I always tend to quit quite quickly. But this hasn’t been the case with my blog because I truly enjoy it. I love thinking of what posts to write, and how I am going to take blog photos, and speaking to you all, and I hope It will continue for a long time.

I would like to take this moment to thank all of you who come and read my posts. This may be your first time, or 25th (I can’t believe I have written 25 posts wow) but thank you for taking the time to read. I didn’t think anyone would read my ramblings but I am so grateful for all of you who do.

Thank you for reading as always,

Chlo x

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61 Comments

  1. March 21, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    Milestones are definitely fun 🙂 congrats on this post, love it! and I will look into the self-hosting post when I’ve got a bit more time… would like to know a bit more about that!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks lovely, I just thought it would be good for myself to compare my blog now to 2 months ago! I hope the self-hosting post helps you when you start to look into it! I loved Siteground and would definitely recommend them!

  2. Chomeuse with a Chou
    March 21, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Oh wow! This is seriously impressive! I haven’t got a clue what most of the technical stuff even means (I am clearly not a serious blogger, although I’d actually quite like to be 🙂 ). I hope that you do keep up blogging. You clearly have a great deal of perseverence!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      Thanks lovely! I would definitely not call myself a serious blogger as it is just a hobby and I enjoy it, but who knows maybe one day it will grow into something more 🙂 I still have no idea about most of the technial stuff but I am 100% learning with time!

  3. March 21, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    It’s great that your blog is going in the right direction. Any tips on going self-hosted?

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      Thankyou! I wrote a post all about it in my blog, you can find the link in this post 🙂 I would say Siteground were the best choice for me as their livechat is amazing! You can always message me if you need help!

  4. March 21, 2018 / 3:39 pm

    Well done Chloe on growing your blog and keeping momentum. Its a fabulous thing, this blogging lark! I too have recently become obsessed with Pinterest, (very recently) so will come and follow you. I look forward to reading more from you soon xx

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 5:13 pm

      Thankyou so much lovely! I have followed you back 😊 xx

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 8:14 pm

      Thankyou so much lovely!

  5. March 21, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    Very impressive. I still don’t fully understand all the ins-n-outs of blogging. You’re right- numbers aren’t everything, but they can be very encouraging at times.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 8:17 pm

      Yes! They definitely don’t define you, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with trying to make them grow 😊 believe me I don’t know the ins and out either 😂

  6. March 21, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    Loving your post and congratulation on your achievements ! stay connected 🙂 I am also following your instagram and really loving your feed 🙂 <3

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 21, 2018 / 8:20 pm

      Aww thankyou so much lovely! I will certainly try my best 😊

  7. March 22, 2018 / 4:48 am

    I loved reading your post!!! I’ve been blogging for 3 months too so this was so delightful to read! 🙂 I feel we’re on the same page! Congratulations on your success so far and wishing you all the best! Looking forward to your future posts 🙂

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 7:57 am

      Congratulations on reaching 3 months also! Thankyou so much 🙂

  8. March 22, 2018 / 8:33 am

    Congratulations on blogging for 3 months! 🎉
    It’s great to read about how much you’ve learned & improved!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 8:39 am

      Thankyou so much lovely! 🙂

  9. Shannon
    March 22, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Loved reading through this post! Quick question, how do you use Pinterest to bring in traffic to your blog? I’ve seen loads of bloggers use it but I’m not too sure how to! X

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 9:07 am

      Thanks lovely! I am not too sure to be honest! I have probably 2 pins that are doing quite well (have around 700 repins) that have the associated post linked to it, and I tend to post them in group boards 🙂

      • Shan Lutkins
        March 23, 2018 / 3:35 pm

        Ah okay thank you! X

  10. March 22, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Congratulations! I love blogging and have been having a blast with it as well. Thank you for the tips!♡

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 9:09 am

      You’re welcome lovely!

  11. March 22, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    I love this. I’ve only been blogging for a little while so it’s always nice to see what other people have done and learn from their experiences. Congratulations on 3 months of blogging.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Thankyou lovely! Hope your blog is going well 🙂

  12. March 23, 2018 / 11:16 am

    I know the feeling. I went self-hosted after a year and have seen major improvements in my traffic. It was, however, one of the most stressful things getting all my links to redirect. I have since hired people here and there to help. You can’t do it all yourself! There is just too much to know.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      Going was very stressful, I felt like I had no idea what was happening, but luckily Siteground transferred everything for me and so I didnt have to worry! I think it’s a great thing to do but I don’t like it when people say that it is ridiculously easy.. I’m like are you for real? x

  13. March 24, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    I really loved reading your post, especially that I am still cosidering to be self hosted! 💕😉

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      I’m glad lovely!If you do decide to go self-hosted I hope my post on it helps you 🙂

  14. March 24, 2018 / 12:51 pm

    I had to laugh at your bloglovin’ comment. I know what you mean! I am still trying to figure out how the heck to use it!! Maybe I should take a crack at it today…. Happy Blogging!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Haha I’m glad its not just me! Its a real struggle, I don’t even know if it still a thing!

  15. March 25, 2018 / 9:15 am

    Going self-hosted makes me stressful as I am tech-jinxed. 🙁 But congratulations on your achievement. 🙂 Your blog is super pretty.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 7:05 pm

      Yeah so am I! I don’t think its as easy as people make it out to be, but I am glad I chose Siteground because they were so helpful! Thankyou so much lovely xx

  16. March 25, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    congratulations for going self hosted! I leat all of those things in the last year of blogging and I still feel like a have to much to learn. I love blogging as there is always something you can do to improve and progress your blog x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Thankyou lovely! That’s what I enjoy too! I really didn’t think I would last long blogging but now I love it so much that I wish I had started sooner 🙂 Thanks for reading! x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 8:00 pm

      Thankyou lovely! I hope it helps you if you ever decide to take the leap, feel free to message me on Twitter if you ever need any help or advice! x

  17. Phoebe Rose
    March 25, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    Your blog looks amazing, I can’t wait to develop mine and go self hosted! I’m for sure going to give your post on it a read! Love this, congrats on 3 months

    Phoebe x

    https://itsphoeberose.wordpress.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 25, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Aww thankyou so much lovely! Good luck with going self-hosted, I hope my post helps you a little bit! Feel free to message me if you need any help or advice, I know it can be tricky 🙂 x

  18. March 25, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    What a lovely post Chloe and well done on your achievements to date. Your blog is amazing! I am too a self-tought blogger and Im still trying to learn and figure out how to (best) bring new audience to my newly discovered blogging passion. Look forward to reading more of your tips and tricks. 😊😘

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 6:57 pm

      Aww thankyou so much lovely! We are all looking for new tips, I love discovering what other bloggers do 🙂

  19. March 25, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Hello! I am pretty new to blogging and learning how to do everything. It is a refreshing feeling to know that we all go through this at one point. Love your blog!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 7:00 pm

      I totally agree, its definitely a learning process!

  20. March 25, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    That’s so amazing how far you’ve come in only 3 months!! It’s taken me years to actually get into blogging properly and I still have a way to go! It’s always helpful to read posts like this as they inspire me to work harder! Xx

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 7:02 pm

      Thankyou lovely! It’s definitely a work in progress, but I feel there is always room for improvement, regardless of how long we have been doing it!

  21. March 26, 2018 / 8:33 am

    You’ve done so well!!!!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks lovely!

  22. ellie
    March 26, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    ahh so exciting going selfhosted! You definitely learn a lot from blogging x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      So true!

  23. March 26, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    Hi, really enjoyed your blog post. It has given me a few things to think about in terms of my own blogging! Good luck with it all!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      That’s good to know, thankyou lovely! x

  24. Fatimah
    March 26, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    Lovely to see you learn and grow, just remember your blog photographs are amazing and will improve throughout the year so don’t worry too much, I’ve seen worse!xx

    FATIMAH • ROSEYGOLDBOX
    http://www.roseygoldbox.blogspot.co.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 26, 2018 / 7:23 pm

      Thankyou lovely, it is definitely a learning process! x

  25. March 27, 2018 / 2:22 am

    Well done on growing your blog this far Darling!😘💗
    I hope the future is nothing but clear and hopeful for you. You truly deserve it!💛💛
    http://www.beautynbrushes.co.uk

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 27, 2018 / 7:15 am

      Thankyou so much lovely, it means a lot <3

  26. March 27, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    Good read! You’re doing great with your blog journey. Just keep blogging and be you! Thanks for sharing ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of Phlanx.com and connect with amazing brands!

    Xoxo,
    Tiffany

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      March 28, 2018 / 7:19 am

      Thankyou so much lovely! I am interested in doing guest posts/collaborations yes so I will check it out 🙂 x

  27. April 5, 2018 / 7:13 am

    Your blog is beautiful!! And your photos are lovely!!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      April 5, 2018 / 7:19 am

      Thankyou so much lovely, It is definitely a work in progress! x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      June 27, 2018 / 7:08 am

      Glad you liked it! x

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